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Bruins sign Trent Frederic to a new two-year contract

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A new deal!

Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald

The Bruins announced this afternoon that they've signed forward Trent Frederic to a new two-year contract.

The deal carries a cap hit of $1.05 million per season.

Frederic, who is 23 years old, was slated to become a restricted free agent when the new league year begins.

Rather than wait, the B's elected to cross one item off of their summer to-do list by getting Frederic a new deal.

Frederic had five points (4G, 1A) in 42 games this season.

Overall, his impact was felt far more in the physicality/fighting department than on the scoreboard, but he endeared himself to large segments of Bruins fans with that style of play.

Plus, he emerged as quite a character when he was mic'd up.

Ultimately, Frederic didn't have any impact in the playoff proceedings, and will likely face a mini fight for regular ice time to start next season.

It remains to be seen whether or not the Bruins use one of their expansion protection slots on Frederic or if they leave him open to being seized by the Kraken.

It seems likely that the Bruins' options on defense will be more palatable to Seattle, but with Frederic on this new short-money deal, he may be enticing if left out there.