It looks like the Bruins have made their first move of free agency, and it's a boost to the blue line:
AAV $3 https://t.co/vofOXEJzry— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 28, 2021
In case it's not clear, the AAV is $3 million, not $3. $3 would be quite a steal.
Derek Forbort is 29 and spent last season with the Winnipeg Jets.
Since being drafted in the first round in 2010, Forbort has also played for the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames.
Forbort is 6' 4", 219 pounds, and a left shot.
He's very much a defensive defenseman: tries to play physical, blocks shots (115 last season), etc.
Don't expect him to lead the rush very often, but the Bruins likely won't ask him to given their other mobile defenders.
He played 151 minutes for Winnipeg on the penalty kill last year, and started 58.1% of his shifts in the defensive zone.
For the Bruins, who have already seen Kevan Miller and Jeremy Lauzon leave, Forbort likely projects to be a bottom-pairing defenseman (or middle).
Ideally, they're still looking for a bigger upgrade at 1LD, but... we'll see!
i just don't know what's going on anymore with the defenceman market and at this point i'm too afraid to ask pic.twitter.com/Oe9F3FTYyd— dom at the athletic (@domluszczyszyn) July 28, 2021
Derek Forbort, signed 3x$3M by BOS, is a stay-at-home defenceman who played pretty tough second pair minutes with Winnipeg last season. #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/rH9JgiD5RX— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) July 28, 2021