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Reports: Bruins sign defenseman Derek Forbort to a 3-year, $9 million deal

Help on the blueline.

Winnipeg Jets v Montreal Canadiens - Game Four Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

It looks like the Bruins have made their first move of free agency, and it's a boost to the blue line:

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!