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Bruins offense get much needed boost with acquisitions of Beleskey and Hayes

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:51:41 +0000

Cesar Tordesillas - 4E Sports Contributor

Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) - The Boston Bruins signed the unrestricted free agent forward Matt Beleskey and traded for forward Jimmy Hayes to improve their 22nd-ranked offense.

The 27-year-old Beleskey , a 6-foot, 204-pound left wing, was signed to a five-year deal that averages to $3.8 million per season.

He scored a 22 goals during the regular season and eight in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Anaheim Ducks.

One of the most coveted forwards during free agency, Beleskey said that an upside in joining the Bruins was that his style of play fits in with the team.

The Bruins acquired Hayes from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Reilly Smith and the rights to Marc Savard .

Hayes, 25, earned $'5,000 last season and remains a restricted free agent.

The 6-6, 211 pound Hayes had a breakout season with 19 goals in 72 games for the Panthers.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney said that their two new acquisitions will be able to play with those that complement their skill sets.

Sweeney described Beleskey and Hayes as very good in shooting the puck and who use their size and strength in the hard areas of the ice.

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