The Boston Bruins have announced that they have re-signed forward Karson Kuhlman to a two-year deal.The average cap hit per season slots in at $725K and it is considered a hybrid contract. The first season is a two-way deal, while the second year is only one-way. The twenty-five year old Minnesota native has accrued eleven points in thirty-six games at the NHL level. However at the AHL level, Kuhlman has been much more productive. In sixty-nine career AHL games, he has produced thirty-six total points.
The Bruins probably don't see a concrete role for Kuhlman at the moment, as there is a logjam of bottom-six forwards on the team. He is a safe player that doesn't make a lot of careless mistakes you'd expect out of someone with that little NHL experience. Although he hasn't produced that much offensively; and for a team struggling with secondary scoring there may not be a fit. This feels like the Bruins are covering their bases here. In the event other players out produce him early on, the team can send him to the AHL without cap repercussions. Kuhlman has been a solid insert into the lineup whenever the Bruins suffer an injury, and this contract feels like insurance for just that.