Exelby’s contract is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $130,000 at the AHL level over the course of the deal. MacDermid’s contract is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level.
Exelby, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound defenseman, spent the 2011-12 season with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins after signing with the Detroit Red Wings on July 5, 2011. In 75 games, he recorded AHL career highs with seven goals, 14 assists and 21 points, and collected 177 penalty minutes with a plus-8 rating.
The 30-year-old is a veteran of 408 career NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers and Toronto Maple Leafs, tallying seven goals and 43 assists for 50 points, along with 584 penalty minutes. For his AHL career, Exelby has played in 280 games with Chicago, Rockford and Grand Rapids, tallying 16 goals and 34 assists for 50 points, along with 702 penalty minutes and a plus-18 rating.
Exelby won a Calder Cup with Chicago in 2002. The Craik, Sask., native was drafted by Atlanta in the eighth round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
MacDermid appeared in five games with Boston during the 2011-12 season, making his NHL debut on Mar. 4 at the New York Rangers. The 22-year-old spent the majority of the season in Providence, recording four goals, 12 assists and 121 penalty minutes in 69 AHL games.
In 212 AHL games over his first three professional seasons, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound forward has registered 13 goals, 27 assists and 434 penalty minutes with the P-Bruins.
MacDermid, a native of Sauble Beach, Ont., was selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.