The Boston Bruins have agreed to terms on contracts with seven players, including former AHL All-Stars Brad Boyes, Eric Healey and Nathan Robinson, along with Ben Guite, Jason MacDonald, Kevin Dallman and Jonathan Sigalet.
Sigalet, a 2005 Boston draft pick, agreed to a three-year contract, foregoing his final two years of college eligibility at Bowling Green State University. Restricted free agents Boyes and Dallman and unrestricted free agents Guite, Robinson, Healey and MacDonald all agreed to one-year deals.
In keeping with club policy, terms of the contracts were not released.
Boyes, 23, enters his fourth professional season in 2005-06. He finished second in team scoring with 75 points (33g, 42a) in 80 games for Providence last year, and added eight goals and seven assists in 16 Calder Cup Playoff contests.
2004 AHL All-Star forward Nathan Robinson split last season between Grand Rapids and Syracuse.
In 238 career AHL games with Providence, Cleveland and St. John’s, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Mississauga, Ont., has recorded 94 goals and 117 assists for 211 points, topping the 30-goal mark in each of his first three pro seasons.
A first-round draft choice by Toronto in 2000, Boyes played in the 2003 AHL All-Star Classic and was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team in 2002-03. He has appeared in one NHL game, with San Jose in 2004.
Robinson, 23, also enters his fourth professional season in 2005-06. In 69 games between Grand Rapids and Syracuse last year, Robinson tallied 14 goals and 30 assists for 44 points.
An AHL All-Star in 2004, Robinson has totaled 41 goals and 70 assists for 111 points in 191 career AHL games since 2002. The native of Scarborough, Ont., is also scoreless in five career NHL games with Detroit.
Eric Healey led the AHL in goal-scoring during the 2002-03 season.
Healey, 30, spent the 2004-05 season in Germany after six successful years in the AHL, where he has recorded 282 points (141g, 141a) in 373 games with Chicago, Manchester, Springfield and Saint John. Healey was an AHL All-Star in 2002, and led the league with 42 goals during the 2002-03 season.
A native of Hull, Mass., Healey was undrafted out of RPI.
Guite, 27, picked up nine goals and 15 assists in 77 games for Providence last season, adding three goals and four assists in 17 playoff matches. A product of the University of Maine, Guite has compiled 42 goals and 72 assists for 114 points in 314 career AHL games with Providence, Bridgeport and Cincinnati over the past four seasons.
Jason MacDonald has played in two Calder Cup Finals during his career.
MacDonald, 31, played the 2004-05 season in St. John’s, recording four goals, eight assists and 152 penalty minutes in 29 games. A two-time Calder Cup finalist (1998, 2001), MacDonald has totaled 91 goals and 114 assists 205 points, along with 1,565 PIM, in 438 career AHL games with St. John’s, Hartford, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Saint John, Fredericton and Adirondack.
MacDonald made his NHL debut with the New York Rangers, appearing in four games in 2003-04.
Dallman, 24, originally signed as a free agent with Boston on July 18, 2002. He has led Providence defensemen in scoring in each of the last two years, and was named the team’s best defenseman in 2004-05, when he had eight goals and 26 assists for 34 points in 71 games. In three AHL seasons with the P-Bruins, Dallman has 16 goals and 68 assists in 208 games.
Sigalet, 19, played two years of college hockey at Bowling Green State University with six goals and 25 assists in 72 career college games. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound native of Vancouver, B.C., was drafted by the Bruins as their fourth pick, 100th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. His brother, Jordan, a 2001 Bruins draft pick and a teammate at Bowling Green, signed a contract with Boston on August 5th.