The Bruins announced on Monday that they had agreed to terms with undrafted center Tyler Gaudet. The contract is for 3 years. Gaudet fits the Bruins mold coming in at 6'3" and 210lbs. Gaudet has been getting rave reviews for his play in the Soo, as an overager he is seen as a 'late bloomer' who has really come into his own this season. While helping the Soo Greyhounds to a 15-2 start he has 11 goals and 13 assists in his first 19 games. But it's not only his offense that has gotten him his first NEFHL contract, Hounds coach Sheldon Keefe had nothing but praise for the player he's coached for years he "has a very high skill level and the ability to handle the puck." Gaudet has much to offer, said the new head coach. "He’s a big guy that skates extremely well, plays well at both ends of the ice and is versatile."
Good news for the Bruins who's GM is from the Soo and has watched Gaudet on multiple occasions over the past year and a half. "I think he will keep accelarating, he's one of those players every team needs, he can play so many roles, has good hands, will drop the gloves if he needs to and has a good future in the NEFHL". said Bruins GM Chris Ransom at the team's breakfast in Florida. The Bruins are flying to Pittsburgh for a rematch with the Penguins. Gaudet knows it will be some time before he gets his shot at the NEFHL but is willing to keep working hard "I didn't expect to be here, a couple year ago if you told me i would be signing an NEFHL contract I would have lol'd...dreams can come true."
The Bruins are still banged up, Penner is not expected to play in Pittsburgh and Lecavilier still has 4 more games to sit out after being suspended for high sticking Jonas Brodin. The team is limping after losing three straight but haven't given up hope. James Reimer will most likely get the start after Leland Irving shit the bed vs. the Sabres last week. It should be a good test and will tell the GM what his team is made of.
On the trade front the team is still shopping for help up the middle, but then again who isn't. The market is stiff and while there has been discussions, there is no help coming anytime soon. Rumors have also surfaced around James Neal and his unhappiness with coach Ken Hitchcock but the team has denied any rift. The team has also made it known they are willing to deal their 1st round pick in the upcoming draft. But with the swoon of late, it would be ill advised to move what could be another lotto pick. Last year the Bruins 1st was the 13th overall pick which the Islanders used on Nikita Zadorov.