Boston Bruins Resign Depth Forward Tim Schaller
On Wednesday, the Boston Bruins re-signed unrestricted free agent Tim Schaller. The contract terms is a one-year deal worth $775k.
The Merrimack, NH native is 26-years-old played in 59 games last season for the Bruins scoring 7 goals and 7 assists. Schaller spent the majority of his time playing on the fourth line for the B’s averaging 12:16 minutes of ice time a game.
In the playoffs, he skated in six games for the Boston Bruins netting one goal and was asked to play more minutes for Boston averaging 13:29 minutes per game in the Ottawa series.
He played his first two seasons as a member of the Buffalo Sabres and signed with Boston prior to the 2016 season to a one-year two-way contract. Schaller went undrafted out of Providence College where he played four seasons for the Friars from 09-10-to-12-13. Schaller was a captain of the Friars ice hockey team in his senior year and played alongside fellow Bruin Noel Acciari who was a freshman in the 2012-13 season at Providence.
Schaller, like the Acciari signing of a week ago, is a depth deal meant to sure up the bottom six forward group. He adds a layer of physicality racking up 23 penalty minutes last season for the Black and Gold and wasn’t afraid to create contact on the boards. Schaller has shown the ability to create scoring opportunities for others and find the back of the net himself, this is the type of signing that Bruins fans should like.
With the Schaller signing the chances of the Boston Bruins resigning Drew Stafford are now even lower. The two sides had kept in contact but Don Sweeney was alluding to Stafford not being part of the team’s plans going forward.