The writing was on the wall at the end of last season about the end of things between Anton Blidh and the Boston Bruins, but it became official on Wednesday when Blidh signed a one-year one-way contract for a cap of $750,000 with Colorado. Avalanche.
Blidh, 27, scored two goals and nine points in 32 games for the Boston Bruins last season while at times being a highly effective forward capable of handling fourth-line duties, flailing opponents and occasionally providing a little attack. . But Blidh was also at the center of a notable incident near the end of the regular season when he fell out with the Detroit Red Wings at the end of a road loss in April.
Blidh was whistled for a number of penalties in the brouhaha that took place after the final buzzer and the Swedish striker was essentially relegated to the press box for the rest of the season after landing in the niche of the coach. Blidh’s final appearance with the Boston Bruins came in the final game of the regular season in Toronto when a handful of regulars were left in Boston to rest in preparation for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
It was the end of a seven-year association between Blidh and the Boston Bruins after they selected him in the sixth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and marks the end of any Boston contribution from any players in the draft class of this B with a disgruntled Peter Cehlarik. play in Europe these days.
Blidh was not shy about expressing his displeasure with the way things went at the end of last season, in terms of the lack of playing time.
“Obviously, I didn’t play as much as I wanted. Some days were tougher than others,” said Anton Blidh, returning the day B broke after their first-round playoff exit against the Carolina Hurricanes. “But at the end of the day, I thought I did a good job of bringing energy and a smile every day.
“Some days I’d rather be in the AHL, to be honest with you. I didn’t sign here just to sit on the ninth floor of the press box. I signed up here to play hockey. It’s the NHL, my goal is to play here. The playoffs are the fun part of playing hockey. I felt like I could make a difference on some nights. So it was hard, yeah.
The Boston Bruins are clearly bringing in new fourth-line candidates after AJ Greer signed a one-way, one-year contract with the Bs on the first day of free agency, and now Blidh has an opportunity with a team of ‘Avalanche stacked may be looking for some extra turmoil while expecting to lose Nazem Kadri in free agency at some point this summer.