NHL free agency 2019: Bruins bring back Danton Heinen on two-year deal

The Bruins’ front office made sure it wouldn’t have to trek to Toronto for a contract arbitration hearing this summer.

Boston on Tuesday signed restricted free-agent center Danton Heinen to a two-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $2.8 million. Heinen was the only Bruins restricted free agent to file for arbitration this offseason. His hearing was scheduled for Aug. 3.

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Heinen, 24, took the ice for 77 games in his second NHL season and finished with 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) and a plus-13 rating. He added two goals and six assists in the playoffs.

The Langley, B.C., native’s new deal leaves Boston with $7,353,334 in projected salary cap space according to CapFriendly. That should be more than enough to bring back defensemen Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy, who are both restricted free agents.

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