(Source: CBS Boston) – The Boston Bruins have added another center, signing veteran Dominic Moore to a one-year deal on Tuesday. The team announced the signing of Moore to a one-year, $900,000 one-way contract. The 36-year-old is no stranger to the area, having played four years at Harvard from 1999-2003. At Harvard, he tallied 147 points (64-83-147) in 128 games. His performance as a freshman led to his being drafted in the third round of the 2000 draft by the New York Rangers.
No this isn’t the blockbuster deal we’ve been hoping for that helps shore up the Bruins aging defense but it’s a nice signing nonetheless. And the above YouTube clip warms my heart watching Moore bury the Canadiens Stanley Cup dreams with a beautiful goal a couple seasons ago. That’s 23 years and counting above the border, Habs fans.
The Bruins have good depth at center but the bottom-6 forwards were certainly in need of some veteran presence with the departures of Chris Kelly and Max Talbot. You don’t have to look much further than Pittsburgh’s Matt Cullen to see that an inexpensive veteran leader can make huge difference to your team. Maybe Moore can provide a similar spark for the young guys while teaching them how to be a pro.
Moore is by all accounts an unreal guy to have in the locker room who can also help kill penalties while providing leadership. The only worry would be he clogs things up in that bottom-6 group, potentially taking ice-time from a developing center like Noel Acciari. But it’s a long season and I don’t see that being an issue.
There may be no need to start planning a parade for next June because of this signing, but I think most Bruins fans will be happy with what Dominic Moore provides this team night in and night out.