Former UMass defenseman, Matt Irwin, was recently signed to the Boston Bruins for a one-year deal. Irwin was signed for a full year contract, valued at $800,000. Matt Irwin for formerly with the San Jose sharks last season and really made an impact. He put up his best season in the league with eight goals and eleven assists in the 53 games he played. His career total games is at 153 (all with San Jose) and has 16 total goals, and 34 assists. Irwin is projected to be best as a third-pairing defenseman, while there are several players who could fight back for the position. He’ll have to keep his eyes peeled at training camp and preseason to keep himself on the blue line.
Irwin is sure to add some serious talent to the Boston Bruins team with his seasoned career. Irwin has played in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the San Jose Sharks. One might say that Irwin is heading back to the place that he was really getting noticed as a hockey player. When Irwin hit the ice for the Minutemen he played in 67 games and scored 14 goals and 28 assists. Irwin played for UMass from 2008-2010.
The Bruins now have an estimated $4.7 million in salary cap since signing Irwin. I am personally extremely excited to see Irwin hit the ice with Marchand, Krug, Lucic, and newcomer Jake Debrusk. The first game back at home is on Sunday September 20, 2015 against the New Jersey Devils. The game will be held at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center located in Providence, Rhode Island.