Nick Foligno turns down chance to play with brother Marcus, signs with Bruins
The Athletic’s Michael Russo reports that forward Nick Foligno will sign with the Boston Bruins, turning down a chance to play with his brother Marcus Foligno in Minnesota as was expected. The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch is reporting that the deal is two years in length. Unofficially, the salary is believed to be $3.8M.
In speaking with the media, both Foligno and Boston GM Don Sweeney acknowledged that they do not know exactly where Foligno will play in Boston. This seems to be more a case of a player and team with mutual interest and less of the team actually filling a need. Foligno stated that he has always admired the Bruins and a call from captain Patrice Bergeron sealed the deal. Foligno also has ties to the city as his daughter received life-saving surgery at the famed Boston Children’s Hospital.
So what role will Foligno have? With Erik Haula and Tomas Nosek also joining the fold today and decision still yet to be made by David Krejci, as well as rumors continuing to swirl around Jake DeBrusk, it is unclear exactly how the Bruins will look up front by opening night. However, they were missing a snarl in the corners and a strong net front presence at times this past season and Foligno can provide plenty of both. His positional versatility and ample experience also allows him to line up at any position and move up and down the lineup all while providing value. Foligno is one of those do-it-all players and Boston will have no trouble finding a use for him as they look to remain a top contender.