Brendan Gaunce became an unrestricted free agent after the Canucks opted to not provide him with a qualifying offer.
With the new found freedom, Gaunce has agreed to terms with the Boston Bruins on a one-year two-way contract:
We've signed the following players to two-way deals with NHL cap hits of $700,000:
Forward Ryan Fitzgerald
Forward Brendan Gaunce
Goalie Maxime Lagace
Defenseman Josiah Didier has also been signed to a one-year AHL contract. pic.twitter.com/uCCls7f60H
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 1, 2019
It was reported by PuckPedia that the AHL salary is $375,000
The #NHLBruins signed 25 y/o C Gaunce to 1 yr $700K Deal.
NHL Salary: $700K
AHL Salary: $375K
— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) July 1, 2019
Gaunce appeared in three games with the Canucks this season posting one goal and two assists along the way. His major issue was his foot speed and inability to produce offence and thus fell out of favour with the team as they looked to get more speed in the lineup and offensive depth.
The 2012 1st round pick had done well given that he was being tasked with a defensive deployment but it was clear that the organization was moving on.
For Gaunce, the high AHL salary is a good fallback option for him as he tries to fight for an NHL job with the Bruins.