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Mon, 07/13/2009 - 7:03pm  

Bruins sign four free agent skaters to one-year contracts

The Boston Bruins hauled in a crop of free agent depth players from last week's Prospect Development Camp, and announced on Monday afternoon that they'd signed four players to one-year entry-level deals. Defenseman Rob Kwiet, center Drew Larman, defenseman Zach McKelvie and center Trent Whitfield were all inked to one-year contracts after -- with the exception of Larman and Whitfield -- showing off their skill set up close and personal with the B's brass in attendance. 
The 20-year-old Kwiet spent the 2008-2009 season with the 2009 Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League as a teammate of Boston's fourth-round pick Lane MacDermid.  Kwiet skated in 66 regular season games recording 12-55= 67 totals and showed some offensive flash-and-dash with the Baby B's last week.
The 24-year old Larman has spent the last four seasons with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.  In 2008-09, he skated in 61 regular season games potting 10 goals and registering a career high 12 assists. Larman has also played in 22 games with the Florida Panthers during his pro hockey career. 
The 24-year-old McKelvie has spent the past four seasons in the NCAA playing for the Army Black Knights.  In the 2008-2009 season, he skated in 33 regular season games recording 5-12=17 totals and won the prestigious Army Athletic Association Award, an honor awarded to the male and female cadet who displays the "most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet."
The 32-year-old Whitfield spent most of 2008-2009 playing with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL.  In 69 games played, Whitfield led the team with 30 assists and 50 points, while finishing second in goals scored with 20.  Whitfield played in three NHL games for the St. Louis Blues during the 2009-2009 season and notched one assist. 




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