Dominic Moore wants to return to the Bruins next season.

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Dominic Moore wants to return to Bruins

Ty Anderson
June 12, 2017 - 8:45 am

A 10-team journeyman in an NHL career that’s spanned 847 games, including 82 games with the Bruins last season, fourth-line forward Dominic Moore doesn’t seem eager to join NHL team No. 11.

It’s instead in Boston, where he recorded 11 goals (his most since an 18-goal outburst with the Lightning in 2010-11) and 25 points as a late summer signing, that the vet would prefer to stay.

“There’s great potential in Boston. I’d like to be back, but we’ll see,” Moore, who will be 37 when next season starts, told Sportsnet. “We’ll talk in the next couple of weeks. With the expansion draft, we’ll see how things shake out there. You want to make sure for both sides that it’s a good fit.”

Seemingly cooked after a 2015-16 season that saw him pot just six goals and total 15 points with the Rangers, it was with the Bruins that Moore, who has lived in the Boston area since his Harvard days, revitalized his career and served as a versatile jolt of life to the B’s bottom-six. It was on the B’s league-best penalty-killing group where Moore earned every cent of his $900,000 payday, as he averaged 1:58 of shorthanded time on ice per contest (the second-most among B’s forwards, behind just perennial Selke favorite Patrice Bergeron), and was the club’s go-to faceoff option behind No. 37.

He later capped his season off with one assist (though he did a ton of little things that did not show up on the scoresheet) in the club’s six-game round one loss to the Senators.

But there’s a lot working against a potential Moore re-signing with Boston.

One: His performance this year may have priced him out of the B’s plans, especially with a big payday for David Pastrnak on the horizon. Two: There’s also the potential (or perhaps the strong likelihood) that Moore, who shot a career-best 11.5 percent this past season, would be unable to duplicate those gaudy (for him, anyways) offensive numbers on the club’s fourth line. The third one is the biggest, however, and it comes with the fact that the club seems to have a lot of similar skilled players locked up (Riley Nash, Sean Kuraly) or expected to be locked up (pending restricted free agents Noel Acciari and Tim Schaller) and on their opening night roster next season. While depth and versatility can propel you from one round to the next, that might be something the Bruins try to avoid next season given the way the forward lines shook out by the end of the club’s first-round series with the Sens.

“I have no problem continuing to prove myself,” noted Moore, who has missed just two games in the last three seasons. “But every summer you have to figure out where you’re going to be. Even the simple logistics of moving, it’s never easy. People don’t necessarily appreciate that part of the job.”

Still, he’d like to make it work given both the future potential and current roster makeup of the Bruins.

“The leadership group they have there is unique,” Moore said of the Bruins. “[Zdeno] Chara was a pleasure to get to know this year. A true pro. Amazing guy, amazing work ethic, a great leader. And people in Canada know Bergy and Marchy well — the two-way players they are. To have players like that, leaders who are all-around players — that was great to be part of.”

If unsigned, Moore will hit the open market as a free agent on July 1.

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