Andrew Bodnarchuk is joining the reigning Stanley Cup champions.
The 23-year-old defenceman from Hammonds Plains has left the Boston Bruins after four seasons under contract with the organization and has inked a one-year, two-way pact with Los Angeles Kings.
Bodnarchuk has played primarily in the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins since turning pro in 2008 and also earned a five-game stint in the NHL in 2009-10.
The Bruins allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent late last month.
“He’s been with us for awhile and we chose not to qualify him and we wanted to be able to give him an opportunity to go elsewhere,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told NESN.com. “He would’ve been a depth player for us.”
Bodnarchuk is expected to take a job with the Kings’ AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, and add to the organization’s depth. Manchester, in New Hampshire, is only about a two-hour drive from Providence, R.I., where he played for the Bruins.
Nova Scotia contract tracker:
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
— F Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia * Mooseheads
— F James Sheppard, San Jose * Lower Sackville
— D Alex Grant, Pittsburgh * Antigonish
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
— D Milan Jurcina, N.Y. Islanders * Mooseheads
— D Colin White, San Jose * New Glasgow
— C Logan MacMillan, Calgary * Mooseheads
— G Marc Cheverie, Pittsburgh * Cole Harbour
— D Alexandre Picard, Pittsburgh * Mooseheads
— D Aaron Johnson, Columbus * Port Hawkesbury
— F Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh (2008-2013, $43.5M, 2013-2025, $104.4M) * Cole Harbour
— F Brad Marchand, Boston(2011-2013, $5M) * Hammonds Plains/Mooseheads
— F Alex Tanguay, Calgary (2011-2016, $17.5M) * Mooseheads
— G Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Colorado (2011-2013, $2.5M) * Mooseheads
— F Jody Shelley, Philadelphia (2010-2013, $3.3M) * Yarmouth/Mooseheads
— D Andrew MacDonald, N.Y. Islanders (2010-2014, $2.2M) * Judique
— F Eric Boulton, New Jersey (2011-2013, $1.325M) * Middle Sackville
— G Joey MacDonald, Detroit (2011-2013, $1.1M) * Bayview, Pictou Co./Mooseheads
— F Andrew Gordon, Vancouver (2011-2013, $1.075M) * Porters Lake
— F Zach Sill, Pittsburgh (2011-2013, $1.07M) * Stewiacke
— F Steven Anthony, Vancouver (2011-2014, $1.73M) * Halifax
— G Peter Delmas, Montreal (2011-2014, $1.825M) * Bedford/Mooseheads
— D Konrad Abeltshauser, San Jose (2012-2015, $1.9M) * Mooseheads
— D Andrew Bodnarchuk, Boston (2012-2013, N/A) * Hammonds Plains/Mooseheads