July 7, 2012

Bodnarchuk moves on, signs one-year deal with Kings

By Jesse Connolly

After four seasons in the Bruins’ organization, Andrew Bodnarchuk will now look to nail down a job in the National Hockey League with a different franchise.

The soon-to-be 24-year-old defenseman signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings on Friday. Financial details have yet to be released.

An alternate captain with the P-Bruins this past season, Bodnarchuk appeared in just five games for Boston throughout his tenure with the organization. A fifth-round pick back in 2006, the 5-foot-11 defenseman seemed on the cusp of cracking the big club's roster in 2009-10, as he appeared in five games.

But ever since then, Bodnarchuk was repeatedly leapfrogged on the Bruins’ depth chart, notably by Matt Bartkowski and Steve Kampfer.

Bodnarchuk earned a brief call-up this past season, but he never saw any game action for the B’s. He did not receive a qualifying offer at year’s end from the Bruins, making him an unrestricted free agent.

A native of Drumheller, Alberta, Bodnarchuk has 12-46-58 totals in 270 career AHL games. Unless he manages to break training camp with the Kings, he won’t be too far from Providence next season. Los Angeles’ AHL affiliate, the Monarchs, play in nearby Manchester, N.H.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.