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Bruins take a shot and sign forward Hanson

By Fluto Shinzawa
Globe Staff / July 10, 2012
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On Monday, the Bruins signed forward Christian Hanson to a one-year, two-way contract. If Hanson makes the NHL roster, the 26-year-old will earn $600,000. If Hanson plays in Providence, he will make $105,000. Hanson projects to start the season in the AHL, but could earn a promotion if and when injuries take place.

Last season, Hanson played for Hershey, Washington’s AHL affiliate. The 6-foot-4-inch, 228-pound Hanson scored 10 goals and had 11 assists in 52 games.

Hanson originally signed a two-year, $1.75 million contract with Toronto on March 31, 2009. In 42 career games for the Maple Leafs, the right-shot Hanson scored three goals and had six assists. He was mostly a bottom-six forward for Toronto. Last summer, Toronto did not qualify Hanson, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Hanson signed a one-year deal with the Capitals on July 11, 2011. He didn’t appear in any games for Washington last season.

Hanson, an undrafted free agent, was a four-year collegian at Notre Dame. During his senior year, in 2008-09, Hanson scored 16 goals and had 15 assists in 37 games.

Hanson is better known for being the son of Dave Hanson of “Slap Shot” fame.

Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at fshinzawa@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto.

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