WILMINGTON — The Bruins this morning made official the signing of veteran left winger Miro Satan to a one-year contract and he is on the ice right now here at Ristuccia Arena with his new Black-and-Gold teammates, wearing a bright red sweater, along with injured winger Milan Lucic.
Satan, 35, is believed to have signed for a pro-rated $700,000. With the seeason at its halfway point, he will be approximately a $350,000 charge against the $56.8 million salary cap. A true bargain for someone with a bonafide NHL scoring track record (721 points/1012 career games).
Named last week to the Slovakian Olympic team, on which his old pal Zdeno Chara also will play, Satan was without work this season after winning a Cup last June with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Coach Claude Julien told nhl.com on Saturday that he expects Satan to be able to join the lineup in fairly short order, perhaps a week to 10 days.
Satan will add instant competition for job placement on the Boston offense, which has struggled considerably this season for a variety of reasons–injuries, the absence of Phil Kessel (dealt in September to the Maple Leafs) and the general melancholy that has pervaded what last season was the league’s No. 2 rated offense.
Satan has a No. 81, has familiar in NHL number on the back of his helmet. No. 81 was last worn in Boston by Kessel. The club’s news release did not make mention what sweater number he will wear in game action, but it’s like it’s likely he’ll maintain his nine-squared sweater.
Satan looks fit and is skating fluidly. During one drill, he teamed with Lucic to work the top of the box on the PK.
Overall, a spirited workout, with the lines identical to the Winter Classic on Friday:
Steve Begin-Marc Savard-Marco Sturm; Blake Wheeler-David Krejci-Michael Ryder; Danny Paille-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi; Shawn Thornton-Vladimir Sobotka-Byron Bitz.
Julien confirmed after the workout that Satan likely will need a week or a little bit more before his legs and timing have reached the point where he can play an NHL game. But the coach said he was impressed at Satan’s fitness level. ”He obviously kept himself in good shape,” said Julien.
Satan, who has been designated sweater No. 81, has the locker adjacent to fellow Slovak and good pal Zdeno Chara. Satan said after the skate that he was somewhat surprised, given that he didn’t have an NHL job, to be named last week to his country’s Olympic team. However, he noted, the roster has not been finalized. While he searched for an NHL job, he said, Slovak GM Petr Bondra remained in regular contact with him.