Bruins sign veteran defenseman Garnet Exelby

The Bruins have signed veteran defenseman Garnet Exelby to a one-year, two-way contract. If Exelby makes the varsity roster, he will earn $600,000 in 2012-13. Exelby will make $130,000 in Providence.

The 30-year-old Exelby could be in the running to serve as the No. 7 defenseman to start 2012-13. Exelby is a stay-at-home left-shot defenseman whose best days took place in Atlanta. Exelby was a five-year regular with the Thrashers, where he played a simple but in-your-face style.

Toronto acquired Exelby and Colin Stuart from Atlanta for Pavel Kubina and Tim Stapleton on July 1, 2009. Exelby fell out of favor in Toronto.


Exelby played in the AHL the last two seasons. Last year, Exelby scored seven goals and 14 assists in 75 games for Grand Rapids, Detroit’s AHL affiliate. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Exelby also recorded 177 penalty minutes. In 2010-11, Exelby put up a 3-10-13 line with 128 PIMs for Rockford, Chicago’s farm club.

“He is still young enough to become a regular in the rotation,” Neil Abbott, Exelby’s agent, wrote in an email. “He is very pleased to be joining the organization and the fans will really enjoy his hitting ability.”

* The Bruins re-signed Lane MacDermid to a one-year, two-way deal ($600,000/$70,000). MacDermid was a restricted free agent. MacDermid could push for a fourth-line job.

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