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Bruins likely to give Jakub Zboril a shot with new contract, bolster 4th-line depth with Greg McKegg

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Well, it's not Taylor Hall, Mike Hoffman or any other headliners, but the Bruins bolstered their depth across the organization on Wednesday with three new signings — with the club announcing that they have inked defenseman Jakub Zboril, forward Greg McKegg and goaltender Callum Booth to contracts.

Zboril signed a two-year contract with an NHL cap hit of $725,000, McKegg agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with an NHL cap hit of $700,000 and Booth signed on for a one-year, two-way deal with an NHL cap hit of $700,000.

Zboril, Boston's first pick (13th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft, was due for a new contract as a restricted free agent. The 23-year-old defenseman skated in 58 games with the Providence Bruins in 2019-20, scoring three goals and a recording career-high 16 assists for 19 points with a plus-20 rating. He finished the season ranked second among Providence's blueliners in scoring and third on the team in plus/minus.

The 6-foot, 200-pound defenseman has played three full professional seasons with Providence, totaling 11 goals and 46 assists for 57 points with a plus-35 rating. He logged two games up in the NHL ranks with Boston during the 2018-19 season. The Brno, Czech Republic, product is currently on loan overseas and playing with his hometown Brno Kometa in the Czech League. He has already appeared in two games with the club.

McKegg, 28, has been a fourth-line contributor in his NHL career, skating for six different clubs over the last seven seasons. Last season, McKegg skated in 53 games with the New York Rangers, tallying five goals and four assists for nine points. The 6-foot, 192-pound forward appeared in 41 games for the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2018-19 season, posting six goals and five assists for 11 points in 41 appearances. The St. Thomas, Ontario native also buried a goal in Game 1 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Final against Boston.

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Booth, 23, took turns in net between the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL last season. The 6-foot-3, 187-pound goaltender has appeared in 15 career AHL games with Charlotte, compiling a 7-4-0 record with a 2.54 goals against average and .902 save percentage. He has also played in 60 career ECHL games, posting a 36-19-4 record with three shutouts, a 2.66 goals against average and .908 save percentage.

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