The Bruins have signed Fitzgerald to a one-year, two-way contract with an NHL salary cap hit of $700,000. On the heels of a 2018-19 season in which he recorded nine goals and 37 points in 61 games with AHL Providence, the 2013 fourth-rounder is back in the fold as a depth forward for the Bruins' organization. At 5-foot-9 and 172 pounds, Fitzgerald still has to demonstrate that he can handle the physical rigors of the NHL game, but the 24-year-old retains a degree of upside as a playmaker, which could pave his way to an NHL role down the road.
The Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Fitzgerald. The 2013 fourth-rounder is coming a 2018-19 season in which he recorded nine goals and 37 points in 61 games with AHL Providence. At 5-foot-9, 172 pounds, Fitzgerald still needs to prove that he's up to the physical rigors of the NHL, but the 24-year-old does have some upside as a playmaker, which could help him see some action with the big club next season.
Fitzgerald (arm) will suit up for AHL Providence on Friday against AHL Toronto, Mark Divver of The Providence Journal reports. Fitzgerald appears set to rejoin the lineup after concerns of a setback in his recovery popped up at practice Tuesday, but it appears the center is no worse for the wear. If the 24-year-old can resume his minor-league productivity (26 points in 37 games), he could be in line for a call-up by the Bruins down the stretch.
Fitzgerald (undisclosed) sported a non-contact jersey at practice Tuesday, Mark Divver of The Providence Journal reports. After missing over a month's worth of action, Fitzgerald returned to action for AHL Providence last Friday, but he evidently suffered some sort of setback and sat out Saturday and Sunday's contests. His presence at practice Tuesday suggests that the forward could play again this coming weekend, however. Prior to being injured last month, Fitzgerald had logged seven goals and 26 points in 36 games. Once the 24-year-old re-establishes his health, a call-up could be in the cards, especially with the big club looking to add scoring punch with David Pastrnak sidelined.
Fitzgerald is considered week-to-week after sustaining an arm/wrist injury this past Saturday, Mark Divver of The Providence Journal reports. While an NHL call-up wasn't necessarily imminent, Fitzgerald is at least on the radar on that front, given that he leads AHL Providence in scoring with 26 points in 36 games to date. The 24-year-old will thus look to get back into the swing of things before the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic, which is slated to be held January 27-28. Fitzgerald is Providence's lone representative on the Atlantic Division All-Star roster.
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