NHL rumors: Bruins free agent Sean Kuraly to join Blue Jackets

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Report: Bruins free agent Sean Kuraly to join Blue Jackets originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Sean Kuraly is going back home.

The Ohio native is leaving the Boston Bruins after signing a four-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets in NHL free agency, per Aaron Portzline of The Athletic.

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Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports Kuraly's deal with the Blue Jackets is worth $10 million with a $2.5 million salary cap hit.

Kuraly was acquired by the Bruins in a trade with the San Jose Sharks in 2016. He made his Bruins debut during the 2016-17 season. In that year's Stanley Cup Playoff run, Kuraly scored two goals in Game 5 of the first round against the Ottawa Senators, including the winning tally in double overtime.

Kuraly was a useful bottom-six forward for the Bruins over the last four years, primarily as the fourth-line center. He also was effective on the penalty kill.

But Kuraly failed to make much of an offensive impact during the 2020-21 regular season or Boston's latest playoff run. It made sense for the Bruins to let Kuraly walk in free agency and replace his spot in the lineup with a younger and cheaper player.

This move opens up ice time for a player like Trent Frederic to take on a larger role.