The Bruins announced four deals Wednesday, as they made the signings of 2010 second-round picks Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner official  and announced a one-year extension for forward Stefan Chaput. The B’s have also hired former NHL  defenseman Kevin Dean as an assistant coach of the Providence Bruins.
While Dean and Chaput will spend next season in Providence, Knight and Spooner will not. Because they are both 19 years of age and will not be 20 before Dec. 31, they will either have to make the Bruins’ NHL  squad or return to their OHL clubs.
Spooner was told last year by the Bruins that he needed to put work in to get stronger, and general manager Peter Chiarelli said at this month’s development camp that Spooner clearly had done what was required of him. He echoed how much he’s been impressed by each player’s progress Wednesday.
“Both of them got a little bit stronger, a little bit faster,” Chiarelli told a pool reporter. “Specifically Spooner, his testing improved from when we did the last till now. And you can see his a little bit bigger a little bit faster, a little bit more committed. Knight was always strong, he seemed a little more comfortable with his game at that level. And they both had good junior years. So I like to see them put some work in and then we decided to sign them.”
Once again, Chiarelli offered no update on the negotiations with restricted free agent Brad Marchand .
“I’m not going to comment on progress,” he said. “We want to get him signed and we’ll continue to work towards that.”