Bruins activate veteran defenseman from long-term injured reserve

The Bruins removed defenseman Derek Forbort from long-term injured reserve Saturday, per CapFriendly. He didn’t suit up in Boston’s Game 4 win but is now officially an option for the rest of the series.

Sure, the stars came through, but Derek Forbort was the unsung hero of the Bruins' Game 3 win over the Hurricanes - The Boston Globe

Forbort, 32, missed much of the season with a lower-body injury that had lingered since October. The Bruins shut him down semi-permanently at the trade deadline, announcing he’d be out for the rest of the regular season and was moved to LTIR to give them some additional cap space, used to acquire Pat Maroon from the Wild and Andrew Peeke from the Blue Jackets.

His last NHL game was a 5-1 loss to the Islanders on March 2.

He made only 35 appearances in the regular season, his fewest since 2019-20. He also failed to score a goal for the first time since that season but contributed four assists and a +8 rating while averaging 17:48 per game.

Boston brought Forbort in on a three-year, $9M contract in free agency in 2021 that’s expiring this offseason. He started his tenure in Boston as an above-average shutdown defender, controlling 53.1% of expected goals when on the ice in 2021-22, per Hockey Reference.

He remained one of the team’s top penalty killers throughout, but his even-strength role slowly dwindled over the life of the deal, as did his possession metrics.

2023 Player Ratings: Derek Forbort remained strong on penalty kill - Stanley Cup of Chowder

If Forbort is called upon for playoff action, he won’t come in completely cold. He posted a -1 rating in two appearances with AHL Providence on a recent conditioning stint that ended last week.

The 2010 first-round pick of the Kings has played in all 14 Boston playoff games in 2022 and 2023, posting two assists and a -2 rating while averaging 16:54 per game.

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