Bodnarchuk joins Kings on one-year deal

The Kings announced today that they signed free-agent defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk to a one-year contract. Bodnarchuk, who turns 24 next week, is listed at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, and he spent the past four seasons in the Boston Bruins’ organization before he became an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Bodnarchuk played five games for the Bruins during the 2009-10 season and spent the last two seasons with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. This season, in 63 games he had five goals, 12 assists and 44 penalty minutes. He was a fifth-round draft pick of the Bruins in 2006.

Bodnarchuk is likely to compete for a spot with the Manchester Monarchs, particularly given that one of the Monarchs’ top defensemen, Patrick Mullen, signed with Vancouver today. Mullen played 67 games for Manchester last season, with 13 goals and 28 assists.

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