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Former Canucks defenceman Nikita Zadorov reveals why he signed with Boston


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Cooper Godin
July 9, 2024  (12:28)
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Nikita Zadorov holding up a Boston Bruins jersey with General Manager Don Sweeney.
Photo credit: CBS News

It's been just over a week since Nikita Zadorov officially left the Vancouver Canucks as an unrestricted free agent to join the Boston Bruins and he met with the media in Beantown on Monday.

During his media availability, Zadorov was asked about why he chose to sign with the Boston Bruins rather than any other team in the National Hockey League and for the Russian blueliner, it all comes down to winning.
Zadorov told reporters that he believes being with the Boston Bruins gives him the best opportunity to win a Stanley Cup and he's going to give it his all every single night to try and make that a reality.
"I want [to have] my best chance to win a championship," Zadorov said Monday. "I'm really [invested] in what I do, and I'm putting all my heart into everything, and right now I'm here for six years and I want to put my heart into [being] a Bruin and to try to win a Stanley Cup in here."

Zadorov, 29, inked a six-year contract worth $30 million ($5 million cap hit), with the Boston Bruins on Canada Day which gives them another option for their top-four and he could play with either Andrew Peeke or Brandon Carlo to start the 2024-25 campaign.
Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney also commented on the signing, saying that the presence Nikita Zadorov brings is important to them. He added that Zadorov's game has grown over the last year.
"The presence that ‘Z' brings is important to us," Boston general manager Don Sweeney said. "Playing a lot of top-four minutes in the playoffs against top guys comes with a bit of swagger. He has certainly seen his game grow and probably get a little more defined in what he's capable of doing."

The Moscow native appeared in 54 regular season games with the Vancouver Canucks following his trade from Calgary, registering 14 points (five goals, nine assists), 102 penalty minutes and was a plus-six. Zadorov went on to add eight points in 13 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Source: NHL.com
Bruins provide ‘best chance to win a championship,' Zadorov says
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