Matt Irwin has found a new home.
The 27-year-old defenseman, who spent the first six years of his pro career in the Sharks organization, signed a 1-year contract with the Boston Bruins for $800,000. Irwin spent two years in nearby Amherst from 2008-10, playing at the University of Massachusetts.
Irwin broke into the NHL full time in the shortened 2013 season. In 151 NHL games over three seasons, he has 16 goals and 34 assists for 50 points and 63 penalty minutes.
The Sharks never seemed all that interested in bringing Irwin, an unrestricted free agent, back to San Jose. Although his 2014-15 season was inconsistent at the start, he was among their better blueliners in the second half, finishing with 8 goals and 19 points in 53 games.
The Sharks have added defenseman Paul Martin in the offseason, signing the veteran to a 4-year contract. Along with losing Irwin, Scott Hannan will also not be re-signed, so the Sharks could still be looking to add one more blueliner in the offseason.
Irwin originally signed with the Sharks as a free agent on March 23, 2010. He signed a 2-year, $2 million contract extension on April 3, 2013.