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Bruins Sign Goalie to 3-Year Deal

October 29, 1999

BOSTON (AP) _ Goalie Byron Dafoe, who led the NHL last season with 10 shutouts, ended his holdout Friday by signing a three-year contract with the Boston Bruins.

The value of the deal was not announced.

Dafoe originally had asked for $4 million a year but later lowered his demands. The Bruins had offered $3 million per year, increased that to $3.15 million but took that offer off the table after Dafoe asked for incentives.

At one point, Dafoe asked to be traded as the sides appeared to harden their negotiating positions.

In his absence, the Bruins are 3-5-4 with Rob Tallas and John Grahame sharing the goaltending duties. Boston has won its last three games.

Dafoe was one of the NHL’s leading goalies last season, when the Bruins were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Buffalo Sabres.

Last season, Dafoe was second in save percentage and third with a 1.99 goals against average.

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