The NHL's Boston Bruins sign rookie Byron Bitz to multi-year deal

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BOSTON - Byron Bitz has signed a multi-year contract to stay with the Boston Bruins.

The deal announced Wednesday keeps the 24-year-old forward with the team after a rookie season in which he had four goals and three assists in 35 games and showed a physical style. In five playoff games, he had one goal and one assist.

The Bruins drafted Bitz in the fourth round of the 2003 NHL draft after four years at Cornell.