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Joshua Deeds
July 9, 2024  (7:53)
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On this day, today, July 8th, 1988 the Boston Bruins made a signing of defenseman Garry Galley.

The 25 year old defenseman, would sign with the Bruins after playing with the Washington Capitals.
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Prior to his arrival in Boston, he had primarily been used a one-dimensional player giving NHL pundits and fans, an idea he's an one-dimensional player.
He was used on the power-play, a way to showcase his offensive skills:
He's a skilled player,' said Maine Mariners coach Mike Milbury, who ran the Bruins practices while the NHL club was on an exhibition game road trip. 'The rap on him has been his defensive play, but he does some things we can work on. And the (offensive) dimension he adds to the game can definitely help us.'
'Coming here is a new life, a chance to start fresh,' said Galley, who started his NHL career with the L.A. Kings in 1984-85 and was traded to the Capitals in Feb. of 1987. 'Washington wanted me strictly for the power play. Some games they'd tell me, 'That's all you're going to do tonight.
'In my heart, I know I can contribute more than that. I was second on the team in plus-minus with a plus-21 in very limited even-strength action.'
2 years later with the Bruins he would help push the team to win the Stanley Cup in 1990, scoring 9 points(3 G, 6 A) in 21 playoff games.
The Bruins would lose to the Edmonton Oilers but, Galley was a significant addition to the roster.

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