The NHL today announced the cancellation of all preseason games through Sept. 30.
At 11:59 P.M. Saturday it’s widely expected that the NHL will enter into a lockout when the collective bargaining agreement expires.
But that didn’t stop the Bruins from handing out one more giant contract extension to one of their key players who they’ve decided will be part of their foundation going forward.
Instead of reporting to training camp with the Boston Bruins in an attempt to supplant a veteran from a roster spot, several top prospects and journeymen players will instead report to Providence’s camp once the lockout, in all likelihood, begins late Saturday night.
Twenty-three players, including four that cleared waivers, were assigned to the P-Bruins today.
It was as an informal deadline that everyone knew the Bruins and Tyler Seguin wanted to avoid during contract negotiations.
With the collective bargaining agreement set to expire Sept. 15, Boston’s No. 2 overall draft pick from 2010 and the team wanted to make sure that they wouldn’t be affected by any new clauses in the forthcoming CBA.
BOLTON, Mass. — His fellow 2010 draftees Taylor Hall and Jeff Skinner have done it. His linemate Brad Marchand recently did it.
So it figures that Tyler Seguin signing a contract extension prior to the beginning of the last year of his current deal should be in the offing.
Regardless of what the new Collective Bargaining Agreement looks like, Brad Marchand will not be a restricted free agent next summer.
The Bruins today made sure of that by signing the speedy winger to a four-year extension worth $4.5 million annually starting in the 2013-14 season.
As business in the NHL slowly creeps along in light of the approaching lockout, the Bruins today took care of some more roster-building work by securing the services of what they hope will be one of their central building blocks year into the future.
The Bruins signed 2012 first-round draft pick Malcolm Subban to his entry-level three-year contract.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli revealed today that forward Nathan Horton has been cleared for contact.
Horton missed most of the second half of last season with a concussion after a hit from Philadelphia’s Tom Sestito Jan. 22.
To no one’s surprise, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said today during his press conference to announce head coach Claude Julien’s new contract extension that we shouldn’t anticipate any earth-shattering player moves, or any at all for that matter, before training camp in the fall.
Most of his players from the last couple seasons’ worth of rosters have done it, so why not the coach?
Following in the footsteps of the majority of his key Bruins players, head coach Claude Julien today agreed to a multi-year contract extension with the club.
A week after they got journeyman Garnet Exelby to sign a two-way deal with them, the Bruins today inked another well-traveled defenseman to a one-year, two-way contract.
When he woke up Friday morning, Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski was the club’s last remaining unsigned restricted free agent.
That changed by the afternoon when the team announced Bartkowski had been signed to a new one-year, two-way deal for the 2012-13 season.
Keeping up their thrill-a-minute summer, the Bruins today announced two more signings to fill out their depth chart.
Forward Lane MacDermid, a restricted free agent, was re-signed, and journeyman defenseman Garnet Exelby was signed away from the Detroit organization.
The Bruins’ archest enemies have often compared Boston’s style of play to that seen in the movie “Slap Shot.”
Now the Bruins might more resemble the fictional Chiefs after making a minor signing today.
Luckily, TSN and the rest of the national media wasn’t relying on the Bruins to create the frenzy they sold their programming on today.
With the exception of filing the three contracts they already announced they had signed, the Bruins did nothing, and general manager Peter Chiarelli didn’t anticipate that changing, today on the first day of free agency in the NHL.