|06.16.16 at 1:22 pm ET|
Colorado general manager Joe Sakic told Denver Post reporter Mike Chambers that he will not trade defensemen Tyson Barrie this summer.
Avalanche NOT trading D Tyson Barrie, GM Joe Sakic tells me. LT deal preferred for RFA, or arbitration. "Either way, he'll be here" – Sakic
— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) June 16, 2016
A restricted free agent, Barrie was among a number of young defensemen the Bruins could have targeted in their efforts to upgrade their blueline this offseason.
With Barrie off the market, remaining trade possibilities might include Kevin Shattenkirk, Jacob Trouba, Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen.
|06.16.16 at 1:22 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Thursday that they have signed forward Peter Cehlarik to a three-year entry-level deal.
Cehlarik, a left-shot wing from Slovakia, was drafted by the B’s in the third round of the 2012 draft. He has played in Sweden since 2012.
Last season, Cehlarik scored 11 goals and added nine assists for 20 points in 46 games for Lulea HF of the Swedish Hockey League.
|06.15.16 at 3:06 pm ET|
The idea of using buyouts is not a wise one, but the Bruins still aren’t ruling it out as of early Wednesday afternoon. The first buyout window opens up Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Asked about the possibility of exercising buyouts, a team source said Wednesday that the team is still exploring all avenues. That’s consistent with what general manager Don Sweeney said at his season-end press conference back in April.
The two most obvious candidates for buyouts on the Bruins are Jimmy Hayes and Dennis Seidenberg. As illustrated here, buying Hayes out would be unwise, while buying Seidenberg out would be borderline foolish. As of Wednesday, Seidenberg had not heard anything about potentially being bought out.
Following are the cap charges if the team were to buy out either player:
Hayes (two years remaining, $2.3 million cap hit):
Seidenberg (two years remaining, $4 million cap hit)
2016-17: $1.166 million
2017-18: $2.166 million
2018-19: $1.166 million
2019-20: $1.166 million
|06.15.16 at 12:36 pm ET|
If you were at New Balance Fitness Club Wednesday morning, me attempting oblique v-ups was not the strangest sight you saw.
No, that honor would go to the Bruins and the construction of their new practice facility, as a crane could be seen lifting a Zamboni across the construction site before it was placed in the building.
— DJ Bean (@DJ_Bean) June 15, 2016
Warrior Ice Arena will be opened in time for training camp in September.
|06.15.16 at 9:27 am ET|
|06.14.16 at 3:28 pm ET|
For an explanation as to why, read this breakdown from earlier this offseason. The first buyout window of the summer opens Wednesday at 5 p.m. EST.
|06.14.16 at 1:24 pm ET|
It appears the NHL is heading to Las Vegas. According to the Associated Press, the league has settled on Las Vegas for an expansion team, provided organizers can come up with a $500 million fee.
Las Vegas would become the NHL’s 31st team, with the expansion occurring for the 2017-18 season at the earliest. The franchise would be the first professional sports franchise in Las Vegas.
According to the AP, the Las Vegas bid has secured more than 13,200 season ticket deposits for the new team, which will play in the brand new, 17,500-seat T-Mobile Arena.
The AP says Quebec City was also considered for expansion, but that some owners have expressed concerns over the strength of the Canadian dollar as well as greater geographical imbalance if another eastern team were added. Seattle and the Toronto area have both popped up in expansion rumors in the past, too.
The NHL last expanded in 2000, when the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets joined the league.