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Panthers trade for rights to Keith Yandle

06.20.16 at 6:01 pm ET
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The Panthers traded for the rights to pending unrestricted free agent Keith Yandle Monday, according to multiple reports. That means that the top two free agent defensemen could end up off the market before July 1 hits.

Yandle is coming off a stint with the Rangers that lasted parts of two seasons after spending the first eight-plus years of his NHL career with the Coyotes. The Milton native will be 30 years old at the start of next season.

Alex Goligoski, who would probably be the best defender of an extremely weak free agent class at the position, had his rights traded by the Stars to the Coyotes last week.

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Agent: Jimmy Vesey still plans to become free agent after trade to Sabres

06.20.16 at 5:10 pm ET
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In a move that could prove to throw a monkey wrench at the Bruins’ offseason plans, the Sabres acquired the rights to left wing prospect and Hobey Baker winner Jimmy Vesey on Monday.

Buffalo sent a third-round pick to Nashville for the North Reading native. The team has until Aug. 15 to sign him to an entry-level contract before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

While the Sabres are obviously the favorite to end up with the player when all is said and done, agent Peter Fish told Monday evening that “nothing has changed” regarding Vesey’s intention to go to unrestricted free agency. ESPN’s Joe McDonald was the first to report Vesey’s camp’s intention to stay the course.

After Vesey chose against signing with the Predators, of whom he was a third-round draft pick in the 2012 draft, the Boston Herald reported that he was expected to sign with his hometown Bruins. Now, however, Vesey has the opportunity to play with 2015 second overall pick and close friend Jack Eichel should he sign with Buffalo.

Loui Eriksson still waiting for latest Bruins contract offer

06.20.16 at 3:22 pm ET
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Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

The Bruins and Loui Eriksson haven’t made much progress in recent days.

Eriksson’s camp had expected a new offer from the Bruins at some point last week, but as of Monday morning agent J.P. Barry still had yet to receive one. The expectation is that Barry and Bruins general manager Don Sweeney will discuss Eriksson’s future this week in Buffalo (where the draft will be held) if not sooner.

The sides have been negotiating the versatile winger’s next deal since early in the 2015-16 season. When an agreement hadn’t been reached by the season’s trade deadline, the B’s held onto the player in hopes that the team would make the playoffs and still be able to re-sign him.

Eriksson is coming off a 30-goal, 33-assist season for the Bruins. He will turn 31 on July 17.

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Bruins to host Devils in home opener on Oct. 20

06.20.16 at 12:10 pm ET
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With the NHL’s 2016-17 regular season set to be released Tuesday, teams began announcing their home openers on Monday.

The Bruins will host the Devils in their home opener on Oct. 20 at TD Garden. The season won’t begin until Oct. 12 due to the Word Cup of Hockey, which will be played from mid-September through Oct. 1 in Toronto.

The full schedule will be revealed at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Roberto Luongo wishes Brad Marchand a happy Father’s Day

06.19.16 at 3:18 pm ET
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Remember when Brad Marchand scored five goals in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final and set up the series-clinching goal? Twitter legend Roberto Luongo does.

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Avalanche don’t plan on trading Tyson Barrie

06.16.16 at 1:22 pm ET
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Colorado general manager Joe Sakic told Denver Post reporter Mike Chambers that he will not trade defensemen Tyson Barrie this summer.

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.

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Bruins sign Peter Cehlarik to entry-level deal

06.16.16 at 1:22 pm ET
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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.

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