|Bruins sign Jimmy Hayes to 3-year deal, Brett Connolly to 1-year deal||07.06.15 at 2:34 pm ET|
The Bruins have signed right wings Jimmy Hayes and Brett Connolly to new contracts, the team announced Monday.
Hayes’ contract is a three-year deal with an average annual value of $2.3 million, while Connolly has agreed to a one-year contract with an AAV of $1.025 million.
With Hayes and Connolly signed, the Bruins have approximately ($66,410,667) committed to 20 players for next season.
While the Bruins owned both players’ rights as restricted free agents, both players will look to make a name for themselves in Boston next season after playing the bulk of their NHL careers elsewhere.
Connolly, acquired at the trade deadline from Tampa for a pair of second-round picks last season, played just five games for the Bruins after returning from a hand injury suffered in his first practice with the team. The 23-year-old had no goals, two assists and 10 penalty minutes in his late-season stint in Boston’s lineup.
The sixth overall pick in the 2010 draft, Connolly had 12 goals in 50 games for the Lightning last season before being moved to the B’s due to a surplus of right wings in Tampa.
Hayes, 25, was acquired last Wednesday in a deal that sent Reilly Smith and Marc Savard‘s contract to the Panthers. The Dorchester native was a second-round pick of the Maple Leafs in 2008 before being traded to Chicago in 2010. He played parts of three seasons for Chicago prior to a trade to the Panthers in November of 2013. The Boston College product enjoyed the best season of his career last season for Florida, scoring 19 goals and adding 16 assists for 35 points in 72 games.
The team also signed forward Brandon DeFazio to a two-way contract.
|Chris Breen signs 1-year, 2-way deal with Bruins||07.02.15 at 3:49 pm ET|
The Bruins signed defenseman Chris Breen to a one-year, two-way contract worth a potential $600,000 at the NHL level on Thursday.
Breen, a 26-year-old left shot blueliner, spent all of last season with the Providence Bruins. It was his first season in the Bruins organization after playing the first four years of his professional career with the Flames organization.
The 6-foot-7, 224-pound defenseman will have his work cut out for him if he seeks a spot in Boston, as the B’s have a number of blueliners contending for a spot in an offseason that has seen the departure of Dougie Hamilton and the addition of Colin Miller.
|Taking a look at Bruins roster after busy start to offseason||07.02.15 at 12:15 pm ET|
If you’ve forgotten what exactly the Bruins roster looks like after all these moves, it’s understandable.
In a nutshell, the Bruins have moved things around offensively while taking a step back defensively this offseason. The team has multiple candidates to take jobs on both offense and defense, though the team’s top-nine looks more or less set at this point.
Including goaltender Jeremy Smith ($600,000 on a two-way deal), the Bruins have approximately $63,085,667 against the cap committed to 18 players for next season.
Here’s our attempt at a forward/defense depth chart after Don Sweeney’s flurry of moves. (Read it vertically rather than horizontally, as these are not projected lines.)
|Bruins sign Jeremy Smith to 1-year deal||07.01.15 at 9:25 pm ET|
In announcing their flurry of acquisitions Wednesday, the Bruins slipped in an interesting name that had yet to come up during free agency: Jeremy Smith.
The B’s announced that they had signed the goaltender, who split time with Malcolm Subban in Providence last season, to a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level. That would make it likely that Smith will at the very least contend to be the backup in Boston behind Tuukka Rask next season.
Smith has never played in the NHL. The Bruins have had mixed results with giving unproven veteran AHLers their backup gig in recent seasons. Chad Johnson proved to be a steal for $600,000 in the 2013-14 season, while the team lost faith in Nicklas Svedberg last season on the same contract. Svedberg bolted Boston early in the offseason to play in the KHL. Both Johnson and Svedberg had one-way deals, however, so Smith could easily be stashed in Providence for less money should he not make the big club.
Assuming Smith makes the team, the Bruins have $63,085,667 against the cap committed to 18 players for next season.
|Source: Bruins sign Matt Beleskey to 5-year deal||07.01.15 at 6:21 pm ET|
The Bruins have signed left wing Matt Beleskey to a five-year, $19 million contract, according to a source. The deal carries an annual cap hit of $3.8 million.
TSN’s Darren Dreger was the first to report the terms of the deal.
The 27-year-old Beleskey scored a career-high 22 goals last season for the Ducks. He figures to serve as a replacement for Milan Lucic, who was traded to the Kings last week.
The cap hit of Beleskey’s contract comes as a surprise, as his status as the top wing in a weak free agent class suggested he might cash in on a mega-deal. However, a source told WEEI.com prior to free agency that Beleskey was “not just going to take the biggest payday,” and that the Bruins were an ideal fit.
It looked unlikely that a deal would happen in the hours after free agency opened, however, as Beleskey began weighing offers from multiple clubs while the Bruins stayed relatively quiet. It’s believed that Boston jumped in as the day went on before emerging as the front-runner.
With the addition of Beleskey for $3.8 million and the trade of Reilly Smith and Marc Savard to the Panthers, the Bruins now have $62,485,667 committed to 17 players for next season.
|Bruins trade Reilly Smith, Marc Savard contract to Panthers for Jimmy Hayes||07.01.15 at 6:11 pm ET|
The Bruins have traded Reilly Smith and Marc Savard‘s contract to the Panthers for the rights to restricted free agent Jimmy Hayes. The trade was first reported by ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.
The move swapped out Smith, a 24-year-old left shot right wing, for a right-shot right wing in the 25-year-old Hayes. It also freed up space for Boston to sign former Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey, which it did shortly after.
A native of Dorchester and product of Boston College, Hayes scored a career-high 19 goals for the Panthers last season, adding 16 assists for 35 points in 72 games. He is the brother of Rangers forward Kevin Hayes and the cousin of Bruins prospect Ryan Fitzgerald.
In acquiring Savard’s contract, the Panthers will be able to easily sit above the cap floor without having to spend a lot of money. Savard’s contract carries a $4.027 million cap hit for each of the next seasons, but his salary in those years is only $535,000.
Savard has not played since the 2010-11 season, as his playing days are done due to multiple concussions.
|Reports: David Warsofsky, Matt Lindblad depart Bruins in free agency||07.01.15 at 2:07 pm ET|
The Bruins have lost a couple of young depth players to teams in the Metropolitan division.
TSN reporter Frank Seravalli reported Wednesday that the Penguins had given defenseman David Warsofsky a one-year deal, while ESPN’s Joe McDonald reported that center Matt Lindblad had signed with the Rangers.
A native of Marshfield and product of Boston University, Warsofsky is a good offensive-minded defenseman who has been stuck in Providence due to the presence of Torey Krug in Boston. The 25-year-old has played just 10 NHL games since the Bruins acquired his rights from the Blues in 2010.
Lindblad played two games for Boston in each of the last two seasons, with the vast majority of his professional career being spent in Providence since leaving Dartmouth College. The Illinois native could have been a candidate to push for a roster spot in Boston next season, but the Bruins declined to send him a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent this week.