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Bruins make minor move, sign Christopher Breen 07.01.14 at 6:40 pm ET
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In a minor move, the Bruins signed defenseman Christopher Breen to a one-year, one-way contract. The 25-year-old played nine games for the Flames last season.

‘€œWe actually did do something today,’€ general manager Peter Chiarelli said semi-sarcastically of the move.

Breen figures to be an AHL defenseman who could provide depth on the NHL roster, though the Bruins are overflowing with NHL defensemen at this point. He’€™ll make $175,000 at the AHL level and $600,000 at the NHL level.

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Jarome Iginla: Cap situation meant return to Bruins ‘wasn’t really an option’ 07.01.14 at 3:47 pm ET
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Doing a phone interview on Sportsnet after signing with the Avalanche, veteran right wing Jarome Iginla explained that returning to the Bruins ‘€œwasn’€™t really an option.’€

“It was tough to be leaving Boston and such a great organization and city and a great group of guys,”€ Iginla said when discussing his decision to sign with Colorado.

Iginla took a three-year, $16 million deal with the Avalanche. He had said he wanted to return to the Bruins, but the Bruins have only $5.69 million in cap space for next season with multiple players on their roster (restricted free agents Torey Krug, Reilly Smith) needing new contracts.

Asked whether his departure from Boston came down to Boston’€™s lack of cap space, Iginla replied, “€œI believe so for my side. I don’€™t know for sure from theirs. They were always very positive and great to me.”

He did note that though the sides may have been able to find a way to work out a one-year deal, he didn’€™t think the Bruins would be able to sign him in future seasons.

“€œEven to work a one-year deal this year was very hard for them,”€ Iginla said. “I don’€™t know if that would have fully been an option. Even if it was, we want to keep playing. I feel great, I love hockey.

“€œI want to play for more than just this year, and even if we were to fit in this year, it would be even harder next year with the guys that are up and the guys that will be up for contracts. … They have a whole group of great young guys that they do need to keep, so I understood that I just, it wasn’€™t really an option.”

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Report: Jarome Iginla signs with Avalanche 07.01.14 at 2:25 pm ET
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The Bruins have lost right wing Jarome Iginla to free agency, as TSN reported Tuesday afternoon that the 37-year-old has signed with the Avalanche.

According to Bob McKenzie, the deal is worth $16 million over three years. Iginla, who led the Bruins with 30 goals in the regular season and five in the postseason last year, wanted to return to the Bruins, but their lack of cap space made it difficult for the sides to come to term on an agreement.

Iginla made $6 million playing for the Bruins last year, earning a $1.8 million salary and $4.2 million in bonuses. Those bonuses will go against the team’s salary cap in the upcoming year, which was a large part of the reason as to why the Bruins didn’t have space to sign him.

With Iginla gone and the Bruins still with very limited cap space (less than $5.7 million to fill out their roster, including signing restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith) Loui Eriksson would appear the best bet to replace Iginla on Boston’s first line.

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Shawn Thornton signs with Panthers 07.01.14 at 1:26 pm ET
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Shawn Thornton has signed with the Panthers after spending the last seven seasons in Boston. According to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada, the contract is for two years and is worth $2.4 million.

Thornton, now 36, served as a fourth-line fixture for the Bruins after signing with them in 2007. He posted career highs with 10 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in the Bruins’€™ Stanley Cup-winning 2010-11 season.

Last season proved to be a tough one for Thornton, as his line struggled and he was given a 15-game suspension for an on-ice incident with then-Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli informed Thornton last month that the team would not be re-signing him.

Thornton, who hails from Oshawa, Ontario, has long said he will continue to live in Boston, where he has become known for his multiple charitable efforts.

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Chad Johnson signs with Islanders 07.01.14 at 12:35 pm ET
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Goaltender Chad Johnson has signed with the Islanders, making him the first Bruins free agent to depart. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the deal is for two years and $2.6 million.

Johnson played well in his one season in Boston as Tuukka Rask‘€™s backup, but the team elected to not retain him given that cap space is tight and they have another young goaltender in Niklas Svedberg. The B’€™s gave Svedberg a one-year, $600,000 contract last week.

The 24-year-old Svedberg has spent the last two seasons playing for Providence in the AHL. In the 2012-13 season, he was named the AHL’s top goaltender, while he split time with Malcolm Subban last season. Svedberg’s promotion to Boston suggests that Subban, the team’s first-round pick in 2012, will become Providence’s starting goaltender.

In his one season for the B’€™s, Johnson went 17-4-3 with a .925 save percentage, 2.10 goals-against average and two shutouts.

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Report: Canucks to make ‘big push’ for Jarome Iginla 07.01.14 at 10:19 am ET
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According to TSN’€™s Farhan Lalji, the Canucks will make a ‘€œbig push’€ for Jarome Iginla at the start of free of free agency.

The obvious connection between the two sides is Jim Benning, who was hired this offseason to be Vancouver’€™s general manager after years of being an assistant GM in Boston.

Despite the interest the Canucks may have, they don’€™t seem like a logical fit for Iginla. The 37-year-old wants to win the Stanley Cup, and going to a rebuilding team that recently traded Ryan Kesler wouldn’€™t make much sense. After all, the reason he left Calgary in the first place was because he wanted to play for a contender.

Other teams reportedly interested in the future Hall of Famer include Minnesota, Colorado and Detroit. Iginla’€™s preference is to return to Boston, but the Bruins will need to shed cap space in order to sign him.

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Report: Jarome Iginla to test free agency 06.30.14 at 7:56 pm ET
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In some not-too-surprising news, Jarome Iginla will not sign with the Bruins before the start of free agency and will become an unrestricted free agent as of Tuesday at noon, according to a report from Chris Johnson of Sportsnet.

The Bruins and general manager Peter Chiarelli have stayed in contact with Iginla and agent Don Meehan, as they hope to sign the player but currently don’€™t have the cap space to do so. As such, Iginla has spoken to other teams in the pre-free-agency period in which contact between teams and soon-to-be free agents is permitted.

As of Monday evening, the Bruins have $67,582,500 committed to their cap figure for next season, with the league’€™s upper-limit set at $69 million. Including the $4.027 million by which they can exceed the limit given Marc Savard‘€™s long-term injury status, the Bruins have $5,697,500 to spend, though they must also sign restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, among others. A source familiar with the situation told WEEI.com Monday that Chiarelli is “reviewing all of his options” regarding the cap crunch the Bruins currently face.

Iginla will turn 37 on Tuesday, though he’€™s still plenty productive. The future Hall-of-Famer’€™s 30 goals were tied for the team lead for the Bruins in the regular season. He also led the B’€™s with five postseason goals.

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