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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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Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla

According to TSN’s Farhan Lalji, the Canucks will make a “big 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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Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla

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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Report: Bruins send qualifying offer to Jordan Caron 06.30.14 at 4:30 pm ET
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According to a report from Dan Cagen of the MetroWest Daily News, the Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Jordan Caron, meaning they have done so for all 11 of their restricted free agents.

General manager Peter Chiarelli had said over the weekend that the team had already qualified Reilly Smith, Torey Krug, Justin Florek, Matt Bartkowski, Matt Fraser, Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky, Craig Cunningham, Tommy Cross and Tyler Randell.

The B’s signed another one of their restricted free agents, goaltender Niklas Svedberg, last week.

Teams had until 5 p.m. Monday to send their restricted free agents qualifying offers.

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Jarome Iginla talking to other teams as Bruins face cap crunch 06.30.14 at 10:38 am ET
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Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla

Peter Chiarelli told reporters in Philadelphia over the weekend that Jarome Iginla and agent Don Meehan would talk to other teams, a process that has seemingly begun given that the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported the Wild contacted the soon-to-be free agent.

Free agency begins Tuesday, though teams have been able to talk to free-agents-to-be since last Wednesday. Iginla, who turns 37 Tuesday, figures to have plenty of potential suitors.

Chiarelli had also said that Iginla’€™s camp would stay in contact with the Bruins throughout the process, as the player wants to return to Boston but the Bruins have a little less than $6 million in salary cap space to sign a group of players that also includes Torey Krug and Reilly Smith.

If the Bruins are unable to bring Iginla back, there are plenty of contenders with ample cap space. The Lightning cleared cap space via trades Sunday night to give them somewhere around $13 million to spend, while the Wild have long to be believed to be spenders this offseason, either by signing Thomas Vanek or somebody else. Anaheim, Montreal and the Rangers are also among the contending teams with money to spend.

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Bruins draft Danton Heinen, Anders Bjork, Emil Johansson with final three picks 06.28.14 at 1:42 pm ET
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After taking forwards David Pastrnak and Ryan Donato in the first two rounds, the Bruins closed out their 2014 draft by picking two more forwards and a defenseman in the later rounds.

They used their fourth-round pick (116 overall) on center/winger Danton Heinen from the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League. Heinen was the Eagles’ captain and leading scorer. He finished the season with 29 goals and 33 assists in 57 games, good for 10th in the league in points. Heinen will head to the University of Denver this fall.

With their fifth-round pick (146 overall), the Bruins took winger Anders Bjork from the U.S. Under-18 Team. Bjork played on the team’s second line last season alongside Red Wings first-round pick Dylan Larkin and registered 21 goals and 20 assists in 61 games. The Mequon, Wisconsin, native is committed to play college hockey at Notre Dame.

In the seventh round (206 overall), the Bruins selected Swedish defenseman Emil Johansson. Johansson played for HV71′s under-20 team in Sweden last season, posting two goals and nine assists in 42 games. Johansson is the only non-forward the Bruins drafted this year.

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