|Agent: Jimmy Vesey still plans to become free agent after trade to Sabres||06.20.16 at 5:10 pm ET|
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 WEEI.com 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|
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.
|Bruins to host Devils in home opener on Oct. 20||06.20.16 at 12:10 pm ET|
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|
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.
Happy Father's Day daddy……….. pic.twitter.com/GgG1Kzx7FO
— Strombone (@strombone1) June 19, 2016
|Avalanche don’t plan on trading Tyson Barrie||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.
|Bruins sign Peter Cehlarik to entry-level deal||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.
|Bruins still not ruling out buyouts||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