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.

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.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

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.

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.

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.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

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

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.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

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.

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.

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DJ Bean

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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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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DJ Bean