The Bruins announced Wednesday that their home opener will take place Oct. 8. The B’€™s will host the Jets in the Garden’€™s first game of the 2015-16 season.

The rest of the NHL‘€™s schedules are expected to be released on Thursday.

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The Bruins announced Tuesday that they have signed goaltender Zane McIntyre to a two-year entry-level contract.

Originally taken by the B’€™s in the sixth round of the 2010 draft, McIntyre has developed into one of the top goaltending prospects in hockey, finishing as a Hobey Baker finalist and winning the Mike Richter Award last season at North Dakota.

The Bruins announced Tuesday that they have signed goaltender Zane McIntyre to a two-year entry-level contract.

Originally taken by the B’€™s in the sixth round of the 2010 draft, McIntyre has developed into one of the top goaltending prospects in hockey, finishing as a Hobey Baker finalist and winning the Mike Richter Award last season at North Dakota.

In three seasons at North Dakota, McIntyre set school records in career save percentage (.927) and goals against average (2.08). He posted a 58-24-9 career record.

Formerly Zane Gothberg, McIntyre changed his surname name to his mother’€™s maiden following his grandmother’€™s passing in 2014. With his mother remarrying and sister getting married, McIntyre changed his name to continue the family name.

The signing of McIntyre leaves the Bruins pretty loaded at goaltender, as 28-year-old Tuukka Rask is followed by 2012 first-round pick Malcolm Subban and McIntyre on the organizational depth chart. Boston still needs to sign a backup goaltender for the NHL team, however, as Niklas Svedberg departed for the KHL this offseason.

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The NHL and NHLPA announced Tuesday that the salary cap upper limit for the 2015-16 season has been set at $71.4 million dollars. The lower limit is $52.8 million.

The upper limit for the recently concluded season was $69 million, meaning teams will have $2.4 million more in cap space than was previously allotted.

The NHL and NHLPA announced Tuesday that the salary cap upper limit for the 2015-16 season has been set at $71.4 million dollars. The lower limit is $52.8 million.

The upper limit for the recently concluded season was $69 million, meaning teams will have $2.4 million more in cap space than was previously allotted.

Not counting Marc Savard, the Bruins currently have $59,841,667* against the cap committed to 15 players (nine forwards, five defensemen and one goalie) for next season, with Dougie Hamilton, Brett Connolly and Ryan Spooner all restricted free agents.

*The B’€™s have internal candidates (Brian Ferlin, Joonas Kemppainen, Alexander Khokhlachev, Joe Morrow) to fill some of their roster vacancies, but only players with one-way contracts (or obvious NHLers such as David Pastrnak) were included in the aforementioned calculation.

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Talks between the Bruins and restricted free agent Dougie Hamilton could soon pick up steam.

Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton

Talks between the Bruins and restricted free agent Dougie Hamilton could soon pick up steam.

J.P. Barry, the agent for Hamilton, will be in Sunrise, Fla. later this week for the NHL draft. It’€™s expected that he and the B’€™s will talk shop as the sides look to find common ground on Hamilton’€™s next contract.

Hamilton, 22, is coming off his entry-level contract. Given his experience and his comparables, a long-term deal would likely command a steep cap hit, perhaps similar to that of Drew Doughty’€™s eight-year, $56 million deal.

The Bruins could sign Hamilton to a shorter-term deal with a lower cap hit, but that would get Hamilton closer to unrestricted free agency, at which point he could command much more money.

If the Bruins and Hamilton to not strike a deal by July 1, Hamilton will be able to seek offer sheets from other teams. Should he sign with one of those teams, the Bruins would have seven days to either match that contract or take draft pick compensation instead.

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