The Stars announced announced  have signed free agent winger Michael Ryder. The Newfoundland native played the last three seasons with the Bruins, scoring 63 regular-season goals over the span and winning the Stanley Cup last month. 

The deal is for two years and $7 million, meaning Ryder will have a salary cap it of $3.5 million each year. Ryder is coming off a three-year, $12 million pact with the Bruins signed on July 1 of 2008.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a conference call Friday that he has remained in contact with Tomas Kaberle's camp about potentially bringing the free agent defenseman back to Boston.

"I've had a few discussions today with him, and that's where I'll leave it, but I have had a couple discussions," Chiarelli said. "Again, I'm not ruling out re-signing Tomas."

According to RDS, the Bruins have signed free agent left wing Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, $1.1 million deal. The news came shortly afetr the Stars announced they had signed former B's winger Michael Ryder.

July 1 is a significant day for any team in the NHL. It can be the day that they change their franchise with a big signing, or the day they see a player walk out the door and find a new home on the market. For the Stanley Cup champs, it might not mean anything. 



Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke with the media Thursday in anticipation of the NHL's free agency period opening Friday. The Bruins have two players set to hit unrestricted free agency in winger Michael Ryder and defenseman Tomas Kaberle. The GM said that ties have not been severed with either player, but that the B's likely won't be active in the early stages of free agency.

Many thought that the Max Pacioretty/Zdeno Chara/Sgt. Ian Lafreniere circus was a thing of the past, but it once again reared its ridiculous head this week when the Montreal Police Department revealed that it still intended to speak to the Bruins' captain about the whatever-you-want-to-call-it that happened back on March 8.



The Bruins announced Wednesday that they will hold their fifth annual development camp at Ristuccia Arena from July 7-11. While Tyler Seguin was the star of the show last year, fans will get to see the likes of defenseman Dougie Hamilton (taken ninth overall last week) and forward Alexander Khokhlachev (40th overall) this time. 

Here is the list of players attending:

According to a tweet from TSN's Darren Dreger, the Bruins sent out an email Tuesday offering Tomas Kaberle's negotiating rights to other teams. Any team that acquired Kaberle would, as the Bruins do now, be able to negotiate with the defenseman exclusively leading up to the opening of free agency on Friday.

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has been very clear about his unhappiness with the league's decision not to suspend Zdeno Chara for the March 8 hit that ended the rookie's season, but he's also been emphatic about it not going any farther.

In wake of Tuesday's news that Montreal police still intend to question Chara for a criminal investigation, Pacioretty -- who has gotten in trouble on twitter before -- took to the social networking service to make it clear that he does not want Chara to be face any sort of criminal charges.

In wake of Zdeno Chara's March 8 hit on Max Pacioretty in Montreal, police said a criminal investigation would be tricky at the time given that many of the people they'd need to speak to had seasons to finish.