In a minor move, the Bruins signed defenseman Christopher Breen to a one-year, one-way contract. The 25-year-old played nine games for the Flames last season.

‘€œWe actually did do something today,’€ general manager Peter Chiarelli said semi-sarcastically of the move.

Breen figures to be an AHL defenseman who could provide depth on the NHL roster, though the Bruins are overflowing with NHL defensemen at this point. He’€™ll make $175,000 at the AHL level and $600,000 at the NHL level.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Doing a phone interview on Sportsnet after signing with the Avalanche, veteran right wing Jarome Iginla explained that returning to the Bruins ‘€œwasn’€™t really an option.’€

“It was tough to be leaving Boston and such a great organization and city and a great group of guys,”€ Iginla said when discussing his decision to sign with Colorado.

Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla

Doing a phone interview on Sportsnet after signing with the Avalanche, veteran right wing Jarome Iginla explained that returning to the Bruins ‘€œwasn’€™t really an option.’€

“It was tough to be leaving Boston and such a great organization and city and a great group of guys,”€ Iginla said when discussing his decision to sign with Colorado.

Iginla took a three-year, $16 million deal with the Avalanche. He had said he wanted to return to the Bruins, but the Bruins have only $5.69 million in cap space for next season with multiple players on their roster (restricted free agents Torey Krug, Reilly Smith) needing new contracts.

Asked whether his departure from Boston came down to Boston’€™s lack of cap space, Iginla replied, “€œI believe so for my side. I don’€™t know for sure from theirs. They were always very positive and great to me.”

He did note that though the sides may have been able to find a way to work out a one-year deal, he didn’€™t think the Bruins would be able to sign him in future seasons.

“€œEven to work a one-year deal this year was very hard for them,”€ Iginla said. “I don’€™t know if that would have fully been an option. Even if it was, we want to keep playing. I feel great, I love hockey.

“€œI want to play for more than just this year, and even if we were to fit in this year, it would be even harder next year with the guys that are up and the guys that will be up for contracts. … They have a whole group of great young guys that they do need to keep, so I understood that I just, it wasn’€™t really an option.”

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins have lost right wing Jarome Iginla to free agency, as TSN reported Tuesday afternoon that the 37-year-old has signed with the Avalanche.

According to Bob McKenzie, the deal is worth $16 million over three years. Iginla, who led the Bruins with 30 goals in the regular season and five in the postseason last year, wanted to return to the Bruins, but their lack of cap space made it difficult for the sides to come to term on an agreement.

The Bruins have lost right wing Jarome Iginla to free agency, as TSN reported Tuesday afternoon that the 37-year-old has signed with the Avalanche.

According to Bob McKenzie, the deal is worth $16 million over three years. Iginla, who led the Bruins with 30 goals in the regular season and five in the postseason last year, wanted to return to the Bruins, but their lack of cap space made it difficult for the sides to come to term on an agreement.

Iginla made $6 million playing for the Bruins last year, earning a $1.8 million salary and $4.2 million in bonuses. Those bonuses will go against the team’s salary cap in the upcoming year, which was a large part of the reason as to why the Bruins didn’t have space to sign him.

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DJ Bean
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

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The opening hours of NHL free agency have been busy, with some big names making quick moves.

Ryan Miller is on the move again.

The veteran goalie, who was traded from the Sabres to the Blues during the 2013-14 season, signed a three-year, $18 million deal with the Canucks on Tuesday, the first day of free agency, according to multiple reports.

Miller, 33 , had a 2.64 goals-against average and .918 save percentage last season while posting a league-high 30 losses.

– Center Paul Stastny left the Avalanche to sign a four-year deal worth $28 million, according to a CBS Sports report.

Stastny, 28, had 25 goals and 60 assists last regular season, followed by five goals and five assists in 10 playoff games. Stastny, the son of Hall of Fame center Peter Stastny, grew up in the St. Louis area.

– Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, who was bought out of the remaining seven years of his 10-year, $40 million deal with the Sabres, agreed to a one-year, $4 million pact with the Penguins, according to TSN.

The 31-year-old Ehrhoff had 33 points in 79 games last season.

– Defenseman Dan Boyle left the Sharks to sign a two-year, $9 million deal with the Rangers, according to ESPN.com.

Boyle, 37, had 36 points in 75 games for the Sharks, his team for the last six seasons. He’s also played for the Panthers (1998-02) and Lightning (2001-08).

– Veteran winger Mike Cammalleri agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract with the Devils, according to multiple reports.

Cammalleri, 32, had 26 goals and 19 assists for the Flames last season. He has 236 goals and 502 points in 669 career games with the Flames, Canadiens and Kings.

– The Oilers made two early signings, agreeing with onetime Bruins winger Benoit Pouliot on a five-year deal and defenseman Mark Fayne on a four-year pact, according to multiple reports.

Pouliot, 27, scored 15 goals for the Rangers last season, then had five goals and five assists during New York’s run to the Stanley Cup finals. He previously played for the Wild (2006-10), Canadiens (’10-11), Bruins (’11-12) and Lightning (’12-13).

Fayne, 27, had 11 points in 72 games for the Devils, with whom he played the last four seasons.

– The Senators traded disgruntled center Jason Spezza and a prospect to the Stars for forward Alex Chiasson, two prospects and a 2015 second-round draft pick, according to TSN.

Spezza, a former captain, asked out of Ottawa after recording 23 goals and 43 assists in 2013-14. The 31-year-old tallied at least 30 goals in four of his 11 seasons with the Sens.

Spezza, who has a no-trade clause, previously vetoed a trade to the Predators.

– The Senators also retained winger Milan Michalek with a three-year deal worth $12 million, according to NHL.com.

Michalek, 29, had 17 goals and 12 assists for the Sens last season.

– The Canadiens on Monday cleared some room on their roster when they traded defenseman Josh Gorges to the Sabres for a second-round pick and shipped center Daniel Briere to the Avalanche for winger P.A. Parenteau and a fifth-round pick in 2015.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

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.

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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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

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.