The Bruins have signed Anders Bjork to a 3-year extension with a cap-hit of $1.6 million.
Bjork will have one more RFA season after he plays out this 3-year contract.
In 58 games with the Bruins this season, Bjork put up 9 goals and 10 assists.
The Bruins have acquired Ondrej Kase from the Ducks:
The prospect going to Anaheim is D Axel Andersson, the Bruins’ 2018 2nd round pick.
Boston is retaining 25% of David Backes’ contract, which carries a total cap-hit of $6,000,000 and a salary of $4,000,000 next season.
Kase, 24, has battled injuries through his NHL career, but has 43 goals and 53 assists in 198 NHL games.
The trade appears to take Boston out of the running for Chris Kreider, as they fill the need for a scoring forward while moving their prime trade chip in their first round pick. The Avalanche, Blues, Capitals and Islanders figure to be significant players on Kreider still.
The Bruins have announced that David Backes won’t join AHL’s Providence Bruins “to preserve all potential options for both David and the Bruins moving forward.”
What the Bruins are likely referring to is their intent to buy-out the remaining season of Backes’ contract after this season. Had Backes been injured playing for Providence, it might jeopardize his eligibility for a buy-out.
Backes has one more season on his contract after 2019-20 at a cap hit of $6 million. According to CapFriendly, his buy-out would carry a $4 million cap hit in 2020-21 and a $1 million cap hit in 2021-22.
Less than 24 hours after acquiring his negotiating rights from the Boston Bruins, the Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Carl Soderberg to a five-year, $23.75 million contract.
Soderberg, 29, was set to become a UFA on July 1st until Colorado dealt a 2016 sixth round draft pick for the exclusivity of negotiating with the Swedish forward, who posted 13 goals and 31 assists with the Bruins last season.
The deal could have further implications as this may lead to Ryan O’Reilly finally being traded.
The Boston Bruins have signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith to contract extensions.
Krug’s deal is for one year with a cap hit of $3.4 million and Smith agreed to a two-year deal with a cap hit of $3.425 million.
Both players were scheduled to become restricted free agents after this season.
The Bruins have acquired Brett Connolly from the Lightning for their own second round picks in 2015 and 2016.
Connolly, 22, was the Lightning’s 6th overall pick in the 2010 draft. He has 12 goals and 3 assists in 50 games this season.
Aaron Portzline reports that there’s lots of buzz around Cam Atkinson tonight.
He notes that the Bruins have strong interest in Atkinson, who will be a RFA after this season.
From February 26th’s TSN Insider Trading:
Bob McKenzie says the Blackhawks definitely want to use the money available from placing Patrick Kane on LTIR on a player with to term on his contract beyond this season. He says, at this point, the Hawks are the most interested team in making a deal before the deadline, and that Antoine Vermette is the player most in demand throughout the league. The Blackhawks are seriously interested in Vermette, but also Curtis Glencross and Cam Atkinson.
Pierre Lebrun reports that Capitals are interested in Erik Cole, Curtis Glencross and Joffrey Lupul.
Darren Dreger says there’s no guarantee that any of Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf or Tyler Bozak are traded before the deadline, there is “a lot of interest and activity” surrounding the trio.
Pierre Lebrun says the Boston Bruins have been looking for a winger for over a month. They’ve been in on Chris Stewart for a while now. They are also interested in Erik Cole, Cam Atkinson and Curtis Glencross.
Darren Dreger says a Jeff Petry trade talks haven’t produced a satisfactory offer as of yet, and re-signing is unlikely at this point, so GM Craig MacTavish continues to wait.