Avalanche re-sign a pair, Bruins retain Thornton

thornton-carcillo.jpgWe got you caught up to date with other potential signing (or non-signing) news today but here’s a couple other smaller bits of player signing news to get you caught up.

Colorado re-signs two players

The Avalanche are bringing back both backup goaltender Peter Budaj and enforcer David Koci back on one-year deals. While some fans across the Twitter landscape and otherwise question these signings, Adrian Dater jumps in to tell us it’s more about familiarity than anything. Let’s face it, a backup goalie and an enforcer who plays maybe 5-8 minutes a game aren’t worth spending a lot of time breaking down what they mean to the team, but the word being tossed around a lot here to describe these re-signings is “curious” and it fits. Dater’s use of “familiarity” though does make a world of sense.

Bruins re-sign Shawn Thornton

Speaking of “curious” moves, I give to you the Bruins re-signing of Shawn Thornton. While the NESN story doesn’t give any figures, the folks at CapGeek seem to have a bead on things saying he’ll get a two-year deal at just over $800,000 per year, meaning he gets about a $300,000 a year raise. I know that a lot of fans seem to dig Thornton’s style as an enforcer, but was a multi-year deal and a raise really that necessary? Seems a bit silly to me, but then again it’s not my job to deal with knuckleheads like Dan Carcillo either. Now that I put it that way, perhaps Thornton is massively underpaid.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.