The dominoes are falling into place now that the new salary cap has been set at $59.4 million. We’ve seen it announced that the Sharks have done their part to keep some guys in place and now the Bruins are following up and doing the same thing as Joe Haggerty at Comcast Sports Net tells us.
CSNNE.com has confirmed that the Bruins have signed defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who would have become a free agent on July 1, to a two-year deal.
And just what kind of money would be involved in keeping the emerging defenseman? Haggerty spills those beans on Twitter.
CSNNE.com has learned Johnny Boychuk 2-year deal w/Bruins is for $3.5-3.75 million and doesn’t carry no-trade provisions, per a source
Those of you worried that those numbers are per year, fear not, that’s the total worth of the deal as ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun found out.
Boychuk deal is $3.75 M over two years. $1.75 M next season and $2M in 2011-12
It’s a good, inexpensive deal for the Bruins to get done with a guy that became one of their most reliable defensemen last year. While his regular season numbers aren’t thrilling, it’s the playoffs where Boychuk shined and averaged just over 26 minutes of ice time per game, a vast difference to the 17 minutes he was getting during the regular season. Boychuk brings a more physical element to the game for the Bruins which is something they rely on to get their team going.
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?