Author: Mike Halford

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‘I want to stay’ in Boston, says Seidenberg


Last month’s firing of GM Peter Chiarelli made it abundantly clear that, after missing the playoffs, the Boston Bruins are willing to make changes.

Dennis Seidenberg, though, doesn’t want to be one of them.

“I want to stay,” Seidenberg said on Monday night, per CSNNE. “There’s no question about it. I like it here. I like the people. I like the fans, the city.”

Seidenberg, 33, has three years left on a four-year, $16 million deal and is armed with a no-trade clause, so it’s not like he’s entirely movable. But he is a veteran defenseman with a relatively low cap hit, on a Bruins team that might be looking to get younger after a series of missed draft picks. Seidenberg also has a wealth of playoff experience — 69 for his career — which could be enticing for a contending team looking to upgrade on defense; what’s more, the B’s face another summer of salary cap limbo with new deals required for RFAs Dougie Hamilton, Brent Connolly and Ryan Spooner.

And, of course, missing the playoffs still looms over the entire organization.

“Some organizations are less patient than others,” Seidenberg said, in referencing trade rumors. “You never know. You really don’t know. You’ll just see what happens.

“People expect big things from you, and if you don’t bring it then they’re on you.”

Report: Foligno will be new Blue Jackets captain

Columbus Blue Jackets v Boston Bruins

On Wednesday, Columbus will reportedly confirm what’s been rumored for a while — that Nick Foligno will become the sixth captain in franchise history.

Foligno, 27, will receive the “C” following a great campaign which he scored a career-best 73 points, signed a six-year, $33 million extension and was named a captain for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game — an event that Columbus hosted, and during which Foligno emerged as one of the faces of the franchise.

Columbus has been without a captain since Rick Nash exited the organization three years ago. Prior to Nash, the leadership mantle was carried by Adam Foote (2005-08), Luke Richardson (2003-05), Ray Whitney (2002-03) and the club’s inaugural captain, Lyle Odelein (2000-02).

As for alternate captains — the Columbus Dispatch, which broke news of Foligno’s captaincy late Tuesday afternoon, reports that as many as four could be named, but might not be revealed until the fall. Candidates for the “A’s” will likely include Boone Jenner, Scott Hartnell, Brandon Dubinsky and Jack Johnson. Ryan Johansen, the club’s leading scorer and arguably best player, could also warrant consideration though it remains unclear how he’s viewed in a leadership capacity after his tumultuous contract negotiation from last fall.

Flames sign standout Czech d-man Nakladal


Calgary has won the bidding war for Jakub Nakladal.

Nakladal, the 27-year-old Czech defenseman that was reportedly talking with three teams — Calgary, Chicago and Carolina — has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Flames, the club confirmed on Tuesday. No word on the financials.

It’s an interesting signing, to say the least. Nakladal is a late bloomer — he turns 28 in December — that has bounced around since 2011, playing with Pardubice (Czech league), Ufa Salavat Yulayev (KHL), Spartak Moscow (KHL), Lev Prague (KHL) and, most recently, TPS Turku (Finnish league).

That said, the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is held in high regard. In 2009-10, at the age of 21, Nakladal was named the Czech Extraliga’s best defenseman and has since become a mainstay on the Czech national team; at the 2015 Worlds, he had five assists in 10 games, helping his country reach the bronze medal game.

As for next year, the two-way contract means he’ll likely have to work for his spot on the Calgary blueline. The Flames have six regulars under contract for 2015-16, and some youngsters looking to make the leap to full-time NHL status.