The Boston Bruins have announced that goaltender Zane McIntyre has inked a two-year, entry-level contract.
The 22-year-old was originally selected by Boston in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but he had the option of becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer. He would have had plenty of suitors too given that his value has skyrocketed since that draft. He had a 2.05 GAA and .929 save percentage in 42 games with the University of North Dakota, which earned him the 2015 Mike Richter award.
The award honors the nation’s top college goaltender. He was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, but ultimately lost it to Jack Eichel.
“The Bruins are very excited to have Zane as a part of our organization,” said Bruins GM Don Sweeney. “He had a tremendous career at North Dakota and while it was a difficult decision for him to leave, we all feel he is ready to start his pro development and that he will be an NHL goalie.”
It might not take him long before he is an NHL netminder as the Bruins have a vacancy behind Tuukka Rask now that Niklas Svedberg has signed to play in the KHL.
Don Sweeney is approaching his first NHL Draft as the Bruins new general manager, with a chance to make his first big mark for the future of that organization in his position.
After missing the playoffs, the Bruins have the 14th overall pick in next Friday’s first round, but Boston has been in discussions about trying to move either up or down in the order, according to NHL.com.
“I’m going to look at every option. I’m not really going to turn down anything,” said Sweeney, according to NHL.com. “I think this situation I’m in now, I have to have my ears wide open.”
One thing Sweeney is faced with is a cap crunch, and that appears to be one of the reasons why Carl Soderberg very likely won’t be re-signing in Boston for next season.
But could Sweeney be in a dealing mood in his first draft as Boston’s GM?
“It has been busy. [There have been] a lot of conversations with all the teams, everybody sort of trying to get a real good solid view of the landscape ahead of each and every one of us heading into the draft,” said Sweeney, as per CSNNE.com.
The Boston Bruins are apparently exploring ways to keep defenseman Adam McQuaid, a pending unrestricted free agent.
GM Don Sweeney hinted at it this morning, saying on a conference call that he’s had talks with teams that may allow the Bruins to re-sign one of their UFAs.
Now, according to Joe Haggerty, “multiple league sources have indicated to CSNNE.com that Adam McQuaid is the player Boston would like to re-sign.”
McQuaid would very much like to be back. The physical 28-year-old is coming off a challenging season, one in which the departure of Johnny Boychuk forced him into a bigger role with the B’s. But he’s also the kind of player that would seem to match Sweeney’s plans for the franchise to get back to its aggressive ways.
What’s uncertain is how Sweeney plans to make room for McQuaid. Loui Eriksson and Milan Lucic have both had their names floated in trade rumors. Chris Kelly’s $3 million cap hit stands out, but he’d be tough to move.
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