PHT Morning Skate: Neely hopes RFAs Krug, Smith realize Bruins’ situation

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Bruins president Cam Neely hopes that restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith “realize what the situation that we’re in.” He added that there’s not a whole lot Boston can do in the negotiations given its cap situation. (The Bruins Blog)

Meanwhile, Simon Gagne and Ville Leino should get fair shots at making the Boston Bruins’ roster after being invited to the team’s training camp. (CSN New England)

The Nashville Predators were the league’s best team on the draw last season, but they didn’t make the most of their faceoff wins. (The Score)

Cory Schneider is “excited and proud” to get the opportunity to follow in Martin Brodeur’s footsteps as the New Jersey Devils’ starting goaltender. (The Bergen Record)

David Pelletier, who is an Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater, has joined the Edmonton Oilers as a skating coach. (Edmonton Journal)

Steve Sullivan’s up-and-down playing career has provided him with plenty of experiences to lean back on as he begins his time as the Arizona Coyotes’ development coach. (Arizona Republic)

Bruins invite Leino to camp, sign Eminger to AHL deal

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From CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty:

Leino, of course, was bought out by the Sabres this summer after a disastrous stint in Buffalo. At Bruins camp, he’ll join another veteran on a tryout, Simon Gagne.

Eminger, meanwhile, provides organizational depth. The 30-year-old has played almost 500 NHL games, shoots right, and, well, don’t forget about all those Johnny Boychuk trade rumors.

Report: Bruins sign Krejci to six-year, $43.5M extension

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If a report from Czech website Hokej.cz is correct, David Krejci will carry the biggest salary cap hit of any Boston Bruins player during the 2015-16 season. WEEI’s DJ Bean reports that it’s a six-year, $43.5 million deal with Krejci’s management providing similar information to Hokej.cz.

TSN’s Aaron Ward has some additional potential details regarding the extension:

In the event that this is true – CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty points out that neither Krejci nor the Bruins have confirmed it, but also notes that it’s a reasonable possibility – Krejci’s $7.17-$7.25 million cap hit would slightly edge that of Tuukka Rask ($7 million), Zdeno Chara ($6.917 million) and Patrice Bergeron ($6.5 million).

One way or another, the cost won’t be seen right away; the 28-year-old’s current contract carries a $5.25 million cap hit in 2014-15. According to Cap Geek’s numbers, the Bruins will have about $54 million in cap payroll committed to just 11 players in 2014-15, which would translate to about $15 million in cap space if the ceiling remains at $69 million (it probably will be quite a bit higher, but you never know).

However Krejci’s exact contract shakes out, this will also inevitably bring about references to Tyler Seguin’s trade and subsequent breakout year, whether that’s really fair to Krejci or not.

There are plenty of people who are more focused on Krejci making more than Bergeron, Chara and Rask, too.

However, if you merely look outside of comparisons heaped upon the talented center, it’s clear that he’s earned a hefty extension, even if you can quibble about the price. He’s generally been a strong two-way player and topped the playoffs in points in 2013 with 26 in 22 games and 23 points in 25 games during Boston’s championship run in 2011. (Naturally, his last postseason go-around didn’t go quite as well.)

The reality of the cap-era NHL is that plenty of useful players get disparaged because their output doesn’t match sometimes-lofty salaries. Krejci could face quite a burden in that area if these reports are correct, yet he’s done an awful lot for Boston in his career.

PHT Morning Skate: Bruins prospect Pastrnak impresses Bergeron

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Patrice Bergeron is impressed with what he’s seen so far from 2014 first-round pick David Pastrnak. (CSN New England)

Is having Zac Rinaldo, who signed a two-year extension yesterday, on the Flyers’ fourth line a negative for the team compared to some of their other options? Broad Street Hockey)

Here’s an in-depth look at how the San Jose Sharks did in the neutral zone last season and which players stood out in that regard. (Fear The Fin)

Boston Bruins fans got a glimpse of Shawn Thornton in a Panthers’ jersey as he practiced with his former teammates. (Boston.com)

Scott Hannan isn’t likely to play a big role with the Sharks in 2014-15, but he does provide the team with some insurance. (CSN Bay Area)

Mark Giordano will participate in the Calgary Italian Open to support the charities Team Giordano Points to the Future and the Calgary Italian Canadian Foundation. (Flames.nhl.com)

Report: Former Bruins’ first round pick Hamill signs in Finland

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Former Boston Bruins first round pick Zach Hamill has signed with HPK in Finland.

The report comes from hockey agent Darryl Wolski, the president of the 2112 Hockey Agency:

Hamill, the eighth overall selection at the 2007 NHL Draft, appeared in 20 games over three seasons registering four assists with Boston.

The 25-year-old also spent parts of five seasons with the Bruins’ AHL affiliate in Providence.

Last season the 5-foot-11, 180-pound center split time between the Utica Comets of the AHL and Barys Astana of the KHL.