WILMINGTON, Mass. The Bruins havent been especially active during the first day of the NHL free-agent frenzy, but they have been busy retaining their own players now that theyve been freed from their salary cap constraints.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the organization has officially re-signed center Chris Kelly and goaltender Tuukka Rask to deals that were held up by payroll tagging. The B's have also signed Russian prospect Alex Khokhlachev to a three-year entry-level deal.
Kelly has signed for four years and 12 million with no-trade provisions included, and Rask has signed for one-year and 3.5 million heading into the 2012-13 season.
Both Kelly and Rask had agreed in the weeks leading up to the July 1 opening of free agency, and now things are official.
The 19-year-old Khokhlachev will head to Russia for one season playing with Spartak of the KHL, and then is expected to return to the Bruins and potentially vie for a roster spot in Boston.
Chiarelli will conduct a 4 p.m. conference call to discuss the signings and go over the first day of NHL free agency as the Bruins try to put things together by adding a third line depth forward through trades or the free-agent market.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.
*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.
*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.
*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.
*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.
*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.
*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.
*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.