Thursday, August 17, 2006

Bruins sign Kessel and Other Recent News

Here are some recent signing of various players by the Boston Bruins:

Restricted C/W Brad Boyes (2 years, $3 million)
Restricted D Milan Jurcina (1 year, $500,000)
Unrestricted RW Shean Donovan (2 years, $1.85 million)
Unrestricted D Nathan Dempsey (1 year, $450,000)
Unrestricted RW Mark Mowers (1 year, $462,500)
Unrestricted RW Jeff Hoggan (1 year $450,000)
Unrestricted D Wade Brookbank (1 year, $450,000)
Unrestricted LW Chris Collins (2 years, $900,000???)
Unrestricted C/LW Pascal Pelletier (Unknown)
Unrestricted D Jason York (Unknown)

The team also went to arbitration with David Tanabe and settled with a $1.275 million contract but exercised an option to walk-away from the contract a day later. I can only assume that the team did this in hopes of using Tanabe as trade bait and never considered keeping him.

News today says that the 5th overall pick Phil Kessel has opted to leave college and sign with the Bruins. This is still rumor until there is an official team announcement by GM Peter Chiarelli. If he does sign the centre will most likely play left wing on the second line with Marc Savard and Glen Murray. The deal is said to be for 3 years with a maximum of $850,000 per year plus bonuses.

This means the only hurdle is the re-signing of restricted free agent Patrice Bergeron, and that should be accomplished before training camp begins.

*NOTE - It is now official, Phill Kessel has signed a multi-year deal. No terms of the contract were announced.



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