It might be slow now, but Boston Bruin fans can expect more news soon. After a new contract was agreed to with Danton Heinen on Tuesday, the Bruins have just over $7 million in salary cap space remaining. They need to re-sign RFA’s Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy. It will be a tough test for GM Don Sweeney, he’ll need to shed salary to make this work. Sweeney isn’t the only GM busy right now. Former Bruin employee Jim Benning made news Wednesday when he inked Micheal Ferland to a four-year deal.
Here are the top stories in the NHL for Thursday, July 11th.
Sweeney’s cap situation isn’t ideal. The Bruins have a shade over $7 million left with McAvoy and Carlo to re-sign. Plus, the Bruins will need to figure out how to replace the departed Marcus Johansson. The cap crunch is officially on in Boston. (Boston Hockey Now Extra)
Jim Benning’s big goal for the summer was to make the Vancouver Canucks bigger and tougher to play against. If signing Tyler Myers on July 1st wasn’t enough, Benning scratched the itch on Wednesday. The Canucks signed former Calgary Flame and Carolina Hurricane Micheal Ferland to a four-year deal. (Nucks Misconduct)
Matt Cullen’s lengthy and successful NHL career came to an end on Wednesday. A three-time Stanley Cup Champion, Cullen hung up the skates yesterday after a 1,516 game NHL career. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
With Cullen and Roberto Luongo both retired, that leaves Zdeno Chara as the oldest player active in the NHL. Big Z is one of three players drafted in the 1990’s left, joined by Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. (NHL.com)
Taylor Hall could walk away from the New Jersey Devils in less than a year. The pending UFA isn’t ready to commit to a new contract with the club, but coach John Hynes expects him to be ‘invested’ in the 2019-20 season. (NJ.com)