The big news around the NHL on Thursday involved buyouts. The New York Rangers officially bought out the contract of defender Kevin Shattenkirk, while the Calgary Flames placed defender Mark Stone on waivers for the purpose of a buyout. Both teams have been, and in the case of Calgary remain, in desperate need of cap space. Both Shattenkirk and Stone are now UFA’s and free to sign where they please. It doesn’t appear, however, that the Boston Bruins are a potential landing spot.
Meanwhile, old friend Milan Lucic admitted yesterday that he put far too much pressure on himself in Edmonton to be an impact player. Here are the top stories from around the NHL on Friday, August 2nd.
Two weeks ago today, Milan Lucic was moved in a blockbuster trade from Edmonton to Calgary. After two straight underwhelming seasons with the Oilers, Lucic will look to revive his dying NHL career. He admitted on Thursday that his struggles in Northern Alberta may be a result of the pressure he put on himself. (Sportsnet)
Kevin Shattenkirk is now a free agent after his buyout from New York. The former Boston University Terrier won’t be returning to Massachusetts as a pro, however. BHN’s Jimmy Murphy reported on Thursday that it is “highly unlikely” that the Bruins pursue Shattenkirk like they did in 2017. (Boston Hockey Now)
Another former BU Terrier was in the news yesterday, as AJ Greer agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. The RFA re-signed with the club after a rocky off-season, agreeing to a two-way deal worth $735,000 at the NHL level. Our colleague Adrian Dater has the details. (Colorado Hockey Now)
Former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has interviewed for the vacant Minnesota Wild GM job. (The Score)