Boston Bruins President Cam Neely told NBC Sports Boston’s Joe Haggerty a few weeks back that the club has a plan in case RFA defenders Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo remain unsigned when camp opens in September. On Tuesday, word leaked out about that plan as Alex Petrovic agreed to sign a PTO with the club. The tryout will bring the veteran defender to Boston for camp next month. More on that in a moment. Here are the top stories from around the NHL on Wednesday, August 14th.
Alex Petrovic, who played for both Florida and Edmonton a season ago, has agreed to sign a PTO with the Boston Bruins. The offer has been on the table for at least ten days, as Boston Hockey Now was the first to report that the Bruins had extended the defender an offer. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Vegas Golden Knights did everything right in their first two seasons of existence. Things changed this summer. A capped out Golden Knights team has had a rough go of it this summer, losing key contributors and KHL star Nikita Gusev. Vegas, for the first time ever, has taken a step back. (Knights On Ice)
The downside of contending for the Stanley Cup year after year? A weak farm system. The Washington Capitals are dealing with the ugly side of contention right now. (RMNB)
NHL players are expected to lose roughly 10% of escrow from last season as part of a new provision. What is escrow? Our friends in Pittsburgh have an explanation. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Edmonton Oilers third jersey is the latest to leak this summer. (The Oilers Rig)