Yesterday afternoon, another version of free agent frenzy kicked off. Unsigned college free agents who had graduated and were drafted by NHL teams became free to sign a contract with any of the league’s other 30 teams. Among those now free to talk and sign with anyone is Chase Priskie, a Washington draft choice who played his college hockey at Quinnipiac.
There was mutual interest between the Bruins and Priskie, but our own Jimmy Murphy reported that the fit is unlikely. More on that in a moment. Here are the top stories in hockey on Friday, August 16th.
Although the Bruins and Chase Priskie showed mutual interest, the defender will not be coming to Boston. BHN’s Jimmy Murphy reported on Thursday night that the Bruins are out on Priskie, but a few division rivals are in hot pursuit. (Boston Hockey Now)
In other Bruins news, the club agreed to a one year affiliation extension with the ECHL’s Atlanta Gladiators. (Boston Hockey Now)
Patrick Marleau had no interest in playing for the Carolina Hurricanes after a trade on draft weekend. The veteran forward has his sights set on returning west, specifically to the San Jose Sharks. A reunion does not look likely at this time, however. (Blades of Teal)
Speaking of the Sharks, Joe Thornton remains unsigned in mid-August. Could he actually leave and move on to his third organization? That’s something Logan Couture “couldn’t imagine”. (NHL.com)
Here’s a fun story: Who are the top 5 defensive pairings in the NHL? The folks over at The Score took a try at answering that. (The Score)
The NHL hopes to soon announce more preseason games in China. (NHL.com)