The Boston Bruins and Charlie McAvoy finally have their comparable contract. The first RFA domino finally fell on Monday when the Columbus Blue Jackets agreed to terms with Zach Werenski on a three-year deal. The bridge contract between the sides should help the Bruins and McAvoy speed up the negotiation process. Bruins GM Don Sweeney admitted as much was possible on Monday afternoon. Here’s a look at that and the other top stories from around the world of hockey on this Tuesday morning.
Zach Werenski will earn $5 million per season on the three-year deal he signed with the Blue Jackets on Monday. Will that impact negotiations between the Boston Bruins and McAvoy? Sweeney told the Boston media “every deal allows things to continue to take shape.” (Boston Hockey Now)
A look at Werenski’s new contract, its structure and what he brings to the table. (Jackets Cannon)
In other Bruins news, three top prospects will try to make their mark in main camp later this week. Jack Studnicka, Urho Vaakanainen and Trent Frederic all impressed at the 2019 Rookie Challenge this past weekend. They are all excited about what is being built in Boston. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off of their worst playoff showing in the Sidney Crosby era. Crosby and the Penguins leadership group must lead the way through camp and the early portion of the season as the Penguins try to right the ship. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Andrei Markov will not be making a return to Montreal. Despite his interest in that reality, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin confirmed the club will not offer Markov a deal. (NHL.com)
The Carolina Hurricanes and Anaheim Ducks are deep in trade talks surrounding defender Justin Faulk, per Elliotte Friedman. (Sportsnet)