The Boston Bruins, as reported here over the summer, attempted to move veteran David Backes via trade to open cap space. A deal never got close, however. Backes admitted as much on Thursday when he spoke shortly after reporting to training camp. He’s ready to play for the Bruins this season and put last year’s tough results behind him. Here are the top stories from around the NHL on Friday, September 13th.
David Backes admitted that the Boston Bruins never asked him to waive his NTC over the summer. Although the Bruins were shopping the forward, they never got close enough where he was approached about a deal. (Boston Hockey Now)
Like the Bruins, the Edmonton Oilers have a hole on their second line as they open training camp. (The Oilers Rig)
Big news out of Colorado, where CHN’s Adrian Dater is reporting that some progress has been made between the Avalanche and RFA Mikko Rantanen. Rantanen did not report for training camp on Thursday and is the lone unsigned player for the Avalanche. (Colorado Hockey Now)
The Pittsburgh Penguins got a bit of business done right before players reported for camp on Thursday. They agreed to a one-year deal with D Marcus Pettersson on Thursday afternoon. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Brock Boeser is still without a contract as the Vancouver Canucks open up training camp. Their leading scorer is looking for a long-term deal, but the Canucks are tied up with salary cap issues. (NHL.com)