News around the NHL, and locally with Boston Bruins news, has been grinding down to a halt lately as we all await to see the election results and if the world ends by Wednesday! Welcome to the first official national version of Off the Record, which is a national column appearing on all National Hockey Now sites from San Jose to Boston and all points in between. We will focus on behind-the-scenes league chatter on the NHL free-agent market, trade gossip, and anything else insiders are willing to share.
Of course, the main reason for a leaguewide stalemate is a flattened salary cap and the uncertainty surrounding the 2021 NHL regular season. Last week, one insider shared his belief that pensive owners will begin spending when fans are cleared to return. However, while big-name free agent signings and NHL trades have slowed down, there’s still plenty of chatter, and that’s what you’ll find here in another edition of NHN Off The Record!
Could the Champs Chase Chara?
Could the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning put a knife into the Boston Bruins’ heart and add Zdeno Chara to an already stacked left side of their blue line? An NHL source has told Boston Hockey Now that current league chatter says the Boston Bruins and their captain since the 2006-07 season, have been unable to find common ground on a new contract.