Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk shouldn’t expect what New York Rangers center Ryan Strome just got paid to avoid arbitration with the Blueshirts. If Zdeno Chara signs with a new team, his former teammate believes he can still help that team on and off the ice, and a Boston Bruins trade target reaches a new deal with his current team.
That and more in the latest Boston Hockey Now Puck Links!
Given the fact that Boston Bruins restricted free agent Jake DeBrusk is a winger and recently signed New York Rangers forward Ryan Strome is a center, Strome isn’t really a comparable for DeBrusk who still remains without a contract. However, our own Joe Haggerty does think if and when the Bruins and DeBrusk settle on a new contract, the Bruins RFA winger could get paid somewhere in between Strome’s two-year, $9 million deal with the Rangers and the new contracts signed by Dallas Stars winger Denis Gurianov and Vancouver Canucks winger Jake Virtanen who both recently signed two-year deals worth $5.1 million. (Boston Hockey Now).
Former Boston Bruins defenseman and current Sportsnet and Hockey Night In Canada analyst Jason York was waxing poetic on his former teammate and longtime Bruins captain Zdeno Chara recently. Appearing on the Thursday edition of ‘Hockey Central’, York recalled his only season and final one in the NHL watching Chara morph into a true captain. He also still marvels at Chara’s workout regimen that has the 43-year-old future hall of famer in line for another NHL contract, whether in Boston or elsewhere. (Boston Hockey Now).
As reported here numerous times, the Boston Bruins have been targeting Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar as a player who could come in and stabilize their blue line. Well, the restricted free agent and the Panthers avoided arbitration and agreed to a new three-year contract that carries a $3.25 million cap hit. (Florida Hockey Now).
In addition to Strome, the Rangers have also avoided arbitration and come to an agreement with RFA forward Brendan Lemieux on a new two-year contract that carries a $1.5 million cap hit. (New York Post)
After a two-week suspension because of COVID19 guidelines being broken at too many Massachusetts hockey rinks, the lights will go back on Saturday and the rinks will be reopened. (WBZ)
Despite everyone seemingly focused on the same endgame and that is to rid the game of racism and create more opportunities for minorities, Steve Simmons reports that there is ironically a growing divide between the NHL and the Hockey Diversity Alliance. (Toronto Sun)
Finally with the United States Presidential Election showing how divided this country is, this song has been blaring in my head and in my soul. No matter who you voted for, let’s truly achieve the racial equality the NHL and HDA are aiming for in American society. This is our chance to unite and regain the respect of the world. Here’s Murph’s Music Pick Of The Day: