7:31 PM EDT, Wed July 28, 2021
20 mins ago
Bruins sign Asselin to an NHL contract, announce more minor moves

Bruins sign Asselin to an NHL contract, announce more minor moves

This is an old photo, but you get the idea. | Photo by Marissa Baecker/ A shot at the show for the kid? Lost in today’s free agent frenzy was a bit of news involving an exciting B’s prospect: Samuel Asselin has signed an NHL contract with the club. Asselin, you may remember, has been with the B’s organization for a couple of years now, but on minor league deals. The talented forward was signed out of juniors by the Bruins back in 2019, and has bounced between the ECHL’s Atlanta Gladiators and the AHL’s Providence Bruins since then. Today, the B’s made it...
54 mins ago
Bruins trade Vladar, sign Grosenick in goaltending moves

Bruins trade Vladar, sign Grosenick in goaltending moves

Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via The Bruins are wheeling and dealing goaltenders! The Boston Bruins are going to look different between the pipes in the upcoming season! The B’s announced that they traded rookie goaltender Dan Vladar to the Calgary Flames for a third-round pick in the 2022 draft. Vladar appeared in five games for the Bruins during the 2020-21 season. He was 2-2-1 with a 3.40 GAA and .886 save percentage. The rookie had a few great games with the Bruins, including his first professional win that was capped off with a highlight-reel worthy...
2 hours ago
Reports: Bruins bolster goalie depth by signing Linus Ullmark

Reports: Bruins bolster goalie depth by signing Linus Ullmark

Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via The Bruins have been VERY busy today. Well it looks like the Boston Bruins are adding some goaltending! It’s reported by multiple sources that Linus Ullmark will sign with the B’s: Ullmark going to the Bruins.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 28, 2021 Linus Ullmark #NHLBruins : 4 years x $5 million@DFOHockey @Sportsnet— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 28, 2021 With Jaroslav Halak not returning and Tuukka Rask’s impending recovery from surgery (and questionable return after that), you knew the Bruins were...
2 hours ago
Reports: Bruins add even MORE forward depth by signing Nick Foligno

Reports: Bruins add even MORE forward depth by signing Nick Foligno

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ I have no idea. Well folks, at this point, your guess is as good as mine as to what the Bruins are up to, because they've added another depth forward! 2-year contract with Boston & Foligno https://t.co/pzCS1ePlgc— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 28, 2021 Foligno is a hard-nosed player who has experienced declining production over the last several seasons, though he's dealt with some significant injuries and off-ice issues during that time too: Nick Foligno on TSN says that his daughter's life was saved at Boston Children's...
4 hours ago
Reports: Bruins add forward depth by signing Nosek, Haula

Reports: Bruins add forward depth by signing Nosek, Haula

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Two more pieces! After adding a defenseman earlier in the day, the Bruins have apparently added to their forward depth as well. First up: forward Tomas Nosek, formerly of the Vegas Golden Knights: Tomas Nosek agrees to 2 years $3.5 deal with the Bruins. AAV $1.75 mil— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 28, 2021 At first glance, Nosek appears to be a replacement of sorts for Sean Kuraly. He's a bottom six player who can chip in on offens occasionally, and also offers something on the penalty kill. Tomas Nosek, signed...
7 hours ago
Reports: Bruins sign defenseman Derek Forbort to a 3-year, $9 million deal

Reports: Bruins sign defenseman Derek Forbort to a 3-year, $9 million deal

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ Help on the blueline. It looks like the Bruins have made their first move of free agency, and it's a boost to the blue line: AAV $3 https://t.co/vofOXEJzry— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 28, 2021 In case it's not clear, the AAV is $3 million, not $3. $3 would be quite a steal. Derek Forbort is 29 and spent last season with the Winnipeg Jets. Since being drafted in the first round in 2010, Forbort has also played for the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames. Forbort is 6' 4", 219 pounds, and a left shot. He's very much a...
7 hours ago
Report: Sean Kuraly is headed home to Ohio

Report: Sean Kuraly is headed home to Ohio

Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Sayonara, Sean. Hey, it looks like the Bruins aren't the only team that loves hometown guys! Told #CBJ have signed free agent center Sean Kuraly to a four-year contract.The Dublin kid is coming home after five seasons with #NHLBruins organization.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) July 28, 2021 Sean Kuraly is heading to Columbus, leaving the Bruins after five seasons. Kuraly, as you may remember, is a native of Dublin, Ohio, and played his college hockey at Miami of Ohio. We heard about this incessantly during the...
9 hours ago
Public Skate: Free agency open thread

Public Skate: Free agency open thread

Photo by Mike Penhollow/NHLI via Discuss the deals! Today's the day! Deals aplenty! Rather than continuing to pile in the Morning Skate, you can use this thread for all kinds of discussion. I've already seen Dougie Hamilton not returning to Carolina, Frederik Andersen headed to Carolina, Jaroslav Halak headed to Vancouver...good times. Discuss!
10 hours ago
2021 Player Ratings: Mike Reilly added depth on a depleted blueline

2021 Player Ratings: Mike Reilly added depth on a depleted blueline

Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Reilly was a good pick-up for the Bruins before the trade deadline, and showed what he could bring to the defensive core for next season if re-signed. Reader Rating: 7 SCOC Rating: 6.7 Mike Reilly gave the Boston Bruins what they needed in the regular season’s final stretch after the trade deadline. But in his first career postseason, he couldn’t consistently contribute when the B’s needed it most. Shortly after the conclusion of an excruciating 8-1 dumpster fire loss to the Washington Capitals on April 11, the Bruins announced...
14 hours ago
Morning Skate: Shopping trip

Morning Skate: Shopping trip

Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Free agency is here, folks. It is Wednesday, my dudes — and it is time for NHL teams to start spending silly sums of money! Free agency officially begins at noon Eastern time today, though it’s likely that we’ll hear about some pending deals this morning. We all know the Bruins have needs, particularly on defense, so we’ll see what gets done today. The B’s have been linked with Nate Schmidt, who is reportedly on the trade block headed to Winnipeg, as well as Alex Goligoski. Other names like Alec Martinez, Keith Yandle,...
Jul 27, 2021
Report: Mike Reilly signs in Boston for Three Years, $3m AAV

Report: Mike Reilly signs in Boston for Three Years, $3m AAV

Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via A blueliner makes it back to Black and Gold! After a few days of waiting, it appears the Boston Bruins have made their first post-Hall signing of Free Agency, and it’s to bring back D-man Mike Reilly! Pretty much everybody and their dog was told at some point over the day that Mike Reilly had gotten close to a deal with the B’s, with the expectation being that we’d be sitting and waiting until tomorrow for the official call to be made. ...And then local insider man Pierre LeBrun finally broke the ice and just confirmed it for...
Jul 27, 2021
Morning Skate: Not quite

Morning Skate: Not quite

Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via A deadline dud, if you will. Think back to right around the trade deadline in 2020. The Bruins were good. Very good. They were looking for a boost at the trade deadline, and found it by acquiring Ondrej Kase, a play-driving forward, and Nick Ritchie, a winger with some size. They even got out from underneath most of the David Backes contract, and COVID-19 was a far-off concern. And then...yeah. We all know what happened globally, but things went south for the B’s too. Kase got concussed, Ritchie struggled to find his rhythm, the season...
Jul 26, 2021
Rumor round-up: Suter, Yandle, and...Ryan Getzlaf?

Rumor round-up: Suter, Yandle, and...Ryan Getzlaf?

Photo by John Crouch/Icon Sportswire via Good times. Rumor season is here, and we’ve got plenty of them! The Bruins took care of their first bits of off-season business by re-signing Taylor Hall and Brandon Carlo, but there’s plenty of work left to do. We all know the B’s need help on the blue line, but they’re likely looking to plug holes elsewhere in the lineup as well. While we all know rumors are rumors and they range from interesting to complete nonsense, let’s take a look anyways! Ryan Suter likely won’t be an option When Ryan Suter was bought out by...
Jul 26, 2021
Bruins don't extend qualifying offers to Ritchie or Kase

Bruins don't extend qualifying offers to Ritchie or Kase

Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via It appears the Duck Era may be over. Last week, news about the Bruins getting ready to extend qualifying offers to their restricted free agents was a little more than a blip on the radar screen of off-season activity. After all, qualifying offers are pretty much a given for any restricted free agent you plan to bring back to the team. Initial reports indicated that qualifying offers had been extended to Nick Ritchie, Ondrej Kase, and Zach Senyshyn, among others. Sometime between last weekend today, however, plans change for the Bruins:...
Jul 26, 2021
Morning Skate: New guys

Morning Skate: New guys

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ Plenty of them, in fact. Happy Monday, folks. We’re entering a new phase of the offseason, with the Expansion Draft in the rearview mirror and the Entry Draft completed as well. The B’s added seven new faces to their prospect system on Friday and Saturday, and in what seems like a first, most people seem pretty happy with the B’s drafting. Hell, 87% of you gave GM Don Sweeney and Co. an A or B grade — a departure from the “way off the board” performances of past years. Still, the guys drafted this year are likely a long way from an...