Player News - Bruins

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Ryan Donato is committed to eventually signing with the Boston Bruins even though the option to simply wait until he becomes an unrestricted free agent prospect exists.

Donato was taken with the 56th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by Boston, but he's been playing with Harvard University and he will return to school for his junior season. He's excelled in the NCAA with 21 goals and 40 points in 36 contests in 2016-17, so if he did wait until he was a UFA before signing he would likely have several teams go after him. He's the son of Ted Donato though, a former Boston Bruins player who is now also the Harvard coach, and Ryan Donato has expressed loyalty to the Bruins. "I understand [the Vesey option], but I don’t think it’s applicable to me in my situation," Donato said. "Growing up in Boston I’ve always been a Bruins fan, and I’ve been very happy and fortunate to a part of this [organization] and hopefully I can be for a while. Obviously, I had loyalty even before given that I was a fan, but you really feel like you do owe the organization something after they’ve drafted you."
Jul 19 - 7:27 AM

Austin Czarnik has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Boston Bruins.

Czarnik can earn $675,000 annually at the NHL level. He had five goals and 13 points in 49 games with Boston in 2016-17.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 18 - 3:48 PM

Ryan Spooner is expected to get between $2.7 million and $3.5 million for the 2017-18 campaign.

Spooner is coming off a two-year, $1.9 million contract, so that will represent a substantial raise for him. He had 11 goals and 39 points in 78 contests in 2016-17, but he also spent time as a healthy scratch during the playoffs. He's set to go for arbitration on July 26, so it will be interesting to see if the two sides can work out a compromise before the hearing.
Jul 17 - 4:11 AM

Malcolm Subban has signed a two-year, two-way contract extension with the Boston Bruins.

Subban posted a 2.41 GAA and .917 save percentage in 32 AHL games last season. He appeared in one game with Boston but allowed three goals on 16 shots.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 16 - 9:25 AM

The Boston Bruins have inked Zane McIntyre to a two-year, two-way contract.

McIntyre got some playing time with Boston last season, but he struggled with a 3.97 GAA and .858 save percentage in eight contests. At the AHL level he had a 2.57 GAA and .906 save percentage in 16 AHL games.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 16 - 9:24 AM

The Minnesota Wild have been in touch with UFA Drew Stafford's agent.

Stafford has some interest in playing for the Wild as well. Minnesota has to re-sign RFAs Marcus Foligno, Mikael Granlund, and Nino Niederreiter though, so they'll likely wait to re-sign them first and then circle back to Stafford once their cap situation is clear. Stafford has also been in contract with his most recent team, the Boston Bruins, but Boston also needs to settle its RFA situation first.
Jul 11 - 7:32 AM

Ryan Donato will stay in Harvard for the 2017-18 campaign.

Donato had 21 goals and 40 points in 36 NCAA contests last season. The 21-year-old forward was taken by the Boston Bruins with the 56th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. "We’ve always been excited about his skill set," said Bruins GM Don Sweeney. "He’s going to play center this year, and I’ve talked to Teddy (Donato, his father and the Harvard coach) about that. We’re excited to see him play there. He played that a lot at Dexter. It’ll put a lot more two-way responsibility on him. It’ll be interesting because he’s primarily a shooter and he has an unbelievable release. There aren’t a lot of shooting centers in the NHL, but Joe Sakic scored an awful of goals. So a player to have that skill set, he can complement better players and that’s what we’re excited about." It wouldn't be shocking to see Donato make the leap to the NHL in 2018-19 if he decides to go pro after this season.
Jul 10 - 4:31 AM

The Boston Bruins have remained in contact with UFA Drew Stafford.

Stafford had eight goals and 21 points in 58 contests with Winnipeg and Boston in 2017-18. Bruins GM Don Sweeney would like to wait until he's settled matters with RFAs David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner before potentially signing Stafford though, so this isn't likely to be resolved soon.
Jul 10 - 4:27 AM

Ryan Spooner's arbitration date is set for July 26.

In other words the Bruins and Spooner have a little over two weeks left to come to terms if they want to avoid a hearing. Spooner is likely to get a significant raise from his previous two-year, $1.9 million contract, but his future with the Bruins is in question given that he spent some time as a healthy scratch during the playoffs.
Jul 10 - 4:24 AM

The Boston Bruins are starting to see Trent Frederic as someone who might become a top-six forward in the NHL.

Frederic was taken with the 29th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and afterwards Boston's former amateur scouting chief Keith Gretzky projected that he would become a bottom-six forward. However, Frederic had a solid offensive season as a freshman with the University of Wisconsin, scoring 15 goals and 33 points in 30 games. "He plays top line at Wisconsin. … Obviously, time will tell what he’ll be in pro hockey but there’s more skill to his game than people thought coming out of the draft," Bruins player development coordinator Jamie Langebrunner said. The Bruins went off the board when they took Frederic but it looks like that might pay off for them in the end.
Jul 8 - 4:43 AM

Tim Schaller has signed a one-year, $775,000 contract with the Boston Bruins.

That's a pay bump from $600,000 in 2016-17. Schaller had seven goals and 14 points in 59 contests last season.
Jul 6 - 5:16 PM

Contracts that other young stars have gotten recently could be a headache for the Boston Bruins as they iron out a contract with David Pastrnak.

Pastrnak and the Bruins have been moving towards an agreement that would come in a bit below Brad Marchand’s eight-year, $49 million contract both in terms of its cap hit and length. However, with Evgeny Kuznetsov getting $8 million per season and Connor McDavid landing an eight-year, $100 million contract, Pastrnak has some more leverage following his 70 points in 75 games campaign. "Is [McDavid] a comparable? Sure, in their minds, I’m sure he is," Bruins GM Don Sweeney said. "I don’t know if I’d draw a direct line in terms . . . there are a lot of guys that have signed. It doesn’t make the other guys irrelevant that have signed that you’re comparing that player to. There are internal caps, internal structures on everybody’s individual team. I’m not going to talk about any other players. I’m going to talk about my own players in terms of when we go into contract negotiations. There will be plenty of comps, we’re not just going to use one."
Jul 6 - 4:07 AM

Ryan Spooner has filed for arbitration.

Spooner scored 11 goals and 39 points in 78 games, but he ended up spending time in the press box during the playoffs. He's coming off a two-year, $1.9 million contract.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 6:12 PM

The Bruins are still interested in bringing back unrestircted free agent Drew Stafford.

Boston GM Don Sweeny told reporters that talks are ongoing. Stafford had a nice run with the Bruins (eight points in 18 games) after being acquired from the Jets on March 1st last season and could be a nice third-line option in 2017-18.
Jul 2 - 8:50 AM

Newly-signed Paul Postma may be able to switch to the left side in order to fill a Bruin need.

Boston has a very strong right-shot defense but needs some help on the left side. Postma, who normally shoots right-handed, has had some experience in junior hockey shooting from the left. If Postma can make that switch, he may be able to carve out a spot on the Bruins' third pairing. If he can do that, he may also get some power-play ice time as Boston GM Don Sweeney seems intrigued by his heavy shot and power-play work in the minors. Keep an eye on Postma during training camp.
Jul 2 - 8:40 AM


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