Matt Bartkowski will test free agency
Matt Bartkowski | BOS
(June 30, 2015 1:19 PM EDT)
Matt Bartkowski will test the open market on Wednesday.
Boston GM Don Sweeney confirmed that Bartkowski will become an unrestricted free agent. He picked up four assists, 88 hits and a minus-6 rating in 47 games with the Bruins last season.
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B's get prospect Sean Kuraly in Jones trade
Sean Kuraly | BOS
(June 30, 2015 1:13 PM EDT)
Sean Kuraly has been acquired by Boston from San Jose.
He was sent to the Bruins, along with a first-round pick in 2016, for goaltender Martin Jones. Kuraly, who still has to be signed, just completed his third season with Miami University (Ohio). He posted 19 goals and 29 points in 40 games. Kuraly was chosen in the fifth round of the 2011 draft by the Sharks.
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Sharks land Martin Jones in deal with Bruins
Martin Jones | SJ
(June 30, 2015 1:04 PM EDT)
Martin Jones has been traded to the San Jose Sharks for a 2016 first-round draft pick and unsigned prospect Sean Kuraly.
Jones has a 16-11-2 record with a .923 save percentage and a 1.99 goals-against average in 34 games with the Los Angeles Kings over the past two seasons. He was just acquired by the Bruins in the Milan Lucic deal, but now his fantasy stock has improved considerably as he has a good chance of being the starting goalie for the Sharks.
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Source: RCMP is investigating Mike Richards
Mike Richards | LA
(June 30, 2015 12:52 PM EDT)
A source told that Mike Richards is part of an ongoing investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for an off-ice incident.
A spokesperson for the RCMP in Manitoba said that no charges have been brought so far, but mentioned that the Canadian Border Services is also involved in the investigation. Richards had his contract terminated by the Kings on Monday for "a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract." Several sources told that the Kings were made aware of the investigation on Friday, which halted trade talks for the center at the draft.
Brad Boyes goes on unconditional waivers
Brad Boyes | FLA
(June 30, 2015 12:29 PM EDT)
Brad Boyes has been put on unconditional waivers by Florida.
The Panthers intend to use a buyout on him if he clears. Boyes has one year remaining on his contract and was due $2.5 million. His buyout will open up another roster spot for the Panthers, as they continue their youth movement. Boyes had 14 goals and 38 points in 78 games last campaign.
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Hurricanes put Alex Semin on buyout waivers
Alexander Semin | CAR
(June 30, 2015 12:24 PM EDT)
Alexander Semin has been placed on unconditional waivers with the intent of buying out the rest of his contract.
He has three years remaining on his deal and his buyout is set to cost the Hurricanes $14 million over six seasons. Semin generated just six goals and 13 assists in 57 games last season, but don't be surprised if another team takes a chance on him with a one-year contract.
Montreal could be a spot for Michael Frolik
Michael Frolik | WPG
(June 30, 2015 11:58 AM EDT)
Michael Frolik may be a target of the Montreal Canadiens in free agency.
Frolik was acquired by Chicago in a trade from the Florida Panthers when Montreal GM Bergevin was working in the Blackhawks' front office. Frolik was part of the club's Stanley Cup championship team in 2013 and he plays a solid two-way game.
Montreal Gazette
Panthers cut loose five, including Houser
Michael Houser | FLA
(June 30, 2015 11:49 AM EDT)
Michael Houser will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
He was not presented with a qualifying offer from the Florida Panthers. Houser posted a 19-9-4 record with a 2.83 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage last season in the AHL. Florida chose goaltenders Samuel Montembeault and Ryan Bednard in the 2015 draft and last March they signed Colin Stevens out of college. Those moves made Houser expendable. Andrew Yogan, Shayne Taker, Jesse Blacker and Ryan Martindale will also be going to free agency.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Panthers hand out QO's to 8 players
Jimmy Hayes | FLA
(June 30, 2015 11:41 AM EDT)
Jimmy Hayes was tendered a qualifying offer on Monday.
Quinton Howden, Jonathan Huberdeau, Corban Knight, John McFarland, Greg McKegg, Alex Petrovic, and Garrett Wilson also received qualifying offers from the Panthers. Hayes had a career year in 2014-15 with 19 goals and 35 points in 72 games.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Lawson Crouse impresses at camp practice
Lawson Crouse | FLA
(June 30, 2015 11:35 AM EDT)
Lawson Crouse impressed Florida's brass at the team's development camp practice on Monday.
"I really liked him," said GM Dale Tallon. "Really smooth for his size. The skating ability is very good. His puckhanding skills are terrific. He has that sandpaper part to him with the size and toughness. Very impressed with how smooth he was in all aspects of the game." Crouse was chosen 11th overall by the Panthers after he was ranked fifth by NHL Central Scouting among North American skaters going into the draft. Florida has high hopes for him as a physical, two-way winger.
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