The Boston Bruins are getting prepared for the second Winter Classic in franchise history and at a press conference today the team and their opponent, the longtime rival Montreal Canadiens, unveiled the logos they’ll be using for the outdoor tilt.
According to TSN 690 in Montreal, the two teams will be facing off in classic style, donning jerseys that closely mirror those worn in the 1924-25 season, more than 90 years before their outdoor game is set to take place.
The Bruins logo, which utilizes an arching font over top of a Bruin, is a slight alteration of the jerseys Boston wore during that campaign, the first in Bruins history. The jerseys, according to NHLUniforms.com, were only worn for the inaugural season before Boston switched to a busy white, brown and yellow striped jersey the following campaign. Read more
Dainius Zubrus may have played his final game in the NHL.
New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero announced Wednesday afternoon that the club has placed Zubrus on unconditional waivers with the intention to terminate his contract. Zubrus, who has spent the past eight seasons with the Devils, signed a three-year, $9.3 million contract extension with New Jersey in July 2013.
However, after a dismal four-goal, 10-point season in 2014-15, the Devils are ready to part ways with the veteran winger. His down year, which was the worst of his career, came one season following a 13-goal, 26-point campaign, but at his age and with the miles on his career, it wouldn’t be shocking were Zubrus to retire or pursue options overseas. This past season, he saw his ice time in New Jersey slip by nearly three minutes per game. Read more
Following one season away from the game, Ryan Smyth is ready to return to the NHL. But don’t expect him to be strapping on the blades.
In an interview with the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson, Smyth, 39, said that he’s ready to be involved with hockey again, but he’s unsure how exactly he’ll fit in. One thing is for sure, though: he’d love to make his return as a member of the Oilers organization.
“I would like to sit down with (Oilers Entertainment Group chief executive officer) Bob Nicholson and see what they’re thinking,” Smyth told Matheson. “I want to be involved in hockey but I don’t know in what capacity.” Read more
Jonathan Bernier is seeking more than $5 million per season in arbitration, but the Toronto Maple Leafs want to pay the netminder significantly less.
As the two sides prepare to head to club-elected arbitration Friday, the goaltender’s asking price, $5.1 million, and the Maple Leafs offer, $2.89 million, were reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. But even with roughly $2.2 million separating the parties, it’s unlikely Toronto won’t fork over the money to meet Bernier somewhere in the middle, especially considering he has earned it over the past two seasons.
While some would look at the Maple Leafs success – or lack thereof – in the past two years and place the blame on goaltending, Bernier has actually been quite steady between the pipes. Consider that since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, of the 33 goaltenders who have played at least 3,500 minutes at 5-on-5, Bernier has the 15th best save percentage in the league. Sure, that’s only slightly above average, but a contract in the $4 million range is about the going rate for a second-tier starting netminder. Read more
Gather round, amateur goalie mask designers. New Jersey Devils netminder Cory Schneider has a task for you.
The Devils announced Tuesday that Schneider, along with renowned goalie mask artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, are running a contest that will allow fans of all ages to submit potential designs for Schneider’s mask with the winning design being worn by the New Jersey goaltender this upcoming season.
Schneider’s mask design contest will close on Aug. 7, when he will look over the eligible entries and select five finalists to be announced on Aug. 10. The finalists will receive an autographed photo of Schneider, but the real prize is revealed on Aug. 14, when he decides which design he’ll don on his helmet for the 2015-16 campaign. Read more
Sven Baertschi has suited up in a mere 69 NHL games since being selected 13th overall in the 2011 draft, but he could more than double that total next season.
The Vancouver Canucks announced late Tuesday they have signed the 22-year-old Baertschi to a one-year, one-way deal that will pay the Swiss winger $900,000 next season. The money is notable if for no other reason than it’s actually a cut in salary from Baertschi’s entry-level contract, on which he had an NHL salary of $925,000.
To say Baertschi has had a turbulent tenure in the NHL would be an understatement. Since being taken by the Calgary Flames in the 2011 draft’s first round, Baertschi has bounced back and forth from WHL to NHL to AHL and back again. Last season alone, Baertschi suited up for the Canucks, Flames, Utica Comets and Adirondack Flames, playing no fewer than five games with each club. The hope now is that he can find a permanent place with the Canucks. Read more
Sean Couturier has signed a six-year, $26 million extension with the Philadelphia Flyers that runs through to the 2021-22 season.
Couturier, 22, was a first-round pick of the Flyers in 2011, eighth overall, and made the jump to the NHL immediately following his draft year. In 2011-12, Couturier had a stellar rookie season, scoring 13 goals and 27 points in 77 games with Philadelphia. But more than just his offense, it was his two-way play that brought hope to the Flyers faithful.
Over the past three seasons, Couturier has racked up 32 goals and 91 points in 210 games, with his career best point total coming in 2013-14 when he notched 13 goals and 39 points. He set his career mark for goals in a season with a 15-tally campaign in 2014-15. Read more