Day 1 of NHL Free Agency has come and gone, and boy, were there a ton of major moves that saw big names changing cities in what will undoubtedly have a major effect on the 2014-15 NHL season.
The Bruins mostly stayed silent on Tuesday, making only one minor deal, signing 25-year-old defenseman Christopher Breen to a one-year, two-way contract.
There was plenty of news from former members of the Black and Gold, as four members of the 2013-14 Presidents’ Trophy winners found new homes for the upcoming season.
The most notable was Jarome Iginla, who agreed to a three-year, $16 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Iginla, who tallied 61 points in 78 games for the Bruins this past season, will help bolster a Colorado offense that saw Paul Stastny sign with the St. Louis Blues.
Former “Merlot Line” member Shawn Thornton changed colors as well, as the winger scored a two-year deal with the Florida Panthers. He’s been one of the faces of the Bruins since coming to Boston in 2007 for his leadership on and off the ice, including his renowned charity work in the Boston community.
Goaltender Chad Johnson, who backed up Tuukka Rask this past season, knew the writing was on the wall after the B’s inked Niklas Svedberg to a one-way deal last week, and on Tuesday he became a member of the New York Islanders, earning a two-year contract after going 17-4-3 with a 2.10 GAA in 27 games for the Bruins in 2013-14.
Defenseman Andrej Meszaros played just 14 regular season games for the Bruins this past year, scoring two goals and adding three assists after coming over from the Philadelphia Flyers at the trade deadline. Meszaros agreed to a one-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres in a deal that was overshadowed by the Sabres’ major signings of Matt Moulson and Brian Gionta.
The Bruins have one remaining unrestricted free agent on the roster, defenseman Corey Potter, while they do have a number of restricted free agents to work out new deals with, including notables Torey Krug and Reilly Smith.