Boston will not keep Soderberg
– The Boston Bruins have made it official and have communicated to center Carl Soderberg that he is free to negotiate with any team he wishes to. Soderberg is set to become unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Soderberg made 3.025M last year with the Bruins. For the Bruins, that is part of the process to resign restricted free agent Dougie Hamilton.
Soderberg who played in the last season of a three year contract this season, scored 13 goals and totalled 44 points in all 82 games played. A product of the Swedish elite league, Soderberg signed with the Bruins a three year deal 13 April 2013.
Other notable unrestricted free agents on the Bruins roster are: Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Adam McQuaid, and Matt Bartkowski. It is not known who the Bruins will keep for next season.
Beaulieu resigns for another two years
In the signing news department, the Montreal Canadiens have resigned on Saturday young promising defenceman Nathan Beaulieu. Beaulieu, 22 played in 64 games with the Canadiens after doing the regular shuttle between their AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Canadiens. Beaulieu was signed for two years at 2.0M dollars. For Beaulieu this is a one way contract and is seen as an opportunity for him to prove he can stay in the lineup and become a top four defenceman.
In 2014-2015, Beaulieu recorded 1 goal and eight assists. In the playoff, he got three assists in five games before being injured when hit by defenceman Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators. Beaulieu was the Montreal Canadiens first selection overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, selecting him 17th overall.
Kimmo Timonen to retire after this season
Kimmo Timonen has made it clear to the media on Saturday. He will be retiring after the Stanley Cup Finals are over. Acquired by the Hawks from the Philadelphia Flyers prior to the trade deadline, Timonen was seen to add more depth on defense by the Hawks. He addressed the media on Saturday concerning his retirement: “I’m really trying to enjoy these last few days because let’s be honest: It’s five days left in my career,” Timonen said before Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Timonen’s story is special because after he was diagnosed with blood clots in his lower right leg and both lungs, last August. he tought at that time to call it quits. After recovering from that illness, Timonen contemplated hanging the blades but took a chance and came back. Timonen, 40, came back to hockey late in the season for one reason: to win a Stanley Cup. The Philadelphia Flyers dealt his rights to the Chicago Blackhawks at the trade deadline two second-round picks.
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