Another game tonight for the Jackets as they travel to Beantown to take on the Boston Bruins. Because of the World Cup, the Bruins are without three of their top players in Brad Marchand; Patrice Bergeron; and captain Zdeno Chara.
Speaking of Marchand, he agreed to an eight year contact extension with the Bruins, $49 million total. For scoring over 30 goals last season, and being a top line forward on the B's, this is not a bad value for him or the team.
Speaking of signings, the Bruins made some interesting moves this summer. Like with what I did for yesterday's opponents, here is who the B's added and subtracted.
They lost plenty of veteran talent, including Lee Stempinak (CAR); Chris Kelly (OTT); and Loui Eriksson (VAN). Other experienced guys they let go include Joonas Gustavsson (EDM); Matt Irwin (NSH); and Max Talbot (KHL). They also let go some young talent in Brett Connolly (WSH); Landon Ferraro (STL); and Zach Trotman (LA). They added David Backes to a monster contract; Anton Khudobin; and veteran centers Dominic Moore and Riley Nash. Also, the Bruins currently have Peter Mueller on a PTO.
Here are the projected lineups for tonight:
Danton Heinen - Riley Nash - Seth Griffith
Peter Cehlarik - Sean Kurlay - Peter Mueller
Jake DeBrusk - Austin Czarnik - Jimmy Hayes
Charlie Hangrove - Colby Cave - Tyler Randell
John-Michael Liles - Brandon Carlo
Jakub Zboril - Kevin Miller
Joe Morrow - Rob O'Gara
Columbus Blue Jackets
Alexander Wennberg - Mike Brown - Brandon Saad
Sonny Milano - William Karlsson - Oliver Bjorkstrand
Markus Hannikanen - Josh Anderson - Lukas Sedlak
Daniel Zaar - Sam Gagner - Vitaly Abramov
Seth Jones - Cody Goloubef
Scott Harrington - Dalton Prout
Markus Nutivaara - Oleg Yevenko
The game tonight is on the NHL NETWORK.