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Morning Skate: No Joak

One familiar face moving on.

New Jersey Devils v Boston Bruins Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

Tuesday is upon us, and yesterday brought the news that one Bruin is moving on to a new team: Joakim Nordstrom signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Flames.

It’s no surprise, as Don Sweeney essentially said earlier this offseason that the team wouldn’t be bringing him back, with cap space at a premium and other options available.

It’s not terrible value for the Flames. While Nordstrom isn’t going to be a game-changer, he has his moments where he makes a pretty positive three-zone impact. Not bad for a league-minimum salary.

Also yesterday, Matt Grzelcyk spoke about his new contract and a number of other things.

“I think that being from here and having the opportunity to play for the Bruins means so much to me,” said Grzelcyk of his contract discussions. “It wasn’t more about wanting to bet on myself and try to get the most money possible.”

“I think that I really wanted locked up for as long as I could and this is the place that I want to be and the opportunity I want to have,” he continued. “For me, I had the mindset of...I wanted to be locked up and have that security and remain in Boston as long as I can.”


He also said he hasn’t bought himself anything big. Smart spender, that Grzelcyk.

Today’s highlight

So long, Joakim Nordstrom.

Today’s discussion topic

If you signed a multimillion dollar NHL contract, what’s the first thing you’d buy?