NHL Rumors: Noel Acciari leaving Bruins for 3-year deal with Panthers

NHL Rumors: Noel Acciari leaving Bruins for 3-year deal with Panthers

The Bruins will have a new look on their fourth line next season as they’ve lost hard-hitting Noel Acciari to an Atlantic Division rival in free agency.

The Rhode Island kid has signed a three-year contract worth around $5 million in unrestricted free agency, which isn’t huge money at $1.67 million per season but certainly more than the B’s are willing to pay for fourth line forwards at this point.

While the Bruins will miss Acciari’s physicality, his willingness to play hurt after playing through a broken sternum in the playoffs and his occasional offense, they have Joakim Nordstrom already signed and ready to slide into a fourth line role at $1 million per season. Acciari picked a good time for free agency with a career-high 72 games played along with six goals and 14 points, and it seemed clear given Boston’s salary cap situation that a fourth-line forward was a luxury they are not going to be able to afford.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney indicated that the B’s had made offers to the 27-year-old Acciari ahead of free agency, but it couldn’t have been for much more than the $1 million Nordstrom will be making next season.

Still, Acciari was broken up at the end of the season about the thought of potentially leaving Boston after playing in New England his entire career with Providence College and the Boston Bruins.

“I love all of these guys. They are my family. I had a lot of fun with them this year. It’s a bitter ending, but we had a great locker room and a great coaching staff,” said Acciari during Bruins breakup day while coming off a deal that paid him $725,000 in each of the last two seasons. “I’d love to come back to Boston. I love all of these guys. I love everybody here. This is all I know.

“We’ll see what happens going forward. You can’t predict anything. Boston has it all. I’m a local guy. I’m not just saying it. I’ve lived it. This is a special, special place. I’m looking for this family [in my next contract]. I’ll take my time and see how things go. But Boston has been my home for my entire life.”

With a three-year deal in Florida, Acciari will be able to visit quite a bit sticking around in the Atlantic Division to face off against the Black and Gold for the foreseeable future.

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Bruins mascot gets involved with sweet goal at NHL All-Star Game

Bruins mascot gets involved with sweet goal at NHL All-Star Game

NHL's All-Star weekend isn't just a time for the NHL's best players to showcase their skills on the ice. Apparently, their mascots get a chance to do that as well.

The NHL has a mascot game every year at All-Star weekend to showcase the Grittys and Youppis of the world. But just before the start of Saturday night's NHL All-Star Game, the Boston Bruins took some time to shout out their mascot Blades.

As you can see in the video below, courtesy of the Bruins official Twitter account, Blades had a pretty nice dangle to beat the Anaheim Ducks mascot, Wildwing, and net a goal.

Considering that's a person in a bear costume on skates, that's pretty good.

The Bruins will be hoping that David Pastrnak can find success similar to that of Blades during the game on Saturday night. To watch the NHL All-Star Game, click here.

2020 NHL All-Star Game live stream: How to watch division tournament online

2020 NHL All-Star Game live stream: How to watch division tournament online

Many of hockey's best players have descended on St. Louis for the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.

Among the players showcasing their elite talent for the world to see is Boston Bruins right winger David Pastrnak, who entered the All-Star break with a league-leading 37 goals. He is the only Bruins player participating in the game after goaltender Tuukka Rask decided to skip the event (he later was placed on injured following a concussion suffered on Jan. 14).

Pastrnak is the Atlantic Division team captain, and he'll try to lead the team to its first ever All-Star Game victory. The current All-Star format, which was adopted in 2016, pits the four divisions against each other in a single-elimination tournament. The two semifinal winners square off in the final. 

Here's the information you need to watch the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.

When: Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: NBC Sports

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