A few pro signing updates:
1. Zane McIntyre will sign with the Boston Bruins, the team that drafted him. Boston confirmed as much in a tweet yesterday. However, McIntyre may opt to become a free agent before signing with Boston to alter contract terms.
As a 2010 draft pick, he could earn a max of $900,000 if in the NHL, $90,000 signing bonus and $67,500 if in the AHL. If he opts to become a free agent, then sign with Boston, he could earn $925,000 if in the NHL, $92,500 signing bonus and $70,000 if in the AHL. They aren’t huge differences, but if he has the option to do it, why not?
2. Jordan Schmaltz is still undecided on whether to sign with the St. Louis Blues or return to UND for his senior season.
Although Andy Strickland, a well-connected Blues reporter, tweeted earlier this week that the hire of Brad Berry has Schmaltz leaning toward returning, I still believe he is very likely to sign with St. Louis.
3. To my knowledge, UND sophomore defenseman Keaton Thompson has not made any decisions about next season. I’ve been told he has an offer from the Anaheim Ducks on the table.