Bruins, Krejci agree on extension
The Boston Bruins reached agreement with forward David Krejci on a six-year, $43.5 million contract extension, according to reports.
Krejci is in the final year of his current deal, which means the extension begins with the 205-16 season. The new contract includes a no-move clause in the first through fourth years and a limited no-trade clause in the final two years, according to The Sporting News.
Krejci’s salary after the extension kicks in will result in the biggest cap hit for the Bruins among its players on the roster.
In 504 career games in the NHL with the Bruins, Krejci has 378 points, including 69 in 80 games last season, and 77 points in 93 career playoff games. He led the team in scoring during its last two playoff marches to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The 28-year-old Krejci joins teammates Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg and Tuukka Rask under contract for at least the next three seasons.
Pedroia remains sidelined
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia missed his fourth straight game on Wednesday because of concussion-like symptoms, but manager John Farrell believes he could return Friday when the team comes home.
Farrell said Pedroia passed the concussion impact test and that he also took early batting practice.
Panthers sign No. 1 pick Ekblad
The Florida Panthers and defenseman Aaron Ekblad agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract Wednesday.
Ekblad, 18, was the No. 1 pick at the 2014 NHL Draft. He was named the Ontario Hockey League’s most outstanding defenseman last season, and ranked first among the league’s blueliners with 23 goals and tied for fifth with 53 points (23 goals, 30 assists) for the Barrie Colts.
The 6-foot-3, 213-pound Ekblad , at native of Belle River, Ontario, played as a 17-year-old for Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship. He had one goal and one assist in seven games.
Blues sign Fabbri
The St. Louis Blues agreed to terms on a three-year, two-way entry level contract with 2014 first-round pick Robby Fabbri
Fabbri, 18, dressed in 58 regular-season games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm last season, ranking second on the club and sharing 14th league-wide with 87 points, including 45 goals and 42 assists.
In the 2014 OHL postseason, Fabbri helped the Storm capture the OHL Championship, posting 28 points, including a team-leading 13 goals, in 16 games en route to earning the 99 Award as the League’s Playoff MVP.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound center and Mississauga, Ontario native earned a gold medal with Canada at the Ivan Hlinka U-18 Tournament in 2013, tallying one assist in five appearances.
James signs with Mavs
The Dallas Mavericks re-signed center Bernard James to an undisclosed contract on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-10 James was drafted by the Mavericks with the 33rd overall pick in 2012. Since then, he averages 2.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.6 blocks and 7.9 minutes in 76 career games with Dallas.
James is a former Staff Sergeant who served six years in the Air Force, including three tours to Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar.
As a senior at Florida State, James averaged 10.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.
Kings waive Ellington
The Sacramento Kings waived guard Wayne Ellington, who was acquired from the New York Knicks on Aug. 6 along with forward-center Jeremy Tyler and the Knicks’ 2016 second-round draft pick in exchange for forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw.
Ellington has averaged 6.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 312 career games through his first five NBA seasons.