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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 21:56

And another one gone, and another one gone, and another one gone: Bruins lose Iginla, Thornton and Johnson

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So the off season after winning the President's Trophy and falling short in the playoffs, the Boston Bruins lost two key players in one day and a backup goalie.

The first day of the NHL free agency period was a tough blow for the Boston Bruins.

The first of the three wonderful players to leave was backup goalie, Chad Johnson. Johnson reached an agreement with the New York Islanders on a two-year deal. The first year of the deal will be for $1 million wile the second year will be for $1.6 million.

Johnson was excellent for the Bruins last season as he posted a 17-4-3 record wile tallying a .925 saver percentage.

Johnson is expected to share time with Jarsolav Halak, who just signed a four-year contract last month.

Bruins AHL starter, Niklas Svedberg is expected to serve as the backup goalie for next season.

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The second Bruins to bit the dust on Tuesday was forward Shawn Thornton.

Thornton agreed to a two-year deal paying him $1.2 million a year with the Florida Panthers. That is a big upgrade for Thornton, who made $1.1 million a year over the last two years in Boston.

Thornton was a fourth line winger on the Bruins but was considered the teams "enforcer" once Milan Lucic became more of a goal scoring threat.

Thornton racked up 748 penalty minutes during his seven year run with the Bruins.

Thornton takes his two Stanley Cup championships from 2007 and 2011 with Anaheim and Boston respectively.

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The last Bruin to dart off on Tuesday was Jarome Iginla as he reached a three-year deal worth $16 million with the Colorado Avalanche.

Not many did expect the Bruins to be able to retain Iginla once the salary cap was lowered to $69 million.

Iginla was tied atop the Bruins goal scorers netting 30 goals in his one-year in Boston. Iginla tallied 31 assists as well.

Iginla will be a veteran on the young Avs, who really made a giant jump last year going from 29th in the NHL in 2012-2013 to second in the Western Conference last year with 112 points.

Iginla seemed like he was bound to stay in Boston because he claims he wanted a ring but ever since he declined a deal to the Bruins to go with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2012 people knew he wasn't in it for the ring.

The Bruins have a huge gap on the roster now as Iginla was there first line right winger.

This is Iginla's second journey around the Western Conference having captained the Calgary Flames for so many years.

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Shawn Thonrton