Bruins shake up roster, buy out Green, McEachern
The 35-year-old Green and 37-year-old McEachern were under contract for the 2006-07 season, but did not fit into the new regime's rebuilding plan.
Terms of the buyout were not disclosed. McEachern was scheduled to earn $1.1 million next season, but will receive $726,000. Green will be paid $462,000 of the $700,000 he was due to make.
"We are going in a different direction with our team next season," Bruins interim general manager Jeff Gorton said. "We felt this was the best thing for both the team and the players at this time."
Gorton will remain as GM until Peter Chiarelli takes over on a full-time basis on July 15. It was Chiarelli who fired coach Mike Sullivan on Tuesday and hired Lewis on Thursday after receiving special permission from the Ottawa Senators to make the moves. Chiarelli must remain in his capacity as assistant GM of the Senators for another two weeks.
The Bruins stumbled to a last-place finish in the Northeast Division this past season. Green was one of two Bruins to play in all 82 games, recording 10 goals and 12 assists. McEachern played in just 28 games and compiled two goals and six assists.
A first-round pick of the New York Islanders in 1989, Green has 192 goals and 261 assists in 939 NHL games with five teams. He reached the 25-goal plateau with the New York Islanders in 1995-96 and again with the Phoenix Coyotes in 1999-2000.
McEachern, a Massachusetts native, has played 14 seasons with four teams after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987. He has scored 20 or more goals six times, including a career-high 32 goals in 2000-01 with the Senators.
McEachern has 256 goals and 323 assists in 911 NHL games. He was a member of the Penguins' Stanley Cup championship team in 1992, joining the club after playing for the United States Olympic squad.
Information from SportsTicker and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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