Two of the Boston Pride’s forwards are back for year two with the Isobel Cup champions. Emily Field and Rachel Llanes both agreed to contracts with the Pride, announced on Friday by Boston’s general manager Hayley Moore.
Emily Field contributed four goals and three assists to the Pride, and appeared in the first NWHL All-Star Game on Team Pfalzer. Her one year contract is for $11,000–which is a definite pay cut from last season’s $13,500, despite her solid play.
Field said in the NWHL press release: “I’m very excited to be back in Boston again this year. I had such a great experience playing for the Pride and Coach Bobby Jay last year. I’m looking forward to picking up where we left off.”
Rachel Llanes also had seven points for the Pride during the inaugural season, with three goals and four assists. Two of her three goals were game-winners. Llanes earned a pay raise, signing for $12,000 for the 2016–2017 season.
“Llanes is the epitome of competitor,” Moore stated in the release. “She’s great at face-offs and adds versatility to our roster. Rachel’s speed, skill and grit make her incredibly hard to play against. We are happy to welcome her back.”
The Pride just lost out on first-round 2015 NWHL draft pick Kendall Coyne, who just announced she’ll head to the Minnesota Whitecaps to start her professional hockey career.
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The Pride have lagged behind other teams in signing announcements, thanks to their heavy contingent of USA national teamers. With the free agency deadline looming on Sunday, July 31, there’s still a lot of work to be done with the roster in a very short period of time. There are only nine players signed to the Pride so far: five forwards, two defensemen and two goaltenders.
The U.S. national team players tend to negotiate and sign as a unit, and there’s been chatter that there are scheduling conflicts between USA Hockey and the league that are holding up the second year contracts.