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Burke Talks Kessel

from TSN,

An animated Brian Burke discussed the rumours with reporters Tuesday at the team’s training facilities in Toronto.

“I do not contemplate an offer sheet to Phil Kessel at this time,” Burke told reporters.

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Chiarelli Says Teams Interested In Kessel

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“Nothing has really changed,’’ Chiarelli said, noting that at least three clubs have contacted him in recent weeks to try to trade for Kessel, who last season scored 36 goals. “I’d like to have him in the mix, but obviously he’s not . . . and obviously teams are interested.’’

Some four months after his club lost to Carolina in the second round of the playoffs, and with Kessel still unsigned, Chiarelli said he finds himself at what he referred to as a “philosophical impasse’’ in regards to signing his third-year right wing.

“While you like to bring along players of skill and youth and keep them in your organization, I also have to be cognizant of other dynamics,’’ said Chiarelli.

Such as a payroll already at about $55 million. Such as a roster that on July 1 will have top scorer Marc Savard reaching unrestricted free agency and young standouts Milan Lucic and Blake Wheeler reaching the same restricted free agency plateau where Kessel now stands.

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Nothing New On Kessel… Yet

from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

KITCHNER, Ont.—Toronto GM Brian Burke and Boston GM Peter Chiarelli, both of whom will be in attendance here at rookie camp on Monday, reported no developments on the Phil Kessel front.

Burke made a deal on Saturday to reacquire a second-round draft pick, triggering alarms that he might be readying an offer sheet for Kessel, a restricted free agent.

‘‘Nothing…yet,’’ Chiarelli wrote via email when asked if there were any news pertaining to the 21-year-old Kessel.

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Chiarelli On Kessel

from Matt Kalman of the Bruins Blog,

Chiarelli stuck to his guns about not commenting on ongoing negotiations — at least the specific negotiations. But the GM acknowledged that he thought Kessel’s agent Wade Arnott was “waging a bit of a media war.”Arnott was recently quoted as saying that there have been no talks.

And then Chiarelli decided it was time to explain his position on the situation with the restricted free agent. Chiarelli joked that he could “just give him a pailful of money and it will be done.” He went on to explain:

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Claude Julien Signs Multi-Year Extension

from the Boston Bruins,

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed head coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension.  Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Julien, who completed his second season with the Bruins in 2008-09, guided Boston to the Eastern Conference’s top record in the regular season, finishing 53-19-10 for 116 points. He was voted the winner of the 2009 Jack Adams Award, which is awarded “to the head coach who has contributed the most to his team’s success,” becoming just the third head coach in Bruin history to capture the award.

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Bruins Schedule News Conference For Friday

via John Beattie of NESN,

General manager Peter Chiarelli and the Boston Bruins are hosting a news conference Friday morning at 10 a.m. regarding head coach Claude Julien.

While no announcement has been made, many believe that the news conference is to report the extension of the head coach, who is entering the final year of his three-year contract.

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Teams Interested In Kessel

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

“More than one team is very interested,’’ said the source.

General manager Peter Chiarelli didn’t offer any insight on a possible trade.

“I don’t comment on contract negotiations,’’ said Chiarelli. “But we really would like to get Phil in the mix. You don’t come across players like this very often. It’s hard to come by players with this skill. We believe there’s still a lot of growth to his game.’’

Wade Arnott, Kessel’s agent, declined to comment on a possible destination for the 36-goal scorer. Arnott, however, confirmed a virtual nonexistence of negotiations with the Bruins. Arnott said the Bruins made only one contract offer, which was quickly rejected, prior to the draft.

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Boston Tickets Increase 15%

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

A flurry of e-mails landed here in recent days concerning what some perceive as price-gouging by the Bruins for the upcoming season. Overall, prices have increased by approximately 15 percent (steep in today’s challenged economy) for all buyers, including season ticket-holders. Non-season ticket-holders also get hit with an added 15 percent when purchasing designated “gold’’ games - a variable-pricing tactic the club implemented for 14 games last season. This season, 20 of the 40 dates at the Garden are “gold’’ games. Better team, higher prices. Go figure

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Expect To See More Of The Boston Bear

from Johnny Diaz of the Boston Globe,

The campaign featured a seven-foot bear that enforced the rules of being a good Bruins fan, such as “Never Tuck In Your Bruins Jersey’’ and “Never Date Within the Division.’’

The latter spot featured a young guy dating a girl who was a fan of the Montreal Canadiens….

Stephen Larkin, senior vice president at Mullen, said his creative team will have the bear interact with players in spots for bostonbruins.com and NESN.

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All Kessel Can Do Is Wait

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

For now, after logging three NHL seasons, Kessel is waiting to see where his career path leads, along with his pay scale. He remains an unsigned restricted free agent, the sole Boston regular still not to have a deal in place with the season opener (Oct. 1) only six weeks on the horizon.

Kessel, noting the possibility that his next NHL game may not be with the Black and Gold, said he fully expects to have a new contract in place before the start of the season. And although he categorized his negotiations with Boston at a “stalemate,’’ he also said he was not disappointed by the talks between his agent, Wade Arnott, and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.

“Because, obviously, it is a business, too, for [the Bruins],’’ he said. “It’s kind of like we are at a standstill and I don’t now what is going to happen, to tell you the truth. I think it can go either way at this point.’’

Asked how he would like to see it resolved, he said, “Obviously, you would like to stay, but you don’t know if it is going to work out in the end. My only thing is, you want it to go sooner [rather] than later . . . you know, if you are not going to be there, [or] if you are . . . it is easier on you [to know] where I am and where to go.’’

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