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via TSN’s tracker, Steve Begin signs with the Boston Bruins for 1 year for 850K
from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
GM Peter Chiarelli has concluded a conference call regarding tomorrow’s opening of free agency. And as expected, given the club’s cap situation, Chiarelli said not to expect much movement today or tomorrow.
“We’re going to sit back,” Chiarelli said. “Unless there are certain players we like and we feel there are good fits for those players.”
Chiarelli said the Bruins will not sign any of their free agents, restricted or unrestricted, before tomorrow’s noon opening. P.J. Axelsson, Mark Recchi, Stephane Yelle, Manny Fernandez, Shane Hnidy, and Steve Montador will become UFAs. Phil Kessel, Matt Hunwick, and Byron Bitz will become RFAs.
* Chiarelli has said previously that he will match any offer sheets. But he tempered that statement today, hinting that he would not match any offer sheets he terms beyond reason.
a bit more...
via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,
Believing that there will be more talks between Toronto and Boston about Phil Kessel and Tomas Kaberle. Bruins need puck moving D man..
posted 32 minutes ago from web
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Kessel remains Boston property, subject to his restricted free agent rights, and nothing that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said yesterday made it sound as if Kessel’s situation is going to change soon.
“I think you’ll see us progress over the summer at a slower pace,’’ said Chiarelli, taking an afternoon break from his team meetings just up the street from the Bell Centre, where tonight’s draft will be held.
Slower, in terms of Kessel, could mean more dangerous, too, because next Wednesday, when leaguewide free agency kicks off, any of the other 29 teams can sign Kessel to an offer sheet. The Bruins then would have their choice of matching the offer or letting Kessel go for draft picks (level of compensation to be determined by his new salary).
For the record, Chiarelli has said he will match any offer to Kessel, and he might - to a point.
Kaberle to Boston? Bob McKenzie will have a video update shortly on www.tsn.ca.
added 5:32pm, via TSN,
In the latest video update from Montreal, Bob McKenzie says he would be shocked if Tomas Kaberle was not a Boston Bruin by the end of the night.
Update 5:55pm ET: From TSN—
It appears the potential trade involving the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs is at the very least on hold and quite possibly dead.
TSN reported this morning that the Bruins had offered Phil Kessel in exchange for Tomas Kaberle and Toronto’s No. 7 overall pick in today’s draft.
It was later reported that the Leafs No. 7 pick was not included in the deal and Boston was in fact adding a significant pick in the package.
It turns out there was apparently major miscommunication between the two teams. Boston did indeed believe they were getting the No. 7 pick from the Leafs but Toronto is apparently not interested in making that move.
The Boston Bruins are in pursuit of Tomas Kaberle and a top 10 pick in today’s draft.
Sources tell TSN the Bruins have offered restricted free agent Phil Kessel to Toronto in exchange for Leaf defenceman Kaberle and Toronto’s No. 7 pick in today’s draft.
The Leafs are apparently canvassing the league to see if there are any better offers out there.
added 8:08am, Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe posted this last night,
The Leafs this afternoon received at least one solid offer for veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle, and according to a source familiar with added offers that Toronto is fielding this evening, the Bruins could be among the suitors.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Rumors persist around the league that Chiarelli will deal veteran pivot Marc Savard, who has one year left (at $5 milion) on his deal. Savard would have to waive his no-trade clause, which is something he likely would consider if it brought him closer to his children in Ontario. If Savard were dealt, it would mean greater offensive responsibility for the likes of Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci. It’s more likely that Chiarelli would ask Marco Sturm, with two years left on his deal (at $3.5 million per season) to waive his no-trade clause.
more on the Bruins…
Joe Haggerty of WEEI says so. At one time, it was believed the Capitals were the favorite to be the opponent, but it now looks like the Flyers.
I do know Tarik El-Bashir of Captals Insider wrote earlier today that it looked doubtful that the Caps would be playing on New Year’s Day.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
LAS VEGAS—The Bruins didn’t come here with the idea of hitting a jackpot, but they found out just after noon here that they won’t have to shell out another $1.4 million to ex-right winger Glen Murray.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli just confirmed that arbitrator Richard Bloch ruled that the Bruins were within their rights last summer to buy out the final year of Murray’s deal, which was to pay the veteran goal scorer $1.45 million.
from the Boston Bruins,
Boston Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs announced today that the club has signed General Manager Peter Chiarelli to a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed. Charlie Jacobs and Chiarelli will hold a press conference on Tuesday, June 16 at 12:00 p.m.
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