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Bruins Open The Bank

from the Boston Herald,
A key feature of the “new” National Hockey League is that the salary cap and liberalized free agency make it possible for losing teams to improve dramatically from one season to the next. The Bruins, in the matter of a few hours yesterday, certainly improved in a big way. The B’s brass has said for months it no longer was going to be business-as-usual for a team known as one of the stingiest in the NHL. The B’s backed up their optimistic predictions with bold actions, signing giant defenseman Zdeno Chara, formerly of the Ottawa Senators, to a five-year deal worth $37.5 million. Gorton was on the phone with an aggressive offer to Chara’s Boston-based agent, Matt Keator, at one minute past noon. The two parties would talk several times over the next 2 hours - with new B’s coach Dave Lewis and former star players Cam Neely and Don Sweeney also getting on the phone to make a pitch to Chara - before the stunning deal was locked up.

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