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by Paul on 05/27/12 at 08:31 AM ET
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Despite Chiarelli’s end-of-year declaration that he was not inclined to trade Tim Thomas, the goaltending situation remains unclear. If the Bruins deem cap space a priority, they can clear Thomas’s $5 million annual cap hit as of July 1 when his no-movement clause expires. They must also re-sign Tuukka Rask, who will reach restricted status on the same day.
The status quo may just be the wise move. Goaltending remains the Bruins’ position of strength. In the playoffs, a hot goaltender is the ultimate difference-maker. The upcoming season could be the Bruins’ final push with their Big Three of Thomas, Chara, and Bergeron.
“I feel we’re close,’’ Chiarelli said. “I don’t plan any major reformatting of our team. If there’s a certain type of player available, we’ll look hard at getting them. But I still really like our group.’’
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