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from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
... That’s a lot of talk about moving a player like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins from a lot of Oilers insiders, enough for me to think that there’s some fire to this smoke.
But in a 10-minute press conference today, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli played down such rumours.
- Chiarelli said he’s disappointed with the team but has seen progress with the structure in terms of breaking out of Edmonton’s end and defending the neutral zone. “Obviously I don’t like our record. We’ve had a number of one goal losses and I think there’s a certain attitude and way to play to win those games and we don’t have it. I haven’t seen progression there.”
- “There’s been some disappointing performances,” Chiarelli said and later added the Carolina game was really disappointing “and that involves performances from players who should be better.”
- Need to make a move? “No, the last thing you want to do is just to go out and force a move to shake things up. I’m not averse to making moves and I’ve had a lot of conversations in the last two weeks. It doesn’t mean we won’t make a move, but to think, ‘Hey, I’ve got make a move to shake things up,’ I think that’s the wrong way to approach it. I have to take a global perspective on this thing.”
Among the items that USA Today's Kevin Allen believes are overreactions levied far too early in the 2015-16 NHL season:
Coach Bruce Boudreau is on the hot seat in Anaheim C’mon folks. This is a parity league, and even quality teams struggle on occasion. You wouldn’t even pay attention to their 0-2-1 stretch if this was the middle of January. The Ducks are in a scoring slump, probably caused by players trying to find chemistry with new teammates. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry don’t have a point. Do you think the NHL has magically discovered how to stop that duo after a decade of domination? The Ducks are a contender. They have the necessary ingredients to make it happen. Boudreau will be judged by what happens next spring, not what happens in the first three games of the season.
The 1-3 Penguins are already in a world of hurt Let’s take a step back here and remember that the three teams that have defeated the Penguins are a combined 11-1, including the white-hot Canadiens. We know that Crosby is eventually going to score plenty, and the Pittsburgh power play will likely end up as one of the league’s best. The Penguins have given up an average of two goals per game in the four games. They would be thrilled with that goals-against average for an entire season. This is another team that is trying to figure out how to best use new personnel. It’s too early to assess where the Penguins are going this season.
Connor McDavid has been slow to adjust Now you understand why general manager Peter Chiarelli tried to tamp down the hype over this future superstar. Although McDavid has an overflowing amount of skill, he’s still an 18-year-old trying to find his way against the world’s best players. The lack of points (one goal) is not a shock to the Oilers. They understood that even budding superstars need time to sort out what works and what doesn’t. His point total will grow significantly as he gains experience. Don’t forget that he is not playing with a Stanley Cup contender. He is surrounded by players still exploring their own games. If you have watched McDavid in his first four games, you can see his potential dominance bubbling just below the surface. He always seems like he’s a half-second from a breakaway.
From ESPN's Craig Custance:
Completion of the new arena going up in Edmonton is still more than 300 days away, but there's a level of activity going on right now that suggests opening night is barreling in frantically.
Everywhere you look, there is someone hard at work: a guy rolling paint on a wall, sparks flying as someone else works near a giant metal beam, guys spraying purple insulation on the outside, others muscling their way through a job with handsaws. A smashed can of drained energy drink lies on the floor, giving the impression that some arena construction worker downed it, smashed it and got back to work.
It's all starting to take shape at this mammoth, state-of-the-art arena.
"This is Peter's office," says a guide giving a tour of Rogers Place, the Edmonton Oilers future home starting next season, replacing the aged Rexall Place. "This is Todd's office."
The future workplace of Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli and coach Todd McLellan are nothing more than studded-out walls, but at this relentless construction pace, there will be drywall and family photos up before the tour is completed.
It's remarkable, really: the pace. The plans. The vision of Oilers owner Daryl Katz. The giant oval dressing room. The attached practice rink. The parking for players and staff that will go under the ice. The 25 acres of land in downtown Edmonton being transformed into the Ice District at just about the same time the team is supposed to be transformed from an annual loser into one that can do great things.
The off-ice plan looks flawless.
I have little time for power rankings, but for those of you who are interested in such lists, Sportsnet's Luke Fox penned a list of rankings based upon NHL teams' offseason moves or the lack thereof:
1. Edmonton Oilers: Any off-season that begins with Connor McDavid should be half decent. But it's what happened before the draft (but after the lottery) — securing a bona fide GM in Peter Chiarelli and head coach in Todd McLellan — that should give the Oilers faithful the most hope. Chiarelli wasted no time addressing the team's weaknesses in net (Cam Talbot) and along the blueline (Andrej Sekera). Mark Letestu is a wise depth signing, and playing hardball with Justin Schultz shows the new-look Oilers are to be taken seriously. Also: Their new alternate sweaters look sick.
2. Dallas Stars: Trader Jim went after it again, this time landing Patrick Sharp from the Blackhawks, goalie Antti Niemi from San Jose, and inking Johnny Oduya in free agency. An already loaded offence just got scarier. “We have as good a team on paper as anybody in the league," says Tyler Seguin.
3. Buffalo Sabres: Landing franchise pivot Jack Eichel in the draft immediately puts the Sabres in the upper ranks here, but the trades for Robin Lehner and Ryan O'Reilly have instilled faith that GM Tim Murray — aggressive in pursuit of his targets even if he doesn't always land them (McDavid, Babcock) — is rebuilding the right way. Nice opportunity for Dan Bylsma to get his coaching career back on track with low expectations.
Fox continues, and if there was any doubt that these rankings are arbitrary...
20. Detroit Red Wings: Bad news: Try as they did, the Red Wings lost Mike Babcock. Good news: They had coach Jeff Blashill waiting in the, er, wings (sorry). Re-signing Gustav Nyquist for a fair price and hiring help from veterans Mike Green (too expensive at $6 million per season) and Brad Richards shows fans that the playoff aspirations won't die with Babcock's departure.
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“We just found ourselves in a place we don’t want to be. It’s going to be a workout time. We had a change when we brought Cam in and Charlie, and they wanted a change. They thought we needed a change. They thought it was the right move for the franchise. I think Peter is a great human being and a great hockey mind. And I think he’s going to prosper out west (in Edmonton). He’s got a great young team there. We were not in the same position. It’s a cap environment we find ourselves in here and you’ve got to look to the future. If you watch the success of the Chicago team, and I do admire them quite a bit, they dealt with their high-priced players early on and the kept creating room. Every year, there was a change, not too unlike the change we see here (this year). We see some great players going elsewhere. Even to this year, you see very successful teams have met that problem. We didn’t deal with it in a timely enough manner and we found ourselves in a cap position that wasn’t attractive for us.”
-Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the Boston Bruins on ex-GM Peter Chiarell. More on the Bruins from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
The idea projected and promoted here that Connor McDavid would make the Edmonton Oilers significantly better long before he ever arrived on the ice in Edmonton, didn’t take long to kick in.
When Peter Chiarelli is introduced at a press conference Friday in Edmonton as the new head of Hockey Operations under new Oilers Entertainment Group CEO Bob Nicholson, it will deliver a message to the entire hockey world it’s finally the start of a brand new era of Oilers hockey.
The Oilers, after missing the playoffs nine years in a row, are undeniably having their best playoff years since they last won the Stanley Cup.
One of the first questions Chiarelli will no doubt be asked at the press conference is if he’d have made the move if the bingo balls hadn’t placed the next Wayne Gretzky in the same city where the last one played the greatest years of his career.
Maybe the recently fired Boston Bruins general manager might say there’s far more here than the kid expected to become the best players in the league within three or four years. Maybe he’ll say he’d have probably taken the job anyway. But if he’s honest about it, I suspect he’ll say McDavid made it a no brainer.
Hearing the same thing as @JasonGregor -- that EDM will have a media conference tomorrow to announce the hiring of Peter Chiarelli.
Not sure of structure of the new front office, but it is believed Chiarelli will be President of Hockey Operations (or something like that).
via Bob McKenzie tweets,
Peter Chiarelli has been in EDM meeting with Bob Nicholson for past two days. EDM won't confirm, not yet anyway, news conference for Fri...
...but all signs point to him taking over all hockey operations for the Oilers. If Chiarelli was to take job there, he wanted full autonomy.
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
Anyone who is in the running to become just the eighth general manager in the history of the Bruins would be wise to contemplate the peculiar circumstances under which Peter Chiarelli yesterday was fired.
What did Chiarelli do to earn his pink slip? Well, in the past eight seasons, his B’s teams have averaged 103 points (including a projected total for the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season). Twice they went to the Stanley Cup finals. They won it all in 2010-11.
In 2013-14, Chiarelli and Co. made a calculated decision to try and win another Cup. In doing so, the B’s were left with severe salary-cap problems that led to a non-playoff performance this season.
The B’s had 96 points, the most ever for a team that missed the postseason. They still were in the running for a playoff spot in the final hours of the regular season. They missed out only because the Ottawa Senators engineered an utterly improbable 23-4-4 record in their final 31 games.
Chiarelli went for it all in 2013-14, which any Bruins fan would have wanted him to do, and it ends up costing him his job.
Boston, MA - Boston Bruins President Cam Neely announced today, Wednesday, April 15, that Peter Chiarelli has been relieved of his duties as General Manager of the Boston Bruins. An Interim General Manager will not be named at this time and the search for a new hire - which will be led by Bruins Chief Executive Officer Charlie Jacobs and Neely - will begin immediately. The Bruins current Assistant General Managers, Player Personnel Staff and Coaching Staff will remain in place at this time.
Jacobs and Neely will hold a press conference today at 3:00 p.m. ET in the Will McDonough Room at TD Garden.
"We are grateful for Peter's service to the Bruins organization over the last nine seasons," said Neely. "His efforts undoubtedly helped the team achieve great success during his tenure and he helped restore the proud tradition of Boston Bruins hockey. We ultimately feel that this change is necessary in order to ensure sustainable success for the club both in the short term and the long term. Our search for a new General Manager will begin immediately."
from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe,
There was exhaustion evident in Peter Chiarelli’s face and tone as he addressed reporters in an empty hotel conference room on Friday.
It was the day after the Bruins had essentially knocked themselves out of the playoffs, after dispiriting losses to Washington and Florida in consecutive days left the Bruins needing significant help to continue playing beyond this weekend.
And while the Bruins’ general manager emphasized – over and over again – that he did not want to do a postmortem on the season that should have been for his team, he essentially did just that.
“We put ourselves in this position,” Chiarelli said. “I consider it a failure. And it’s a failure on everybody’s part. But being a failure doesn’t mean there has to be a complete overhaul of everything.
“Guys fail. Teams fail. And they get back on their horse. Again, I consider it a failure, but you don’t always succeed in this business. You don’t always hit the ball out of the park all the time and you’ve got to get back and do your job and we’ve shown we can do that. But right now it’s pretty disappointing.”
from Chris Villani of WEEI,
Wasted first-round draft picks, an overpaid core and a couple of disastrous trades. It's a recipe for a mediocre hockey team in a bad salary cap situation and the concoction that should have the Bruins cutting ties with general manager Peter Chiarelli at the end of the season....
When you trade a player like Seguin, it's the kind of deal that will make or break you as a GM. Couple that with the Johnny Boychuk trade at the beginning of this season. Full disclosure, I was more supportive of the deal than most at the time ... but that support hinged on the "second piece" of the deal I assumed would be coming down the pipeline. We're all still waiting for that, and no question Boychuk has been missed on what's been a mess of a blue line beset by injuries and ineffective play.
Turning this roster over won't be easy, and the outlook isn't completely bleak. A goaltender like Rask and a two-way player like Bergeron are pretty nice cogs around which to build, and Hamilton and David Pastrnak show promise. But the core needs to be broken up and the proverbial deck reshuffled.
That reshuffling has to start at the top.
from Darren Dreger of the Dreger Report,
Strong hockey markets such as Toronto and Boston require experienced, confident and resilient managers and coaches to both survive and thrive.
With Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien, the Bruins have thrived and until recently, the notion either man was in jeopardy of losing his job would and should have been viewed as absurd.
In Toronto, no one will be surprised if or when Brendan Shanahan lowers the boom on Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis. Some see Nonis as 'dead man walking,' convinced Shanahan will bring in one of his own in the offseason to spearhead the departure of Phaneuf, Kessel and others before beginning the laborious task of a multi-year rebuild.
Nonis has three years remaining on his contract after this season and has been around the league long enough to know the job is tough enough without worrying whether or not your days are numbered. And he'll continue to manage the Leafs in consultation with Shanahan and Toronto's management team until told otherwise. Such decisions will be made at the end of the season following a a full and standard organizational review. ...
While change in Toronto remains fodder for daily media speculation, the Bruins' injury-riddled fight for a playoff spot in the East has Boston fans feeling uneasy and putting the likes of Chiarelli and Julien in the crosshairs - especially if they fail to qualify or are knocked out early in the postseason.
Now the Boston market is as passionate as any in the NHL and expectations under Chiarelli's guidance are high given the product he's consistently delivered over the past seven years. But as difficult as it is to win a Stanley Cup, it's incredibly hard to maintain contending status year after year.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
This is Chiarelli’s roster. If the Bruins don’t make the playoffs, CEO Charlie Jacobs and president Cam Neely will not hesitate to make Chiarelli (hired in 2006) and Julien (2007) pay the price.
“Whether it’s Cam or Charlie who said we’re all under review, I understand that,” Chiarelli said. “We’ve had a lot of success here in my tenure and Claude’s tenure. We’re having a down year. It’s unfortunate that we’re under review for one year. But I understand. We’ve got to make things better.”
Chiarelli knew there would be hiccups. He didn’t replace Jarome Iginla. He traded Johnny Boychuk four days before the start of the season. Dennis Seidenberg has taken a full year to recover from a torn ACL. There were injuries, like the ones that sidelined David Krejci and Zdeno Chara.
But Chiarelli did not expect this roster, which he built and still believes in, to continue its peaks-and-valleys play into February.
“I didn’t know it would just keep carrying forward,” Chiarelli said. “I didn’t project that. I didn’t project the injuries. But when they happened, you have to change your projections a bit. There’s a lot of subpar performances. Sometimes that happens.”
from Caryn Switaj of BostonBruins.com,
"... you don’t wish one of these d-men to be traded, but we just have too many d-men. So at some point I’m going to have to do it, and most of the teams in the League will like one of these defensemen. And I know everybody’s wondering 'will he make a move?' 'will he make a move?' but I’m going to see what’s going to happen, see who fits well with whom."
The trade market right now is "pretty good," according to Chiarelli, and has been that way all summer.
"I've said that I'm looking to trade a defenseman, but I'm very eager to see the competition," he said. "There's spots, there are no restrictions - if I have to open with eight D, I can, so there's no real pressing need to do it, other than it's not ideal."
The Bruins nearly opened last season with eight defensemen, before Kevan Miller was the final cut.
"Seven spots ideally, but I could carry eight."
more on the Bruins...
Peter Chiarelli talks about not re-signing Shawn Thornton.
“I think with the diving, with the embellishment, I think it really detracts from the game. The players that were on the competition committee felt the same way. There’s really strong sentiment from both sides to do something about it.”
“I think they’re incumbent upon us to put in place. It’s not about really embarrassing the player, it’s about making it a better game.”
“It can become a bit of an epidemic. We want to make sure that it’s something that we can make the players know who’s doing it and I think they’d feel guilty about it.”
-Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. Read more from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe plus other topics too.
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins President Cam Neely announced today, August 29, that the club has signed General Manager Peter Chiarelli to a four-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season. In addition to his General Manager duties, Chiarelli will also continue serving as an Alternate Governor on the NHL’s Board of Governors. Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs, Neely and Chiarelli will hold a press conference on Friday, August 30 at the TD Garden at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss the extension.
Chiarelli will enter his eighth season with Boston in 2013-14 after becoming the Bruins seventh General Manager on May 26, 2006. In the previous seven seasons, the B’s have qualified for the playoffs six times with Chiarelli at the helm and have compiled a 50-35 postseason record, which includes a Stanley Cup championship in 2011 and an Eastern Conference Championship in 2013.
Peter Chiarelli is holding a press conference right now...
added 3:09pm, Watch below as Chiarelli discusses the trade process...
“Maybe I’m an eternal optimist on this stuff, but I think there will be no time missed.” I hope we’ve learned from our last go-round. We always try to improve it, but I think the [NHL] product is pretty good.”
-Peter Chiarelli, GM of the Boston Bruins on a possible lockout. More from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.
“When you look at our stretch since the new year, it hasn’t been very good. We always look for a big sample size to judge our team. Right now, I have a pretty big sample size. “We’re going through a real challenging time right now.”
“We have to get our heads on straight as to how we approach game to game. Then it’s a mentality you get going into the playoffs. We have to get that back. That’s going to take some work.”
-Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. More on the Bruins and other topics from Craig Cusance and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Just talked with Boston GM Peter Chiarelli as he left his Causeway St. office for the day, and while acknowledging the trade market is slow, he remains cautiously optimistic that he can add a roster player or two prior to the NHL’s trade deadline at 3 p.m. (ET) Monday.
His targets: a forward who can play on one of coach Claude Julien’s top three lines, and a defenseman capable of logging valuable minutes among the backline six pack.
‘‘I think those deals are there to do,’’ said Chiarelli. ‘‘You’re never sure, but….I’d like to be further along in some of these discussions, down to the short strokes, but yes, right now, I think we are getting closer and there are one or two deals we could close.’‘
Asked if clubs were requesting that Chiarelli give up picks and/or prospects, or whether he might have to part with a current roster player, the GM said, ‘‘I’ve been clear in telling people I’ve talked to that I don’t want to move anyone off our roster.’‘
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
As the NHL comes out of the All-Star break and the unofficial start of the stretch run to the playoffs, the Bruins have adjusted comfortably to life as defending champions for the first time since their last Cup win in ‘72.
Winning, of course, changes everything. It changes it for the players, the coaching staff, even the general manager.
Everything is different. Even how other GMs treat you, GM Peter Chiarelli told ESPN.com in a recent interview at the team’s practice facility.
“Expectations have always been high here but now they’re even higher,” said Chiarelli, 47. “It’s a different feeling. Obviously, it motivates you. I feel I have a higher standard now. It has been enjoyable.”
Profile is a difficult thing to gauge. And when there are 30 NHL general managers, a low profile is a bit of a relative thing.
But among the 30, even after winning a Stanley Cup, it’s fair to say that Chiarelli has a pretty low profile.
from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,
Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli took exception to the abrasive comments made by Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault and general manager Mike Gillis about Bruins forward Brad Marchand for his hit on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo on Saturday.
“It’s not normally my style to respond in the media to stuff like that, especially when there’s a hearing coming up,” Chiarelli said. “I would like to respond in the spirit of protecting our player. The comments made about our player, I don’t like that. Brad does play on the edge, but he’s no dirtier than two or three of their players.”
Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard will get his name on the Stanley Cup after all.
General manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday at the team’s charity golf tournament that Savard’s name will be inscribed on the trophy with his teammates.
From Douglas Flynn at NESN:
By now, no one needs reminding that the Bruins blew a 3-0 series lead and a 3-0 lead in Game 7 at the Garden en route to their ignominious end. The only thing more shocking than that defeat may have been the fact that the team didn’t make wholesale changes in its wake.
While there have been plenty of personnel tweaks in the 11 months since, the team’s leadership remains intact. And with the Bruins set to open their next playoff series Thursday against Montreal, Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli stated he never even considered making coach Claude Julien the scapegoat for that collapse.
“I didn’t consider making a coaching change,” Chiarelli said in a conference call on Monday afternoon. “I felt that there were a lot of variables that were mitigating, so I didn’t even consider making a coaching change.”
A year later, the Bruins are back in the postseason and in a much better position than the start of last year’s playoffs.
read on for more from Chiarelli and Julien
“We felt [Paille] tried to square up and circle around, and in fact if you look at the footage at one point he was two or three feet ahead of the player, then circled back. Whether the hit was in the danger zone, that lateral blind spot, it probably was. But I really felt that he tried to circle back and get square to the player and get in front of him. I thought it was a little stiff. I thought maybe one or two games.”
- Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on the “stiff” suspension Daniel Paille received for his hit on Raymond Sawada. More from Douglas Flynn of NESN.
I’ve posted the video below in case you missed it or want to review it again.
from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Hockey Journal,
Now it’s time to judge Peter Chiarelli’s Bruins. Just over four years since taking over the failed hockey product on Causeway Street, Chiarelli—who turns 46 next month—just returned home from California with the latest boatload of future promise inherent in the NHL’s annual draft.
Depending on how you count, it was Chiarelli’s fourth of fifth draft since being named Boston’s GM. Technically, he had yet to assume the corner office for the June 2006 draft, which is the same draft that had the Bruins selecting Phil Kessel (No. 5 overall), Milan Lucic (No. 50) and making the Andrew Raycroft-for-Tuukka Rask swap with the Leafs.
If you don’t believe Chiarelli’s fingerprints were all over those June ‘06 moves, then don’t waste any of your time watching the wildly-popular CSI shows ... it’s just not your cup of prima facie evidence.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
For the last three days at the GM meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., Chiarelli lobbied Campbell to discipline Cooke. Chiarelli said that Cooke, who has a pair of two-game suspensions on his résumé (questionable hits to Artem Anisimov and Scott Walker), qualified as a repeat offender.
Chiarelli’s efforts were for naught.
“What I tried to convince the hockey ops staff was to take it outside of the current rule,’’ Chiarelli said. “Use the repeat offender criteria and implement an infraction on an intent to injure. That infraction and the repeat offender should distinguish it from the Richards hit. They didn’t want to.’’
“There will be a lot of discussion during the Olympic break, and you may have deals done on a handshake and wait to [make them official]. But you’ll probably see more concentrated on the back end.”
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli discussing when will most of the trades be made. Watch the video at NESN as Chiarelli discusses the trade scenarios.
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.
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Gary Bettman.
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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Chiarelli, the 44-year-old former Harvard captain who was hired as Mike O’Connell’s replacement in June 2006, is in year No. 3 of a four-year deal he signed upon coming to the Hub from the Ottawa Senators.
“He’s my GM right now, and hopefully we can work something out . . . I’d like to see him here long term,” said owner Jeremy Jacobs, at the TD Banknorth Garden last night to see his Bruins defeat the Capitals in overtime, 3-2.
“I’m working on it, but we’re not there yet,” said Charlie Jacobs, the owner’s son and the club’s executive vice president. “We’d like to have something done before he enters the final year of his contract.”
Finally, the last thing I wanted to give you my thoughts on was our free agent signing this year – Michael Ryder.
I know in some circles we’ve been criticized for paying the money we paid to Michael.
We saw him on numerous occasions (he being in the same division as us), and I’ve seen him on a number of occasions prior to that with Ottawa. He’s a player that we made an organizational decision on to bring into our mix, and I don’t feel the need to justify or to address the criticisms that we’ve been given on signing him. At the end of the day, as a management team, we’re judged on these decisions and we’ll be judged on this one. We were and are excited to get Michael, as he’s a young player who can score goals and competes hard. We feel he’s really going to fit into our mix, and we’re going to have some success with him.
-Peter Chiarelli in his blog at the Bruins site.
from the Boston Globe,
Chiarelli on first-year netminder Carey Price: “We have to get him moving and get the puck high. He’s very big. He’s a pads-down, blocker-down goalie. We have to get pucks high, get him moving, and keep pucks away from him on dump-ins and hard-arounds. He’s going to have pressure. He’s young and it’s his first NHL playoff series. We have to get in his head in a variety of ways.”