Bruins done shopping prior to NHL lockout

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Bruins done shopping prior to NHL lockout

With the Bruins shelling out 70.5 million on contract extensions for Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic prior to this weekends midnight lockout deadline, general manager Peter Chiarelli is officially done with his shopping list. Chiarelli told reporters on Saturday afternoons conference call that the Bruins are done with signing any of their own players for now, and that means 2013 free agents Andrew Ference, Tuukka Rask and Nathan Horton will have to wait until some point after the lockout is lifted.

I can say that were doing signing players with a certainty, said Chiarelli. Were talking about future years with the new deals. Were talking about core players. You have to remember that we didnt bring anyone in here, we didnt bring anyone in here in the summer.

Weve got a sizable chunk of inactive money. So these numbers are big, were trying to keep our players -- specifically our forwards -- in clusters so that theres an element of equity to it. There is a lot of planning, but there is an element of cautionwere talking about future years here and core players.

Chiarelli indicated the key strategy for the Bruins headed into the lockout was locking up the core of a team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago, and he did just that with the three signings. In each case the team didnt scrimp on giving their prospective free agent player market value, but theres also the potential that a salary rollback in the new CBA would give teams some substantial savings on these new contracts.

Its a two-way street. The player has to want to stay. So weve got a good group of players that want to stay; then, in turn, that we want to re-sign. Its about the players that you know: you know their idiosyncrasies, you know their assets, they know you, theres a level of comfort and theres a level of trust.

These are good people and real good players that have performed for us over time, and that have come up through our system at various points. So theres no real secret to the success. But I can stress that it takes the player and it takes the team to both be in concert here. We try to the extent that we can to be equitable and fair and transparent and still win. So that might be the biggest denominator that we try -and we have been winning - so we will continue to use this approach. A guy like Milan is a perfect example.

So now comes the difficult part for the Bruins: waiting for a new CBA to be approved to let Chiarelli know exactly what roster he can retain, what roster he must shed and exactly what the Bs will look like in a potentially reduced fiscal world.

Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

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Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with the Olympics coming to a close . . .
 
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kirk Luedeke sorts through the aftermath for the Bruins after losing out on Jimmy Vesey

-- Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland gave an interview where he said the Red Wings aren’t Stanley Cup contenders this season. 

-- Related to Holland’s comments, some of the media in Detroit aren’t taking the dose of reality all that well

-- It’s a big season for New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, who will be starring for Team USA on the World Cup team. 

 -- PHT writer Cam Tucker says the Buffalo Sabres still have a strong group of forwards even without Jimmy Vesey.

-- Jamie Benn is giving everything to his Dallas Stars team, and that means that the World Cup of Hockey is taking a backseat
 
-- The Colorado Avalanche are nearing the end of their head coaching search as they look for their replacement for Patrick Roy.
 
-- For something completely different: NBC is making the argument that millenials watched the Olympics, but just not on the traditional formats
 

Tuesday, Aug. 23: What about NHLers in Olympics?

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Tuesday, Aug. 23: What about NHLers in Olympics?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while appreciating all the birthday wishes I got yesterday while turning 42 years old.

*With the World Cup of Hockey around the corner, there is still a decision pending on NHL players participating in the Olympics.

*With the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba still unable to agree on a contract extension, some are wondering about comparable contracts for the young D-man.

*In the strict interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Pete Sheppard and Jimmy Murphy on the Bruins from Monday afternoon.

*Marek Zidlicky is still a free agent option for teams seeking a cheap solution on their back end.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the Ottawa Senators and Cody Ceci agreeing on a two-year contract extension after a summer without a deal.

*The Minnesota Wild do the right thing and officially change their goal song to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” for next season.

*For something completely different: there will be a "Hamilton" documentary and the question will be whether I see that before I see the actual play.