BOSTON -- It’s the end of the Daug Man era in Boston.
A hockey source indicated to CSNNE.com that forward Kaspars Daugavins and goaltender Michael Hutchinson both were not tendered qualifying offers as restricted free agents, which released them from their ties to the Bruins organization. Both will be moving on to other hockey locales after spending last season with the Black and Gold.
The 25-year-old Daugavins arrived to the Boston organization via waivers from the Senators in early April and played a handful of games during the regular season with the Bruins.
He was hopeful he’d be back with the Bruins when the season ended, but that’s not to be the case.
“I want to be playing all the time obviously," said Daugavins. "That’s what my goal is come next year. Show them I can be a trustful guy like in the lineup and that you can use me way more than just throwing me out there to get a rest for somebody. I know I can play here. I feel confident about it that they’re going to give me a chance, which is pretty good. As long as they put a little trust in me I’ll be fine.”
Daugavins will likely be best remembered for missing an open net chance in the triple overtime of Game 1 in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Blackhawks. He was benched in favor of Carl Soderberg for the last couple games of the series.
Daugavins finished scoreless with a minus-1 in six postseason games for the Bruins, and seemed a bit out of sorts while taking ill-timed penalties and a number of off-sides whistles that killed potential offensive situations for the Bruins.
Hutchinson was a 23-year-old goaltender that was a third round pick of the Bruins in the 2008 Draft, playing each of the last three seasons for the Providence Bruins while positing a 2.36 goals against average and a .927 save percentage in 2011-12.
Hutchinson never played in Boston, but was called up late in the 2011-12 season when Tuukka Rask suffered his groin injury prior to Boston signing Marty Turco off the street. Hutchinson essentially lost his spot in the organizational depth chart to Swedish free agent Niklas Svedberg, who swept into Providence this season and really took ownership as the top non-NHL goalie in Boston’s system.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced over the weekend that the Bruins had tendered qualifying offers to Tuukka Rask, Jordan Caron, Carter Camper and Kevan Miller thereby retaining their rights as restricted free agents.