WILMINGTON, Mass. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said that the team is merely dabbling in the free agency market as their Development Camp comes to a close.
There is a bit of a free agent gridlock situation going on Monday as both players and teams wait for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to make their final choices, and many dominoes are expected to fall in their aftermath.
Chiarelli had a more humorous reason why the Bruins havent been all that active in free agency while their development camp is taking place at Ristuccia Arena in the hinterlands of Massachusetts.
Whats cut down here at Ristuccia Arena is that theres no cell phone coverage, said a smiling Chiarelli. Im afraid to walk outside. Any irons I had on the fire 10 hours, I dont know where they are now.
The calls have been fewer and further in between; having said that Ive dabbled in a couple things. I dont anticipate anything, but were dabbling a little bit.
Perhaps the Bruins are waiting for things to loosen up, and thats the secondary trade market that Chiarelli has been talking about over the last month.
There could be big NHL names in play like Keith Yandle and Bobby Ryan in the secondary trade market once Parise and Suter have made their decisions, and perhaps thats what the Bruins are waiting for. The Anaheim Ducks and Phoenix Coyotes both want a center as the main piece in exchange for either player, and theres every possibility David Krejci could be in play for either All-Star-level performer.
More likely is the Bruins continuing their search for a Mark Recchi-type third line veteran winger in the mold of Shane Doan, Jason Arnott, Daniel Winnik or Steve Sullivan via free agency.
There will be a number of useful players still available for bargain prices later in free agency for the patient GM willing to wait for team roster spots to begin filling up. It remains to be seen whether thats the route the Bruins will take, but it seems likely given Chiarellis careful, conservative nature.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.
*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.
*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.
*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.
*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.
*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.
*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.
*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.