Bruins not making any moves

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Bruins not making any moves

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
ST PAUL, Minn. Peter Chiarelli is in Minnesota at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft to add a few players to their organizational depth chart, but the Bruins general manager said he wont be doing much in the way of subtracting from the Stanley Cup-winning roster.

The Bruins general manager said hes had discussions with at least 15 opposing general managers over the last two days, and has told each of them the exact same thing: he wont be moving any of their roster players.

While the Philadelphia Flyers are making franchise-changing moves and there has been plenty of other chatter about other big-name players and big contracts moving teams, the Bruins will be standing pat with the team theyve pieced together.

Its a rarity with many more Cup-winning teams going the way of the Chicago Blackhawks and dismantling a roster due to salary cap woes, but that wont be the case with the Black and Gold.

Its a rarity with many more Cup-winning teams going the way of the Chicago Blackhawks and dismantling a roster due to salary cap woes, but that wont be the case with the Black and Gold.

Weve got a pretty good pick in the first round, said Chiarelli. Ive talked to maybe 15 other GMs and Ive told them that were not trading anybody off our roster.

Chiarelli may have some roster announcements in the coming days for some of the players on the bubble, but the Bs core will remain intact for at least one more run next season.

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Bruins still in waiting mode on Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Anders Bjork

Bruins still in waiting mode on Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Anders Bjork

BRIGHTON, Mass – While the NHL debut for Charlie McAvoy is a matter of “when” rather than “if” at this point after agreeing to an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO) with the Boston Bruins, the jury is still out on Boston University center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and University of Notre Dame winger Anders Bjork become pros. 

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney says that Forsbacka-Karlsson has yet to make a “final decision” on his status for next season after BU’s elimination from the NCAA hockey tournament, and Bjork is readying for the Frozen Four this weekend along with the rest of his Fighting Irish teammates. The 20-year-old Forsbacka-Karlsson just wrapped up his sophomore season with the Terriers and posted 14 goals and 33 points in 38 games with a plus-11 rating, and has not given the Bruins any firm word on his plans for the immediate future. 

The urgency perhaps isn’t there for the Bruins to lock things up with Forsbacka-Karlsson right this second, because he wouldn’t be a factor for this year’s NHL team. 

Meanwhile the Bruins can’t do anything with the 20-year-old Bjork until at least the end of next weekend, but have been mightily impressed with a player that’s posted 21 goals and 52 points in 38 games for Notre Dame this season. Bjork had three assists in the game that propelled Notre Dame into the Frozen Four, and there would be a great deal of urgency for the Bruins to lock up a talented forward that might be able to help them right now. 

“I’ve been able to see [Bjork] a few times including the regional [in New Hampshire] last weekend, and he was outstanding. He played every other shift, he set up goals in the game and he’s had a really nice progression as a college player this season,” said Sweeney of the explosive Notre Dame junior, who was far and away the best player at B's development camp last summer. “They’ve done a fabulous job with their team, and hopefully they get to the Finals on Saturday against Harvard, and we get the best of both worlds seeing how our prospects play in the final game. He’s had a tremendous college career to this point, and we’re excited about his development.”

McAvoy is the front-burner issue for the Bruins at this point, but it would surprise exactly nobody if both Forsbacka-Karlsson and Bjork join him in Providence in the next couple of weeks as they wrap up their AHL season.