Though names like Zach Parise, Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan have floated around as big ticket possibilities this summer, the Bruins have been diligently silent during the NHL offseason. Bs general manager Peter Chiarelli re-signed his fourth line (Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell) this summer, retained Chris Kelly and made some minors trades and signings for a Bs club stocked with 18 holdovers from the Stanley Cup winning squad of two years ago.
The Bruins traded for Chris Bourque and signed minor league free agents Garnet Exelby and Aaron Johnson along with former Maple Leafs grinder Christian Hanson, but theres a very good chance that none of those players break training camp with the Black and Gold this fall.
Instead its an existing nucleus of Bruins players minus their oft-discussed, erstwhile franchise goaltender, and thats just as well given that the Bruins have currently signed off on more than 70 million in contracts next season.
Chiarelli doesnt know the final salary cap landscape that will be agreed upon once the CBA discussions turn fruitful, but thinks his Bruins wont be very active throughout the summer when it comes to wheeling and dealing.
I think theres a good chance that this will be our roster going into camp. I think theres a good chance. Theres a lot of the summer left and theres a lot of stuff that has to happen on a macro basis too, said Chiarelli. So, I really, if anything right now, theres - in my mind - theres more uncertainty as far as the global landscape and us in the global landscape.
"I guess what Im saying is, I think anything can happen depending on how things unfold, but theres a good chance that this will be our roster going into the training camp.
One thing Chiarelli was quick to say: Just because there havent been any additions to the Bruins this summer doesnt mean Boston will go into the spring without an improvement plan.
If theres a need the Bruins will find it among their young players with the AHLs Providence Bruins or make a blockbuster deadline trade to fill up 9 million in empty cap space the Bruins will hold once the season finally begins.
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.