Chiarelli: 'Good chance' Bruins are done summer shopping

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Chiarelli: 'Good chance' Bruins are done summer shopping

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.

Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

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Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

Joe Haggerty looks at a number of trade possibilities for the Bruins with the NHL deadline little more than a week away

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Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.