Chiarelli meets with Kaberle's agent

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Chiarelli meets with Kaberle's agent

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
MINNEAPOLIS The Bruins officially kicked off their offseason Thursday with a couple of meetings and final preparations for the NHL draft, which begins Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center.General manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed that he held a meeting with Rick Curran, the agent for Tomas Kaberle, on Thursday in Minnesota about the prospective free agent, but wouldnt characterize the tenor of the meeting. Kaberle had nine points in 24 regular-season games, along with a plus-6 rating, after getting dealt to the Bruins, and led Boston defenseman with 11 assists during the playoff run to the Stanley Cup. There were moments the 33-year-old defenseman played well against trap-happy teams in the playoffs, but never really had the impact on the power play that Boston was looking for.Its unlikely the Bruins would be willing to pony up the 4 million Kaberle earned in his last deal with the Maple Leafs, but the defenseman did voice an interest in returning to Boston before heading back to the Czech Republic. I had a meeting with Tomas agent today and thats about all I can tell you, said Chiarelli.
Chiarelli also said he hasnt engaged in any conversations with Michael Ryders agent. Ryder is the team's other unrestricted free agent. Brad Marchand is a restricted free agent, and he'll probably earn a significant raise to something in the neighborhood of 3 million per season. He can begin receiving offers from other teams on July 1, with Boston able to match any proposal.
Chiarelli said there was no urgency to sign Kessel before free agency begins.
Well do whatever it takes to match our RFAs," he said.
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Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie. 
 
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens

-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline. 
 
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time. 
 
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty. 
 
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years. 

 -- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward. 
 
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.