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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Julien wonders whether Bruins shutout loss was fatigue-related

Julien wonders whether Bruins shutout loss was fatigue-related

BOSTON – The Bruins didn’t show anything on the ice in Monday afternoon’s 4-0 matinee loss, and that’s not really any kind of an overstatement.

The scoring chances were almost nonexistent despite 32 shots on net, the second period was dreadful as the Bruins gave up three goals over the course of a six minute span and there was zero added urgency in the third period once the B’s fell behind. The emotion was missing from the drop of the puck to open the game and it never showed up once the Islanders began taking control of the game.

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It was a bitterly disappointing result after the Black and Gold had played so well in their previous five games, and put in strong, winning efforts against the Panthers, Blues and Flyers.

On Monday afternoon, the passes were sloppy and errant all over the ice, there was zero physicality and the Bruins buckled once the Isles turned the intensity up just a little bit in the second period. The game was basically over once Nikolay Kulemin snapped one home wide open from the slot area with Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid and David Krejci all blowing their defensive assignments, and then Tuukka Rask followed it up by allowing a softie to Josh Bailey from a bad angle close to net.  

So Bruins head coach Claude Julien termed it a “flat” performance once it was all over with, and openly wondered whether it was fatigue-related result linked to the compacted schedule Boston has played through this season. Monday marked the seventh straight day that the Bruins held some kind of formal skate, though most of the veteran B's players stayed off the ice during last week's Wednesday off-day practice in Nashville.   

“We were flat tonight, obviously, flat from the get-go. I think that first half of the game, we didn’t give much until they scored that first goal. We were able to stay in, but we certainly weren’t generating much ourselves, from that point of view,” said Claude Julien. “His is really the first year, for me as well, going through a condensed schedule, and I’m certainly not using that as an excuse, is it fatigue?. . . But we were flat tonight. How do you explain it? I don’t know. I know that it’s frustrating. I know that it’s disappointing. That’s all I can say.

“Whether it’s mental fatigue, whatever it is. We made some mistakes tonight like, from the goals you look at, we weren’t even in the position that we’re normally in. So we were totally out of whack, as far as even defending. When you give that first goal that much room in the middle of the ice, your D’s go on the wrong side, your weak-side forward is way on the other side, and you open up the slot area, that’s something I haven’t seen much of this year. I think it said a lot from our game tonight.”

The compacted schedule certainly could be a factor for a Bruins team that’s played more games than anybody else in the Eastern Conference to this point, but the B’s also had 48 hours to recharge after winning a Saturday matinee over the Flyers. So the fatigue excuse seems a little far-fetched for a hockey club that’s no-showed a few too many times this season, and did it again on Monday afternoon against one of the worst teams in the NHL.