By Joe Haggerty
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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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By Joe Haggerty