Kaberle, Ryder to hit free agent market


Kaberle, Ryder to hit free agent market

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
The Bruins have met with the agents for both Tomas Kaberle and Michael Ryder, and its been determined that both unrestricted free agents will be hitting the free market for the July 1 frenzy. Peter Chiarelli confirmed that both could land in greener NHL pastures if another hockey club emerges from the free agent pool and shoves a long term, high-dollar offer in front of them but the Bruins GM didnt shut the door on either player potentially returning to the Black and Gold fold either.With Tomas Kaberle and with Michael Ryder were doing the same thing. We certainly havent parted ways, said Chiarelli during a Thursday conference call with reporters. Im wary of the market, where it stands right now and I said, Look guys, go out there and see whats going on and lets continue to talk. The risk that we run is that they will get a deal then they cant come back to us. I understand that risk. So thats where those two guys stand.It's a wise choice considering that the free agent market has already hit "ludicrous speed" before July 1 even officially arrived.There are a bevy of defensemen comparable to Kaberle that have received hefty offers in the last week including Montreals Andrei Markov and Carolinas Joni Pitkanen, and a 10-year deal for Christian Ehrhoff in Buffalo first reported on Thursday night. Theres a hesitancy from Chiarelli to get locked into a long-term deal with a player in Kaberlethat never truly seemed to fit in Boston, and it's certainly prudent to avoid spending the crazy money around July 1 that is getting tossed around.While its true Kaberle did have three points in the Stanley Cup Final and finished tied with Dennis Seidenberg for the Bs postseason lead among defensemen with 11 points, the 33-year-old also never managed to get beyond the third blueliner pairing during the final two playoff series in Bostons Cup run.Ryder could get a solid two or three year deal in a free agent market largely bereft of wingers, but its difficult to gauge given Ryder's inconsistent track record. The forwards solid playoff run after two straight lackluster regular seasons (less than 20 goals in each campaign) make determining his value more complicated.Its doubtful the Bs are willing to go three years with a winger that played like Tarzan for much of the postseason, but skated a little too much like Jane during the last two regular seasons.Chiarelli said that the Bruins would be cutting ties with 35-year-old defenseman Shane Hnidy after he signed on with the team for the last couple of months of the season and dressed for three games in the playoffs.Weve told Shane that we arent resigning him, said Chiarelli. I think hell be a good addition somewhere else and I told him that. And certainly Id help him along the way for that.
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Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch


Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch

BOSTON -- It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Saturday night represented a step in a positive direction for Ryan Spooner.

The 24-year-old speedy forward was scratched for the home opener against New Jersey in classic message-sending fashion by Bruins coach Claude Julien, and deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. So he stayed quiet, put in the work and then returned to the lineup Saturday vs. the Montreal Canadiens where he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

“He was better,” agreed Claude Julien. “He was better tonight.”

Spooner could have had even more as he got a couple of great scoring chances in the first period vs. Montreal, but Carey Price was able to turn away a couple of free looks at the Montreal net. So the Bruins forward felt he possibly left points on the ice after it was all said and done, but also clearly played his best game of the young season after going from the press box back to the lineup.

“Yeah, I had like maybe four or five [chances] that I could have scored on,” said Spooner. “I’ve just got to bear down on those [scoring opportunities], and a lot [of them] in the first period. It’s good that I’m getting those looks, but I have to score on them.

“I’m just going to go out there and just try to play. I can’t really think about [fighting to hold a spot]. I’ve just got to go out there and try to play, I guess, the game I can and try to use the speed that I have.”

The Spooner power play strike was a nifty one with the shifty forward and David Backes connecting on a pass across the front of the net, and the young B’s forward showing the necessary assertiveness cutting to the net from his half-wall position.

Spooner had five shot attempts overall in the game, and was one of the few Bruins players really getting the chances they wanted against a pretty effective Montreal defensive group. Now it’s a matter of Spooner, along with linemates Backes and David Krejci, scoring during 5-on-5 play and giving the Bruins a little more offensive balance after riding Boston’s top line very hard during the regular season’s first couple of weeks. 

Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils


Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting to find out which Walking Dead character got brained by Lucille in last season’s cliffhanger. I’m going with Abraham.

*The SI roundtable talks about the future of Jacob Trouba, and where he’ll end up going when his current situation resolves itself.

*P.K. Subban is apparently getting very comfortable in Nashville, and enjoying life in a city with NFL football.

*Fun conversation between Yahoo’s Josh Cooper and Brad Marchand about a whole range of random topics.

*A cool father-son story where they became the goaltending tandem for the Ontario Reign through a series of dominoes falling after Jonathan Quick went down with injury for the Los Angeles Kings.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Taylor Hall serving as exactly what the New Jersey Devils have needed for the last couple of years.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy says that the MLB playoffs couldn’t have played out any worse for the Boston Red Sox.