Shortly after Boston lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli made it clear that the team wouldn’t re-sign 41-year-old forward Jaromir Jagr.
Then Nathan Horton announced his intentions to sign elsewhere and the Bruins were forced to adjust their plans.
“You know actually we have thought of circling back,” Chiarelli said, regarding the team’s position on Jagr, according to NESN. “We told him we were moving on so he may have moved on, also. It’s something that we may revisit. He’s on a list … of a bunch of guys.
“I’d like to go into this, when I talk about reconstructing the right side, maybe we can get some youth in there too in addition to an older guy. When I say older it’s relatively speaking. It’s just older than a youthful player. It could be old now. 28 is the old 32. It’s all relative.”
Jagr had two goals and nine points in 11 regular season games after the Bruins acquired him from the Dallas Stars. He also registered 10 assists in the playoffs, but wasn’t able to find the back of the net during the Bruins 22-game run. Of the Bruins skaters that participated in all 22 games, the only other one that failed to score even once was Shawn Thornton.
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Daniel Alfredsson is expected to re-sign with the Ottawa Senators, but other teams are still trying to convince him to play elsewhere. The San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins are reportedly among the teams pursuing him. (Ottawa Sun)
While Pavel Datsyuk won’t be returning to the KHL anytime soon, he is still interested in finishing his playing career there. (IIHF)
There’s a Meat Stanley Cup. (Puck Daddy)
19-year-old defenseman Oscar Klefbom is looking to leave the Swedish Elite League and compete for a spot with the Edmonton Oilers next season. (Edmonton Sun)
Pairing up potential unrestricted free agents with the teams that Allan Muir feels is their ideal landing spots. (Sports Illustrated)
Five players received qualifying offers from the Carolina Hurricanes. (NHL.com)
The reigning Eastern Conference champs could have a decidedly different look up front next season.
Shortly after news broke that Boston was shopping Tyler Seguin, reports surfaced that UFA forward Nathan Horton informed the Bruins he wouldn’t be re-signing.
That no offers were exchanged gives a good idea of how far apart the two sides were.
Yesterday, reports surfaced that Horton was looking for a long-term deal that would pay $6 million annually; the Bruins, meanwhile, are trying to get their financials in order to afford Tuukka Rask’s new deal (which could cost as much as $7 million per) and prepare for Patrice Bergeron’s contract extension, rumored to be an eight-year deal with a cap hit around $6.5 million.
To that end, the B’s are exploring the option of trading Seguin, who has his six-year, $34.5 million deal ($5.75 million annually) kick in next season.
A lot of players (and also head coach Claude Julien) received immense credit for the Boston Bruins’ second run to the Stanley Cup Final in three years, but GM Peter Chiarelli is the person who constructed the roster. CSNNE.com reports that the franchise has discussed a contract extension with the executive multiple times during the last few months.
Chiarelli’s contract is set to expire after the 2013-14 season, prompting team president Cam Neely to admit that he deserves a contract extension.
“I think the job that both Pete [Chiarelli] and Claude [Julien] have done since they’ve been here is something that we certainly hope would happen where we get the team back to relevance, and give us an opportunity to compete for championships. Ultimately, we did win one,” Neely said. “We got to the Finals, and it’s very disappointing to lose in the Finals, obviously. But to acquire the types of players, and draft and develop the types of players that are going to help us win championships is what Peter and Donny [Don Sweeney] and Jim Benning have done.”
Perhaps the organization wants to see him make things work once more.
Chiarelli faces some serious challenges this summer, as Nathan Horton is among the most prominent unrestricted free agents while breakout star goalie Tuukka Rask is a restricted free agent.
It won’t be easy to make everything work with an estimated $5.8 million in cap space, but Chiarelli has shown that he can deftly manage the cap and other concerns in the past.
As the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate their second Stanley Cup victory in four years, they took a moment to write a full-page ad that appeared in the Boston Globe, praising the city and their opponents, the Bruins.
The ad says the following (per CSN New England):
“Hockey is a tough game. As impressed as we were by the strength, talent and competitive spirit of the Boston Bruins on the ice, we were deeply touched by what happened off the ice. Rarely have we experienced the hospitality you afforded us throughout the playoff series between two incredibly gifted teams.
“On behalf of the Chicago Blackhawks organization and the entire Wirtz Corporation, we want to personally express our heartfelt appreciation to your city, the Bruins organization, and especially the citizens of Boston for the remarkable welcome you showed our team and the many Chicagoans who visited.
“From Boston’s political leadership to every member of the Bruins organization, from the players to the people on the streets, you demonstrated respect, good sportsmanship, and a genuine love of the great game of hockey.
“Like the rest of the world, Chicagoans have been reminded in recent days of Boston’s strength. Please know we tip our hat to your city’s big heart and gracious spirit. You lead by example and have set the bar very high for others to follow.”
It was signed by Blackhawks CEO John McDonough and chairman Rocky Wirtz.