Archive for June, 2010

Photo slideshow: Seguin and Horton’s Introduction

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Tyler Seguin (#19) and Nathan Horton (#18) are presented their new jerseys by Bruins President Cam Neely and GM Peter Chiarelli. Click here or on the image for the complete slideshow.

Quick hits from Chiarelli

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

BOSTON — Here are the highlights of Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli‘s session with reporters following the Tyler Seguin/Nathan Horton press conference:

- Though the Bruins didn’t tender restricted free agent Daniel Paille a qualifying offer, the two sides are still “moving towards a deal.” Since the team didn’t tender the winger, they cannot sign him until free agency begins on July 1.

“Every year there’s some players that aren’t qualified,” Chiarelli said. “We didn’t qualify Dan Paille but we’re moving towards a deal. Part of it is once you qulify him, they have the right to arbitration, so that number could be hazardous. I’m not saying that’s the case with Daniel, but that’s sometimes what happens. … That’s just part of negotiating and positioning and whatnot.”

- Marc Savard has not asked to be traded and Chiarelli was brief in his answers regarding potentially moving the center to free up cap space. He added that the new media has been overwhelming with some of the rumors they’ve come up with but that the Bruins continue to think very highly of Savard.

“I still think he’s an elite offensive player,” Chiarelli said. “Nothing’s changed in that regard.”

- The deadline for filing for salary arbitration is July 5. Both Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart are eligible, but after meeting with agent Matt Keator, who represents both players, while in Los Angeles, Chiarelli doesn’t know whether either will file.

“I’m not sure,” Chiarelli said. “I hope not.”

- It seems anyone expecting a notable free agent signing will be disappointed. The team will continue to look for upgrades via trade.

“We’re going to work the trade market,” Chiarelli said. “We’re not going out and signing anyone unless 1. We have someone we really want and/or we have the cap space. Right now we don’t really have the cap space to go out and sign a big deal but that could happen. We could make a trade and there could be cap space, but that doesn’t mean we have someone in mind. We’ve got a list. The list is small and in the event we do enter it, unlikely.”

Chiarelli did note that the team will look for a third goaltender and also peruse the defenseman market in free agency.

- Steve Begin and Miroslav Satan are both players in what Chiarelli calls the “secondary market.” The team will pursue other options before potentially negotiating with them.

- The Bruins, who Chiarelli said had been targeting Horton for two and a half years, wanted to get a Horton deal done before the draft. As it turned out, it was the draft pick they parted with (No. 15 overall) that got the deal done.

“I know that was a turning point from Florida’s perspective,” Chiarelli said. “There was another team — there were a few other teams in there — but there was another team that had a pick that was close to 15, but ours was higher.

“It was good to get that deal out of the way, and to add a potential impact player like Tyler is good,” Chiarelli added. “We’ve added one definite top-three forward, and who’s to know what Tyler will become in the short term? We know what he’ll become in the long term.”

- Chiarelli had a good quip when asked whether Seguin wearing Joe Thornton‘s old No. 19 was significant, saying, “I guess. You guys can make it significant.”

“I don’t think there’s any overt attempt to outdo Joe,” he added on a more serious note.

Tyler’s first day: ‘It’s amazing’

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

On the first stop of Tyler and Nathan’s tour of Boston, the newcomers Tyler Seguin (second overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft) and Nathan Horton (acquired in a trade last week with the Panthers) just finished meeting the media. From here they will go to the North End for a youth hockey clinic and later head to Fenway Park to throw out ceremonial first pitches prior to Tuesday night’s Rays/Red Sox game.

Though the 18-year old Seguin fielded a ton of questions and had to deal with the talk that surrounds being the first to wear No. 19 since Joe Thornton, it was actually Horton who was shaking and seemed extremely anxious to finally play for a contending team.

“For me personally, it’s a dream come true to come to such a stable, successful, and historic organization,” Horton said. “I couldn’t be more excited or nervous. I can’t wait for it to start. I’m excited to be a Boston Bruin and be part of the Bruin family.

“For me, obviously, it was fun to play with Florida where I started my career,” Horton added. “Once again, it’ll be a little different here. There are so many things running through my head right now. I’m just excited.”

Meanwhile, Seguin, who last week spoke of his excitement to play in a “hockey town” such as Boston, can today learn that the devoted fans in New England don’t stop at hockey.

“It’s amazing,” Seguin said of playing in not only a hockey town, but a global sports landmark. “I’d been here once before and I just thought it was a phenomenal place. I got to meet some of the fans and I can already see the atmosphere that’s going to be formed here.”

As for that first pitch, Seguin admitted he doesn’t have much experience on the diamond outside a round of batting practice taken last week at Angel Stadium prior to the draft.

“I’ve never really played baseball before,” Seguin said, “but I was practicing yesterday and hopefully today goes good.”

Not that there is an unbalanced interest in either of the two offenses forces to join the Bruins, but there was certainly a difference in media reaction when Seguin held up his new number alongside Horton’s No. 18.

Many of the questions Seguin then answered were about the number, which he had planned on wearing in juniors but never got the chance to in Plymouth. He then wore No. 9, which is obviously retired in Boston for Johnny Bucyk, so he finally took the opportunity to pay tribute to his favorite player in Steve Yzerman.

“What we talked about it, but what Tyler and I spoke about was, ‘Look, you’re getting a number, Ty,’” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. I think he’s very humble. He’s nervous, but he’s also very humble and he was like, ‘Look, Peter. I know I have to earn a spot.’ As far as it relates to Thornton, no, I’m not concerned about that.”

Seguin doesn’t seemed too concerned with it either.

“That’s OK,” Seguin said of the expectations that come with the number. “Obviously I still have to make the NHL club, but if you’re going to compare me to guys like that, obviously I’d be thrilled.”

We’ll have another update following the youth hockey clinic, so stick with us throughout the day.

Welcome to Stop One of the Tyler and Nathan tour

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

BOSTON — Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton have big days ahead of them, as they’re set to be introduced to the media here at the Garden shortly. Following that, they’ll head to the North End for a Bruins Street Brigade youth hockey clinic. From there, they’ll head over to Fenway for some first pitch action. Myself and John Vu will be following the two newcomers throughout the day, posting blog entries and photos at each stop.

Seguin, Horton to be in Boston Tuesday

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Bruins second overall pick Tyler Seguin and newly acquired right winger Nathan Horton will be in Boston tomorrow to meet the press, participate in a Bruins Street Brigade youth hockey clinic at the Puopolo Park basketball court in the North End, and throw out the first pitch at the Red Sox/Rays game at Fenway.

Seguin can do it all on the ice, but one can only hope his form on the mound is prettier than his swing.

UPDATE: Burke says Leafs not in on Savard

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke shot down speculation that the team is trying to make a deal with Boston to reunite Phil Kessel with current Bruins center Marc Savard.

“The rumor – what I read anyway – is that Boston is looking to move this player,” Burke told Fan 590 radio in Toronto. “We have some options presented to us over the weekend, trade wise, that do not involve this player (Savard) that we are looking at.”

Savard has been rumored to be on the block as of late. His contract includes a no-trade clause, but rumors have continued to swirl, including a report that he had waived the no-trade clause for a potential move to Toronto.

“Suffice it to say, the media are focused on one name,” Burke said. “And we are looking at multiple names – not including Marc Savard.”

Burke also stressed that he will not move defenseman Tomas Kaberle “unless we get exactly what we need as an upgrade at forward.” TSN first caught wind of Burke’s comments.

UPDATE: 5:54 — ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun has tweeted that a source in the Leafs organization has told him the team has not “ever” spoken to the Bruins about Savard.

Report: Bruins qualify all but Paille and Regan

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Bad day for UNH hockey fans. According to the Boston Globe, former Wildcat goaltender Kevin Regan was not tendered a qualifying offer by Monday, the deadline for restricted free agents to be given such. Left wing Daniel Paille was also not tendered a qualifying offer.

Paille is the one that comes as a surprise, as Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told the media multiple times that he had planned on doing so. The 26-year-old scored 10 points and added 10 assists last season. The former 20th overall pick cost the Bruins a third-rounder when they got him from the Sabers last season, so it comes as no surprise that the team is trying to negotiate some type of deal with him, according to the report. Unrestricted free agents are free to sign with clubs on July 1.