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Chiarelli explains why he’s ‘standing pat’
Posted By Mike Petraglia On July 9, 2010 @ 6:57 pm In General | 6 Comments
WILMINGTON — Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli emphasized in the days after his team’s shocking playoff loss to the Philadelphia Flyers  that he and management would not be doing anything rash when it comes to re-shaping the roster for 2010-11 season.
He reiterated that in the wake of re-signing defenseman Mark Stuart  – one of his team’s core leaders – to a one-year contract on Friday.
“Right now, we’re standing pat,” the GM said. “You look out here, there might be a few guys that challenge, too. I like our prospect depth. Right now, I’m going to be standing pat. That may change but right now, I’m standing pat.”
Chiarelli believes that with the core four of Zdeno Chara , Dennis Seidenberg , Stuart and Andrew Ference  coming back, the Bruins have the foundation of a solid blue line. He believes he can mix and match with Johnny Boychuk , Matt Hunwick and Adam McQuaid and top-level organizational prospects to have a solid D for next season.
Chiarelli pointed to one area of improvement he’d like to see in Stuart’s game – and the team’s for that matter – puck movement in the defensive and neutral zones.
“I go back to the five or six games where he had more minutes prior to the LA game and he was getting more confidence, moving the puck a little better,” Chiarelli said on Friday. “With Stewie sometimes, he freezes when he pushed the puck up after retrieving it. He’s getting better at it, he’s getting better at passing. So, a lot of that is a function of confidence and I think you’re going to see that with more minutes.”
Now, a priority for Chiarelli is signing his two players that have signed for arbitration, Blake Wheeler  and Gregory Campbell , the left winger acquired on June 22 with Nathan Horton  from Florida for defenseman Dennis Wideman . Chiarelli also indicated that McQuaid, based on his contributions in the playoffs, has earned a shot at the big club next season.
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 Zdeno Chara: http://media.weei.com/hockey/zdeno-chara.htm
 Dennis Seidenberg: http://media.weei.com/hockey/dennis-seidenberg.htm
 Andrew Ference: http://media.weei.com/hockey/andrew-ference.htm
 Johnny Boychuk: http://media.weei.com/hockey/johnny-boychuk.htm
 Blake Wheeler: http://media.weei.com/hockey/blake-wheeler.htm
 Gregory Campbell: http://media.weei.com/hockey/gregory-campbell.htm
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