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Peter Chiarelli: Bruins won’t go big in free agency

06.23.14 at 1:18 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held a conference with the media Monday to discuss the upcoming draft and free agency periods. Here are some of the takeaways:

– Chiarelli declined comment on negotiations with Jarome Iginla, saying only that the team wants the free agent forward to stay in Boston. The B’€™s are facing $4.75 million in penalties from cap overages from last season, most of which were from the easily reached incentives in Iginla’€™s one-year contract.

Chiarelli said the team was willing to face such a situation when they signed Iginla last offseason, but hinted the team might be less inclined to do a similar deal given that they have to account for raises to other players (Chiarelli mentioned David Krejci, but Carl Soderberg can also be included) in the 2015-16 season. So, connecting the dots, perhaps the Bruins are more willing to do a multi-year deal with Iginla rather than another one-year, incentive laden deal.

If that were to happen, Iginla’€™s cap hit would be higher than it was last season ($1.8 million), but the team won’€™t have to deal with cap penalties in future seasons.

– Such a scenario might make things tight for the Bruins. The salary cap has yet to be announced for the coming season, but when factoring in Marc Savard‘€™s long-term injury reserve space, the Bruins are probably looking at about $8 million to $10 million to sign a group of players that includes Iginla, Reilly Smith and Torey Krug, among others. Asked whether he felt he needed to move a contract in order to get his players signed, Chiarelli said he has multiple potential game plans for this offseason, some of which include trading a player off the current roster.

– Chiarelli said the Bruins are not planning on using a compliance buyout at this time.

– The Bruins will look at ‘€œlesser deals’€ in free agency, according to Chiarelli. For both cap’€™s sake and chemistry’€™s sake, the team is not looking at bringing in a big-name free agent.

– Providence coach Bruce Cassidy is a potential candidate to take Geoff Ward‘€™s old job as one of Claude Julien‘€™s assistants, but Chiarelli noted the team might want to keep Cassidy in Providence because of how dependable he has been with developing younger players, especially on the back end.

– The number of new general managers has led to increased chatter among teams, Chiarelli said. He noted that the first-time managers seem eager to execute their plans, which has resulted in more teams talking.

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