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News and notes from Wednesday’s conference call with Peter Chiarelli 06.13.12 at 8:01 pm ET
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Here are some of the takeaway bits from Peter Chiarelli‘s conference call with the media today. For Wednesday’s column on what he and the players had to say about the Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell signings, click here.

– Chiarelli said that while he did not see Tim Thomas‘ Facebook post, nothing has changed on the Thomas front and the team still believes Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin will be the NHL goalies next season. Thomas heavily implied but did not flat-out say that he was taking the year off, and the Bruins have not heard from the netminder since.

– Asked about the status of restricted free agent Benoit Pouliot, Chiarelli offered no update on the team’s intentions but said a return for the 25-year-old is “a possibility.” Pouliot and Brian Rolston are the only two forwards from last year’s team that are not signed.

– The general manager confirmed that with all of the team’s centers locked up, the plan for Tyler Seguin is to keep him at right wing in the coming seasons. Seguin was drafted as a center after playing the position in the OHL, but the combination of the team’s depth and his getting familiar with the NHL has kept him at right wing for the vast majority of his two professional seasons.

“Kells is a center and [Rich Peverley] is a center and they’€™ve played wing, so for the short term, yes,” he said of Seguin staying at wing. “He’€™s had success at the wing, and short term may be one, two, three years. Who knows? At this point we don’€™t have any reason to put him to the middle.”

– Kelly’s deal won’t officially be signed until July 1 because of what Chiarelli called “payroll tagging issues.”

“It’€™s a salary cap thing,” he said. “It’€™s called tagging room about future commitments, and so because of that, we won’€™t be able to register until July 1st. Basically, it’€™s a formula based on salary cap and future commitments.”

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Report: Bruins re-sign Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell 06.11.12 at 6:34 pm ET
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According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Twitter, the Bruins have re-signed centers Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell to multi-year deals. McKenzie reports that Kelly’s deal is for four years and $12 million while Campbell will get three years and $4.8 million.

Kelly is coming off a career year offensively, as he reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career and put up a personal-best 39 points. He is an alternate captain for the Bruins, sharing the team’s second ‘A’ with Andrew Ference.

Campbell, who was acquired from Florida in the June 2010 trade that brought Nathan Horton to Boston, has totaled 45 over his two seasons with the B’s.

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Bruins announce development camp schedule 06.07.12 at 4:43 pm ET
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The Bruins announced the schedule for their sixth annual development camp on Thursday, with this season’s prospect camp starting the week after the draft.

Boston’s prospects (the roster has yet to be announced) will be at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington from June 28-July 2, meaning that general manager Peter Chiarelli probably won’t be paying too much attention to their scrimmage on July 1, the opening day of free agency.

Report: Tim Thomas considering taking next season off 06.01.12 at 12:39 am ET
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According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas is considering not playing next season. Writes LeBrun:

A source told ESPN.com on Thursday that the 38-year-old Boston Bruins netminder was contemplating taking next season off. Which doesn’€™t mean he will, but it’€™s something he’€™s apparently raised.

For Thomas to take the year off certainly would be strange. He has one year remaining on his contract at a $5 million cap hit but only a $3 million salary. His no-trade clause expires on July 1, meaning the Bruins could trade the goalie without his consent.

The biggest reason a sabbatical at this point in his career would be perplexing: At 38 years old, Thomas isn’t getting younger, and taking a season off would diminish his value.

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Looking back and ahead: Adam McQuaid 05.30.12 at 11:56 pm ET
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With the Bruins’€™ season in the books, WEEI.com will take a look at each player on the roster one-by-one to provide some perspective on what went wrong this season and what the future holds for the 2011 champions.

Adam McQuaid

Age: 25

2011-12 stats: 72 games played (career-high), 2 goals, 8 assists, 10 points, plus-16

Contract status: Signed through 2014-15 season ($1.56 million cap hit)

Looking back: After starting the 2010-11 campaign as the Bruins’ seventh defenseman and earning a full-time job on the Bruins’ lineup, McQuaid entered his second full campaign with far more assurances of where he stood. He was entering the final year of his contract when the B’s locked him up with a three-year extension to keep him in Boston until at least 2015.

With his future with the team secured, McQuaid continued to serve as a third-pairing defenseman for the B’s in the 2011-12 season. He spent the vast majority of the season skating with Andrew Ference, making for a reliable third pairing that also had plenty of grit to it.

Though McQuaid played in five more games in 2011-12 than he did in the 2010-11 campaign, his fighting major total was actually half of what it was a year earlier. McQuaid finished the season with six fighting majors (he had 12 in 2010-11) and his seven total major penalties ranked him tied with Milan Lucic for third on the Bruins, behind Shawn Thornton (20) and Gregory Campbell (10). That seventh major penalty came when he kneed former OHL teammate Nick Foligno on Dec. 14 against the Senators. The play was certainly questionable and deserving of a look from Brendan Shanahan, but he was only fined $2,500 rather than being suspended.

In addition to missing the season-opener with an illness, McQuaid dealt with multiple head injuries during the season, as he missed three games with one and later saw a hit from Jason Chimera late in the season keep him out of the playoffs.

Looking ahead: McQuaid said he was “feeling like [himself] again” at the team’s breakup day following their first-round exit against the Capitals, so unless his concussion symptoms are severe, he should be able to make the necessary preparations in training camp on time for the B’s. If the symptoms continue and his offseason and/or training camp is disrupted, the Bruins will obviously have a bigger problem on their hands.

Assuming McQuaid is fully healthy and good to go next season, the Bruins know what they’re getting out the Prince Edward Island native. He won’t produce much at all offensively, but he plays his role well as a big, tough defenseman whose best asset is his careful play. If he sees a hit he doesn’t like or he feels he needs to swing momentum, he’s as willing a fighter as the B’s have.

With some turnover anticipated on the blue line (Joe Corvo, Mike Mottau and Greg Zanon are all unrestricted free agents and Dougie Hamilton should make the team out of camp), don’t expect McQuaid’s spot to be in jeopardy any time soon. Extending him at as low a cost as the Bruins did was yet another smart move for the blue line by Peter Chiarelli. He may have overpaid a bit on Johnny Boychuk‘s new deal, but give the GM credit for the value he’s been able to get out of both McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg (four years, $13 million after the 2009-10 season).

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Looking back and ahead: Dennis Seidenberg 05.29.12 at 8:47 pm ET
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With the Bruins’€™ season in the books, WEEI.com will take a look at each player on the roster one-by-one to provide some perspective on what went wrong this season and what the future holds for the 2011 champions.

Dennis Seidenberg

Age: 30

2011-12 stats: 80 games played, 5 goals, 18 assists, 23 points, plus-15 (career-high)

Contract status: Signed through 2013-14 season ($3.25 million cap hit).

Looking back: Seidenberg followed his best offense season (career-high seven goals and 73 points) with another solid campaign for the B’s, playing on the second pairing for the Bruins once again and posting the best plus-minus of his career.

Seidenberg’s rating didn’t come close to that of his postseason partner (Zdeno Chara had a plus-33), but consider that Seidenberg spent most of the season paired with Joe Corvo, who struggled in all areas of the ice but was especially turnover-prone, leading to scoring chances for opposing teams.

The German defenseman enjoyed his second straight healthy season, as 2011-12 was the second consecutive campaign in which he played at least 80 regular-season games and every playoff game.

In the playoffs, Claude Julien reunited Chara and Seidenberg to make a shutdown pairing, much like he did with great success in the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup run. Seidenberg had a modest plus-1 rating in the Bruins’ Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Capitals, but was arguably the best player on the ice for the B’s in the first round. Given that the pairing played against Washington’s first line, Seidenberg got to know Alexander Ovechkin very well through a series of big hits and collisions.

In the end, the Bruins didn’t get a chance to see how the Chara-Seidenberg pairing would fare against other opponents, and while there was plenty of blame to go around for the Bruins’ first-round failure, it would be hard to place any on Seidenberg.

A productive 2011-12 season goes down as the latest piece of evidence that teams didn’t fully understand what was there when Seidenberg remained unsigned as training camp for the 2009-10 season began.

Looking ahead: Seidenberg has two years remaining on his deal, and given what a well-conditioned athlete he is and the fact that he’s gotten better with age, the Bruins won’t want to see him leave.

He’s an absolute steal at $3.25 million annually, making his contract signed following the 2009-10 season easily one of the best deals Peter Chiarelli has pulled off since coming to Boston. The trade to get him certainly worked out for Boston too, as Chiarelli got Seidenberg and Matt Bartkowski for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and a second-round pick.

Next season, Seidenberg will likely remain on the second pairing during the regular season, separated from Chara until the postseason. The question is who he will have as his defensive partner. The Bruins figure to have a different mix of blueliners next season, as Greg Zanon, Corvo and Mike Mottau are all free agents and Dougie Hamilton should be a safe bet to make the team out of training camp.

If Hamilton shows early on that he can handle the workload, perhaps the Bruins could trust the former ninth overall pick with Seidenberg. Hamilton projects to at the very least be a top-six defenseman, and once he gets comfortable in the NHL after a season or two, the idea of having Chara, Seidenberg and Hamilton (plus Johnny Boychuk) would make the Bruins’ defense stellar regardless of who else is there.

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Bruins sign Swedish goaltender Niklas Svedberg 05.29.12 at 3:07 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Tuesday that they have signed Swedish goalie Niklas Svedberg to an entry-level contract.

Svedberg, 22, stands at 6-foot-2 and 176 pounds. He played the last two seasons in Swedish Elite League for Brynas IF Gavle. He had a 2.47 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 29 regular-season games this past season, with a 1.70 GAA, .947 save percentage and four shutouts in 13 playoff games.

The Bruins did not indicate whether Svedberg will be present at this summer’s rookie development camp, but if he is he will join a group of goaltending prospects that includes Lars Volden and Zane Gothberg, both of whom were sixth-round picks in the last two drafts.

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