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Peter Chiarelli: Bruins aim to re-sign Tomas Kaberle 02.18.11 at 5:07 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke Friday at TD Garden to discuss a busy day in which he made two trades. The Bruins moved Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to the Thrashers earlier in the day in exchange for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik before sending Joe Colborne, the Bruins’ first-round selection in the coming draft, and a conditional pick to Toronto in exchange for Tomas Kaberle.

“It’s a strong message to our team, to our fans that we want to win and we want to be successful,” Chiarelli said Friday.

Kaberle has long been rumored as a potential trade target for the Bruins. In 58 games with this season, the 32-year-old Czech blueliner has three goals and 35 assists for 38 points.

“We felt that we needed a player like Tomas,” Chiarelli said. “A player with good vision, a good skater who can quarterback a power play, has played many games in the league. A very smart, heady player who can skate.”

Kaberle had to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate the deal to Boston, and will be a free agent at season’s end. Given the steep price the B’s had to pay in Colborne, the 16th overall pick in the 2008 NHL draft, Chiarelli is hopeful that Kaberle will prove to be more than a rental.

“I looked upon this trade as we looked upon the [Dennis] Seidenberg trade. He’s a guy that you want to re-sign,” the GM said. “Having the time of when you acquire him to the time you sign him, it gives a little flavor of the player and how he fits in the group.

“Of course there’s a chance that we won’t re-sign him, but I want to re-sign him. We want to re-sign him. I’ve had some brief discussions with Rick Curran, his agent, and nothing is forthcoming. Nothing will be forthcoming until after the season, but I’ve had a good history with Rick and the Orr hockey group. I think it would smooth sailing to sign him when it comes to that time. It’s an important part of this deal because we’re giving up significant assets.”

Chiarelli noted that given the deals for Kaberle and Peverley, in addition to Tuesday’s trade for Ottawa center Chris Kelly, he believes that as far as big deals go, the Bruins should be quiet leading up to Feb. 28′s trade deadline.

“If I do anything else, it will be something very small unless something significant is available and fits,” he said. “For the most part, we’re done.”

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Peter Chiarelli transcript from Chris Kelly trade press conference 02.16.11 at 4:03 am ET
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Thanks to the awesome folks at the Bruins, here is the complete transcript of the press conference Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held Tuesday night following the trade of Chris Kelly:

Opening Statement’€¦

So you’€™ve obviously seen the release. We’€™ve acquired Chris Kelly in a deal this evening in return for our own second round pick in this coming Entry Draft. Chris is a two-way center, he’€™s’€¦ I don’€™t know if he’€™s 30 or 31, he’€™s a late-eighty [November 11, 1980]. He has a lot of playoff experience, very good on faceoffs, he’€™s a high character person. He plays both ways and he can’€¦ we needed a centerman that is going to give us some depth. Chris can give us that and he can play up and down the lineup also. I’€™ve obviously had a connection to him in my time in Ottawa, and know him as a person. He’€™s a very good person, has good leadership characteristics. He’€™s under contract for next year, also. And we’€™re happy to have him in the organization. He’€™s going to help us.

On how important it was to get a player who wasn’€™t going to be just a rental’€¦

When you go out into the market and there’€™s rentals, there’€™s good things and bad things to rentals. The bad thing is you don’€™t know if you’€™ll be able to resign them. So with Chris [Kelly], you have him for at least another year which is a good thing. His market price is set. And he’€™s a known commodity in the sense that I know him, our scouts know him, having seen him a lot in the East. There’€™s also good things to rentals, meaning contracts who are expiring so it gives you flexibility for the summer. But we think this is a good thing in light of we’€™re not’€¦we have a lot of uncertainty with Marc Savard. So this helps us in that sense too. And he can play the wing too. He’€™s a smart player and a responsible player. He can play up the middle and he can play the wing. But he’€™s a natural centerman.

On if when the team lost Marc Savard, he had in his mind that he wanted to find another centerman or if he waited to see how things played out’€¦

Well you look at all your’€¦all of the options come up at once in your mind. So like oh we’€™ve got some young centermen, we’€™ve got whether it’€™s Tyler [Seguin], whether it’€™s Zach [Hamill], whether it’€™s Joe Colborne, those are three off the top of my head. You instantly’€¦as a manager you know what the market is anyways so you automatically run through the couple of names in your head. You talk to your scouts, you see’€¦we saw Zach play a bit. And actually I thought he did pretty well. And I think Tyler had a strong game in Detroit and he’€™s’€¦the fact that Chris can play the wing also, his versatility is very helpful too. So he was available, he brought a good two-way game and he can make plays also and we felt that we had to make a move on him.

On if there is another move on the horizon’€¦

Well I’€™ve been pretty public in saying I’€™d like to get a defenseman, so that’€™s still in the works.

On if the move for a defenseman is close’€¦

Well I know there’€™s a lot of furor here today. But I’€™ve had discussions on a number of fronts and I’€™d say a couple of them are closer, but I don’€™t have anything imminent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Peter Chiarelli says Bruins will remain active in trade market 02.15.11 at 11:42 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held a press conference late Tuesday night following the team’s acquisition of Senators center Chris Kelly. Chiarelli spoke highly of Kelly, whom he knew from his days in the Ottawa front office, describing the 30-year-old as a “two-way center” with “lots of playoff experience” who could “play up and down the lineup.”

Still, the GM suggested there are more moves to be made.

“I’ve been pretty public with saying I’d like to get a defenseman. That’s still in the works,” said Chiarelli, who added there are nine defensemen the team is seriously considering. “I’ve had discussions on a number of fronts. I would say a couple of them are closer, but I don’t have anything imminent.”

When asked later by a reporter if he thinks he’ll make a trade for a defenseman, Chiarelli paused contemplatively and responded, “Yeah. Yeah, I think I will.”

Asked whether or not the next deal he makes will be a “home run,” Chiarelli responded, “I don’t think so. I think it will be a good deal. There are players out there, and I hope I can get it done.”

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Report: Kaberle grants Leafs permission to only talk with Bruins at 5:14 pm ET
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According to Sportsnet.ca, Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle would be willing to accept a trade to the Bruins. In fact, Sportsnet is reporting that the defenseman, who has a no trade clause in his contract, has granted the Maple Leafs permission to discuss a deal with only Boston.

Additionally, The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta has tweeted the talks between the two teams do not involve the Bruins sending the Maple Leafs’ first-round pick, acquired in the Phil Kessel trade, back to Toronto.

Kaberle will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told WEEI.com last month that the Bruins were interested in adding a defenseman who could log substantial minutes. Kaberle, who has three goals and 33 assists for 36 points, has averaged 22:34 of ice time this season.

The Maple Leafs traded forward Kris Versteeg to the Flyers on Monday night, with Toronto general manager Brian Burke saying “we’€™re not done yet.”

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Mark Stuart: ‘I’m not packing my bags yet’ 02.12.11 at 1:23 pm ET
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WILMINGTON –Mark Stuart entered the season as an important part of the Bruins’ blue line, and a guy who seemed a fit to one day wear a letter other than “B” on his jersey. After missing the 18 games with a fractured hand a dislocated finger, thing have been much different. With the emergence of Steven Kampfer and solid play of Adam McQuaid, Stuart knew while on the mend that his spot in the lineup would not be guaranteed.

‘€œYou have to earn your way back,” Stuart said on Jan. 13. “I don’€™t care who you are. ‘€¦ Guys are playing well. It would probably be different if the team was on a downswing and they were looking to change things up.”

Unfortunately for Stuart, his prediction was dead-on, as he has played in just three games since returning to the lineup on Jan. 17. A free agent at the end of the season, he has been a healthy scratch for the last eight games entering Sunday’s contest vs. the Red Wings in Detroit.

“I hoped it wouldn’t be this long,” Stuart said in a conversation with WEEI.com Saturday, “but that’s just the way it’s gone.”

Stuart has had to spend plenty of time recovering from injuries, and went down with his injury on Dec. 7 against the Sabres, it was just another in a long series for the blueliner. Last season, hand, finger, and sternum injuries cost him a combined 35 games.

Despite knowing what it’s like to watch from the press box, doing so when you’re healthy enough to be on the ice is even tougher.

“It’s probably harder when you could be out there,” Stuart said. “On the other hand, you’re healthy, too,” Stuart said, knocking on his wooden stall. “It’s obviously a lot better to be healthy, but it’s almost harder watching a game when you could be out there.”

As for what his future may hold, it’s hard to imagine someone on a one-year deal being happy with not being a healthy scratch. His name has been tossed around in trade rumors, with some speculating on whether he could be moved at the trade deadline. General manager Peter Chiarelli recently declined comment on what the market has been for Stuart, but if the defenseman had his way, he’d be playing in the same sweater he’s always worn.

“I would love to [stay] here. I’ve been here my whole career, and I love it here,” Stuart said. “There’s always rumors, but I’m not packing my bags yet or subletting my apartment until I get the call.”

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Mike Milbury on D&H: Andrew Ference overstepped his role 02.09.11 at 1:32 pm ET
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NESN and NBC Sports hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk about the Bruins and the NHL. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

B’s coach Claude Julien announced at the morning skate that Tyler Seguin would be a healthy scratch for Wednesday night’s game vs. the Canadiens. “Well, it’s been a long time coming,” Milbury said. “His level of involvement has been less than you would hope for. He’s got a lot of things to learn. There was a lot of pressure on this kid coming into the season. And the expectations, as I think we all knew, and I stated it earlier, were a little unrealistic.

“There are some 18-year-olds, the rare exception, who can come in and be an impact player of some form or another. But most go through a fairly long growing phase. And that’s what he’s in. And that’s what he’s going to have to go through when he sits out and watches the game, and hopefully sees the kind of pace he needs to play at and sees the kind of physical involvement, the price he needs to pay, and I’m sure that’s why Claude made this decision.”

Asked for a particular criticism on Seguin’s game, Milbury said: “I think he’s way too comfortable. I’m not talking about being a Shawn Thornton fighter or a [Brad] Marchand-type hitter, but he’s got to get involved physically. He’s got to scrum for loose pucks, he’s got to brush a body on the way by. Right now, he’s a circler. He circles forward and he circles back. There’s got to be a little more stop-and-go to his game and a little more determination.”

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli acknowledged Tuesday that it’s likely the Bruins will make a move in an effort to bolster the roster following the loss of Marc Savard. Milbury is not surprised. “If the Bruins feel that they’re in the position to take a swing at a Stanley Cup, then much like Chicago last year, they have to throw everything at it,” he said.

The other big Bruins news of the past week was Danielle Paille‘s four-game suspension for his hit on Dallas’ Raymond Sawada on Thursday. Following the game, Andrew Ference spoke out about the hit. Milbury was among those who criticized Ference for speaking out against a teammate.

“I agree with Andrew Ference. This was a play that was worthy of suspension, and this was something that the league quickly acted on and did suspend the player,” Milbury said, adding that he was surprised Paille didn’t get more than four games. “I don’t have any trouble with him going to Danny Paille and discussing the issue with him. I don’t have any trouble going to his player rep and discussing it with him. I don’t have any trouble having a discussion in the locker room with any of those guys or the coaches or the manager. But it’s not his role, it’s just not his role to pontificate about this thing in the media.”

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Peter Chiarelli’s willingness to trade Maple Leafs pick makes things interesting 02.08.11 at 3:59 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, making an appearance on Dale & Holley on Tuesday, fired the proverbial gun to kick off trade speculation with the NHL’s deadline just 20 days away. While he reiterated his preference to add a defenseman and potentially a forward, he shed light on the team’s financial situation as it moves toward the trade deadline (something he generally refers people to capgeek.com for), but that isn’t the real news. The GM said that, unlike last year, he is willing to put the Maple Leafs’ first-round pick, which has had “top five” written all over it for quite some time, in play.

“Yeah, I’d look at it, sure. I would,” Chiarelli said. “I’ve had discussions involving that pick. I certainly would look at it. We’ve got a lot of assets, so that alone allows us to be creative also, but I would look at it.”

Already having opened a big door, Michael Holley asked Chiarelli to elaborate on how Toronto’s first rounder, one of two received in the Phil Kessel deal in September of 2009, has come up in trade talks.

“There’s been one [deal] that we’ve thrown around here internally. I don’t know that I would do it, but it’s something that warrants further discussion,” Chiarelli said.

The fact that Chiarelli is willing to consider dealing the Maple Leafs’ selection ‘€” on pace to be fifth overall in a draft in which he admitted there being “uncertainty as to what the order of the top five is” ‘€” gives the Bruins a leg up on other contending teams. Sellers want top prospects or the ability to obtain top prospects, and the Bruins are the only team with two first-rounders this year, let alone a potential top five pick.

Plus, with Marc Savard being shut down and thus placed on long-term injury reserve, the team has cap space (seemingly enough to add a player with a cap hit in excess of $4.5 million without removing anyone from its own roster) to add a top player.

“Basically you can replace [Savard's] salary, that cap number,” Chiarelli said. “So that’s [$4 million] and a little bit of change [$4,007,143 to be exact]. We’ve got about $500,000 in cap space, so with Savard on LTI you have the ability to replace that player with a number of players up to an amount of $4 million. That’s not cap space, that’s actual salary. We’ve got some good flexibility right now.”

While the Bruins have been able to make deadline deals in recent seasons to land them major contributors including Dennis Seidenberg and Mark Recchi, the team has not made a blockbuster at the deadline since perhaps 2004, when the old regime gave up first and second round picks as well as Shaone Morrisonn for Sergei Gonchar. If the team is willing to see how far that Toronto pick can take them on the trade market, Chiarelli might be able to pull off something of similar magnitude.

While you can count out guys like Brad Richards (possessing a no-trade clause and playing on a third-place team in the West) or Jarome Iginla (no-trade clause and captain of a playoff team) the Bruins might not be kidding around when it comes to more realistic options. A top-five pick can go a long way, especially if it’s sent to a team that will need young stars to anchor a rebuilding effort.

This isn’t to say that Chiarelli will blindly toss the chip of all chips up for grabs blindly. It is, to borrow a term from the GM, an asset that franchises throughout the league would take considerable steps to acquire. And now, it seems an asset that could land the Bruins the major piece they’re hoping for without having to announce it at a podium in Minnesota.

Chiarelli said that he would “bet” the Bruins make a trade before the deadline. After Tuesday, how big a deal it is seems to be the only thing in question.

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