|Peter Chiarelli: Trade options slim due to tight competition in West||02.04.11 at 7:50 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli took some time to discuss Daniel Paille‘s four-game suspension with the media on Friday, saying that he felt the length of the ban was “stiff” but that he likes the parameters the league uses to determine such suspensions. Perhaps more notably, Chiarelli touched on how he might like to improve the club.
Chiarelli, who had recently said that in a perfect world, he would like to add “a defenseman that could log some minutes,” hinted at the same thing Friday, saying that he wanted a blueliner who could “ease some of the minutes off of our players.”
The GM noted that such an acquisition could be tough to make given how close the teams in the Western Conference are right now. Prior to Friday night’s game, only three points separate the 11th-place Flames and the fourth-place Predators.
“Right now, everything is very, very tight,” Chiarelli said. “You hear that from me every year a month before the deadline, and it’s even more true now. The standings are tight. Usually your trading partners are in the West. It’s very, very tight.”
As for whether he could make a trade to replace Marc Savard‘s contributions should the center be shut down for the season, Chiarelli feels that “that player is not available” via trade. Placing Savard on long-term injury reserve would allow the team more spending money with the center’s cap hit not a factor.
|Bruins still waiting for Marc Savard to arrive for evaluation||02.02.11 at 1:27 pm ET|
Bruins center Marc Savard hadn’t made it back to Boston as of Wednesday afternoon due to travel issues, with the team hoping he would end up arriving before the day’s end. Savard is set to be re-evaluated by team doctors after he spent the last week in Peterborough, Ontario resting following his second concussion in just over 10 months.
While the team will obviously learn more from further evaluation, Peter Chiarelli told ESPN this week that Bruins are considering shutting him down for the rest of the season in hopes that he can have a clean slate at the start of the 2011-12 campaign. After missing the first 23 games of the season with post-concussion syndrome stemming from last March’s Matt Cooke hit, Savard totaled two goals and eight assists for 10 points and had a minus-7 rating in 25 games.
Savard has suffered four concussions in his career. The 33-year-old is in the first year of a seven-year deal that carries an annual salary cap hit of $4.017.
|Milan Lucic not suspended for punching Freddy Meyer, gesturing to Atlanta bench||12.26.10 at 1:19 pm ET|
Bruins left wing Milan Lucic will not be suspended after sucker punching Thrashers defenseman Freddy Meyer in the head and gesturing to the Atlanta bench in the third period of the B’s 4-1 victory at TD Garden on Thursday. He will instead receive fines totaling $3,500.
Lucic had received an intent to injure match penalty for punching Meyer after the Thrashers defenseman hit Lucic high, a hit deemed dirty by all Bruins skaters on the ice, as a line brawl broke out between the two teams. The match penalty carries with it an automatic suspension pending a review, and after Lucic met with NHL vice presidents of hockey operations Mike Murphy on Sunday, it was determined that he will not miss any time.
Following is the statement released by Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli:
“The NHL has informed us that Milan will not be suspended as a result of the match penalty assessed to him during our game against the Thrashers last Thursday. He will be fined $2,500 for the punch thrown in the scrum and $1,000 for making an obscene gesture directed at the Thrashers bench. He will join the team on the flight to Florida and be available for Monday’s game against the Panthers.”
|Peter Chiarelli post-Marco Sturm trade transcript||12.11.10 at 8:04 pm ET|
Courtesy of the awesome folks at the Bruins, here’s the transcript of Peter Chiarelli’s media briefing following the Bruins’ trade of Marco Sturm to the Kings for what he called “nothing.”
On finally completing the Marco Sturm trade…
Yeah, it’s been in the works a little bit, part of it due to Marco’s physical recovery. Really, that’s the large part as to why we’ve delayed. Dealing with someone like Marco is difficult. He’s obviously a really good person and I actually, when I was an agent, I actually co-represented him, so there’s a relationship there too. But it helps us with our cap situation and as far as what we got in return, it was classified as “future considerations,” but really it’s nothing. Part of that speaks to the trading him now, versus trading him later on in the year, which we could have done also, but in fairness to Marco it’d be good to allow him to begin his journey, so to speak, at a place that is a good landing spot for him. Dean Lombardi drafted him and knows him quite well. They were looking for a player like that.
On if a trade of a player of Sturm’s caliber was inevitable…
Yeah, I mean he’s a good player. He’s a real good player. There’s obviously been a lot of speculation on what move we were going to do and what player. Again, a difficult thing that we had to do, but part of the reality of the salary cap and it’s completed now. Well, it’s conditional on the medical examination, but I don’t anticipate a problem there.
On how he got Sturm to waive his no-trade clause…
I just spoke to him.
On what he said to Sturm specifically to convince him…
Well that’ll remain between Marco and myself, but he agreed to waive it.
On why he felt trading Sturm was the best option to clear cap space, instead of making smaller moves to make room for him…
Well, it was about timing too. Here’s a team where there is a prior relationship with Marco, and they got him for cheap and they wanted to do it now. So there was a lot of positive factors in this circumstance that we felt that we had to act on. So that’s the main reason.
On if “future consideration” includes draft picks or anything else in the deal…
No, nothing. Keep in mind the value of cap space. That’s what you have to keep in perspective. I’m not trying to justify trading him for nothing. Of course you’d like to get a return for a good player, but that’s really the being able to do it now versus later, it helps both sides.
On trading a player that is coming off an injury and making the deal now…
Yeah, there’s a lot of different factors here that made the deal a sensible deal at this time.
On if he had to get approval from the League to make this unusual trade for nothing…
Whenever you see “future considerations,” it’s usually nothing. [laughs] In fact, it always is nothing. It used to be that you could stipulate prior to I think two season ago, you could stipulate, you know a player in the future. Let me see, I remember there was [Francois] Giguere was involved in a deal like that in Colorado. Might have been a sack deal. Yeah, it’s legal.
On if he considers the team now “out of the salary cap woods” after making this deal…
Yeah, I mean, we’ve in the last, when did we trade Matt [Hunwick]? A week and a half ago? We’ve cleaned out our cap situation pretty nicely, so I’m comfortable where we are right now.
On where the team stands exactly in the cap situation…
We’re cap-compliant now.
On if the team has cap space to add another player…
Check capgeek.com. [laughs]
On how he would sum up Sturm’s legacy as a Bruin…
Yeah, you know, he’s first and foremost a very good person. Speed, you know, he’s obviously part of that big trade. He gave us speed and he gave us timely goals. I think he’ll be remembered, one of the things he’ll be remembered for is that goal against Montreal [Game 6 vs. Montreal, April 19, 2008]. I mean, that was, you could see that emotion when he scores and that’s what he brought to the team. Those are some of the things that guys here remember about Marco.
On if the team’s “NHL depth” at Sturm’s position factor into things…
Yeah, how our younger players have been playing and there’s a lot of variables that go into a decision like this. Timing is one, depth is another. There’s a lot of things that go into this decision, but that certainly helps—the depth that we have.
On if Sturm will be close to game-ready…
I would say he’s maybe five to seven days away.
On if that game-ready timeline is one of the reasons the deal didn’t go through last week…
It was, yeah.
On if he knows when Sturm’s physical is scheduled…
On if he has any other moves on the horizon to address not cap space, but team needs…
Again, I’m not going to speak to moves I’m going to make or not, but what I can tell you is we’ll take a step back now for a little bit.
On Sturm expressing some frustration about his being in “limbo” before the deal was finalized…
Yeah and I can understand that. After having waived it, yeah. It’s tough to make a trade in this league. It is, especially at an early juncture like this. Everyone is so tightly packed. And I’ve got to give Dean [Lombardi] credit for acting on this because he’s getting a good player for nothing in return. And he’s familiar with the player and he’s proactive.
On how important it was to not alter the team structure when dealing with the cap space issue…
Well, you know, you’re going to alter it somehow. We were able to do the rationale behind dealing Matt [Hunwick] was depth. Depth of defense. The young guys are coming along. You’ve got Jordan Caron, and even have Jamie Arniel, guys like that, and Joe Colborne, I mean, these guys are coming. But you know, any time you trade a guy like Marco, you know him, he’s a really good person. He’s a great guy. So that’s going to have some impact at some point. That’s why I’ve been trying to be as transparent as possible with you. I know you guys probably chuckle at that, but it’s because I want to make sure the message gets to the team too.
|Marco Sturm still not close to returning to Bruins||11.19.10 at 1:17 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins got good news on Marc Savard on Friday, as he passed a conditioning test that will clear the center to participate in line drills and other non-contact practice scenarios. While it’s a positive step for Savard, it doesn’t seem their other long-term injury reserve resident, winger Marco Sturm, is on as fast a track to return to the lineup.
“He is… I would say he’s a little bit away,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said of Sturm’s progress when asked on Friday.
Sturm is recovering from a torn ACL and MCL suffered against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. His rehab hit a bit of a snag when he travelled with the team to Belfast and the Czech Republic to begin the season.
“I think all the traveling to Europe, I think all that didn’t really help.,” Sturm said in late October. “But the whole team went, and I wanted to go too. It was good, but all the traveling, it didn’t help too much and that’s why I think [the rehab] has gone back a couple of weeks.”
Sturm led the Bruins in goals last season with 22.
|Marc Savard cleared to practice with Bruins||at 12:39 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday morning that Marc Savard is cleared to practice with the Bruins but will not take physical contact.
“This morning he passed one of the tests, which was a conditioning test, so he’s able to practice with the team, non-contact, so he can do line drills and non-contact drills,” Chiarelli said, “so that’s good news.”
Savard, who has not played or practiced with the team this season due to post-concussion syndrome, will also travel with the team.
“It’s very good news. If Marc were to have his druthers, he’d be back with the team two weeks ago. That’s what Marc’s all about,” Chiarelli said. “It’s good news. We’re on a crunch of games here it seems where it looks like we’re in a compressed schedule here, so it will be good to get a player of his caliber back. This is a real positive step to getting him back.”
Next week will be the earliest that Savard could begin taking physical contact, as Chiarelli noted he must undergo “a couple more tests.” As for when he is set to return to the lineup, Chiarelli was mum on a date.
“I’ve got one in mind. I’m not going to disclose it,” Chiarelli said with a grin. “These things change. It could be earlier, or it could be later. This is a real big step, and the tests coming up are big steps, so he’s passed every test to date and this is a big one also.”
|Mike Milbury on D&H: ‘What goes on in the mind of Tuukka Rask?’||11.03.10 at 1:03 pm ET|
NESN and NBC Sports hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk about the Bruins and league news. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
Most of the discussion focused on the Bruins’ goaltending situation, with Tim Thomas handling the bulk of duties while promising youngster Tuukka Rask sits.
Said Milbury: “It’s a happy problem, but you wonder what goes on in the mind of Tuukka Rask under these circumstances. I was talking to Kelly Hrudey last week, the Hockey Night in Canada analyst with me, and he said, ‘He may not know it, but this could be the best thing to happen to Rask. He’s got to earn that right to be called the No. 1. It’s not always easy and it’s not always a given.’ And he’s right. I’m sure Tuukka Rask doesn’t really look at it that way, but in some ways, it’s not a bad thought. Rask has to continue to compete. It keeps him sharp. The question is, When does he get the chance to go again?”
Added Milbury: “I think we mentioned last week, the schedule’s been so uneven. They’ve got to get into a rhythm at some point. And at that point, I think because of the way Thomas plays, although he’s been fairly compact and economical through the first part of the season, he still has a tendency to want to explode out and dive here and there. It will take its toll, and they’ll need Rask. And Rask will have his chance then. But who saw this coming?”
Milbury said he’s not aware that Thomas was close to being dealt last season. “I never heard anything that anything was imminent,” Milbury said. “I think there were a lot of people kicking tires, but they weren’t kicking them as hard as they would be if they were shopping him right now, I would think. He had an uneven season, and he had a bunch of years left on his contract, and he’s always been looked on as, ‘I can’t believe he’s doing this.’ There seems to be some degree of incredulity that he can make this thing happen. But he does. He does through his competitiveness and his athleticism, and his mindset.”
Milbury said the Bruins might have to consider moving Thomas, but only if an enticing trade offer is made.
“It would be interesting to see if they shopped him around, and he’d be willing to be traded, if that would bring A) cap relief and B) fill a hole someplace else, i.e., the blue line, where they’re thinner than I’d like them to be,” Milbury said, adding: “I don’t think there’s going to be any talk of that. I think things are so good right now for the Bruins, that if Peter Chiarelli is looking for cap relief, he’s probably going to look in a different direction. And I certainly don’t blame him. It would be a really gutsy move to make that deal, and if somebody came with a sweetheart of a deal, you’d have to take a look at it, knowing that Rask played as well.”
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