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Bruins offer contract extensions to Kelly, Thornton, Campbell and Paille

Feb 17, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

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As first reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Boston Bruins have offered contract extensions to four key members of last year’s Stanley Cup-winning team: C Chris Kelly, RW Shawn Thornton, C Gregory Campbell and LW Daniel Paille.

All four players are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

The offers come shortly after Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli inked impending UFA defenseman Johnny Boychuck to a three-year, $10.08 million deal, stressing that — while he really liked the group that won the Cup last spring — he was wary of “monetizing” the “intangibles” of a long playoff run.

“Winning the Cup, you tend to fall in love with your players, and I think you have to be careful,” Chiarelli said. “You see all the intangibles in a long playoff run, so you tend to monetize that.

“It’s something that I’ve tried to stay away from and will continue to try to stay away from.”

If you’re thinking hey, that strategy is the polar opposite of what Chiarelli’s done with these four extensions…well, then you’re thinking what I’m thinking. Not to take anything away from Kelly, Thornton, Campbell and Paille — all were very good soldiers for Boston last postseason and definitely worth hanging onto — I just don’t understand why Chiarelli would make that statement publicly, especially if he planned to re-up with almost all his key free agents.

As for what the Bruins’ future holds…If all four players accept these extensions it’ll leave Boston with just two UFAs this summer (Josh Hennessy and Joe Corvo) and a handful of RFAs, the most important one being goaltender Tuukka Rask.

  1. jfree781 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Wow, I was really hoping to see some of the young guys like Spooner or Knight push for spots on the roster next season. But if this is true, that means our whole offense as is will be under contract next year aside from Puliot.

    • danphipps01 - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      Good point. There’s really no room for the kids to crack the roster now, is there? Hamilton can probably make it as a #5/6 D now, but this really only leaves Pouliot’s position potentially open in future. Not exactly a lot of room. I guess Chiarelli could trade one of ‘em in the offseason too, if he wants to make room, but still. A little weird for a team with so many promising prospects to basically lock the roster like that.

  2. drewzducks - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Thornton yes, Kelly probably, but as far as the other two may be time to mix things up a bit, unless that says a lot about the readiness or ability of their kids on the farm. They’re definitely in full sleepwalking mode right now and could use a shakeup or an infusion of some new blood. Only the Bergey line is performing up to their ability right now as Krejci has been invisible for a month and their lack of offensive depth has been exposed with the Horton issue and won’t be helped by Peverley’s injury. Don’t have much in trade chips as there’s no way they’d move Rask or Hamilton.

  3. odj810 - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I love this. Depending on price tags. I don’t think they offered these guys fair market value. I think they offered them contract extensions based on a hometown discount. and i’m guessing it was for an additional 2 years. Spooner and knight will get there shots. Just as mcquaid and boychuck did in the past when an injury happens you prove your to good to drop back down and it would force a trade. All this does is get lineup competition back.

  4. habsman - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    We all know why they extended Campbell, and its not for his skills.

    League MPV last year.

    • back2backbees - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      keep crying, it’s very entertaining

  5. tmjm621 - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    SIGN IN NEW YORK SHAWN THORNTON!!!!

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