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Bruins might be in line for a quiet summer

Jun 14, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

Andrew Ference, Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell AP

The Boston Bruins won’t have Tim Thomas next season and that might be the biggest difference between the 2011-12 and 2012-13 versions of this squad.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has re-signed Gregory Campbell and Chris Kelly (although the Kelly deal reportedly can’t be official until July 1), so their core of forwards is close to set.

“I feel really good with our lineup right now and to add a [top 9 forward] like I talked about still isn’t out of the realm of possibility,” said Chiarelli. “It gives me a lot of flexibility going into free agency, but this is as solid of a forward group as you’re going to get.

“If we do nothing, that’s fine, but if something comes across that looks attractive and we have to look at it, then we’ll look at it.”

As far as locking up their remaining free agents go, Chiarelli hasn’t ruled out the possibility of bringing back Brian Rolston, but nothing will happen on that front until July 1. There’s also a chance that Benoit Pouliot will be re-signed, but Chiarelli doesn’t have any news on that front.

Ultimately the salary cap is the biggest road block for the Boston Bruins, especially seeing as it’s not clear what it will be after the NHL and players’ union agree on a new CBA. Anything is possible, but the odds are against the Bruins making a big splash this summer.

  1. ironmike778 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Look for the B’s to make a deep run again next year. Plenty of rest this summer and plenty deep enough up and down the roster to do it again.

  2. matthews4 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Chiarelli needs to worry about re-signing Rask. I really am starting to lose faith in the B’s management, to cultivate their own talent. Caron looked right at home on the first line last year , and every time I turn around Chiarelli wants a top 9 forward. Even if Horton does not come back, with everyone else signed that leaves one spot. I think at some point these kids need to be given a shot. MacDermid,Knight,Spooner,and Camper all could be a number 9 forward right now. It just seems to me that the B’s remember history the way they want. They think playing veterans leads to Championships. In all reality it was the under 26 crowd that came up big throughout their Stanley Cup run. Offensively speaking of course.

  3. benberger - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    I don’t see how this post really follows from Chia’s interview on 98.5, but I agree with matthew4s – at least as far as developing the young talent goes. I want to see Knight and Spooner next year. Obviously Hamilton on the back end but also Krug. Of course Shane Doan would be cool too.

  4. bostonhasrealhockey - Jun 14, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Dougie Hamilton.

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