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Bruins GM Chiarelli on CBA negotiations: “I think there will be no time missed”

Jun 15, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

Peter Chiarelli AP

With just 92 days left until the current NHL CBA expires, many are already fretting about the possibility of a work stoppage.

Peter Chiarelli is not one of those people.

The Bruins GM spoke with CSNNE.com today and seemed optimistic that negotiations would allow for the 2012-13 season to start on time.

“Maybe I’m an eternal optimist on this stuff, but I think there will be no time missed,” said Chiarelli. “I hope we’ve learned from our last go-round. We always try to improve it, but I think the [NHL] product is pretty good.”

Unlike most, Chiarelli sees the presence of NHLPA head honcho Donal Fehr as a good thing. While many look back at Fehr’s history with dread — most notably his time with Major League Baseball players association — Chiarelli sees his experience as a positive factor.

“I don’t know Fehr aside from what I’ve seen of him in the past, but I think he’s a deal-maker,” said Chiarelli. “I know he does his job. I hope the two sides get together soon, but I’m an optimist.”

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 15, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    We hope you learned your lesson too.

    -all NHL fans

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 16, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      The thumbs down must be a baseball fan

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