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Bruins passed on opportunity to spend big in free agency

Jul 1, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

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With all the money thrown around on July 1 each year, you hear a lot of appraisals – both good and bad. You don’t hear about honest-to-goodness restraint too often, though, but Joe Haggerty’s report indicates that the Boston Bruins exercised that today.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said that the team simply didn’t target high-end or middle-of-the-road free agents this summer, but ownership would sign off on a move if needed. Chiarelli agreed with Haggerty that it’s a far cry from the days of signing Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard as part of a rebuild.

Of course, he could also have a move or two up his sleeve, too.

“Certainly that showed our ownership’s commitment to getting good players and making those funds available to get good players,” Chiarelli said. “Every once in a while there are free agents like that will come around, and we were able to go after those two guys.”

“I would anticipate that based on need if those circumstances were to come around again we would have those resources available. It’s a good sign to know that I can call up Charlie or Mr. Jacobs, and talk frankly about these guys, their cost and where they will be. If we wanted to be, we could be in the game for a lot of these guys.”

As appealing as it might be to add Zach Parise to an already-impressive mix, Chiarelli is probably right to take a more measured approach. The Bruins can bank on a team that’s still pretty similar to the one that hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2011 and hope that young players such as Tyler Seguin take the next step.

  1. benberger - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    I have a hard time following Chiarelli here…should lock up Seguin and co if he really wants to show the Jacobs’ family “commitment.” Foul me once…

  2. rsl22 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Even if they wanted to make a move, they don’t have any cap space available. I don’t know what the deal is with Thomas obviously, but with him, they are right up against the cap ceiling.

    • capesouth - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:13 AM

      If they get rid of Thomas, it is $5 million off cap. Savard going on LTIR is 4 Million off cap. The latter will definitely happen, as it did last season. People keep saying someone will take thomas in order to reach the cap floor. Maybe that happens and the Bruins get the number off the books but i dont see why anyone would spend money on a player who isnt going to play this season. might as well get someone who can be out there. Bruins won’t make any major moves though. A couple of depth guys, maybe.

      • rsl22 - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:17 AM

        Is Savard done for his career?

        Maybe Thomas would play for Edmonton since he hates America.

      • creasemasta41 - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:07 AM

        He doesnt hate america he just hates how its run

  3. dhawks19 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    The bruins are very deep and talented up front they just have to stay healthy

  4. capesouth - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Bs looking for health (Horton) and continued emergence of young guys (Marchand, Seguin, Hamilton, Rask) to improve team..vs making an acquisition.

  5. daveydawg - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    Cap floor– they get “credit” for having paid the player cap wise, but don’t actually have to pay Thomas. That’s why they would do it. And the bs should move #46 this summer… And they should not be banking on Horton… He may very well be all done…

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