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Chiarelli: “Good chance that this will be our roster going into camp”

Jul 25, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT

Peter Chiarelli AP

One team many thought would make big waves this summer was the Boston Bruins. With guys like Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan floating around, the B’s instead stayed quiet.

Joe Haggerty of hears it from Boston GM Peter Chiarelli that you shouldn’t expect anything big from the Bruins the rest of the way.

“I think there’s a good chance that this will be our roster going into camp,” said Chiarelli. “I think there’s a good chance. There’s a lot of the summer left and there’s a lot of stuff that has to happen on a macro basis too. So, I really, if anything right now, there’s — in my mind — there’s more uncertainty as far as the global landscape and us in the global landscape.

“I guess what I’m saying is, I think anything can happen depending on how things unfold, but there’s a good chance that this will be our roster going into the training camp.”

If you’re a Bruins fan and you’re fretting about things, the news of Nathan Horton being cleared for contact following his late-season concussion is their big “acquisition” of the summer. Getting him back helps balance out their lines and gives them their big goal scorer.

  1. capesouth - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Bs are set. No need to rush a deal…especially with the growth of Seguin and Hamilton arriving this year. Add Horton’s return and a full off-season and they should be comfortable with things going into the season.

  2. dropthepuckeh - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    I don’t think they should be comfortable at all. Horton is one hit away from being out for the season again and this team showed a lot of problems last year with leadership and consistency. I would like to see them add a good veteran guy or goal scorer. Lucic and Krejci disappeared for huge chunks of the season last year. Seguin and Hamilton have potential as future stars but they have a long way to go. Hamilton hasn’t even played in a NHL game. The “Adams” division got a lot tougher this offseason, no doubt in response to the Bruins aggressive style, we can only hope that this plays into the Bruins favor by inspiring guys like Lucic to show up every night ready for a street brawl. It will be very entertaining at least.

    • capesouth - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      Horton being ‘one hit away’ is just speculation on your part. Not factual. I don’t think they had any leadership issues at all. I’m not against them adding someone and using Krejci to do it bc they are deep at center but they certainly don’t NEED to make a trade. Seguin has a long way to go? How’s that? He will definitely keep improving but he is already pretty elite. There is more chance than not Hamilton will be a steady presence on the blue line, bc he has always been that in his career. He will definitely be an upgrade over Corvo and Kaberle. As for toughness, these other teams have added some, but the Bs aren’t in need of any more toughness. They have more of that than anyone else. If they do make a move, it should not be for should be for a scoring winger.

    • bekay19 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Beside the Rangers (and maybe CAR but they were not a playoff team) no team in the East has drastically improved. The Bruins roster right now are battle tested and on paper can match up with any team in the NHL. If this team doesn’t live up to expectations, I full expect PC and Cam will make the proper changes

    • pens919209 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      Every player in the league, regardless of his health status, is always ‘one hit away’ from having his career ended.

      And looking at Boston’s roster, I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t be comfortable with what they have. If nothing else, they have a solid line-up that will benefit from Horton coming back and the continued development of Seguin (who I agree is already a good player). Though they could use another scorer (and what team couldn’t?), they’re a tough team to play against. I were a GM looking over this team, I’d be satisfied right now with what I have.

    • msimmy360 - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      If people are going to mention Horton being one hit away, allow me to mention Mr. Sidney Crosby…

    • kaligirl10 - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      How does that old song go? you maybe wrong,(let’shope)/ but you may be right! I’ve watched the last two seasons and it looks like you maybe right.

  3. freneticgarfieldfan - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    “So, I really, if anything right now, there’s — in my mind — there’s more uncertainty as far as the global landscape and us in the global landscape.”
    What an amazingly straightforward phrase. Or is it just me as a non-English native language simple mind? :-O

    • ballistictrajectory - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      It’s you.

  4. atteckus - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    I’m sorry to seem disagreeable, but Horton definitely is just one hit away from LTIR status. It all depends on the “if,” the “when,” and the “where,” but “if” he gets another solid hit that jars his head in the right way, there is a 50/50 chance (or better) that he’s gone for good. That’s just the nature of concussions, better called “brain bruises.” They stack up like staircases, each one requiring less severe trauma to have an escalated impact on one’s abilities. Remember the slightness of the legal body hit Matt Hunwick put on Savvy that essentially terminated his career? That’s escalation at work. The hit by Sestito on Horton was ruled a clean hit with contact primarily at the shoulder, but it had a massive negative effect on Horton. That is strong reason to believe that Horton is already vulnerable to concussive escalation, where even a mild, clean hit will bring on more severe, debilitating symptoms in the future.

    And even if Horton weren’t so vulnerable, his penchant to disappear and reappear as an offensive force (inconsistency) makes him unreliable for the long haul. We simply cannot bank on him. We need another top 6 force that is more reliable and less tenuous.

    As for matching up, the B’s do not match up well at all with the Rangers. We’ve lost 7 of the last 8 games we’ve played against them (Reg. and OT). We did not match up well with the Caps of this past playoffs, obviously. We basically limped into the playoffs after having an incredibly dominant 2 month period. We were in jeopardy of dropping from the 2nd seed to the 7th seed until fortune and some late success against the Senators pulled us ahead.

    Philly has been aggressive in trying to get better. It’s debatable whether the B’s could have won a playoff series against them last season. The Sabres have gotten bigger, tougher, meaner, though it remains to be seen if that can impact the outcome of games for them. The Rangers have gotten even more dynamic on their front end, without giving up a single core chip in their staunch and pugnacious defense. The Penguins are always a serious threat. The Panthers are a much improved squad with what very well may be the best young talent pipeline in the NHL. Tampa will likely have a much better season this year than they did last.

    The B’s have lost a Vezina goalie, have one of the worst powerplays in the NHL, and got stoned in the first round of the playoffs through lack of finishing ability and lack of net front presence. The B’s are in the upper-middle of the conference pack at best – 3rd or 4th seeds would be my prediction. That’s fine for the regular season, but it doesn’t bode well for us getting past the second round in next year’s playoffs. And our goal is much higher than that.

    In my opinion, now is the time to seize the moment and make a move to improve the B’s front end. I do not see satisfaction with where we are as an option. If Horton gets hurt, our leverage drops. If Krejci plays poorly or gets hurt, his trade value evaporates. If either of those things happen, then other teams are going to be demanding Hamilton or Seguin in return for a scorer, instead of Krejci.
    There are too many risks to the strategy of standing still here. Right now, we can get Bobby Ryan for Krejci, either alone or with a tag along minor piece. The price is never going to get lower, Krejci’s trade value is never going to get higher, and you are never going to find a better player for the role the B’s need to fill. Its time to pull the trigger, and he’s making excuses as to why he isn’t doing so. I believe it is a dereliction of duty on Chiarelli’s part to not make this move now.

    • capesouth - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      The opinion of what the Bs should do is going to differ with everyone but the use of the word ‘NEED’ is where I chime in. I don’t get it. Every team in the league can make an argument for things they want to improve. Of all the teams in the NHL, you are saying that a team, one year removed from the cup, with evolving talent (Seguin and Hamilton), who led the league in goal differential and were near the top in goals for, and has more toughness and depth than most teams, NEEDS to get more scoring?? I am all for a Krejci – Ryan trade but they definitely don’t NEED it. There are a lot of ‘if’ scenarios…if Horton gets hit the wrong way, if Rask can’t handle a full season starting role, etc. There are just as many ‘ifs’ going the other way…if Seguin becomes an 80 point player, if Hamilton is rookie of the year, if players who are in their contract years (like Lucic) have great seasons, if a full off season of rest benefits the Bs, etc..Trying to find ways to improve should be a process that never stops for any team but for all the teams out there, the Bruins need is much less than most and it makes sense to see how things start to play out this year before dealing pieces of a proven stanley cup team. The only deal I am 100% behind at this point is Krejci for Ryan bc the Bs have so much depth at center and could use a scoring winger, especially on the PP. If that doesn’t happen, I am still happy. Krejci is legit.

      • nhmac - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:15 PM

        Amen brotha!

      • atteckus - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:26 AM

        Cape, I’m sure you’ve been following hockey for a long time, as I have. How often does the opportunity to add a 30+ goal scorer that brings net front presence and obvious finishing ability come along at a transaction cost of less than your best youth? Maybe once every 5 years?

        Hell, yeah, Krejci is legit. He’s a 60 point guy and a great playmaker, which is why he has value in trade. But our flaw from last year was lack of finishing with the puck in the Caps’ net, and lack of presence in front of Holtby. Add to that the probability that our GAA will rise by half a goal, and we need more offense to offset that. We NEED the deal of Krejci for Ryan because it negates the loss on our back end, and because it is a unique opportunity from a “cost to acquire” perspective. The normal price for a guy like Ryan would be Hamilton, plus other parts, or Seguin, plus another piece. That’s why Chiarelli should seize this moment and pull the trigger.

  5. joeman26 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    would like to see the B’s add a vet winger who can help out on the PP….

  6. pastabelly - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Seguin is not yet elite. Please reserve that level for guys like Stamkos. Seguin’s talent level is approaching elite. But he needs to develop more consistency in his game and get a little tougher. I am a huge Seguin fan. He will be a 40 goal scorer, but maybe not in 2012-13.

    Agree that Horton is a key because he solidifies line with Horton and Lucic and Peverly then strengthens the third line.

    Hamilton has to be the sixth defenseman behind Chara, Seidenberg, Ferrence, Boychuck, and McQuaid. McQuaid’s injury hurt last year as it gave Corvo too many minutes. Hamilton will be a depth upgrade.

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