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B’s would like to re-sign Iginla, but no plans to use compliance buyouts

Jun 23, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

Peter Chiarelli AP

Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli held a pre-draft conference call today, but not many of the questions he was asked had to do with the actual draft.

Instead, reporters were curious about the Bruins’ tight cap situation, which due to bonus overages from last season will, according to Chiarelli, keep the B’s from going “full force” into free agency, and will also compel the club to make some tough decisions.

One of those decisions is whether to re-sign unrestricted free agent Jarome Iginla. Chiarelli said he’d like to do it, but as we noted last week, that’s easier said than done.

Chiarelli didn’t rule out moving contracts to open up cap space, which won’t quell the speculation that, say, Johnny Boychuk could be traded.

Using a compliance buyout, however, is not in the club’s plans “at this time,” which should quell the speculation around Chris Kelly.

  1. terrier92 - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    In Peter we trust

    • c9castine - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      slippery slope.

      • drewzducks - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        Says the coachless one.

      • c9castine - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        exactly. thanks for qualifying my statement.

  2. sixchr - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    If Chris Kelly is on this team at the start of the season I’m going to puke on my shoes. When the fourth line is Paille-Kelly-Caron I’m going to jump off the Tobin Bridge.

    • nunan - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      I don’t think Caron or Bartkowski will be around next season. Caron seems obvious to me..give the opportunities to someone else.

      • pastabelly - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Gone – Caron, Bartkowski, McQuaid (in addition to Thornton). They love Marchand, but they should look to get rid of him as well. I’m also not so sure that there aren’t better ways to spend money than on Iginla. I like Iginla, but he is in a decline. Maybe they got his last good year.

      • nunan - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        McQauid and Iginla will be there. They’re not going to make huge changes. No reason to. I say Bart will be gone but who knows. I just think one of the defenseman will be out because they have so many. I like Iginla and think he should stay. I’d rather see him on a line with Bergeron than Krejci though. That’s just me.

  3. nunan - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Ya, only way they do anything is through a trade. They have a wealth of able defensemen so if someone like Boychuk is let go, Miller or McQuaid can step in. I don’t want to see Boychuk traded but the likelihood of the Bs resigning him after next year may be slim, with all the other younger D-men they have. I think a major source of improvement could come from within, both through Providence and through some minor line-up moves. For instance, they have to incorporate Spooner somehow this year. He’s a center though and that position is the toughest one to break into the lineup for the Bruins. So either he center the 4th line (in place of Campbell) or he moves to wing. I also wouldn’t mind seeing Kelly take Thornton’s old spot on the 4th line. Paille-Campbell-Kelly is a hell of a defensive 4th line and Kelly is an upgrade over Thornton as far as skill and speed goes. That’s a line that could be used more often, saving other line’s energy throughout the course of the year, and they could be matched up to shut down more skilled lines if need be. Offers flexibility. So those two options right there come from within and act as upgrades, IMO. The Bs want a little more speed and finish. Kelly > Thornton and Spooner is their best prospect. Almost made the team last year and will be the fastest guy on the ice. He needs a roster spot in order to continue his improvement. The AHL just limits him at this point. Find a spot for him.

    • bildomatic - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      I agree they need to bring Spooner in and find a spot for him next season. Reports over the summer is that he’s been looking to gain weight to potentially play on the wing this season I just hope they don’t get frustrated at his lack of size and board play and try and make him into something he’s not. As for Kelly on the 4th line I like the fit, but from a cap perspective you now have 5.9M committed to your 4th line which is just too much for my liking.

      • nunan - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        Tough decisions.

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:11 AM

      I’m fine with with keeping Boychuk around for his contract year and get seeing if you can get a great season out of him. Then next year with the cap going up they might have the room to sign him, and if not they can let him go and allow one of those young defensemen to step in and fill the void like with Ference this year. I’m not comfortable with Miller or McQuaid playing top 4 minutes, both of them are bottom pair guys at best on a championship level team. A year with a motivated Boychuk is worth the risk of losing him next year. Plus Chiarelli can’t let a guy that valuable walk away because he didn’t want to trade Marchand, not re-sign Iginla, or even buy out Chris freakin’ Kelly.

  4. bildomatic - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    I don’t understand not buying out Kelly or Campbell. Campbell at 1.6M for 1 more year is decent, but Kelly has lost his role as the 3rd line center to Soderberg and makes 3M/yr with two years remaining. The bigger issue with keeping Kelly is that Krejci and Soderberg are UFAs after next season and both will be looking for raises, while Kelly will still have his 3M on the books which could be instead be spent on retaining those two… I don’t deny what he brings (faceoffs, pk, veteran leadership, reliability), but the Bruins have that in enough other guys that he’s expendable in my opinion. Spooner, Koko, Fraser are starting to come up through the ranks on low entry level cap hits and I’d rather see them from a cap perspective and future perspective…

    • nunan - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Chemistry. You’re right about Krejci and Soderberg but I think they’ll cross that bridge when they get to it, next year. They let Ference walk last year and now Thornton…nevermind potentially having to trade someone this season to make space to sign Smith, Iginla, Krug, etc. They’ve had to let real ‘glue’ guys walk and Kelly is one of those guys, for sure. It’s a slippery slope. The only ‘major’ move I’ve been thinking about is replacing Campbell with Spooner, just to get him a regular spot in the lineup. Doubt that’ll happen though.

      • bildomatic - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        Chemistry is all fine and dandy and I absolute get where you’re coming from especially after losing Ference and Thornton, but the cap issues the Bruins have are real. What about the other guys in the room? Especially the guys who were younger during the last cup run 3 years ago that have hopefully matured into leadership roles. To me if you can’t afford to let Kelly go on a leadership level then that just says guys like Lucic, Krejci, Marchand (probably the obvious one) have not been able to step into leaderships roles as management would have hoped.

    • bildomatic - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      However, this could simply be posturing from PC saying he’s not using any buyouts because he is still hopefully he can move one of them in a trade that will bring back assets in return (i.e. draft picks, prospects)

  5. matthews4 - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    This is easy Trade Chara !!!!! Who would you rather have right now him or Boychuck? BTW trading Boychuck to keep a 38 year old who rings as many posts as he scores is just stupid. Kelly needs to go I agree But until Chara is gone they will not win another cup. Now he is to old and slow to make up for his constant bad positioning and ill timed gambles. I’m not hating love the B’s, but staying old and slow will lead to another early exit..

    • nunan - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:07 PM


    • beergold - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      Chara will retire a Bruin…he isn’t going anywhere unless he says so.

    • dboldave - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Chara may not be the player he was when they won the cup in ’11 but if you would rather have Boychuk over him, you need to watch the games closer.

      The Bruins lost the Montreal series because they couldn’t cash in on their chances, not because Chara was too slow.

      • nunan - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        Exactly, their D was fine, and that was w/o Seidenberg. With him back and Hamilton continuing to improve, they’ll be fine. They’ll also have McQuaid competing for a spot, which is a good thing. Their problem was finishing..It’s why I think the 4th line will be more skilled this season and why they’ll upgrade that third line left wing position somehow.

    • scout202sport - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:20 AM

      I’m not a Bruins fan. Actually, I absolutely can’t stand Marchand or Lucic. HOWEVER, Trading Chara would be a huge mistake in my opinion. Even though he is getting older and slowed down a bit, I still think he is one of the top D-men in the NHL. If you trade Chara, all you are doing is creating a massive hole in your defensive rotation.

  6. c9castine - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    i dont know how you justify jarome iginla eating up 6-7 million in cap space

    this problem would be easier had chiarelli signed him to a normal contract last year

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      That is all well and good, IF both sides were willing. I’d imagine that while Iginla may have wanted more than one year, the Bruins were probably offering a, not so good($) muti-year deal, OR they weren’t sure what they were getting into. Hindsight is always 20/20 so it is easy to say sure, give him 2 or 3 years at (x)million dollars and he will give you top line, quality minutes and 30+ goals.

      • c9castine - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        hindsight? i feel like hindsight applies to the reverse – a 4.5mil+ million dollar contract in which iginla produces nothing (which was very unlikely )

        or knowing hes going to hit his bonuses and your gonna have to pay 4.5 mil next year for even if he isnt signed, and more if he is.

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:39 PM

        I think the “bonus gamble” was the Cup. I think they really thought they had a great chance to go back to the Finals. Had they returned to the Finals, or won the Cup, I think most Boston fans wouldn’t have cared so much, but since they fell pretty far short, the bonus is a real sticking point. Winning solves everything. Boston certainly did not win enough come post season.

  7. obamareallysucks - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    bruins suck like obama

  8. matthews4 - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    I watched every game, I stand by what I said. He is not worth almost 7 million a year. He makes so many mistakes. He gave up a lot of breakaways, in fact i was at the Tampa game when he gave up one short-handed. He has been made to look silly to many times. BTW he did kick in the nail in the coffin goal and gave up a dreadful breakaway where he got out muscled by Pacioretty. Pretty observations for some-one who needs to watch the games more closely. Go to a game and tell me which guy is worth his paycheck.

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