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6.29 Pre-Draft Availability with General Manager Peter Chiarelli

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS QUOTES

PRE-DRAFT MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Saturday, June 29, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI

On the level of trade talk so far this offseason…

It’s actually pretty active. I think when Lecavalier [Vincent Lecavalier] got bought out, it's kind of thrown some teams for a loop. It had a trickle-down effect and it just kind of gives everybody pause for thought. But it’s been fairly active. I think a lot of teams are trying to figure out who they may buy out so they’ve got some time before July 4th, July 5th. And then, they’ve got assets that are available tomorrow in the draft. So it’s picking up steam.

On if he has interest in getting into the first round…

Yeah. I think any GM who went into the draft without a first round would have to do that. So - of course I would. So, yes.

On how the lengthy postseason run, a veteran team, and a deep organization shapes his draft strategy into this weekend…
Well, lengthy postseason run, I’m tired, as I’m sure you guys are. [Laughter] Deep team, it’s good to have players and assets. When I say assets, I mean those non-NHL players. It’s kind of impersonal, but that's what they call them. It helps you when you are looking at moves. We have to, we had to let Andy [Andrew Ference] go, and we probably have to do something else too, just to get kind of cap compliant. So you have assets and you’ve got some activity, so maybe we get a couple things done, provide some content for you guys. [Laughter]

On how much the draft taking place on one day, versus two, affects his strategy…
I don’t think that much. It feels the same. Maybe there’s a little more activity because Sunday comes and goes and everyone goes on their way back to hunker down for free agency. So it’s probably a little more activity.

On if he will have to move money and not get a good value back, just to get the money off his plate…

No I don’t think so. I don’t think that will happen. Based on what I’ve been talking about in my discussions, I don’t think that will happen. But I mean, never say never. What I see is that there’s going to be a lot of players available. And it may not be right now, but with the cap going down, just out of doing simple math, there's going to be players available. I think what happens is - to your point, well, then, you may have trouble with more demand and supply. I think there’s going to be players that want to play for less. That’s where, if we have to, we have to mix and match a little bit, I think we will be pretty good, because we still have a very strong, contending team and I think there’s going to be players that will want to play for us, if we have to get to that point. I don’t think we will get to that point, but if we have to.

On the process of scouting and what leads up to this weekend…

It's a little harried a little bit because we just finished playing. We had our amateur and pro scouts in during the Pittsburgh series. Those kind of were tailoring up the lists and kind of the interest groups, the interest lists, the players of interest for pro. Now they’re back so it seems just like yesterday, but I guess it was a couple weeks ago, so now they’re back and we’re meeting right now. We had our amateur scouts, I just came out of an amateur scouting meeting. And then we'll go into our pro meeting a little bit later. We’re refining our list a little bit because, in the time, in the two weeks, guys have some different thoughts and then we'll interview some players a little later on, and then I’ll hit the phones.

On the best available player being the name of the game…
You know, that always is the overriding thought and objective. When you get into the nitty-gritty of who’s at ten or eleven and why, you kind of look to need a little bit. But the overriding tiebreaker and the overriding mentality is 'best player available.'

On how he would characterize the draft class…
It’s pretty good. This is probably the year where I’ve seen more players because it was a half of a season. It’s good. There seems to be maybe five or six players that, if need ,be could play in the NHL next year, which I think is a little bit more more than usual. No, i’s good.

On negotiating rights for Ference or Jagr…
I’ve got a couple of teams on Andy [Andrew Ference]. Yeah, a couple of teams on Andy, and I’ve spoken with Andy’s agent in order to help out, and I’ve actually given Andy’s agent permission to talk to teams and then come back. I’m not going to stand in his way, as I said it at my press conference before, he’s been a warrior for us, and I want to help him as much as I can.

On if he has to be careful not to act too rationally this year, if the cap is going up next year…
Yeah, it certainly wasn't news to me that this stuff had to happen. So it’s kind of been with me for a couple months, especially when you see how guys have played for you and what we’ve done in the last three years and the success we’ve had, it’s difficult and acting rationally may mean replacing something in a rash manor, or it may mean getting rid of something in a rash manor. So, I have to be careful.

On how Scott Fitzgerald is doing…
He’s good. He’s not coming to the draft. We thought maybe we could get him to the draft. We had our amateur meetings at the Spaulding Rehab, they were great. We had them in the boardroom, and they were terrific. Fitzy [Scott Fitzgerald] was in a bed and participated, and he’s home now. So he’s doing well.

On if it's unrealistic to go to Nathan Horton and Tuukka Rask and ask them to take a one-year contract, with the cap going back up…
It’s not unrealistic. I wish it could happen, so maybe it is unrealistic. But I understand their positions too, it's about security and all that stuff.

On restricted free agents getting qualified…
So we’ve qualified Jordan [Jordan Caron]. We’ve qualified Tuukka, obviously. We haven’t qualified Kaspars [Kaspars Daugavins] yet, we might. We’ve talked to him. We want to see where we fit here. We’ve got a few days here. He has the right to arbitration. Hutchinson [Michael Hutchinson] we haven’t qualified yet, we might. There’s one more I’m missing…Anyways, I think we’ve qualified that other person. I can’t remember who it is, I’ve got a lot of stuff on my mind. The major roster one is Tuukka, and we’ve qualified him.

On arbitration with Rask…
I don't want to go to arbitration with him. I’ve talked to his agent, and we’re trying to work something out.

On if he envisions accelerating any prospects' development, because of the situation [with the cap], like bringing up a Ryan Spooner before his time...
That's a good question. That may happen. I would hope not to, but that’s the reality of the NHL these days. That you might have to bring a player in a littler early because of what he costs, especially when the cap goes down.


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