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Chiarelli Talks Preseason

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Wilmington, MA -- Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli addressed the New England hockey media on Sunday afternoon, shortly after his rookies finished their first day of camp.


Chiarelli spoke to many topics, first and foremost being the status of his youngest players.

“As an extension from Development Camp, I thought they were a little sketchy at first, but that is always case," said Chiarelli to the gathered press. "They had all their testing this morning, they had their run test, which they always get nervous for, but as it progressed, especially the second [on-ice] session they were a little sharper.

"And as I said last time at the Development Camp we’ve got a lot more skill. You can see it here today, especially with the shooting. I was happy for the first day.”

Chiarelli said that he had told the rookies to raise their compete level this week.

"We had a little introductory meeting [and said] that development camp was an orientation, and a [way] get to know the philosophies and the way we approach things as part of the Bruins," said the GM. "But this is business now, this is making teams; this is showing your wares.

"We are ramping up the competition level," added Chiarelli. "You want to put them on edge a little bit because this is how you get better.”

Chiarelli also said that are not  predetermined notions as to who has an inside track.

“Not necessarily, no," said the GM. "We will see how they do here. We’ve got the two games at the end of the week and we will make a determination after that.”

At the end of the first official day of the B's 2010-11 season, Chiarelli said he was excited to begin a new campaign.

“It is exciting," said the GM. "There is a long gap between [two camps] and then you see these guys skate, and you see these nice plays being made, and...you get excited.

"A bunch of us were up [in the stands] saying the same thing. It’s good to be back and get going again, it’s good to see some of the talent and skill we have.”

Number-2 draft pick Tyler Seguin alone has the excitement level running on high. But don't tell Tyler he has nothing to worry about. He plans on securing his spot via work and not relying on reputation.

The B's wouldn't let the youngster do that, anyway.

“It’s consistent with when we first interviewed him prior to drafting him," said Chiarelli. "He is a mature kid.

"We’ve had discussions with him about nothing’s guaranteed here...so it’s not surprising, it is admirable, it’s sincere when he’s saying that.

"He knows he has to put in the time and he has to make the team. It speaks to maturity, which is nice especially since he’s eighteen years old.”

Another nice development is that everyone is accounted for in the vets locker room.

“I think all but [Marc Savard are in the area]," said Chiarelli. "Savvy was in last week and he went back, he’s got a couple loose ends to take care of.

"I don’t think he will be in for [Monday], but I golfed with him last week...He was in good spirits, a good frame of mind right now.”
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