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Conference Call with Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on 7/4

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS

GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI CONFERENCE CALL
Thursday, July 4, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI
Peter Chiarelli’s opening statement…
Thanks, just a quick opening statement on this trade. I won’t go into the mechanics of it, but the centerpiece coming back to us in this trade is Loui Eriksson. He’s a twenty seven year old left shot right wing. He plays both equally well. He’s put up a lot of goals for Dallas over the years and he’s played internationally well for Sweden.  6’3 about 195 and with good speed. He’s very responsible defensively also. So that was the centerpiece coming back. The younger players coming back, Matt Fraser, a guy with a terrific release, an NHL shooter. He’ll challenge for a spot on our team. Reilly Smith, kind of a silky smooth type of right winger, very smart, good vision, played at Miami of Ohio. Just finished his first year pro. Joe Morrow was another player that we got back. He was with Pittsburgh and was traded to Dallas in the Brenden Morrow trade. Still a young player, very strong skater, finding his way, but we have a lot of time for him and we think he can develop into a top four NHL defenseman with the right development. So those are the players coming to the Bruins. Obviously, Tyler [Seguin] was the centerpiece for the Stars. I think what’s important to remember about Tyler [Seguin] is that he came here with much pomp and circumstance and he played very well for a young player. This year wasn’t his best year, but it was a trying year and a weird year to assess players. Tyler’s [Tyler Seguin’s] a real good kid. I know I see the Twitter verse whatever it’s called and a lot of these reports about his extracurricular stuff and I’ve made comments that due to his professionalism and acting more like a professional, but what has to be remembered in all this is that he’s twenty one years old. He’s a good kid and he’s a terrific player. He’s probably better suited for center. He was very good for us as a winger. I think you’ll see him playing center in Dallas. At least that’s what Jim [Jim Nill] said he’d be playing. This move allows us some cap relief because Rich Peverley, I don’t want to forget about Rich [Peverley], because these are two players that helped us win a Cup and get to the finals this year. Again a good two way player, Rich [Peverley], and I had informed him at the exit meetings that we are probably going to have to move him so we worked him and his agent to find a spot and Jim [Nill] had—Dallas needed some centermen. It allowed them to move Benn [Jamie Benn] back to the wing. So these are two centermen that are going to help Dallas’ team. So, but what I was saying earlier about talking to these two guys that helped you win a Cup it’s a tough conversation to tell them that they’re traded. Tough conversation with Rich [Peverley] to tell him that we were going to trade him. These are moves that are predicated on being a successful franchise going forward and making the prudent moves in a timely manner so that you can capitalize the market as it stands. Those are my comments and I’ll take some questions.

On if anything changed his opinion on Tyler Seguin in the last 10 months…
Well, signing someone to a big deal and trading them doesn’t mean that you don’t like the player or he’s not an important part of your team. What you have to understand in this environment right now is the cap goes down seven million and you have to make some hard choices, hard decisions. The fact that we signed Tyler [Seguin] had nothing to do with us trading him. There’s an opportunity to get a very good player, who’s a natural winger, and to get some good prospects and to lower your cap and then maybe to improve in the next market starting tomorrow so there’s no real—Listen, I had some comments on Tyler [Seguin] at the draft regarding his professionalism and him acting like a professional. I prefaced that by saying he’s only twenty-one and he’ll figure it out. You know what you have to manage your team, you have to manage your players, you have to manage your cap, and that was part of the reason why we made this move.

On if a lower cap hit will impact what he is going to do when the market opens…
Well, I feel like it’s been really open for the last week, especially the last two days, but that’s been part of the plan like the—you know what you got to have alternate plans here like we originally wanted to sign Nathan [Horton] and then we couldn’t. So you have to move quickly so we’ll explore the market tomorrow and we’ll see what is there. We’ll see if we continue our rebuild on our right side.

On Tyler’s hip condition having influence on trade…
No. That’s really a condition that’s troubling a lot of players. He’s managed it, and the doctors talked. There’s no issue.

On Peverly’s contributions in 2011..
They were really important. Again when you’re judging these players, on both sides, this year was a tough year to judge. So you really have to be careful, and Rich is no different. I know he was back and forth, three times when he was playing overseas prior to the start of the season. He was playing in Finland, and he never really go going for a number of reasons. But the year before, the two years before, he was a terrific piece to our depth puzzle when we won. He could move up and down the lineup. He could move across the lineup, any position.  Terrific on faceoffs. He moved up when Nathan [Horton] got hurt two years ago.  So he’s a really useful, really good player. I don't judge him; good hockey people don't judge him by maybe a down year this year. They know what they’re getting there.

On the chance of another conference call tonight…
Not tonight. I’m going home to have a few beers and kick back tonight

On expectations of young players …
I don't think any- if you could find a player that has perfect incremental development every year, let me know, because there’s ups and downs along the way. This is a league now where the younger free agency age and longer-term contracts at a younger age, where you have to project early, and when you project early, sometimes you hit, sometimes you miss. It’s easier to project when a player’s older, and you see what the finished product is. That's the reality we live in. And as it applies specifically to Tyler [Seguin], I can project now and tell he’s going to be a real good player, continue to improve, not perfectly incrementally in a linear fashion, but he’ll get better.

On the maturing process for Tyler [Seguin] …
I don't want to really play that up too much. He’s a 21-year-old that played as an 18-year-old, and I think he was just a 21-year-old kid. He was maturing and growing up, and he liked to have fun like the rest of them. I don't really think it was such a big deal. But when I said earlier about focus, just about little things, about preparing to play. It was nothing about extracurricular activities.

On Erickson’s game and his fit with the Bruins…
Well he’s a good two-way player. Knows where to find the spots to score. Has a good shot, good release from either side. Can play on the PP [power play]. Can play on the - probably better suited off the post. Down low, which I’d like to get some left shot skill too, which makes him even more attractive. He can play the right side, and he has left shot skill. He spreads out your power play. He’s a fast and a good two-way player. There’s a lot of his game that fits into how we play.

On Tyler’s game going north in Dallas...
Well again, I said be careful how you judge these guys from this past year. Tyler [Seguin] was quiet for most of the playoffs. He’s a tremendous package of skill and speed, so yes it will go north. His game is more conducive to that. The ice on both sides of them, when he’s in the middle, he will have to play defensively there as he did here. Lindy likes to take care of his own end so that wont change, as far as that responsibility. In fact it’ll be more, as a centerman you have more defensive responsibility down low. Jimmy [Jim Nill] likes Tyler [Seguin]. Loves Tyler [Seguin] as a player. He’s followed him a long time being in Detroit when Tyler was in Plymouth, so it was a good fit for them.

On if the reconstruction of the right side is still ongoing…
Yeah, yeah, I said that earlier. We’ll go into the market, the free agent market, the trade market, we’ve got some space, we’ve got some players to match that we can still move around so I’m not done.

On if Tyler Seguin expected this…
You know what when I called him he wasn’t surprised because I think by the time I called him it was international news everywhere. It was prior to be the conference call being over, just shortly after the conference call, trade call, being completed, -- you know what, I don’t think Tyler probably knows what the ramifications are. He – I told him, I said Tyler [Seguin] you’re 21, you have a real good career ahead of you, this doesn’t mean that we don’t like you, I like you as a kid. These are business decisions and they have to happen fast. So maybe he was surprised when he heard it on the social media but when I talked to him he wasn’t surprised.

On how many other teams he talked to about trading Tyler Seguin…
I’m not going to get in to that. There was some discussion and that’s how I’ll leave it. You know, I did my public trade forum when we got [Jaromir] Jagr and I think that’s enough.

On if he can say if he is perusing Daniel Alfredsson…
I can speak specifically and we—again, I’ve spoken to his agent again today and will continue to have some dialogue.

On what makes Daniel Alfredsson a good fit and target…
Well he’s a veteran, he’s a terrific leader, he’s a terrific players and he does anything to win. He’s strong on the puck, he’s got a terrific shot, he has a lot of good things about him.

On if the Bruins are “fed up with [Tyler Seguin’s] shenanigans”…
I don’t think so. I mean, we’re talking about a good player. Our job—my job as a manager, our coaches job, we have to get the best out of our players, I have to supply them with players, he has to get the best out of them. No player is perfect, either as a player or an individual. His –all his stuff mushrooms into a proliferation of items on social media and I get overwhelmed by the number of stuff that comes out. Maybe some of it is true but I know not all of it is true. And this kid -- Tyler [Seguin] is a 21-year-old, he is a good kid, he’s got a good heart and he is going to continue to grow up.

On this being strictly an on ice decision…
There are no strict on-ice decisions on any decision you make with a hockey player. So no, it’s not a strict on-ice decision.
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