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GM Peter Chiarelli Transcript 9/29

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

BOSTON BRUINS PRESEASON QUOTES


Monday, September 29, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI

On contract extensions for Torey Krug and Reilly Smith…
We’ll try and bang out extensions as soon as we can because those are two kids—two young men that we want to have in the mix. So, they missed a week and change but they’re both always in pretty good shape.

On Krug and Smith jumping into games immediately…
Well tomorrow night no, so then we have two games left after that and they’ll get some good skating in and get their legs up to speed. So that’s the plan there.

On being surprised how the negotiations played out and if things were moving in the wrong direction…
Not really. I had inklings that things were coming around a little bit. I think the Jaden Schwartz signing helped push it along. And then, I think, of course just the timing by itself like a week left of camp helped push it too. They’re both conscientious young men that want to play, want to pursue their careers and want to be part of the Bruins too so that helped, too, at some point.

On signing them without making moves…
Yeah, you know, there’s still housekeeping to do from a numbers perspective. So yeah it’s good. This is a business and you’ve got to put a roster in place and you have to put a winning roster in place and that’s still a challenge that we have and we always have and it will remain a challenge.

On misunderstanding between the two negotiating parties regarding trading players to clear space…
I don’t know Steve. I just think it’s—these are tough contracts when they come out of—especially when they came out, from the contractual rights perspective. You know, chicken and egg, which comes first? We do have challenges cap-wise. They do have—they did have—their contracts were expired. I don’t know, I saw that [report], I’m sure a lot of people were writing about that, I’m sure that’s what a lot of people thought. It never really entered my mind.

On the one-year deals benefiting the team from a player production standpoint…
Well it’s certainly—I think both sides assume some risk and both sides benefit. They walk right into arbitration and that’s the certainty of a deal. They’ve both put up good numbers, so they both have good cases. And from our perspective it helps us from a planning perspective this year, but we risk a higher number next year so I’m OK with that, I’m OK with that. So it’s a two way street but both sides assume some benefit, and both sides assume some risk.

On still needing a trade to happen to clear cap space…
I know the capologists out there like to speculate on that. That would be prudent. That would be the most prudent. I’m not going to force anything.

On if there have been conversations…
Well, you know, there’s been normal stuff that you would expect in the first half of camp. Nothing – like, we’ve got - our players are good players, and they’ve had success and I’d hate to move any of them.

On the advantage of having a competition for right wing, without Smith to start camp…
Well I’ve seen some bubbling up of some right wing candidates here. I think [Matt] Fraser’s had a good camp and [Jordan] Caron’s had a good camp. I’ve seen those two players perform and we saw [Seth] Griffith, we cut Griffith yesterday but he had a real good camp. And from the defensemen perspective, I liked what I’ve seen in Adam [McQuaid] coming back, he’s played well. I bring up him because he’s been out of the mix and now he’s back in the mix just because he had been injured. I know guys want to stay here, so I liked what I’ve seen competition-wise. The one thing that I’ve liked too at our camp for the most part has been the execution. I don’t know if one follows the other, but I think the execution generally has been pretty good.

On if he would have preferred to sign Krug and Smith to longer term deals if the cap situation was better…
Yeah that would have been better, yeah.

On the long list of free agents coming up next year…
Well I’ll wait to see what you write about that and ill react to that [laughter]. So there’s a cycle of players that you want to kind of keep going and to me, it’s almost like - it used to be in my mind, 10 years ago, is every year there’s a third of the players come up. So that’s kind of how, I think probably 10 years ago, was a happy medium that you could generate enough competition and generate enough security that if you could keep that general rule of thumb I think you’ve got a good mix per se in your roster makeup. I don’t think that applies anymore. But, having said that, that’s kind of how I was weaned on this business so I don’t mind having guys up. Prices go up, I understand that, but performances go up and it gives you a little more latitude. You end up paying a little more but I’m OK with maybe a little more certainty too. Now, having said that, I’ve extended guys, we’ve extended guys and you can do that in a prudent fashion too so it’s trying to find kind of the balance between the two.

On being done signing players this preseason…
I hope so. This has been a tiring preseason. What do we have left?—Generally speaking, yeah. We kind of pick away at stuff and talk about stuff but I would say so, yeah.

On Ville Leino not practicing today …
Yeah we released Ville. I talked to Ville this morning in part because of Reilly coming back and we had to cut down some numbers too. So I spoke with him this morning and he wasn’t sure what he was going to do as far as NHL or European competition. But yeah that happened this morning.

Yeah we released Ville [Leino]. I talked to Ville this morning. It was in part because of Rielly [Smith] coming back so I spoke with him this morning and he wasn’t sure what he was going to do as far as NHL or European competition. But yeah that happens.


On if the circumstances of the deal, with the Bruins’ cap situation, could come up in arbitration…
I don’t know if that type of stuff is inadmissible. History of negotiations is inadmissible in arbitration so that might fall under that category. Both sides get very creative when you get to arbitration so it wouldn’t surprise me if that gets brought up either in a brief or in some shape or form - there’s a lot of ways to skin a cat in arbitration, so it wouldn’t surprise me if that came up.

On them not having rights, so to speak, and if they think they’ll get paid down the road…
Yeah that’s true. Listen, you know, I’ve explained to them throughout the process that these are two players that we’d like to keep. I just said, please be patient with us and we’ll hammer away at it as soon as we can to try and keep these guys. That means, right away a one-year deal and you work at it and you try and get something done. Yeah so in the context of keeping them, yeah, these are two players that are performers for us and they’re young, and young legs are good in this business.

On if they understood the message at the end of the day that the Bruins were in bind…
Well certainly it was part of the whole communication, and they have the right to do what they have to do and I respect that in both of these players as far as contract stuff goes. I think they understand what we’re trying to do here and I think when you look at some of the guys that—you know, like the [David] Krejci’s the [Tuukka] Rask’s the Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron], Zee [Zdeno Chara] and all that, I mean they understand that the ultimate goal is to win and to keep a real good core and keep a good team. So they understand that. This area of player, whether it’s kind of more restricted with these two and I couple of others in the League or just RFAs in general, it’s an area where I think you’ve seen the most – holdouts is a wrong term, but whatever you want to call them - players that are unsigned this year. I haven’t seen that numbers of players in a while and I don’t know why that’s the case. You know, they’re hard deals because they don’t have arbitration or they don’t have any rights other than an expiring contract. They’re just hard deals because you want to be fair but you also want to look at the rights that you have as a team when you’re operating. So I wouldn’t be doing my job if - if I ignored those I wouldn’t be doing my job.
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