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Transcript: 07.01 GM Peter Chiarelli Conference Call Re: Free Agency

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Quotes - 2012 Development Camp


July 1

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI AT 4:00 P.M.

On if the third-line wing is Jordan Caron’s to lose (Mick Colageo)…
Jordan [Caron] finished strong last year and on first glance that’s what you would think. I don’t want to hand any job to him but we’re trying to integrate him into the lineup and he certainly showed promise at the end, and even going down and playing the way he played in Providence. We dabbled in a couple things that really never got going anywhere and I’m not gonna say specifically what positions up front but they were forwards.

On if he expects to do anything today in free agency (Mike Loftus)…
I don’t anticipate anything happening today based on what’s happened up to this point. I’ve said this prior to going into today, like I’m not actively looking for anything. If something can improve our team, I’ll – we’ll consider anything. The secondary market you referred to – again I would take the same approach. Not actively looking, but whether it’s the secondary market in free agency or the next market with respect to trades, we’ll continue to look at that stuff, but not actively looking.

On if the decision not to sign Andrew Bodnarchuk and Nathan McIver is an indication he’s confident in his young players (Mike Loftus)…
Well with Andrew [Bodnarchuk], it was about giving him opportunities. He’s been with us for awhile and we chose not to qualify him and we wanted to be able to give him an opportunity to go elsewhere. He would’ve been a depth player for us. We still may bring back [Nathan] McIver. We’re looking at some other defensemen – and him included. I am satisfied – or, happy, I guess is a better word - as to where our younger ‘D’ are and how they’re developing. It doesn’t mean we won’t - we may end up getting a guy on a two-way contract – a veteran guy that might challenge for a spot, but generally speaking I’m content I guess is a good word as to where our young ‘D’ are.

On if he’s keeping tabs on the deals happening today (Douglas Flynn)…
Well in past years, we’ve actually had – not too often – but we’ve had one or two players that we would really want to have part of our team and we go after them. That applied to [Michael] Ryder. I didn’t have a player like that this year that I thought that I could get right off the hop, so that speaks to how I feel about our team. When I say dabble, there’s a couple guys you just want to test the waters with, so that’s what you kind of do. You kind of pick and choose a couple guys and see where they are, see what they want, see what their plans are. Besides that, we had a couple of meetings here on some depth guys and relatively quiet.

On if he’s been surprised by any deals today and if there’s been a trend this year towards teams waiting longer to sign the high-end players (Douglas Flynn)…
Yeah that’s a good read. There’s lesser higher-end guys so they can take their time and by all accounts, they’re doing that. The medium-level players – I’ve seen a lot of those deals today.

On if the current system of free agency is too rushed and if he would ever like to see a change to allow teams more time for discussions with free agents (Douglas Flynn)…
Yeah that’s been something that’s been discussed amongst managers and that would be ideal, but what this system does is it sorts out the market quickly and you just have to be prepared. Yes – to answer your question yes, that would be ideal, but I’m okay with the way it is now.

On if any players have been performing above his expectations at Development Camp (Shawn Hutcheon)…
FYou know, it’s like - you’ve got a whole array of ages and players at certain stages of development so when you look at it and you see certain players that are playing really well and often times, they are the older players, bigger stronger players. But if you look at it from player to player, where they are in their developments, no one’s really knocked my socks off like with respects to - they’re not where they shouldn’t be. We’ve had some good performances. I’ve seen some good performances from our new draft picks. But not really, no - as I said, I think this camp has been our best skating group of players which is a real positive sign.

On where Development Camp fits into the overall look and feel of the club’s character, and how that fits into how content he is with depth moving forward (John Bishop)…
Well you want to - I mean, from the Development Camp, it starts with a pretty constructive speeches from our staff, from myself, as to what we expect and a lot of guys have heard that before and it’s just continuing to hammer that into their head. It goes to the team building exercise that we had out on the beach in Dorchester that was about five hours long and, you saw it, it’s a real grind. And it’s just about these guys getting to know each other and getting to know the themes and the expectations that we put forward and it’s just a step in the building process and we try and be consistent and it finishes with our exit meetings with these guys as to what our expectations are conditioning wise, playing wise, and character wise. So it’s just about being consistent and conveying the right message, including the expectations that we have.

On if he will be revisiting trade proposals today (James Murphy)…
No, none of that today– that’ll probably resurface kinda after this first wave.

On if he keeps tabs on trade proposals and if the players involved have signed (James Murphy)…
Most of the – most of the trade – I shouldn’t say that – I was gonna say most of the trade talks are around guys whose contracts still are in place but to answer your question yes I mean I have a log of all my discussions and I - every other page I can make lists of – kind of for that time period and I go back over my notes and see if anything – if anything tweaks.

On if anything surprised him today on that note (James Murphy)…
I’m just looking at my board here. Not really. There seemed to be – no, not really. Nothing really surprised me today.

On if the managers around the league are being more proactive locking up their younger players to long-term deals (Fluto Shinzawa)…
It might be a little different this year. I know we saw just a guy like [Sidney] Crosby and [Jordan] Staal and some of these guys with getting locked up to longer-term deals. But I think there’s gonna be an element of caution in that regard. At least I’m gonna try and exercise caution and I would expect for the most part, some of the general managers would too. So that may not have been there so much before when – we’re just – we’re all awaiting what the new systems going to be.

On the Marc Savard and Zdeno Chara signings in retrospect and what they did for the team (Fluto Shinzawa)…
Well, certainly it shows our owners commitment to bringing in good players and having the resources available to secure those good players. Every once and a while, there’s free agents like that that come around and we were fortunate as an organization to be able to go after those two guys. And I would anticipate based on need that if those were to - if circumstances were to come around again - we would have those resources available. So it’s a good sign, it’s a good feeling as a manager to know that I can call up Mr. [Jeremy] Jacobs and Charlie [Jacobs] and, and talk frank about these guys and what they’re gonna cost and where they’ll be and to know that if we wanted to, we could be in the game for a lot of these guys.

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