July 2nd, 2012 by

Bruins remain silent on free agent front

Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Boston Bruins, Free Agency

The signings of Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell have put the Bruins tight to the Salary Cap forcing them to be quiet in free agency so far

Many Boston Bruins fans want the team to make a big splash in free agency with names such as Zach Parise and Ryan Suter out there. But B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli believes his team will stand pat — for the most part.

Well into day two of free agency and the Bruins have yet to make a move on the free market, as they have only locked up a few of their own thus far.

“My gut is telling me that we’ll be quiet, that’s my gut,” Chiarelli said. “Now if you look at as to how we’ve built our team over the years-but for my first year-we really maybe-when we signed Ryder- we haven’t really gone out and hit a couple home runs on July 1. And I said this earlier-maybe I look at the trade market after the July 1-but my gut is I’ll probably be quiet.”

The Bruins may be missing one of those true goal scorers such as highly coveted free agents Zach Parise and Shane Doan. But when a team has Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Rich Peverley and Nathan Horton in the prime of their careers, it is hard to think the B’s will have a tough time scoring goals and being competitive for years to come.

There was speculation that the Blue Jackets were looking for Tuukka Rask or Seguin in a deal for Rick Nash, but that was too much of a package for the Bruins to part ways with, even after goaltender Tim Thomas announced he was taking the year off. It is Rask’s time now and Bruins fans need to accept it.

Of course, like all fans, the fans in the Hub of Hockey want to land the big name in free agency. But one has to wonder if it’s really worth breaking up a team that has the potential to be a Cup’ contender for the next 10 years. This group is a very special group and they know what it takes to win a Stanley Cup. Chiarelli may be quiet on the free agency with big names, but don’t be surprised if he pieces together a few parts that will give depth to an already deep Bruins 2013 squad.

Just because the Bruins have been quiet thus far doesn’t mean the rest of the league has done the same. Here’s an update on some of the bigger news thus far.

Habs re-sign Price, add some much needed grit.

Matchups with longtime division rival Montreal Canadiens are now going to get more interesting. Yesterday the Habs inked former New York Rangers tough guy Brandon Prust to a four-year, $10 million deal. Prust is a Shawn Thornton-type player and will be a guy Bruins fans will quickly learn to hate.

Much to the surprise of no one, the Habs signed restricted free agent and star goalie Carey Price to a six-year deal. The deal is worth a total of $39 million.

Avalanche get much needed help up front

The Avalanche helped themselves out offensively as they re-signed Steve Downie, then went on to sign John Mitchell from the Rangers, and then go on to ink one of the top guys on the market in P.A. Parenteau.

Brodeur decides to stay in New Jersey

When future Hall-of-Fame netminder Martin Brodeur hired agent Pat Brisson, things didn’t look good for the New Jersey Devils. Already on the verge of losing top free agent Zach Parise, it looked like Brodeur may be out the door as well — but as should be the case Brodeur and the Devils came to terms on a deal. The Devils gave Brodeur a two-year deal worth $9 million.

Parise, Suter close to decisions

Parise and Suter, the two biggest names on the free agent market, have yet to decide where home will be for the next several seasons, but both appear close to a decision. Parise held a press conference this afternoon where it was expected that he would announce where he would be taking his talents too, but instead went on to announce that he is yet to decide.

According to Suter’s agent, the stud defensemen is close to deciding where he will sign, but may not have an announcement for a few days.

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