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Brian Burke said an offer sheet for restricted free agents is not out of the question in the future. Which begs a further question: Would Burke considering jumping in on the best of the restricted players — Steven Stamkos, Shea Weber, Zach Parise, Keith Yandle, Zach Bogosian?
Raffi Torres promised to be smart. Now the NHL will decide if he was dumb. After serving a four-game suspension for an elbow to the head of Jordan Eberle, the Vancouver Canucks winger vowed Sunday morning that he would make the proper physical contribution in Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series. He took a stupid roughing penalty in the first period after getting his stick up on Brian Campbell, but his shoulder-to-head hit on Keith Seabrook in the second period may result in a suspension.
Bruins president Cam Neely stood facing the freight-elevator doors on the ninth floor of TD Garden, probably 20 reporters sardined in behind him. There had been plenty of idle chatter as the press-gallery security guard awaited Neely’s arrival. And when the idolized former Bruins destroyer stepped aboard and the doors closed for the sixstorey trip to ice level, there was silence.
Brian Burke continues to say that his top offseason priority will be to acquire a first-line center. Ex-Bruins pick Joe Colborne will get a long look in training camp, but the No. 1 target will be Dallas free agent Brad Richards. Betting around Dallas is that Richards, 31 next month, wants some $30 million for his next five years of employment. If so, look for it to be structured much the same as Marc Savard’s deal with the Bruins, $28 million stretched over seven years.
They are all different players, of course. Max Talbot doesn’t score as often as Pascal Dupuis; Craig Adams isn’t as good on faceoffs as Talbot. Dupuis doesn’t register as many hits as Adams. But they also are alike, in a lot of ways. Each usually fills a blue-collar role. They are responsible defensively. They kill penalties well. And they are all about to become unrestricted free agents.