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David Krejci was back on the ice Friday with his Bruins teammates for the first time since heading over to his native Czech Republic to play for HC Pardubice during the lockout, and the 26-year-old pivot said he was aware of the persistent rumors about a possible trade to Phoenix or Anaheim. But he made it clear, as he did last season when the rumors started, that he wants to remain a Bruin.
“I’ve seen it and I have time to go on the Internet, so I know what’s going on,” Krejci said. “I went through lots of things and saw my name there, but there’s nothing I can control. I am happy here, and I hope I haven’t given them any reasons to trade me. So I can’t control it, and I just want to go out there and play my best.”
On Monday, the Boston Bruins held their 9th annual golf tournament in Bolton, Mass. — the perfect place for reporters to ask players about the looming lockout.
One of the players queried was Tyler Seguin, who led the Bruins in scoring last season and will become a restricted free agent at the end of 2012-13.
Unsurprisingly, Seguin wants a new deal before the CBA expires on Sept. 15.
Seguin didn’t seem worried about the contract at all. Don’t be surprised if that happens soon
Seguin, 20, is set to make $3.55 million in the final year of his entry-level contract and, in terms of an extension, is likely eying the seven-year, $42 million extension fellow 2010 draftee Taylor Hall recently signed in Edmonton.
Looking beyond Seguin, the Bruins could face a similar circumstance with Milan Lucic, another young forward that’s set to become a RFA after next season.
Lucic is in the final year of a deal that pays $4.08 million annually, and his situation is compounded by the fact Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli just gave Brad Marchand a four-year, $18 million extension (like Lucic and Seguin, Marchand was set to become a RFA in 2013).
Zach Parise, one of the two most sought-after NHL free agents on the market, signed a 13-year, $98 million contract with the Wild Wednesday. Before that, however, Parise received a “significant offer” from the Bruins, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
Prior to the opening of free agency, general manager Peter Chiarelli expected he would remain on the sideline.
The Bruins have less than $3 million in cap space, which was recently set at $70.2 million for 2012-13, although it could decline when the league and players’ union introduce the next collective bargaining agreement.
Had the Bruins signed Parise, the ex-Devils captain would have become the club’s most dynamic left wing, joining Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand. This past season, Parise scored 31 goals and had 38 assists in 82 regular-season games while averaging 19:51 of ice time. During the playoffs, he added eight goals and seven assists in 24 games. Parise could have skated alongside Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin with the Bruins, dropping Marchand to a third-line role.
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Could the Bruins trade Thomas?
Could Yakupov fall to 3rd?
“I call it the secondary trade market, but it’s fairly significant. So my objective will probably be to wait unless something falls in my lap.”
That willingness to wait until the “secondary trade market” gives with what Chiarelli told CSNNE.com in an interview last week: the B’s general manager is looking for a “Mark Recchi-type” winger that can bring a veteran presence and some interior toughness to his current forward group.
“If we’re going to add somebody I would rather add a piece like a Mark Recchi. Those guys are hard to come by,” said Chiarelli. “They wouldn’t be exactly like Rex, but those kinds of guys are out there via trade or free agency.
“We have guys that are growing into that [kind of leader], but he’s a Hall of Fame player. We talked about the quality of chances and getting into those scoring areas [that was lacking during the playoffs] and he’s a guy that epitomized that. He gets to those areas and other guys will follow that. Our guys will do it and they’ll have learned from that [Washington] series that it’s required. But that’s something you miss when Rex isn’t around.”
The big names potentially available via trade or free agency and interesting the B’s would be in the Shane Doan, Ray Whitney, Ryan Smyth, Jarome Iginla and Steve Sullivan range.
But there are other names like Mike Knuble and Dustin Penner that could always be big-bodied possibilities. Free agent price tag and potential chemistry with the rest of the Bruins will be considerable factors for whatever forward ends up joining the Bruins group.
The NHL has rejected a four-year, $12-million contract between Chris Kelly and the Boston Bruins, according to RDS’s Renaud Lavoie, but the club expects the deal to be approved when the free agency period begins July 1.
“We’ve got a commitment from Kelly for four years,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told reporters Wednesday. “We’re not able to register that contract yet because of payroll tagging issues.”
Lavoie reported that “cap issues” were behind the league’s dismissal of the deal. The salary cap has not officially been set for the 2012-13 season, but it is expected to be about $70.3-million. Teams can also spend up to 10 percent over the cap during the off-season.
1. Rick Nash, LW, Columbus: If talk indeed turns to action, Nash will be dealt this summer.
The New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks were left at the alter at the February trade deadline because they weren’t willing to pay the massive price being demanded by Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson.
2. Roberto Luongo, G, Vancouver: There are a lot of teams looking for goaltending: Toronto, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Columbus and the Chicago Blackhawks to name a few.
The issue is the contract given to Luongo by Canucks GM Mike Gillis. He always considers himself the smartest guy in the room, but giving Luongo a deal through with a cap hit of $5.3 million through 2021-22 was ridiculous.
3. Jordan Staal, C, Pittsburgh: This guy would attract plenty of attention. He is the best third-line centre in the league.
The Penguins are going to have to clear cash if they’re going to keep this team together. That could mean moving out a player like Staal because Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin aren’t going anywhere.
4. Jonathan Bernier, G, Los Angeles: He could do just fine sitting behind Jonathan Quick.
If there’s anything this run to the Stanley Cup final has proven, Quick is the man with the Kings and Bernier, 23, is going to have to be happy playing the No. 2 role until a trade is made.
5. Tim Thomas, G, Boston: The Bruins have a huge headache on their hands with this guy.
Thomas, 38, has declared he has no plans to play next season. He says he wants to spend more time with family, but many believe he wants to make sure he controls his own destiny when his “no-move” clause expires July 1.
It’s a big deal
The Bruins’ past two games revealed all too clearly that their team, as currently constituted, is just not the real deal.
Unchanged, the B’s — unless they happen to get mighty lucky — aren’t a genuine threat to win the Stanley Cup.
Then Saturday night, against a Florida team that started an overhaul last week by trading Dominic Moore to Montreal, the Bruins strolled through two listless periods. To come up with the win, they turned to graybeard Recchi to score the tying goal in the third and beat Tomas Vokoun in the shootout.