MONTREAL — He didn’t get to make a trade to move up in the first round last night or add a second-round pick this afternoon, but Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli’s time at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at Bell Centre still went the way he wanted it.
“I really like our blend to start off with (first-round pick Jordan) Caron and (third-round pick Ryan) Button because we got some size and scoring to start and then we get that mobile retrieving guy, puck-moving guy,” Chiarelli said after his team was done picking four new players, in addition to Caron, for his organization today. “So that allowed us to get a little bit more into the sandpaper players. … Size and grit are common denominators in those players.”
Button was the only blueliner the Bruins added. After the third round, they tabbed forwards Lane MacDermid (fourth round), Tyler Randell (sixth round) and Ben Sexton (seventh round). The Bruins did not select a goaltender.
“One of the guys that we were trying to look at to maybe move up today was maybe a goalie,” said Chiarelli. “But we’re comfortable (in goal). … It wasn’t a priority. If it happened, it would’ve been nice, but it wasn’t a priority.”
Like last night, there was only one major trade involving NHL players this afternoon, as Jay Bouwmeester’s rights were dealt from Florida to Calgary. That deal came on the heels of last night’s trade of Chris Pronger to Philadelphia.
Chiarelli said the maneuvering around the league went about how he expected.
“I think I had said about increased activity, but less deals when I spoke before. I wasn’t surprised,” he explained. “I really think a lot of us general managers are reluctant to dip our toe in the water right now. And that translates into less trades.”
“There’s a general conservativeness right now that, at least I feel, the uncertainty … you feel the market’s going adjust,” Chiarelli continued. “So you want to experience that adjustment first before you start shuffling.”
Chiarelli is going to take a couple days off at his Ottawa home before getting back to work Monday. Free agency opens Wednesday, and that’s when the real wheeling and dealing might finally commence. Otherwise, all’s quiet on the NHL trades front.