kessel_autopicBoston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli continued to sound like a man intent on retaining the services of restricted free agent winger Phil Kessel today during a conference call to speak about the re-signing of defenseman Matt Hunwick.

“I like where we are (roster-wise) because for the most part, we have our team in place. Cap-wise, we’re getting up there. But certainly Phil’s a player that if there comes a point we have to make a move to get him in the mix, I will certainly do that,” he said.

Chiarelli also revealed that defensive prospect Yuri Alexandrov is intent on coming to North America and would probably do so next season after his KHL contract is up. Chiarelli also talked about the recent signing of journeyman goaltender Dany Sabourin.

“We’re not handing the baton to Tuukka (Rask), so there’ll be a battle there,” he said.