Here are a few more notes from the Peter Chiarelli-Andrew Ference conference call:
•Ference acknowledged he asked for, but did not receive, a no-trade clause. Obviously, that’s a relief for the Bruins, who have been hamstrung in terms of trades because of such provisions in deals given to players like Marco Sturm and Michael Ryder. Most recently the Bruins weren’t able to get market value for Derek Morris because the defenseman would only waive his no-trade for one team, Phoenix.
•With regards to his cap situation, Chiarelli would only acknowledge that the Bruins are under the cap and have enough room to re-sign their players for next season. No word on why he would want to do that considering the team’s failure to meet expectations. But with just $10 million left to devote to eight players, it’s obvious Chiarelli’s going to have to trade away an undesirable player or two in order to make upgrades. With regards to his current defense corps, Chiarelli had this to say:
“We’re always evaluating. The last two games we’ve played well defensively; in fact, the whole year we’ve played well defensively, relatively speaking. I know the rest of our play hasn’t been up to par, according to pndits, and myself included. So we’re always evaluating. We brought a new member in the mix in Dennis Seidenberg, and he’s fit in well, and I’m not going to comment what our specific plans are, but there seems to be a good mix right there now and we’ll see how it plays out the rest of the year.”
With his team a playoff race, Chiarelli has to sugar coat his comments. There’s no way he can look at Dennis Wideman and Matt Hunwick’s step back in their respective developments this season and then say the team has played well defensively. Even Zdeno Chara hasn’t met expectations. Were it not for the best goaltending tandem in the NHL, Boston’s defensive problems would be more obvious.
For more on the defense situation, click here.
•Ference lauded the city of Boston for winning his and his family’s hearts and making it a place he wanted to stay. Obviously, he had enjoyed playing in front of friends and family in Calgary and was disappointed when the Flames dealt him months after signing him to an extension.
“Once we got settled and bought our house here in the North End, and we like to get out here in the community a lot, it probably took all of a couple of weeks to meet more friends and have more people that we call close friends than we do in our hometown. It’s just a city where you meet great people and there’s a lot of face-to-face interaction with the neighborhood and it’s home.”