Here are a couple quick notes as we pass 5 p.m. on June 30 and look ahead to the free agent market opening July 1.
•J.P. Barry, the agent for Bruins forward Daniel Paille, remains hopeful he can get a deal done to keep the winger in Boston. Barry stressed that Paille wants to stay, and Tuesday general manager Peter Chiarelli re-iterated the club’s desire to keep the expert penalty-killer. It doesn’t look like Paille will be fielding other offers tomorrow.
•Chiarelli said on WEEI radio this morning that he has had “informal” talks with the agents for Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron on contract extensions. Both players are entering the final year of their multi-year deals and are eligible to sign extensions starting July 1. Chiarelli also said again he won’t be chasing any big-ticket free agents but is pursuing a couple trade opportunities on Free Agent Frenzy Eve.
•The Flyers re-signed goaltender Michael Leighton today to a two-year, $3.1 million contract extension. While Philadelphia would probably want to give its playoff hero a shot at the No. 1 job this fall, the signing of Leighton shouldn’t preclude them from chasing another goaltender via trade or free agency, especially if that player would be a 40-, 50-game-type of player like Tim Thomas. Of course, the Flyers would still have to clear some major cap space to accommodate the Bruins puck-stopper.