In a conference call to discuss his official signing of four players — Gregory Campbell, Adam McQuaid, Andrew Bodnarchuk and Jeff Lovecchio — today, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli plotted out his tentative plan as far as it deals with his team’s upcoming offseason maneuvers.
“After we get Wheels (Blake Wheeler) done, we’re going to be relatively quiet for the time being,” Chiarelli said about signing the restricted free agent.
In response to a question, Chiarelli then added signing No. 2 overall pick Tyler Seguin as another priority. Chiarelli said that he had some preliminary talks and would heat up that negotiation next week.
As for anymore trades, Chiarelli knows first-hand what we’re all witnessing from the outside: no one wants to do any deals.
“I was active in the trade market, starting with our trade (for Nathan Horton) that we made. I was active in the market after that, even so,” said the GM. “It’s just quiet right now. Everything’s really slow. I’ve talked to a few guys and everything has kind of grinded to a halt.”
Chiarelli said he has not cut ties with unrestricted free agent Steve Begin or Miro Satan, but admitted that his team will be very tight to the salary cap once the Wheeler and Seguin contracts are done. He also admitted that Marco Sturm’s LTIR will be helpful but that he’ll have to do something when the time comes for the recovering winger to return to the lineup after knee surgery.