Anything could happen over the next 16 days before the Bruins officially report for training camp, but right now general manager Peter Chiarelli says that the roster you see now will be the roster you’ll observe then.
“I’m happy where we’re at. I know there’s been some stuff in the summer with Tim [Thomas] and Marc [Savard], and that has blown by, and we’ve got those two players on our roster, we’ve got some young blood coming and that’s where we’re at,” Chiarelli told TheBruinsBlog.net Tuesday afternoon.
Obviously the trade rumors surrounding Boston’s top-line center and former Vezina-winning No. 2 netminder have dominated the Bruins’ news wire since the draft. Both players have publicly expressed differing levels of disappointment about being shopped, with Savard describing his feelings as “hurt” and Thomas skewering the inaccuracy of much of what was reported.
Chiarelli said that he doesn’t expect any problems when both players report for duty.
“I expect them to be professional. I think the feedback that I’ve had has been positive,” said the GM. “A lot of what you read, what you report on, is more illusory than anything. And they read it and they get … they don’t get upset, they get concerned. And I talk to them, and that’s professional sports. They’re going to be in a good frame of mind, as will the rest of the squad.”
As for two key contributors from last season – Steve Begin and Miro Satan – who are still unsigned unrestricted free agents, Chiarelli hasn’t closed the door on a possible return for either player. Chiarelli said he last spoke with Satan’s agent last month and is due to talk with him again soon.
“My guess is, nothing will happen at this time. That’s where it stands right now,” said Chiarelli.
Remember, Satan didn’t sign last year until January.
As for Begin, Chiarelli said he hasn’t “ruled it out.” There are plenty other veterans available and looking for work in this odd free-agent summer, but Chiarelli isn’t actively pursuing anymore older players at this time.
“We’ve got a couple roster spots up for grabs and I’d like to give a chance for a couple young guys,” said Chiarelli.
•Center David Krejci has had the pin removed from his injured hand as scheduled and the procedure was successful. Chiarelli said Krejci is about 95 percent and should be fine for training camp, although the team will “take it slow” with the center “for precautionary reasons.”
•Longtime assistant equipment manager Keith Robinson has been promoted to the head job to replace the departed Mark Dumas. The New Hampshire resident has been with the Bruins for more than 20 years.