The two most-prominent, non-retiring potential unrestricted free agents for the Stanley Cup champion Bruins are defenseman Tomas Kaberle and winger Michael Ryder.
With the Bruins lasting all the way until Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, they don’t have a lot of time to get deals done before the market opens July 1.
But according to Pierre Lebrun of ESPN.com, Bruins general manager Peter Chiraelli plans to talk to the representatives for both players to see if there’s a fit.
Chiarelli told Lebrun about Kaberle:
We want to have further discussions. We’re still in the planning stages. We haven’t ruled anything out. I told Tomas we’re still throwing it around, planning-wise. He brought something that we needed, so we’ll see where it goes moving forward.
The GM has similar comments about Ryder.
Obviously, a hometown discount would go a long way toward keeping both in a Bruins uniform — if that’s what both guys want to do. Although the Bruins have a decent amount of cap space, and might have more depending on Marc Savard’s decision, they would probably want to use some of that room to bring in fresh blood and maybe upgrade their talent. There is no bonus cushion next year either, which means Tyler Seguin and any other entry-level players will take up more space.