Bruins’ forward corps could look same in September as it does now

Campbell/By S. Bradley

With the Bruins making it official today that center Gregory Campbell has signed a three-year deal with the club and fellow pivot Chris Kelly has reached an agreement in principle on a four-year deal with the team, Boston now has 12 forwards who played a major role on last year’s team under contract for the 2012-13 season.

Only Benoit Pouliot (RFA) and Brian Rolston (UFA) aren’t in the mix with less than three weeks remaining until the start of free agency.

While the Bruins’ current roster makeup might make one think general manager Peter Chiarelli has changed his mind since he declared in early May that he wanted to add a top-nine forward, he doesn’t see it that way. He’s just setting himself up for a scenario where he’s not able to add the player he wants.

“I feel really good with our lineup right now,” Chiarelli said during a conference call about Campbell and Kelly Wednesday. “To add a player like I talked about still isn’t out of the realm of possibilities. It gives me a lot of flexibility going into the free agency. But this is as solid a forward group as you could get. So if we do nothing, that’s fine. But if something comes across that looks attractive and we have to look at it, we’ll certainly look at it.”

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