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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Bruins changing way of business

I was going to write about this a while ago, but put it on the back burner. This offseason, it seemed to me that the Bruins have been dealing with their players differently. They, for the first time, are making them feel wanted and making it so they want to play for Boston. When they could have just given the qualifying offer and said shut up and sign it, they gave them a few exrtra bucks.

Dennis Wideman. Qualifier was 516,000 or so, but Chiarelli signed him for 600,000. Giving him almost 75,000 extra.

Brandon Bochenski. Again, qualifier was 500,000, but Chiarelli gave him an extra 100,000.

Andrew Alberts. Qualifier was 700,000 or so, but was 1 year from UFA and the Bruins wanted to lock him up, 2 years/2.5 million.

Last year as well Boyes 2/3 million even though he would still be an RFA at the deals end. They locked up Bergeron long term as well. These are things that would have not been done in the past.

It may seem like a small deal, but for a player, it means a lot.


Anonymous David said...

It's interesting that Mara was a healthy scratch and is in the doghouse with the NYR. Looks like the Ward trade isn't so bad after all.

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the way that Chiarelli is handling negotiations with the Bruins players now. In the past this has been a bad situation with many of the Bruins players being disgruntled. They seem to be happy campers now which can only be a good thing.

3:37 PM  

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