Sunday, July 14, 2013
Chiarelli looks forward to competitive camp
By James Murphy
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Bruins concluded their 2013 development camp on Sunday at Ristuccia Arena and in effect the management and scouting staffs finally began a break from the rink and what will be a very short offseason.
"That's probably going to be the last you hear from me for at least the next month," said a smiling Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli as he concluded a press briefing.
Chiarelli earlier was asked if he was still thinking about bringing back veteran Jaromir Jagr and reiterated his position from last Friday.
"We're done for now," he replied.
While Chiarelli was excited to get a much-needed vacation started, he is looking forward to what promises to be a competitive training camp in September. With the likes of forwards Tyler Seguin, Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley and defenseman Andrew Ference gone via trade and free agency, there will be younger players pushing some veterans for roster spots, and Chiarelli is looking forward to seeing how that competition pans out.
"I think it will be a new dynamic. I like the fact that we have guys that are pushing the envelope to play," Chiarelli said. "Maybe a couple of guys here and a couple of guys we got on trades and a couple of guys in Providence. Part of this business is trying to bring in the new. You want to develop your talent and bring them in and let them play. Sometimes there’s not room for them and sometimes you use them as chips in deals.
"You always have to develop and to be at a position where they’re ready to play. It breathes new life into everybody, and I think this year we’re going to have a bit of a challenge in that respect because we’ve played so long into the summer. It’ll be good that there will be some young guys that will be coming into the lineup and breathing new life, breathing new enthusiasm into the team."
One position that is up for grabs is backup goaltender with the departure of Anton Khudobin. Prospect and 2012 first-round draft pick Malcolm Subban will be given a chance to make the NHL squad, as will AHL goalie of the year Nicklas Svedberg and the newly signed Chad Johnson.
"We’ve signed Chad Johnson. We’ve got Svedberg, who has earned a look, and Malcolm will be in the mix. Svedberg’s definitely earned a look," Chiarelli said.