Saturday, June 26, 2010
2010 Draft concludes amid speculation
By Joe McDonald
LOS ANGELES -- The reports and rumors were swirling around the second day of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center, and the Boston Bruins were right in the middle of it all.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was constantly walking around the arena floor and having discussions with other GMs. He was also using up his cell minutes. Reports started to surface that Bruins forward Marc Savard and his agent, Larry Kelly, eased off the player’s limited no-trade clause that allows the Bruins to deal Savard to only five undisclosed teams.
Chiarelli would not confirm or deny the reports.
“I’m not really into speculating about that kind of stuff,” he said.
Savard has four years and $25.5 million remaining on his current deal with Boston.
Also involved in speculation was Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, who reportedly also waived his no-trade clause. The 2008-2009 Vezina Trophy winner as the league’s top goaltender, Thomas ended this past season as the Bruins’ backup with the emergence of rookie netminder Tuukka Rask.
Chiarelli admitted on Friday afternoon that Thomas has not asked to be traded. The veteran goaltender has three years and $15 million remaining on his deal. He also had hip surgery at the start of the offseason to repair a torn labrum, and Chiarelli recently said Thomas would be ready for training camp in September.
“Tim wants to be a Boston Bruin,” the GM said.
Thomas’ agent, Bill Zito, would not respond to requests made by ESPNBoston.com in regards to his client.
While Chiarelli would not discuss the reports about both Savard and Thomas, he did say that since the upcoming free-agent market, which begins on July 1, is so thin he will seek other means to improve his club for next season.
“I went into this last month thinking I would be active in the trade market and that’s still the case,” Chiarelli said. “I’ll be involved, so we’ll see what happens there.”
He was also expecting more trade offers during the second day of the draft on Saturday, but that wasn’t the case.
“They did and then they died off,” Chiarelli said. “It’s almost like, ‘I’ll deal with it on Monday.’ That’s what happened today and I was surprised.”
The Bruins did pull off a trade, sending forward Vladimir Sobotka to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenseman David Warsofsky, who is a junior at Boston University.
Boston also made qualifying offers to restricted free agent defensemen Mark Stuart and Adam McQuaid, along with forward Blake Wheeler. Forward Daniel Paille has yet to be qualified, but he will be soon, according to Chiarelli.
The Bruins also traded their seventh-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft to the Chicago Blackhawks for the 210th overall pick on Saturday.
Here’s the rest of the Bruins’ breakdown from Day 2 of the NHL Entry Draft:
SECOND ROUND: The Bruins selected forwards Jared Knight (32nd) and Ryan Spooner (45th).
FOURTH ROUND: Forward Craig Cunningham (97th).
FIFTH ROUND: Forward Justin Florek (135th).
SIXTH ROUND: Goalie Zane Gothberg (165th).
SEVENTH ROUND: Defenseman Zach Trotman (210th).