The NHL free agent market kicked off on Sunday at noon and as promised by general manager Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins stood pat and planned to until the secondary free agent and trade markets shake out in the coming days.
“I don’t anticipate anything happening today based on what’s happened up until this point,” Chiarelli said during a conference call Sunday afternoon. “I said prior that I’m not actively looking for anything. If there’s something that can improve our team, we’ll consider anything. With the secondary market, we’ll take the same approach. I’m not actively looking, whether it’s with the secondary market in free agency or with respect to trades. We’ll continue to look at that stuff, but I’m not actively looking.”
Chiarelli acknowledged that he and his staff looked at some free agent forwards, but did not get into details. He did say the team was not targeting anyone in particular.
"In past we've had one or two players we actively wanted," Chiarelli said. "That applied to a guy like [Michael Ryder]. This year we didn’t have that player."
In referencing the 2006 offseason, when the Bruins opened their wallets and signed Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard to mulityear deals, Chiarelli said that it has been good to know that ownership is willing to spend on high-profile free agents, but he again stressed that he won't be doing any big spending this offseason, which means no Zach Parise or Ryan Suter for the Bruins.
While Bruins fans may not like to hear that, Chiarelli most likely is keeping the future in mind as next summer he could have Tuukka Rask, Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand and Jordan Caron all as restricted free agents, and Nathan Horton, Andrew Ference and Anton Khudobin as unrestricted free agents. Chiarelli has been adamant about keeping his core together and it appears he is sticking to that plan.
Meanwhile, a pair of Bruins free agents found new homes with defenseman Joe Corvo signing a one-year, $2 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, and defenseman Greg Zanon, a trade deadline acquisition, agreeing to a two-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.
Corvo, who had four goals and 21 assists in his lone season with the Bruins, is back with the Canes for his third stint in Carolina.