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Audio: Chiarelli on free agency

Posted by Chris Forsberg, Boston.com Staff  June 30, 2009 02:34 PM

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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held a conference call with the media this afternoon to discuss free agency, which begins tomorrow at noon. Check out some of the audio highlights below...


Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli free agency conference call

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Globe hockey writers will have more in a bit, but few quick notes:

  • Forward Peter Schaefer cleared waivers and the team has until 5 p.m. today to buy him out. That move would save the team $566,000 on the cap, according to Chiarelli, who said the team hadn't made a decision whether to release Schaefer as of the 2 p.m. call.

  • Restricted free agents Matt Hunwick and Byron Bitz both have arbitration rights and can exercise them any time before July 5.

  • Asked, in a hypothetical world, what he would pursue if the cap allowed it, Chiarelli noted he'd like an impact defenseman (a 1 or a 2, who could log minutes to ease the load on Zdeno Chara) and size up front.

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