“Everyone’s healthy,” Chiarelli said. “Everyone’s excited. We’ve got changes in goal. You’re going to see a good team. I’ve talked about condensing expectations, which magnifies them, I guess. You’re going to see a team that’s highly, highly motivated.”
- As of 10 a.m. Monday, Tim Thomas will be considered a suspended player. Thomas’s $5 million annual hit will count toward the team’s cap. Via agent Bill Zito, Thomas informed Chiarelli that he still wants to play in 2013-14. The Bruins can toll Thomas’s contract forward one year. It’s doubtful the Bruins will welcome Thomas back.
- Adam McQuaid should be ready to play in Saturday’s season opener, Chiarelli said. McQuaid underwent surgery in October to remove a blood clot from the area around his right shoulder.
- Defenseman Dougie Hamilton can appear in six games before this season counts on his entry-level contract. Chiarelli said he expects Hamilton to make the team and stay on the roster the entire season.
- The $70.2 million cap is not a hard number. For example, Tyler Seguin’s performance bonuses can be included in the cushion.
- Chiarelli does not expect to make any trades in the short term.
- Some of the fan benefits following the end of the lockout include three complimentary food or non-alcoholic beverages for all home games in January; 25 percent off merchandise in the pro shop in January; and a raffle on opening night to win tickets to an away game (including chartering with the team and hotel).