GM Peter Chiarelli acknowledged that placing Glen Murray on unconditional waivers, the first step toward a buyout, was a challenging decision.
“It was really, really difficult,” said Chiarelli of Murray, who was due $4.15 million in 2008-09. “Muzz is a very good person. He meant a lot to the room. It’s something where you have to make hard decisions in this new system. Being put on waivers, if you get taken by somebody else, we’re prepared to accept that. And that’s not a very good thing to hear, especially for someone who’s served the time he has with us. It was a hard decision. It’s not written in stone that he’ll be bought out, but it is a step toward that. It’s unfortunate but it’s part of the game.”
Murray is expected to clear waivers by tomorrow’s noon deadline. The 48-hour window to buy out Murray opens on Friday, according to Chiarelli.
* Chiarelli said the Bruins don’t necessarily have to make any more moves to remain under the $56.7 million cap ceiling. “It gives us more flexibility,” Chiarelli said of placing Murray on waivers. “It doesn’t mean we have to move more salary.”
* Chiarelli stressed that placing Murray on waivers was not directly tied to Dennis Wideman’s extension. “It just so happened that the two things happened at the same time,” Chiarelli said. “You can’t connect the two directly.”