Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli touched on a number of topics in his 20-minute press conference this morning at TD Garden. Here are a few highlights:
On players playing with injuries and other injury updates: “I know Nathan [Horton] before he was hurt with his concussion was actually hurt. He had a serious separated shoulder. I can’t remember the game. I think you can recall he scored the winning goal that game. He got hit on the boards. So he was hurt significantly.
“I haven’t had the full report. I have a sense of what the medical report will be just from talking to doctors on a daily basis. … I think we’ll only have one, maybe two surgeries. You’ll get that info when I get all the information. We had guys that were dinged up, but all the teams did.
“What I can say on the injury front, we were fortunate from that perspective. … You have to have an element of luck and on that front, we certainly did.”
On how the championship may affect future contracts: “It’s not easy making deals anyway. I don’t know if it’s because we’re an Original Six team or the Boston Bruins, that we have had good teams in the last two or three years and no one wants to help us. That’s a natural reaction from other GMs. They’re your colleagues, they’re your friends, but they don’t have to go out of their way to help you, and I feel the same way. We’re a very competitive group.
“So this will only hurt it. … We try and be aggressive in timing of these deals and going after guys that we want and we’re going to continue to do that.”
On future of Michael Ryder: “He’s an unrestricted free agent after July 1. We’ve had our pro meetings and we’ll probably have follow up meetings and we’ll have to make some decisions on guys like him and [Tomas Kaberle] too.”
On how last year of CBA will affect offseason?: “You have to continue to be responsible when you’re signing players. But there will be hockey and you have to hope that the parties that negotiate the deal will get something done. You can’t let it impact your decision making. …”