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No panic for Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli after early playoffs exit
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:36:03 +0000
Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) - The Boston Bruins had an unsuccessful campaign last year trying to defend their Eastern Conference title after a second-round exit in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. GM Peter Chiarelli says he won't panic though.
The Bruins have a history of undergoing minor changes rather than a major overhaul after a disappointing, because that is how Chiarelli operates.
They lost one of their leading scorers in forward Jarome Iginla who signed with the Colorado Avalanche.
Goaltender Chad Johnson also left the team as a free agent and inked with the New York Islanders.
Eight restricted free agents were re-signed by Chiarelli to keep a familiar group for the Bruins, however, making the GM confident.
"I think the team is a very good playoff team as it stands right now."
"I've been hesitant, and justifiably, to do anything major and I'm going to maintain that. I feel good about the core and the framework of this club," he added.
Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, both entry-level free agents, are still unsigned after being vital performers for the Bruins last season however.
Restricted free agent Matt Fraser is still without a contract as well.
The team also experienced changes in the front office and their coaching staff.
Assistant coach Geoff Ward left for head coaching duties in Germany and was replaced by Joe Sacco while former assistant GM Jim Benning is now the Vancouver Canucks GM.
Meanwhile, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg used the offseason to recover from an ACL/MCL injury.
Defenseman Adam McQuaid, left wing Milan Lucic and center Chris Kelly also used the summer to heal from their various injuries.