Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli appeared on Thursday morning’s installment of Toucher and Rich on 98.5 The Sports Hub, the team’s flagship radio station. In his 16-minute chat, he brought the hosts and their listeners up to speed on players’ health, Tim Thomas’ unorthodox move and how those impact plans for summer transactions.
Chiarelli indicated that he plans to counteract Thomas’ cap hit by placing Marc Savard on long-term injured reserve. Meanwhile, another leaned-on forward, Nathan Horton, is ostensibly going to come back from his concussion in time to resume making an impact at the start of next season.
With Horton in the equation and all of the free-agent re-signings up to this point, the Bruins officially have a quorum of 12 forwards, six defensemen and two goalies under contract and raring to play in 2012-13.
A spare skater at each position, especially an established NHL forward, is still desirable with or without Horton. And if Chiarelli is true to his word from late April, he will seek to add to the offense without substantial subtraction.
That, and the two other priorities he must tackle in the coming months are as follows: