Bruins preparing for Friday’s NHL draft

Peter Chiarelli has the 25th pick in the first round. AP Photo/Elise Amendola
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Peter Chiarelli has the 25th pick in the first round.

On Friday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the Bruins will be back in the first round of the NHL draft. They didn’t have a first-round pick last year because of the Jaromir Jagr trade with Dallas.

So between now and Friday, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and his colleagues in the front office will refine their list in preparation for their first-round pick, which is the 25th overall. During a conference call Monday, Chiarelli characterized this year as a thinner draft.

That classification is one factor in possible trade activity. There is also less star power on the free market. Six new GMs will be in place for their first draft with their respective clubs. Chiarelli said he will be on the periphery of any trade action.


The Bruins’ most pressing task is to re-sign Jarome Iginla, who will reach UFA status a week from Tuesday. Chiarelli declined to comment on negotiations.

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“We’d like to sign Jarome,” Chiarelli said. “He’s been a valuable player for us. It’s a good fit. We’d like to sign him.”


  The Bruins will be dealing with a bonus overage in 2014-15. It will be around $4.5 million, mostly because of Iginla’s bonuses. Chiarelli said he has sketched out scenarios in which he moves existing contracts to incorporate the penalty and remain under the upper limit.

  The Bruins would like to move up in the first round. Easier said than done, Chiarelli acknowledged.


  The Bruins do not plan on buying out any players in this window, which closes June 30.

  Providence Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is under consideration to replace Geoff Ward as an assistant coach. But Chiarelli said Cassidy might remain in Providence because of his good work in developing players.

  The Bruins will begin to address their restricted free agents next month. Torey Krug and Reilly Smith project to make the biggest raises. Neither player has arbitration rights, nor is eligible to sign an offer sheet.

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