Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

After sending qualifying offers to all of the team’€™s remaining restricted free agents before Monday’€™s deadline, Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday that one may not have a future with the team.

Jordan Caron

Jordan Caron

After sending qualifying offers to all of the team’€™s remaining restricted free agents before Monday’€™s deadline, Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday that one may not have a future with the team.

Jordan Caron, who has been a depth player for Boston over his professional career, may be best served by an opportunity to play elsewhere. The Bruins have a number of young wingers competing for jobs, and Caron deserves regular ice time in the NHL. As such, the Bruins are exploring trades for the 23-year-old.

‘€œI think he can be a full time player,’€ Chiarelli said of Caron. ‘€œ’€¦ It may be that it is time for him to get a chance with another team, so I do believe he can be a full-time player.

‘€œI’€™ve talked to a few teams about him and Jordan wants to stay in Boston, but he would welcome another opportunity also, so I will continue to explore those.’€

Chiarelli’s words echo Caron’s from breakup day in May, when he said that he wants to stay with the Bruins, but that he also wants to play.

The 25th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Caron is a responsible winger, but his lack of offensive contributions have limited him to being an extra forward. In 123 career NHL games, Caron has 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points.

Caron dressed in seven games this postseason, scoring in Game 3 of the first round against the Red Wings.

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DJ Bean

At the end of the day, Peter Chiarelli determined that Jarome Iginla wasn’t worth the roster shakeup it would have taken to sign him.



In a minor move, the Bruins signed defenseman Christopher Breen to a one-year, one-way contract. The 25-year-old played nine games for the Flames last season.

‘€œWe actually did do something today,’€ general manager Peter Chiarelli said semi-sarcastically of the move.

Breen figures to be an AHL defenseman who could provide depth on the NHL roster, though the Bruins are overflowing with NHL defensemen at this point. He’€™ll make $175,000 at the AHL level and $600,000 at the NHL level.

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DJ Bean

Doing a phone interview on Sportsnet after signing with the Avalanche, veteran right wing Jarome Iginla explained that returning to the Bruins ‘€œwasn’€™t really an option.’€

“It was tough to be leaving Boston and such a great organization and city and a great group of guys,”€ Iginla said when discussing his decision to sign with Colorado.

Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla

Doing a phone interview on Sportsnet after signing with the Avalanche, veteran right wing Jarome Iginla explained that returning to the Bruins ‘€œwasn’€™t really an option.’€

“It was tough to be leaving Boston and such a great organization and city and a great group of guys,”€ Iginla said when discussing his decision to sign with Colorado.

Iginla took a three-year, $16 million deal with the Avalanche. He had said he wanted to return to the Bruins, but the Bruins have only $5.69 million in cap space for next season with multiple players on their roster (restricted free agents Torey Krug, Reilly Smith) needing new contracts.

Asked whether his departure from Boston came down to Boston’€™s lack of cap space, Iginla replied, “€œI believe so for my side. I don’€™t know for sure from theirs. They were always very positive and great to me.”

He did note that though the sides may have been able to find a way to work out a one-year deal, he didn’€™t think the Bruins would be able to sign him in future seasons.

“€œEven to work a one-year deal this year was very hard for them,”€ Iginla said. “I don’€™t know if that would have fully been an option. Even if it was, we want to keep playing. I feel great, I love hockey.

“€œI want to play for more than just this year, and even if we were to fit in this year, it would be even harder next year with the guys that are up and the guys that will be up for contracts. … They have a whole group of great young guys that they do need to keep, so I understood that I just, it wasn’€™t really an option.”

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DJ Bean

The Bruins have lost right wing Jarome Iginla to free agency, as TSN reported Tuesday afternoon that the 37-year-old has signed with the Avalanche.

According to Bob McKenzie, the deal is worth $16 million over three years. Iginla, who led the Bruins with 30 goals in the regular season and five in the postseason last year, wanted to return to the Bruins, but their lack of cap space made it difficult for the sides to come to term on an agreement.

The Bruins have lost right wing Jarome Iginla to free agency, as TSN reported Tuesday afternoon that the 37-year-old has signed with the Avalanche.

According to Bob McKenzie, the deal is worth $16 million over three years. Iginla, who led the Bruins with 30 goals in the regular season and five in the postseason last year, wanted to return to the Bruins, but their lack of cap space made it difficult for the sides to come to term on an agreement.

Iginla made $6 million playing for the Bruins last year, earning a $1.8 million salary and $4.2 million in bonuses. Those bonuses will go against the team’s salary cap in the upcoming year, which was a large part of the reason as to why the Bruins didn’t have space to sign him.

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DJ Bean
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

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