Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke with the media Thursday in anticipation of the NHL's free agency period opening Friday. The Bruins have two players set to hit unrestricted free agency in winger Michael Ryder and defenseman Tomas Kaberle. The GM said that ties have not been severed with either player, but that the B's likely won't be active in the early stages of free agency.

Many thought that the Max Pacioretty/Zdeno Chara/Sgt.



The Bruins announced Wednesday that they will hold their fifth annual development camp at Ristuccia Arena from July 7-11. While Tyler Seguin was the star of the show last year, fans will get to see the likes of defenseman Dougie Hamilton (taken ninth overall last week) and forward Alexander Khokhlachev (40th overall) this time. 

Here is the list of players attending:

According to a tweet from TSN's Darren Dreger, the Bruins sent out an email Tuesday offering Tomas Kaberle's negotiating rights to other teams. Any team that acquired Kaberle would, as the Bruins do now, be able to negotiate with the defenseman exclusively leading up to the opening of free agency on Friday.

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has been very clear about his unhappiness with the league's decision not to suspend Zdeno Chara for the March 8 hit that ended the rookie's season, but he's also been emphatic about it not going any farther.

In wake of Tuesday's news that Montreal police still intend to question Chara for a criminal investigation, Pacioretty -- who has gotten in trouble on twitter before -- took to the social networking service to make it clear that he does not want Chara to be face any sort of criminal charges.

In wake of Zdeno Chara's March 8 hit on Max Pacioretty in Montreal, police said a criminal investigation would be tricky at the time given that many of the people they'd need to speak to had seasons to finish. 

When Kevin Bieksa took himself off the market Monday by re-upping with the Canucks for five years and $23 million, two things happened: First, anyone who had expected him to take some big hometown discount was surprisingly proven wrong. Second, any team with a big-name defenseman set to become unrestricted on Friday felt a little more pressure.  



The Bruins had only stopped reeking of cigar smoke and spirits for a few days when the time came for their brass to begin an offseason that at face value seemed straightforward enough.



Bruce Cassidy was named coach of the Providence Bruins, the B's AHL affiliate, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced Saturday morning. 

Cassidy was coach of the Capitals starting in 2002-03 and compiled a 47-45-9-6 record in parts of two seasons in Washington while leading the team to a playoff berth in his first year. In his one previous year of experience as a head coach in the AHL, Cassidy led Grand Rapids to 42-27-11-0 record before moving on to become the Caps coach the following season. He has also held the position in the ECHL and IHL.

Dr. Bryan Kelly, the man who performed the offseason hip surgery on Tim Thomas and helped the goalie return to his Vezina-winning form, joined Sports Saturday on WEEI to talk about the surgery and Thomas's recovery time. The surgeon, who also did a similar procedure on former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, told the show that Thomas's recovery was one of the quickest he's ever seen, despite being in his mid 30's at the time.