When general manager Peter Chiarelli said that the Boston Bruins were going to be quiet on the opening of the 2012 free agency period, he was not joking.
In fact, the two biggest moves involved two unrestricted free agents, both defensemen, doing exactly what he predicted they would do–test the market–and test it they did, finding interest in new teams.
Greg Zanon has signed with the Colorado Avalanche on a two-year contract.
Joe Corvo returns to the Carolina Hurricanes on a one-year deal.
Also, Benoit Pouliot, who was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning on the second day of the draft, signed a one-year, $1.8 million deal with his new team.
However, three deals became official today: the Chris Kelly deal, the Tuukka Rask deal and the Alexander Khokhlachev deal. Khokhlachev’s deal takes effect as soon as he starts to play in North America, which he will do next year after spending this upcoming season in the KHL with his dad’s team. Kelly’s deal (four years, $12 million) at the time was incorrectly reported as being rejected by the NHL, but it just had to wait until today to become official.
Chiarelli’s plans over the next few days are sedate compared to some other general managers. He said that he is happy with the roster the way it is and doesn’t feel like trading anyone at this point. He looked at a few unspecified things but said that terms were mainly the issue. He may make some depth signings over the next few days, but that’s about it.
Basically, don’t expect any pie-in-the-sky dreams of getting Ryan Suter, Zach Parise or Rick Nash to come true.