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Kaberle, Ryder to hit free agent market

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Kaberle, Ryder to hit free agent market

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
The Bruins have met with the agents for both Tomas Kaberle and Michael Ryder, and its been determined that both unrestricted free agents will be hitting the free market for the July 1 frenzy. Peter Chiarelli confirmed that both could land in greener NHL pastures if another hockey club emerges from the free agent pool and shoves a long term, high-dollar offer in front of them but the Bruins GM didnt shut the door on either player potentially returning to the Black and Gold fold either.With Tomas Kaberle and with Michael Ryder were doing the same thing. We certainly havent parted ways, said Chiarelli during a Thursday conference call with reporters. Im wary of the market, where it stands right now and I said, Look guys, go out there and see whats going on and lets continue to talk. The risk that we run is that they will get a deal then they cant come back to us. I understand that risk. So thats where those two guys stand.It's a wise choice considering that the free agent market has already hit "ludicrous speed" before July 1 even officially arrived.There are a bevy of defensemen comparable to Kaberle that have received hefty offers in the last week including Montreals Andrei Markov and Carolinas Joni Pitkanen, and a 10-year deal for Christian Ehrhoff in Buffalo first reported on Thursday night. Theres a hesitancy from Chiarelli to get locked into a long-term deal with a player in Kaberlethat never truly seemed to fit in Boston, and it's certainly prudent to avoid spending the crazy money around July 1 that is getting tossed around.While its true Kaberle did have three points in the Stanley Cup Final and finished tied with Dennis Seidenberg for the Bs postseason lead among defensemen with 11 points, the 33-year-old also never managed to get beyond the third blueliner pairing during the final two playoff series in Bostons Cup run.Ryder could get a solid two or three year deal in a free agent market largely bereft of wingers, but its difficult to gauge given Ryder's inconsistent track record. The forwards solid playoff run after two straight lackluster regular seasons (less than 20 goals in each campaign) make determining his value more complicated.Its doubtful the Bs are willing to go three years with a winger that played like Tarzan for much of the postseason, but skated a little too much like Jane during the last two regular seasons.Chiarelli said that the Bruins would be cutting ties with 35-year-old defenseman Shane Hnidy after he signed on with the team for the last couple of months of the season and dressed for three games in the playoffs.Weve told Shane that we arent resigning him, said Chiarelli. I think hell be a good addition somewhere else and I told him that. And certainly Id help him along the way for that.
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Pastrnak on B's loss: "We kind of stopped playing"

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Pastrnak on B's loss: "We kind of stopped playing"

BOSTON – At the end of the day, it was simply a game where the Bruins allowed themselves to get outworked in the third period and overtime. 

The B’s held a three-goal lead in the second period and still enjoyed a two-goal lead in the third period, but eventually dropped a frustrating, futile 5-4 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Saturday night. It was clear to most speaking after the game that the Bruins eased up on the gas pedal once they’d scored their fourth goal of the game in the second period, and simply watched as the Sabres stomped all over them in the game’s second half. 

“I think we might have been a little bit too scared to play [in the third period], you know? We tried to just flip the pucks away, and didn’t make any plays trying to get it in the zone. Instead we should have just kept going like we did in the first two periods,” said David Pastrnak, who scored a pair of goals early in the loss to allow the Bruins to build up the three-goal lead. “Obviously we’re disappointed. We got one point. I think we didn’t play our game in the third period. We kind of stopped playing and they were all over us, and you know, it’s on us. We were the ones that gave them their point, but the first two periods were good. It’s just another learning session.”

To Pastrnak’s point, the Bruins were outshot by a 15-6 margin in the final 20 minutes of regulation and 21-6 overall in the third period and overtime prior to Ryan O’Reilly’s game-winner during 3-on-3 play. It was at this point the Bruins certainly missed stalwart stay-at-home defensemen Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller in the D-zone, and fell short of qualified penalty killers while trying to burn off a Brandon Carlo interference call at the end of the third period. 

All of that caught up to them once the Bruins loosened their grip on the Sabres, but certainly the feeling is that the loss should’ve been avoidable even if some of the circumstances made it difficult for the Black and Gold. It also should have been avoidable against a Sabres hockey club that was dreadful last season, and is again one of the doormats in the Atlantic Division in the early going thus far. 

“Those are the games you can’t lose. We obviously didn’t do the job there in the third and close it out, but we’re going to have to regroup and work on our game and be better for the next one,” said Brad Marchand. “We didn’t play the game we needed to play. We relaxed a bit and we started losing a few battles in the wrong areas, and you know, they just played better than we did.”

It’s mystifying that any team would need a crash-and-born loss like Saturday night in order to learn any lessons moving forward, and it certainly might have been a different story for the Bruins if they weren’t missing a few big defensive pieces. But that’s not how it went down for the Black and Gold as they sagged under rising pressure from the Sabres, and simply stopped working when the chips were on the table late in Saturday night’s game.