Kelly, Bruins on course for 4-year deal


Kelly, Bruins on course for 4-year deal

While the report from RDS that the NHL rejected Chris Kellys four-year, 12 million contract extension may be true, its also something that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli addressed in a Wednesday afternoon conference call with reporters.
The Bruins announced Kellys contract as agreed in principle on Wednesday while Gregory Campbells three-year contract was officially announced as a done deal. Chiarelli further said that the Bruins couldnt make the four-year contract with Kelly official until July 1 due to a payroll tagging issue, but nothing would deter the two sides from getting the deal done then.
The Bs general manager never openly admitted that the NHL had rejected Kellys extension, but anyone reading between the lines should have come up with assertion all the same.
Weve got a commitment from Kelly for four years, but were not able the register that contract yet. We have to wait because of payroll tagging issues, admitted Chiarelli during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday afternoon. That will be something we do on July 1. He has my commitment, hes given me his commitment, and were ecstatic to have him for four years.
Chiarelli later elaborated on what payroll tagging consists of, and its a formula created by the NHL to regulate the combination of expiring contracts and new deals that only pop up in June on the cusp of free agency.
Its a salary cap thing. Its called tagging room about future commitments. Because of that we wont be able to register until July 1, said Chiarelli. Basically its a formula based on the salary cap, expiring contracts and future commitments.
Conspiracy theorists might want to turn the RDS news nugget into Kellys extension falling apart with the Bruins, and perhaps some cap-obsessed fans might actually hope that goes down with the four-year commitment between Boston and the third line pivot.
But any tagging room issues between Kelly and the Bruins will disappear when the two-way pivot signs his four-year contract on July 1.

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


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.