When Peter Chiarelli said he wanted to keep as much of the Stanley Cup champion roster in tact he wasn't jerking your leg (or anything else). He's offered contract extensions to the Merlot Line and Chris Kelly.
After signing Boychuk to extension this week, BOS has made contract ext offers to Kelly, Thornton, Campbell and Paille, all UFAs July 1.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 17, 2012
Opposite organizational philosophy compared to pre-lockout 2004 when BOS decided not to have many contract commitments.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 17, 2012
This time around they want their guys locked up or at least know what holes they will be filling if players opt not to sign extensions.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 17, 2012
We're obviously stoked at the idea of another contract for Mr. Shawn "Wayne" Thornton, third greatest NHL player of all time. We're sure the folks running the International Coalition to Keep Chris Kelly as a Boston Bruin are stoked about a possible Kelly extension with Boston.
Again, somewhere Tuukka Rask is swearing in Finnish.