New GM Sweeney clears up personnel talk in conference call
The Bruins may have a new GM, but some old decisions about the team's roster are here to stay. New general manager Don Sweeney held a conference call with reporters on Friday and confirmed the team will be parting ways with long-time fourth liners Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell. The decision to let Paille and Campbell walk was originally made by former general manager Peter Chiarelli.
Sweeney also told reporters the club is still in talks with agents regarding potential free agent Adam McQuaid, but he said it was highly unlikely that forward Carl Soderberg would be back with the club.
"Carl was a very important part of our team this year," Sweeney said to the media. "In a perfect world, we would be able to retain Carl. It’s highly unlikely at this point in time that that will be happening relative to our overall situation."
According to WEEI.com, however, the Bruins might have already found a replacement for Soderberg in Finnish forward Joonas Kemppainen, a 27-year-old who recorded 24 points in 19 playoff games in the Finnish Elite League this year. The Bruins signed Kemppainen to a one-year, two-way deal in May.
Soderberg played in every game for the Bruins this season and posted 44 points in 82 games, a decent amount of production for a role player but not enough for a player who already has a $1 million cap hit on a team struggling to stay under the cap.
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