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BOSTON—In what has been a busy offseason for the Boston Bruins already, more news came out of the Boston camp today. According to a tweet from Bruins reporter Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, the team has made qualifying offers to goaltender Tuukka Rask, forwardsJordan Caron and Carter Camper and defenseman Kevan Miller. They did not make qualifying offers to forward Kaspars Daugavins and goalie Michael Hutchinson. Shinzawa tweeted the following earlier this afternoon.
Bruins qualified Rask, Caron, Camper, Miller. Did not tender Daugavins, Hutchinson.
Serving as the team’s top goaltender, Rask played well for Boston this season. He went 19-10 in 36 appearances and his five shutouts ranked first in the league. In addition, he allowed just two goals per game which put him fifth among all goaltenders in that category.
In the playoffs, he was equally as efficient, posting a 14-8 record. His 715 saves, .940 save percentage and three shutouts were first among goaltenders in the posteason play.
Jordan Caron played in 17 games for the Black and Gold this season, tallying a goal and two assists for three points. One of his more memorable games as a Bruin came when the team faced the Pittsburgh Penguins in regular season play on March 9. He had an assist for one point and was on the ice for 20 shifts, totaling 13:45 in ice time.
Carter Camper saw limited action with the team this season, but made the most of his time while there. In three games with the parent club, he notched a goal for one point and that came on February 25 when the Bruins traveled up north to visit the Ottawa Senators. If you wanted efficiency last season, he was your guy. His lone goal came on a shot at the 3:57 mark in the second frame to double Boston’s lead to 3-1. The Bruins would eventually win the heated battle by a score of 5-2.
Kevan Miller spent the 2011-12 season with the Providence Bruins. In 65 games that year, he tallied three goals and 21 assists for a total of 24 points. The Vermont product played three seasons in Hockey East with the Catamounts and his best term in Burlington came in 2009-10 when he had a goal and 10 assists for 11 points in 39 games.
Kaspars Daugavins played in six regular season matches for the Bruins after being claimed off of waivers from Ottawa on April 3. He tallied one point and was stellar for Boston for the remainder of the season. In the playoffs however, he struggled a bit. In six games, he had no goals in correlation with no assists and two penalty minutes. In addition, he only recorded nine shots.
Hutchinson was drafted by Boston in the third round (77th overall) in 2008. He spilt time with the Providence Bruins and the Reading Royals of the ECHL last season. For the “Baby Bears” he posted a 13-14 record in 29 games in correlation with a 2.39 goals against average. For the Royals, he tallied a 1-1 record with a 3.50 goals against average.
Boston has yet to make any major splashes in the offseason, even as they were at the center of many rumors during the NHL Draft over the weekend. However, just because they have not been active does not mean that they will rest for the remainder of the free agency period.
After all, as many Bruins fans have seen, general manager Peter Chiarelli is not afraid to “wheel and deal.” Ultimately, it was his partly his aggressiveness and shrewd thinking that brought a Stanley Cup to Beantown.