June 16, 2010
Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said today, via Bruins Blog, that his team isn't moving its No. 2 overall selection in the 2010 NHL Draft next week; adding that they're "going to take one of those two forwards."
Meaning that either left wing Taylor Hall or center Tyler Seguin, seen here lifting an invisible refrigerator, will be wearing the Spoked B and trying to decipher Zdeno Chara's(notes) congratulatory cell phone message next Friday.
Not that Chiarelli hasn't been tempted by the fruits of another. From WEEI:
"There was actually one that I was impressed with," Chiarelli said, seemingly entranced by the offer as he spoke. Even so, Chiarelli made clear that every offer involving giving up the choice will end the same way.
"I've gotten quite a few [interesting offers] actually. A lot of them are prefaced with the comment, 'Look, I have to do this,' because I've been quite clear that I'm not going to move this [pick]."
Chiarelli also said "I know who we want," and one assumes it's the guy who won't add another talented body to a position that already boasts Marc Savard's(notes) long-term contract, David Krejci(notes) and Patrice Bergeron(notes) ... and who would join a left wing corps that has Milan Lucic(notes), one more (half?) year of Marco Sturm(notes) and the glaring need for someone as explosive as Taylor Hall can be.
So now the question becomes: Will Boston really sit by and accept the Edmonton Oilers' seconds (nothing sloppy about either player, for the record) or will they get aggressive and "nudge" the Oil into taking the guy they don't covet first overall? Are they really cool with "either/or," roster needs be damned?
By the way, for you draft nuts: Follow day-by-day news, analysis and features on top prospects over on Buzzing The Net, Yahoo! Sports Canada's brilliant new juniors blog.