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Haggerty On Toucher & Rich: Bruins Content To ‘Stand Pat’ In Offseason

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Boston Bruins fans pass a giant flag around the arena before a game. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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It may be the middle of the summer, but Bruins’ fans are itching for some hockey talk.

CSNNE’s Joe Haggert joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich Thursday morning to chat about whether or not the B’s have bigger moves coming this offseason, who the Bruins could be eyeing, and what will happen with Tim Thomas.

Many agree that the Bruins have a good core, so they don’t really need to go out and add anything huge this offseason. Can they afford to stay content with what they have right now?

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“I’ve had this discussion/argument with a lot of people and yes, for right now they can,” said Haggs. “There’s obviously some things they can look at; they can kick the tires on if something good comes their way they can move on it. But what I think you’ll probably see happen is, and what Peter Chiarelli has said all along is, they are going to stand pat now with what they have and go forward this year with that same nucleus that won the Cup a couple of years ago, minus Tim Thomas of course.”

Speaking of Thomas, we know that he plans to sit out the 2012-13 season. The guys wonder if any teams will be interested in obtaining his right this offseason?

“I think there will be. They’re not going to come forward though until the CBA gets settled and you find out whether there’s going to be a salary cap floor that’s still going to exist or if that’s going to go away,” said Haggerty.

The guys also discussed some free agents Boston could have their eye on like forward Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks left wing Bobby Ryan. Could either of these guys end up in Boston?

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