The Boston Bruins seemingly are more focused on the task at hand.
The Bruins, who are 12-8 amid an injury-plagued start to the season, haven’t begun formal contract discussions with Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg or Daniel Paille, the players’ agent, J.P. Barry, told WEEI.com’s DJ Bean on Thursday.
Hamilton is slated to become a restricted free agent after this season. Soderberg and Paille both are in line to become unrestricted free agents.
As Bean notes, there is some uncertainty surrounding the salary cap moving forward, thus it makes sense that the Bruins haven’t engaged in contract talks with the trio. However, Barry and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli have been talking regularly, the agent told WEEI.com. Barry reportedly indicated he has no problem being patient as the B’s figure out what kinds of contracts they can offer their players with expiring deals.
“I’ll know when Peter’s ready,” Barry told Bean.
Hamilton leads all Bruins defensemen with 11 points this season. The 21-year-old also leads the B’s with a 22:34 average time on ice, as he’s been an especially integral part of Boston’s blue line in the wake of Zdeno Chara’s injury. Hamilton, who was drafted ninth overall by the Bruins in 2011, currently is in the final year of his entry-level contract.
Soderberg enters Friday tied with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Seth Griffith for the team lead in goals with five. The 29-year-old Swedish center signed a three-year contract with the Bruins in April 2013 that runs through the 2014-15 season.
Paille, who was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres in 2009, is in the midst of his sixth season with Boston. The 30-year-old winger has two assists and a minus-4 rating this season.
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