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Bruins' GM Chiarelli In Talks With Ryder, Kaberle Agents

Less than a week removed from their first Stanley Cup Championship in 39 years, the Boston Bruins front office has gotten back to work. With the 2011 NHL Entry Daft coming up this weekend and Juliy 1st marking the beginning of the free agency, General Manager Peter Chiarelli has only two names on his immediate list: Michael Ryder and Tomas Kaberle

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According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, Chiarelli's getting down to business with the agents of both men, who earned a combined $8.25 million last year. Both figure to be worth less on the open market, although Ryder's postseason performance may have increased his value some, while Kaberle's production since coming to Boston in a trade for Joe Colborne and Boston's 2011 first-round pick significantly decreased his value. 

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As Matt Kalman at The Bruins Blog points out, Tyler Seguin will no longer be a cap luxury for the Bruins, who will owe him nearly $4 million next year, in addition to having to re-sign Brad Marchand at much more than his rookie salary of $525,000. Getting Ryder and Kaberle at a discount may help the Bruins to return their entire championship team intact. 

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The 2011-12 NHL Salary Cap is expected to be somewhere around $64 million, an increase of about five million over 2009-10's $59.4 million. 

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