While the list of Bruins about to become unrestricted free agents is decreasing, Thornton's linemates Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille, as well as teammates Chris Kelly, Joe Corvo, Greg Zanon, Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau are all hoping to discuss contract extensions with Chiarelli, who has shown in the past that he will sign the players he wants on board.
However, other potential deals won't be coming until after the season is finished, said Chiarelli, who stated he prefers to keep the focus on the ice, following the Bruins' 8-0 blowout victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"Of course I want to be here," Campbell commented to the Herald. "It's a great place to play. It's a great organization and a successful one. Every player wants to play where you've had success, and there's more success to come. But the important thing for us, I mean it's really nice to see those guys get those extensions. They're a big part of the team. But the important part now is focusing on playing and not the other stuff."
Campbell, 28, is in the final year of a contract that pays him $1.2 million this season, and it is likely that the fourth-line center, a valuable penalty killer, will get a raise.
It remains to be seen how much the Bruins, or perhaps another team, is willing to give him comes July 1.