The Skate Podcast: NESN’s Jack Edwards thinks Carlo will be in Bruins camp within a week

September 11, 2019 - 8:46 pm

The Bruins open training camp Thursday, and barring a last-minute deal unsigned restricted free agent defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo will not be on the ice.

NESN’s Jack Edwards, the play-by-play voice of the Bruins, joined The Skate Podcast co-hosts Ken Laird and Matt Kalman to talk about the McAvoy/Carlo situation and more.

“I think the deal that Zack Werenski struck with Columbus is pretty fair, you know. Three years at $5 million for a player of that talent, on whom Columbus completely depends to be reliable and responsible in the defensive end and start a lot of offense. He’s a really, really good, young all-around defenseman and I think he’s comparable with McAvoy,” Edwards said.

“And you know, I love Charlie as a player and I really like him as a person. But if I were a GM, I would be hesitant to sign a guy to eight years who’s averaged what, 58 or 59 games a season in his first two, because Charlie doesn’t shy away from the physical contact. And as we saw from Patric Hornqvist especially, he’s a known target, and there are headhunters out there and McAvoy’s not shy about sticking his nose in, so he’s susceptible to that kind of injury.”

Then the conversation turned to Carlo.

“I think Brandon’s going to be in camp within a week,” Edwards said. “That would be a conservative estimate, I think that’s going to get done. He’s a pretty reasonable guy and when young players see the potential as opposed to the reality, the reality’s not so bad to settle for. So I think that both Brandon and Charlie will see the light and know that they’re going to have a lot of good hockey in them beyond this contract.”

In a wide-ranging interview Edwards also discussed coach Bruce Cassidy’s freshly signed contract extension, concerns about Patrice Bergeron’s health, what the Bruins have to do about Torey Krug’s situation and what may happen with David Backes.

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