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Reich's future

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  June 28, 2007 10:26 AM

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As of yesterday afternoon, Tim Hodgson, Jeremy Reich's agent, hadn't talked recently with GM Peter Chiarelli about the possibility of his client re-signing with Boston prior to Sunday.

"No updates," said Hodgson. "But I'm anticipating receiving a call from Peter at some point. They've got lots on their plate. They've certainly communicated with me that they're pleased with Jeremy's contribution. They've got tough decisions to make. They have forwards under contract. I'm anticipating that I'll get a call at some point in the not-too-distant future."

One scenario that Hodgson envisioned was the Bruins offering Reich a two-way contract. Hodgson said he would understand the club's perspective if that happens. But Hodgson said he would recommend that Reich test the market if presented with a two-way deal.

"I could see a team offering a one-way contract," said Hodgson. "He proved when he came up to Boston that he can play at that level. He can contribute at that level in a number of different areas. I'd be surprised if there isn't a team out there that would consider Jeremy on a one-way contract. That still might be the Bruins. He certainly enjoyed the chance he got and he enjoyed the organization. There's definitely a chance he could end up in Boston. We'll let the process run its course."

The 28-year-old Reich recorded one point and 63 penalty minutes in 32 games in 2006-07. After the draft, Chiarelli said that Reich and Bobby Allen were the two impending UFAs he would consider re-signing before Sunday.

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