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The Nokelainen file

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  September 11, 2007 05:32 PM

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As expected, Peter Chiarelli sounded pleased to have acquired Finnish winger Petteri Nokelainen, who will be present for the start of camp.

Chiarelli described Nokelainen as a checking-line winger who can stir things up and play a physical game.

"In a perfect world, we'd be happy as a proverbial pig in you-know-what if he were to be a third-line guy that can contribute and play a bit of a shutdown role," said Chiarelli. "This kid is a heavy player. He protects the puck well. He finishes his checks. He loves to hit."

Chiarelli said that because of the organization's depth at center, Ben Walter became a tradeable commodity.

The Bruins would give up a second-round pick in 2009 to the Islanders if Nokelainen plays in 50 or more NHL games in either 2007-08 or 2008-09, or if he appears in 90 or more games total over the next two seasons.

* The Bruins will invite one more player to camp tomorrow on a tryout basis. While he declined to reveal his identity, Chiarelli said the invitee played in the NHL last season.

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