“We’ve got a lot of flexibility this year,” said Chiarelli. “Do I suspect we’ll use Savard’s LTI? It depends. [Owner Jeremy] Jacobs has allowed us to pursue those types of players. He wants to win. I think if we presented a compelling case, I think he’d let us use it.”
Adam McQuaid underwent surgery in October to remove a blood clot near his right shoulder. The procedure required doctors to remove a rib and part of McQuaid’s neck muscle. But McQuaid expects to play against the Rangers on Saturday. “I feel pretty close,” McQuaid said. “I feel like every day is getting better.’’ It’s coming pretty quick.” McQuaid missed last year’s playoffs because of a concussion. The defenseman’s last game was April 5 , when he skated only eight shifts against Ottawa. “He certainly didn’t stick out in the group as far as a guy being off his game or anything else,” Julien said. “We’re looking forward to having a guy like him. We missed him last year.” . . . The Bruins probably will open the season with one extra forward and one spare defenseman. On Sunday, four forwards practiced on an extra line: Lane MacDermid, Jay Pandolfo, Ryan Spooner, and Jamie Tardif. Three defensemen are competing for the No. 7 job: Aaron Johnson, Matt Bartkowski, and David Warsofsky . . . The Bruins will have an intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Garden. The scrimmage is free. Fans must claim tickets at the Garden box office or at www.bostonbruins.com . . . The Bruins will offer three complimentary food or non-alcoholic beverage items to fans during January home games. Other benefits include a 25 percent sale on merchandise in the Garden pro shop during home games; free T-shirts to all fans on Saturday; and a raffle for free travel on the team charter to an away game.