Morning Skate: Monday, May 2

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Morning Skate: Monday, May 2

James Mirtle answers the question: Who is new Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin? He sounds like the kind of guy Montreal has needed that position for a few years now.

A great Hockey Night in Canada feature on Braden Holtby, who reveals a few things that definitely qualify him as a goaltender.

Inside Smashville blog says that the Predators need to get back to their style of hockey in Game 3. That sounds like a good plan to me.

So did you hear the one about the two Russian hockey players go into a bar and never come out? The Predators wish they never did.

Alex Burrows is proud to represent Team Canada at the World Championships where there will be a biting optional team policy in world competition.

A nice Grantland.com piece by Jonathan Willis on a Los Angeles Kings team that looks like a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch writes that Daniel Alfredsson will be back with the Ottawa Senators next year in some capacity.

Dale Tallon and the Florida Panthers did a nice job this season putting together a playoff team, and the Florida GM says that the team isnt satisfied yet after falling out in the first round of the playoffs.

For something completely different, Deadspin.com has the story on an ESPN.com columnist that might not actually exist. As opposed to some of my readers, who probably just wish I didnt exist.

Acciari nearing a return for Bruins after missing a month

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Acciari nearing a return for Bruins after missing a month

BRIGHTON, Mass. – He hasn’t been cleared to play just yet, but fourth line energy guy Noel Acciari is closing in on a return to the Bruins lineup. 

Acciari joined in for a Bruins morning skate for the first time in 14 games at the end of last week, and practiced with the team again Monday for a morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena. The 25-year-old has missed almost exactly a month with a lower body injury, and said he can thankfully now see the light at the end of the injury tunnel for a healthy return to the B’s lineup. 

“It was getting lonely with all the guys on the road, and with me just skating with Frankie [Vatrano] and Zee [Chara],” said Acciari. “It’s great to be back out there with the guys, and it’s good to be back. Each skate I feel a lot better out there and just trying to get my conditioning back. Just being back with the guys is a great feeling, and it’s a big help.”

The fourth line has been okay in Acciari’s absence, but it seemed to be lacking the same kind of energy and hard edge the Providence College standout provided when he was healthy. That was part of what led the B’s to call up the similarly rugged Anton Blidh from Providence at the end of last week, and could provide some interesting energy line options when Acciari is ready to return. 

“I’ve played with [Blidh] before, I’m used to him and I know what he brings to the table just like he knows what I can do,” said Acciari. “So it would work out well [if we played together] I think.”

Acciari has two assists and a plus-1 rating along with four penalty minutes while averaging 10:01 of ice time in 12 games this season, and proved to be very good at unnerving opponents simply by playing all-out all the time. 

Monday, Dec. 5: Craig Cunningham's recovery

Monday, Dec. 5: Craig Cunningham's recovery

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while fully getting in the holiday spirit by getting the family Christmas tree this week.

*Very good and very sobering story about Craig Cunningham’s slow recovery, and his large support system with the AHL Roadrunners team he is captaining this season. It sounds like it might be a bit of a long road for him, so he and his family will need that support from those around him.

*Tyler Seguin has his shot back, and that’s great news for the Dallas Stars power play. So is that like Stella getting her groove back?

*A KHL player went into a sliding dab formation in order to celebrate a goal on the ice, and we salute him for that.

*The Maple Leafs are trying to fortify their backup goaltending situation after waiving Jhonas Enroth this week.

*Interesting Bob McKenzie piece about a young man that’s hoping to challenge conventional thinking in the hockey coaching ranks.

*TSN’s Scott Cullen takes a look at Winnipeg rookie Patrik Laine’s shooting skills as part of his “Statistically Speaking” column.

*For something completely different: the hits just keep on coming for Netflix as they’re going to double their TV series output over the next year.