Morning Skate: Thursday, May 17

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Morning Skate: Thursday, May 17

Chris Stevenson from the Ottawa Sun details the first step between the NHL and NHLPA toward a new collective bargaining agreement.

The Young Stars prospect tourney has been cancelled in Western Canada over the contract uncertainty facing the league.

It will be a busy weekend at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with the Lakers, Clippers and Kings all still going strong in the playoffs.

Sergei Kostitsyn has some strong words for the Nashville Predators and their handling of his brother, Sergei, and Alexander Radulov during the playoffs. Apparently staying out until 4 a.m. on a game night is acceptable behavior in the Kostitsyn household.

Tyler Seguin shows off his bandaged left hand and said its roughly a 10-week healing process for his surgically repaired knuckle tendon.

Lou Lamoriello praises his New Jersey Devils as they are only three wins away from an unlikely return to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Marian Gaborik is benched for the third period after some weak play in his own zone, and John Tortorella unsurprisingly has little to say about it afterward.

For something completely different: a group of Rock and Rollbaseball experts talk about their favorite ballparks across the United States.

Bruins choose not to tender qualifying offers to Connolly, Ferraro

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Bruins choose not to tender qualifying offers to Connolly, Ferraro

The Bruins had to have qualifying offers in by 5 p.m. Monday on their restricted free agents in order to retain them as RFA’s, and they didn’t sent out qualifying offers to Landon Ferraro, Brett Connolly and Ben Sexton. The Bruins can still sign each of these players to reduced deals prior to July 1, but after that they become unrestricted free agents.The Bruins did send out qualifying offers to Brian Ferlin, Chris Casto, Alex Khokhlachev, Torey Krug, Joe Morrow and Colin Miller in order to retain their RFA rights, and protect themselves from other NHL teams attempting to poach them with offer sheets. While the Sexton move isn’t surprising, given that he was a bottom-six forward at the AHL level, it’s a bit of an eyebrow-raiser that neither Ferraro nor Connolly were tendered. Ferraro was a nice waiver pickup, posting 5 goals and 10 points in 68 games along with a minus-11 rating last season. He was a speedy presence on the fourth line with occasional splashes of offense, and had also worked his way into the penalty-kill group. Connolly, 24, finished with 9 goals and 25 points in 71 games along with a minus-1 rating. He struggled to produce offense even though he spent long stretches playing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand last season. Still, he was the sixth overall pick in the 2010 draft and the Bruins gave up two second-round picks to Tampa Bay for him less than two years ago, so the move is somewhat unexpected.The door may not be closed on either Ferraro or Connolly returning to Boston, but it certainly doesn’t feel like they’re coming back after Monday afternoon’s appearance on the NHL transaction list.

Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

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Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

ANDOVER, Mass. — Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque, who's facing a drunken driving charge, says he accepts the responsibility of his actions.

Bourque was charged Friday night with operating under the influence of alcohol and following too closely. He posted bail and was released.

"For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory," Bourque said in a statement released Sunday. "I am not happy about the situation I put myself into."

Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe said the 55-year-old Bourque was arrested about 11:30 p.m. after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone in the city. No injuries were reported.

Bourque is to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court. Police haven't provided a date.

According to The Boston Globe, Bourque currently owns Tresca, a restaurant on Boston's North End.