Morning Skate: Tuesday, June 26

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, June 26

Kirk Luedeke gives the Bruins a C grade for their draft last weekend.Im inclined to agree given that Matt Finn was still on the board as a defenseman that Boston could have used, but theres also a willingness there to reach for a boom-or-bust pick with Malcolm Subban at No. 24 overall. Some of the other picks I share Kirks curiousity about.

A video piece about theSubban hockey familyfeaturing P.K., Malcolm and younger brother Jordan that is skating with the Bs first rounder in Belleville.

While theSt. Louis Blues are attempting to keep together their team, perhaps the biggest signing of them all was keeping Darren Pang on as their color analyst.

Joe Sakic is a virtual lockwhen the new Hockey Hall of Fame class is announced this afternoon. Hope that Pat Burns is included as well after the HOF dropped the ball over the last couple of years.

Agent Kent Hughes isconfident that the Tampa Bay Lightning will agree to a contract with Benoit Pouliotafter receiving him in a trade with the Bruins.

Theres a history of brotherly love in the NHL, andthe Staal Brothersare just the latest example in Carolina.

The Nashville Predators are facing plenty of free agent choices and potential dilemmas as July 1 approaches, and it appearsmore and more of a chance that Ryan Suter wont be returning.

Alexander Khokhlachev will be playing in the KHL next season, according to his former junior hockey club.

For something completely different: the Red Sox are in no hurry to find a permanent replacement for Carl Beane in thePA announcer gig at Fenway Parkwhile honoring his memory.

Dupont: If Bruins throw money at Stamkos, they move Krejci

Dupont: If Bruins throw money at Stamkos, they move Krejci

Kevin Paul Dupont joins Michael Felger on Sports Tonight to give his opinion on whether or not the Boston Bruins should sign Steven Stamkos and what other moves could be coming down the road this offseason.

Hayes: 'I know I've got to bounce back and have a strong year'

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Hayes: 'I know I've got to bounce back and have a strong year'

DORCHESTER –Bruins general manager Don Sweeney spoke last weekend of the need for big winger Jimmy Hayes to step up next season if Loui Eriksson should indeed depart via free agency.

“I think Jimmy had a pretty good start to the year, but he really tailed off when the team needed him most. He should take some responsibility for that,” said Sweeney. “We had a pretty frank discussion about that to challenge him to take his game to another level, and be able to help out a younger player. He played a lot with Ryan Spooner.

“I have to put ownership on Jimmy in terms of saying ‘Hey, I have to take more responsibility. It’s not just about finishing and scoring goals.’ He has the capacity to do that. He gets power play time and net-front time, and he needs to get to the hard areas of the ice with more consistency. It’s an area that he needs to continue to improve upon. We as an organization feel that we need to have players that are driven to get better.”

Hayes heard that loud and clear just as he received the same message during exit interviews with the Bruins back in April, and knows that he needs to simply put more into next season.

Hayes’ numbers dropped from the previous season with the Florida Panthers, and he finished with 13 goals, 29 points and a minus-12 while going through long stretches where he completely disappeared on the ice. That’s a difficult thing for a 6-foot-6 forward to do, but Hayes managed while going weeks at a time without scoring and failing to play the big man’s game around the net on most nights.

The 26-year-old Hayes knows that needs to change for both his personal benefit and for the well-being of the Black and Gold this upcoming season.

“It’s definitely something that’s going to motivate me beyond just already motivating myself [this summer]. We had our own discussions [during exit interviews], and I know I’ve got to bounce back and have a strong season,” said Hayes. “I need to make sure I help my team win, and that’s what it’s all about. I want to be consistent and available every night to try get two points for our team, and get us as an organization back where we want to be.

“We just talked about how the season went, and we were really up-front with each other. We just want to continue to get better and more consistent, and get better through the season rather than have these spurts where you’re putting up numbers. And if you’re not scoring then you’ve got to find other ways to help the team win, and get to those areas where you’re going to get rewarded for going to those hard areas on a consistent basis.”

This isn’t the first time that Hayes has said all the right things about turning around his game, and really, truly living up to the hope he could be a big-bodied factor down low for the Black and Gold tipping, redirecting, screening and shoveling home rebounded pucks from areas all around the front of the net.