Bergeron better, but probably out for first 2 games


Bergeron better, but probably out for first 2 games

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON Patrice Bergeron continues to improve, according to Bruins coach Claude Julien, but Friday was another day off the ice for the concussed center and a pretty strong indicator that he'll miss Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.
There havent been any setbacks or disappointments as of yet with Bergeron, and the Bs continue to take heart in his healing trend. Still, they're moving forward organizationally as if he isnt going to play, as Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell and Rich Peverley prepare to fill the various roles Bergeron plays.
Hes improving. He really is improving. We're optimistic about that, said Julien. We knew he was going to miss the start of series, but how much of it hes going to miss we cant tell you right now. Hes on the right track. Were just staying positive. Im not going to say much more because with concussions you have good news, you have setbacks, and you have all kinds of things that can happen. Right now hes moving in the right direction.Once Bergeron gets back on the ice things could move quickly, but hell have to experience seven straight days without concussion symptoms before any level of physical activity is introduced.

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Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

With free agency just around the corner, the Bruins have officially cut ties with former first-round pick and last bastion of the Tyler Seguin trade, Joe Morrow.

The 24-year-old Edmonton native arrived in Boston along with Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser in exchange for Seguin when he was shipped to Dallas, and now all of those players have moved on from Boston as well. Boston does still carry Jimmy Hayes on their roster, a player traded from Florida in exchange for Smith, as a last remnant of the Seguin deal, but it isn't expected to be too long before Hayes moves on from Boston as well.  

The B’s announced on Monday afternoon that they hadn’t extended a qualifying offer to Morrow, as well as P-Bruins power forward Colton Hargrove, as a restricted free agent, and that both B’s youngsters were now free to sign with any of the 30 NHL teams as free agents.

The Bruins extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents in Noel Acciari, Linus Arnesson, Austin Czarnik, Zane McIntyre, David Pastrnak, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner and Malcolm Subban, and will retain the associated team rights with all of those players. Negotiations are ongoing between the Bruins and Pastrnak continue over a long term deal that would put him in the same $6 million plus per season level as teammate Brad Marchand, but one source with knowledge of the negotiations indicated it’s “not close” to being a done deal.

Some RFA’s like Spooner and Subban might not necessarily fit into the long term plan for the Black and Gold, but they need to maintain their rights if they hope to trade them as valued assets down the line.

Morrow never put together the talent that made him a former first-round pick while he was in Boston, and totaled just one assist in 17 games for the B’s before playing well in five playoff games after getting pushed into duty due to injuries. In all Morrow finished with two goals and nine points along with a minus-8 rating in 65 games over three seasons in Boston, but could never string together an extended run of consistent play at the NHL level.

With the Bruins in the market to bring on another left-shot defenseman into the Boston fold this summer, it was pretty clear that the time had come to move on from Morrow while allowing him to potentially develop as an NHL D-man elsewhere.