Bruins notes: Julien moves Recchi to third line

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Bruins notes: Julien moves Recchi to third line

By DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

WILMINGTON -- Claude Julien likes what he sees out of his top line, but the second and third lines haven't produced as much lately. As a result, the Bruins' coach made a minor adjustment at Wednesday's practice, in preparation for Thursday night's game against the Buffalo Sabres at the TD Garden.

Julien took Mark Recchi off his usual line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, and put him on the wing with Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder. Rich Peverley replaced Recchi on the wing with Bergeron and Marchand.

The B's coach called it a "normal adjustment through the course of the year."

"I don't think there's too much to make of it, more than a little tweak here and there," said Julien. "Because I think, right now, we're getting Krejci's line to produce for us, but the other two lines have been a little bit quiet."

Injured defensemen Andrew Ference (lower body) and Steve Kampfer (concussion) were the only Bruins players missing from Wednesday's practice, but Julien said afterwards that both are progressing as expected.

Ference skated on his own on Wednesday, prior to the team's skate, and depending how his solo session goes on Thursday, he could stay on the ice for the team's morning skate at the TD Garden.

Kampfer continued to go through the normal protocol for concussions on Wednesday, as he rode the stationary bike, and Julien said there's a possibility that he could skate on Thursday as well.

In case there was any concern regarding Tim Thomas and a possible injury, the Bruins' goaltender was on the ice at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday.

Rask's start on Tuesday night in Montreal caused some concern about the health of Thomas, but he took just as many shots as Rask on Wednesday.

Defenseman Johnny Boychuk was sporting a vicious black and swollen left eye on Wednesday, after his long fight with Montreal's Ryan White, who instigated the fight with Boychuk, after the Bruins' defenseman missed a big, open-ice hit on P.K. Subban in the opening minutes of Thursday's game.

Boychuk had a full practice on Wednesday, and was in good spirits afterwards.

"I didn't really have my gloves off before he came after me, but it was a good fight," said Boychuk after practice.

Julien addressed his team's struggles on the power play as of late, even after the addition of Tomas Kaberle, who was acquired to become the power play's "quarterback."

The B's coach pointed out that Kaberle has improved the man advantage, but said it's now up to the forwards to finish the plays that the guys up top make.

"We've got to be a little hungrier around the net, and jamming that net, jumping on the loose pucks," said Julien. "I think that's the main thing, because we're getting scoring chances, but we're not getting goals. There's a reason for that, and sometimes it's about being a little hungrier down low. It's about maybe being a little bit better on those loose pucks and those rebounds.

"Every team has it's challenges, and right now, our challenge is our power play."

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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.