BruinsCanes: 5 from the Second

BruinsCanes: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comRALEIGH, N.C. Here are five thoughts from the second period of BruinsHurricanes with both teams locked in a 1-1 tie at the RBC Center in the first game back from the NHL All-Star break.1)Tim Thomas has played all four games against the Carolina Hurricanes this season and hes stopped 99 out of 105 shots against the Canes in a season-long performance that has to have them shaking their heads. Thats a .943 save percentage right in line with his season totals.2)A tough turn of events in the second period that led to the Carolina goal for Jamie McBain. The Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronMark Recchi line was at the end of a shift after a prolonged offensive cycle, and the Carolina forwards beat them up the ice as Recchi lagged a bit behind the play. A shot bounced off the sticks of both Patrice Bergeron and Steve Kampfer, and past Thomas as he could only watch. A combination of catching a Bs line at the end of their shift and a few puck luck bounces.3)No shots and no hits for Milan Lucic. Needs to get more involved and stronger on the puck in the third period after not doing much besides the fight.4)Good to see Daniel Paille get his first goal of the season after being a pretty solid soldier all season long for the Bruins through healthy scratches and sporadic playing time. His first goal in 25 games dating back to April of last season.5)Pretty chippy game for both teams, and you can feel the intensity being raised a little bit in their first game after the All-Star break. Teams are going to come at the Bruins with everything they have.

Bruins sign restricted free agent Acciari to two-year deal

Bruins sign restricted free agent Acciari to two-year deal

The Bruins have locked up a potential fourth-line piece for next season at a bargain basement price.

The B's signed Rhode Island native and Providence College alum Noel Acciari, a restricted free agent, to a two-year deal worth $1.45 million, a contract that breaks down to a very affordable $725,000 cap hit for each of the next two seasons. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound bowling ball of a forward finished with two goals and five points in 29 games for the Bruins last season, and has appeared in 48 games at the NHL level over the last two seasons in Boston. It was also encouraging that Acciari seemed to be tapping a bit more into his offense toward the end of the season, and was building some confidence for whatever modest offense he’ll end up bringing to the NHL table once he’s reached his potential ceiling as a player.

Clearly the two-year, one-way deal portends that Acciari, 25, will be counted on as a high energy, hard-hitting fourth-line player who does a good job of aggravating opponents while playing at full tilt. The real question is whether his body can hold up with his maximum effort style of playing, and whether he can avoid serious injuries with some of the car-crash level of violence he puts in his hitting.

Acciari has battled several different injuries over the last couple of seasons, but managed to be healthy enough to log time in the playoffs for both Boston and the P-Bruins.

Either way it’s a low-risk, affordable contract for the Bruins for a young player who, if healthy, will be a large piece on their fourth line as a diligent worker and excellent teammate. So that’s a good proactive signing for Don Sweeney as he continues to work on a more complicated contract for a higher profile player like David Pastrnak.

Morning Skate: Not a dry eye as Canucks draftee gets the call

Morning Skate: Not a dry eye as Canucks draftee gets the call

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while getting ready to check out GLOW on Netflix.

*This video of a Vancouver Canucks draft pick tearing up while watching the video of his brother celebrating him getting picked is all that is right with the NHL Draft.  

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Adrian Dater has Avs first-round pick Cale Makar talking about his hockey background, and why it doesn’t matter.

*The Calgary Flames are excited about their prospects and the pieces they were able to acquire last weekend.

*The Washington Capitals have re-signed Brett Connolly for a couple of years at short money and he appears to have found a home in DC.

*The Chicago Blackhawks are still in talks with Marian Hossa about how to resolve his contract and the allergic skin condition that might have prematurely ended his hockey career.

*Will the Tampa Bay sports go through a dry spell when it comes to Hall of Fame athletes now that former Lighting forward Dave Andreychuk has been called to the Hockey Hall?

*It looks like young Pierre Luc Dubois will be put in a position to contribute with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season.

*Alex Prewitt has a preview of the NHL free agency period and the stress levels that many players go through in it.

*For something completely different: This video of Drake and Will Ferrell hoop handshakes was pretty solid, and funny.