BruinsIslanders: 5 from the Second

BruinsIslanders: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comUNIONDALE, N.Y. Here are five thoughts from the second period of BruinsIslanders at Nassau Coliseum with the Bs leading the Isles by a 6-2 score after 40 minutes of action on Long Island.1)Sad, pathetic display by the Islanders in between the pipes. Al Montoya managed to calm things down when he entered the game in the second period, but Nathan Lawson looked like a complete mess in the first and second period. Once Rick DiPietro had his face broken by a Brent Johnson punch, the Isles were cooked for the rest of the season trying to win with minor league goaltending.2)Tuukka Rask looking rusty in tonights game against the Islanders, but it helped immensely that he had ample room to make mistakes. He was beaten to his glove hand twice for Islanders goals one by Tavares that he should have stopped, and another to Josh Bailey that was a missile and finally seemed to catch his stride midway through the second period. Bruins defense still allowing some good opportunities after talking about tightening up their defense after allowing 20 goals in last 4 games. Didnt look like that was the case tonight.3)Patrice Bergeron has broken two sticks tonight, and has snapped a countless number of twigs over the last month. Perhaps its time for Bergeron to move away from the Reebok sticks and find another endorsement deal elsewhere. The consensus seems to be Bauer.4)A goal and an assist for Tyler Seguin, who has hit double digits in goals for the season and played very well in each game since his two-game stretch of healthy scratches. The goal and assist amount to his third multi-point game of the season, and his first since January. It appears that Seguin is finally seeing the light in his rookie season as playing time is about to get precious with Chris Kelly set to hit the Bs roster tomorrow in Ottawa.5)A team-high five shots on net for David Krejci and two points for the Czech Republic center thats really doing a good job of getting his game completely together. That little kick pass from his skate to Milan Lucic for the power play goal in the second was the perfect example of Krejci's quick mind and creativity when they're both working together at a high level.

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.