BruinsLightning: 5 from the Second

BruinsLightning: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Lightning locked in a 1-1 tie at the TD Garden after the first 40 minutes of playoff atmosphere at the TD Garden.1)Steve Kampfer has come back strong from getting scratched for a couple of the games by the Bruins, and responded to a mistake on the ice with a goal. His ill-advised pass off the boards turned into Eric Brewers goal for the Lightning, but he responding with his own strike from the top of the slot area minutes later. It was only Kampfers second point in the last 15 games, but perhaps a sign that hes lifting himself over the wall hed encountered lately.2)A lot of diving and dropping for calls by Tampa Bay to get Steve Stamkos and their power play out on the ice. In fact its a very Montreal-like game that the Lightning are playing tonight, and its a pretty good preview of what theyd do in a potential playoff matchup. It worked when Dominic Moore dropped to get a Nathan Horton tripping penalty, and the same thing with a Dennis Seidenberg cross-check on Blair Jones. The cross-check was legit, but Jones dropped to the ice as if hed been shot to get the whistle.3)Surprising to see Marty St. Louis stick his leg out and trip Mark Recchi on his way to the net during a cover-up and whistle in the second period. It sent Recchi spilling into the net and post, and left both teams pairing up in shoving matches afterward. Recchi was hot from the bench long afterward, and it was really unexpected from Lady Byng perennial candidate Marty St. Louis.4)The work done by Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley along the sideboards created the goal for Steve Kampfer, and both wingers got their earned assists on the goal. Thats exactly the kind of gritty grunt work that each player has been doing since they arrived, and is part of the reason why the Bruins have become that much tougher to play against. 5)Four shots on net for Dennis Seidenberg, who has been one of the players most affected in a positive fashion by the Tomas Kaberle trade. Hes been active, physical and playing some very good hockey after a slow start to the year. Once Kaberle arrived it really allowed all the rest of the Bs defensemen to slide into their proper spots.

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.