Haggerty's thoughts from Bruins-Rangers

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Haggerty's thoughts from Bruins-Rangers

Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Rangers leading the Bruins by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes of action at TD Garden.

1) Rick Nash is nasty. How nasty? So nasty that his pass from one knee while carrying defenders to the Boston net to set up Carl Hagelins goal took place at the exact time the Columbus Blue Jackets fired GM Scott Howson. The timing was eerie, but the Rangers power forward has impressed a couple of times this season with his ability to carry defenders on his back while playing strong on the puck. He did that again before finding Hagelin for the score, and showed the full package of his skills in the process. Hes going to be tough to stop when hes motivated to make a play.

2) Tyler Seguin looks involved tonight, but theres been a little bit good and a little bit bad in the first 20 minutes. He fired off a one-timer from the left face-off circle on a give-and-go play with Brad Marchand that Henrik Lundqvist was forced to make a good save on, but he also took a hooking penalty in the offensive zone with the Bruins on the PP. He was trying to make a play on the puck, but thats a mistake the Bruins cant make on an already shaky man advantage.

3) Tough shift for Andrew Ference leading to Rangers goal. The Bruins defenseman couldnt clear the puck on a couple of chances during the shift and then got bull-rushed by Rick Nash on his way to the net before feeding to Carl Hagelin for the goal.

4) Four registered hits in 5:21 of ice time for Rangers rookie J.T. Miller tonight. Thats bringing the intensity just like the three hits apiece for Johnny Boychuk and Shawn Thornton in the first period. Best hit had to be Adam McQuaid lining up Darroll Powe behind the net as the force of the impact snapped Powes stick in half. Then Powe went across the ice on his next shift to blast Chris Bourque and get a little payback.

5) Eleven saves for Henrik Lundqvist in the first period including a good glove hand stop on David Krejci from the slot in the first minute of the game, and the sponge job on Tyler Seguins one-timer from the left circle. This is the best King Henrik has looked in any of the three games against the Bruins this season, and it seems pretty clear now he just wasnt ready to start the season.

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.