Kelly: Burrows, Lapierre won't get B's off their game


Kelly: Burrows, Lapierre won't get B's off their game

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON The Bruins appear to be getting sick and tired of hearing about Maxim Lapierre and Alex Burrows, and their rabble-rousing antics.

Thats a good thing.

Everybody is talking about their agitators. Obviously theyre doing their job because the media are talking about them, said Chris Kelly. Theyre not brought up too much in our dressing room, but here I am talking about them again."

But Kelly said the Bruins who've played against the Canucks so far aren't going to change their game to get revenge on Burrows (who bit Patrice Bergeron's finger and went unpunished by the NHL) or Lapierre (who taunted Bergeron by sticking his finger in the Bruin forward's face, with no penalty called by the referees).

Guys are going to go out and play their game. Were not going to get into the old antagonizing part of it. If thats what you do during the regular season, then youre going to try to do it as well as you can in the Stanley Cup Finals.

"But theres no sense in somebody that doesnt do it on a regular basis all of a sudden running their mouth or doing antics that are uncommon to them. The common goal here is to win. Not to get someone back for some stupid antic.

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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.