Lucic played through playoffs with broken toe


Lucic played through playoffs with broken toe

By Joe Haggerty Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON -- Word about hockey injuries always begins to filter out after the season has been completed, and that's begun to happen with the last hockey club standing with the Cup.

Bruins coach Claude Julien didn't have any final word on surgeries or potential injury rehab work over the summer when he spoke to the media on Sunday, but he added another name to the list of injured Bruins.

Milan Lucic was playing through a broken toe for at least a portion of the playoffs, and that certainly hampered his skating and ability to move around in short explosive bursts. Julien didn't expand on the details of Lucic's broken toe, but said that plenty of players were battling through injuries.

Lucic later confirmed that he busted his right bigtoe when he tooka Tyler Seguin shot off the foot at practiceduring the Tampa Bay series, and that it washurting himquite a bit for the duration of the conference finals.

"I don't know about surgeries, but I can tell you that a lot of guys were playing banged up," said Julien. "There were never any real times where the training staff said, 'I can't get this player ready to go for the game,' but guys definitely played through stuff."There is no surgery for a broken big toe, and Lucic said the pain and swelling will simply go away over the next couple of weeks. "I was playing the last thirteen games with a broken toe. I dont know, Im sure you guys saw me limping around a little bit, but definitely was tough to play through," said Lucic. "Thank God for freezing and Novocain to make it feel good. Its all healed up now, so its all good. I think if you tried to break my leg I would have gone out there and played with it."Lucic also said he was dealing with a sinus infection through the final regular seasongames and the first round of the playoffs, and it made him "feel like his head was in a fog" all the time. The Bruins left wing has sinus surgery planned for this summer to correct the issue, and should have a clean bill of health headed into next season.

There had been plenty of speculation about Lucic playing with an injury when the power forward struggled at times while putting up 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) in 25 games with a plus-11 during the postseason. While every hockey player worth their salt would play through that kind of injury in the playoffs, it undoubtedly affected his performance in the last two rounds.

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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.