By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
Brad Marchand remains unsigned and anxious to get a deal done with Boston in the last few days before the start of training camp, and all signs point toward a deal getting done sooner rather than later.
Two years ago, when Phil Kessel sat in a stalemate with the Bruins over a contract, the Bs knew the sniper didnt want to be in Boston anymore and pulled all images of the winger from the video they showed season ticket holders at the State of the Bruins event at TD Garden.
But his time around there are plenty of Marchand plays on the video shown to the fans, and a source indicated to CSNNE.com that the two sides werent that far apart in a protracted negotiation thats lasted through the summer.
One report stated that the Bruins were sniffing around on the trade value for the agitating winger, but Chiarelli indicated that the team was still doing everything in its power to come to an agreement.
Its neither contentious nor amicable. Its just a normal negotiation and its not done yet, said Chiarelli. Hes obviously a good player and a good kid, and we want to get him signed.
It appears the Wade ArnottMarchand camp are in the same neighborhood as the Bruins on a two-year deal for the restricted free agent that would be similar in term and money to contract extensions signed by Tampa Bays Teddy Purcell and San Joses Logan Couture. Marchand appears to be on target something in the two year, 5 million range once the two sides can finally formalize an agreement, but it doesnt appear that No. 63 will be allowed to skate in training camp if a deal hasnt been signed on the dotted line.
Thats something Id had have to discuss with the agent and the player, said Chiarelli. Were not at that point yet. Hed only be allowed to skate without a contract in camp if I allowed him to.
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The Coyotes have hired former player Craig Cunningham as a pro scout, keeping the 26-year-old in hockey after a cardiac episode ended his playing career this season.
Drafted by the Bruins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Cunningham played 34 games for Boston over parts of two seasons before he was waived and claimed by Arizona. He totaled 19 games for the Coyotes, but served as captain of the Tucson Roadrunners, the team’s AHL affiliate.
Cunningham was hospitalized after he collapsed during pregame warmups on Nov. 19. He was kept alive by continual CPR, but had his lower left leg amputated the next months due to an infection from the episode.
Known as a high-character player who was popular with his teammates, Cunningham’s transition to scouting lets him further his career after a scary break.
"I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my life with the Coyotes," Cunningham said in a statement released by the team. "I'm very grateful to John Chayka, Dave Tippett, the Coyotes and Roadrunners organizations, and all of the great fans across Arizona for the incredible support I've received over the past year. I'm looking forward to helping the Coyotes and I can't wait to get started in my new role."
Said Chayka, the team’s general manager: ”We're thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout. Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game. We're confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club."
Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while really enjoying what the CW does season in and season out with the Flash.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Don Brennan says that the Senators fans not showing up for Game 6 is their way of sticking it to Sens owner Eugene Melnyk.
*The talk is turning to the next captain of the Buffalo Sabres, and what they can do to help open up communication up and down the roster.
*A guy that wore a Habs toque on his twitter avatar writes a glowing, praise-filled article about the performance of PK Subban during these Stanley Cup playoffs. He’s undoubtedly been good, but he just might have been wearing his Montreal Canadiens footie pajamas when he wrote this one, and rattling his fist at Habs management all the while.
*Interesting piece by Jason Gregor about the “window to win” for the Edmonton Oilers, and an odd notion that the window will close when Connor McDavid has moved out of his entry level contract. I’d say that’s kind of ludicrous.
*The Colorado Avalanche coaching staff has been let go after last year’s dreadful season, and that’s too bad for a really good guy in former Providence College head coach Tim Army. I’m sure he won’t be out of work long.
*Colin White made his Stanley Cup playoff and NHL debut for the Ottawa Senators in Game 6, and helped push Ottawa to a Game 7. It will be interesting to watch the Massachusetts native and former Boston College standout develop with the Senators as White was one of the players that the Bruins skipped over to instead draft Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft. The others, Mathew Barzal, Travis Konecny and Kyle Connor, are all either in the NHL or knocking on the door as well, and it’s going to be a challenging road for both of Boston’s forward prospects to live up the justification of the B’s drafting them first. Granted DeBrusk and Senyshyn are also both doing their thing for the P-Bruins as they push into the conference finals of the Calder Cup playoffs, and they’re both bright prospects in their own right. It’s going to take years to determine the rights and wrongs of that first round, but White getting into the lineup for the Senators is proof of just how high that organization is on him.
*Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan says that Sidney Crosby handled the targeted abuse well from the Senators in a Game 6 loss that will push to a Game 7 between the Penguins and the Senators.
*For something completely different: A great message from Brookline homey and former Sox GM wonder boy Theo Epstein in his commencement address to Yale University.