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Morning Skate 323: Recchi's thoughts on Pacioretty


Morning Skate 323: Recchi's thoughts on Pacioretty

By Joe Haggerty

WILMINGTON Meant to do this yesterday, but heres a greatest hits of tweets from my followers when I requested some funnyentertaining reactions in the wake of the Matt Cooke suspension.Heres the twitter accounts and 140 character or less snipes that made the cut after Cookie was crumbled by the NHL with all apologies to Mayor Tom Menino because the results were delicious for everyone.@pfitz: the pens fans are the total opposite of Hab fans. they want Cooke GONE.I was on a pens board and was pleasantly surprised@DickChuck77: MattCooke is a suckah (butt) and it's about time he was suspended.@ChuckOlson5: Cooke has ended enough players seasons and maybe careers. They finally ended his@GNPBruins: mario? Crickets@tomchartrand: Nice comments from Shero on his Zero. Mario asked for it and he got it. Hopefully Cooke gets it too.@ranold26: So MattCooke has at least 14 games to figure out how he can change his game and be just as effective? How about retirement@jeffisrael25: in show of solidarity, Matt Cooke's son Jack will miss last 10 days of 2nd grade and 1st round of summer birthday parties.@jaapbee: glad 2 c nhl hit mattcooke hard. They shoulda kicked him outta the league tho. He hasn't learned lesson yet. Will he ever?@rhollan: Mario Lemieux (in Gilda Radner voice) : Nevermind!On to the links: Mark Recchi gives an interview on 98.5 the Sports Hub where he questions whether Max Pacioretty and the Canadiens embellished some of the injuries a little bitin order to get Zdeno Chara suspended. Ryan Lambert slaps down some smack on Justin Bournes blog with his inflammatory and intelligent hockey musings. Jerry Thornton proves he knows nothing about hockey by saying that the real hockey season starts tomorrow night against the Canadiens. Ummm, this isnt the NBA, Jerry. Maybe you should go back to watching 30 Rock instead. Heres a Globe and Mail story on Mike Van Ryn, who retired from the NHL after several injuries and hard hits and was the guy that Milan Lucic famously threw through the boards at TD Garden while he was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Cassie Campbell said that Dan Bylsma deserves the Jack Adams Trophy, and Alex Kovalev could give the Penguins a boost. Not the Kovalev I saw with the Ottawa Senators. A great Michael Farber piece at on the Belfast Giants team that played the Bruins during the exhibition season.

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Spooner, Bruins settle on one-year, $2.825 million deal


Spooner, Bruins settle on one-year, $2.825 million deal

Ryan Spooner and the Bruins never made it to arbitration, settling on a one-year, $2.825 million contract ahead of Wednesday’s hearing, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the agreement. 

Spooner and his camp sought a $3.85 million deal, while the Bruins submitted $2 million as their number. Settling outside of arbitration locks in the player at an affordable number while avoiding a potentially messy process. 

Though Spooner now has a contract, his future with the Bruins isn’t much clearer than it was at season’s end. The 25-year-old center was a healthy scratch for the last two games of Boston’s playoff run, as then-interim coach Bruce Cassidy grew less hesitant to utilize the 2010 second-round pick than Claude Julien had been. 

After the Bruins were eliminated by the Senators, the often candid Cassidy said that Spooner's lack of offense was what cost him ice time. 

"It was well-documented with Claude he didn’t like his defensive game and some of the other things. For me, I didn’t like his offensive game at the end," Cassidy said on Toucher and Rich. "He wasn’t playing to his strengths, and that bothers me about players, if they’re not able to play to their strengths when the temperature of the game goes up. 

“We can work with him on his weaknesses. We’re there to coach up the defensive part of it, but he wasn’t attacking and that was disconcerting to me, that he’s a guy that should be creating offense in the series where offense was hard to find and we weren’t getting enough of it, so we made the switch.” 

On the season, Spooner totaled 11 goals and 28 assists for 39 points, a statistical regression from the 49 points (13 and 36 assists) he posted in the 2015-16 season. Assuming he remains with the club, Spooner will face competition from 2015 second-round pick Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson for Boston’s third-line center job. 

Coming off his entry level contract in 2015, the Bruins re-upped Spooner on a two-year contract with a $950,000 cap hit. His new deal will pay him nearly $2 million more. 

Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics


Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still digesting all of the awesome trailers and tidbits released at Comic Con in San Diego. 

*The NHL says there is no alternative regular season schedule for next season, and that any hope of participating in the Olympics is dead

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Predators just one Ryan Johansen deal away from a piece of salary cap artwork, and being able to keep everything together.  

*Clark Booth is either upset or mystified that the Bruins haven’t done anything this offseason. My good man Clark, they need to re-sign David Pastrnak and let some of their young prospects continue to grow and develop. Better that than sign another premium-priced contract to a player like David Backes or Matt Beleskey. They don’t need that at this point. And they shouldn’t panic and trade one of their good, young players either. 

*Former UMass-Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has agreed to a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets. 

*It’s a wonderful time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh as the Penguins have been dominant, and it looks like the Steelers are in position to finish in second place behind the New England Patriots in the AFC. Well, that’s something to write home about. 

*Minnesota native Kyle Okposo opens up for the first time about a scary season-ender with the Buffalo Sabres where Illness forced him to the hospital. 

*Larry Brooks explains why the New York Rangers have short-changed Mika Zibanejad in their salary arbitration exercise. 

*For something completely different: Are you kidding me with this Stranger Things 2 trailer to Michael Jackson’s Thriller? This looks awesome.