Morning Skate 416: Cammalleri takes a Recchi shot

Morning Skate 416: Cammalleri takes a Recchi shot

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com
BOSTON You knew the specter of Max Paciorettys injury, the massive overreaction to it in Montreal and Bruins players calling the fan base and organization on it were going to eventually haunt the best-of-seven series and it looks like it only took two games.The Bruins announced that Zdeno Chara was hospitalized with dehydration on Friday following practice, and most Habs players simply said they expected Chara to play through it because its the playoffs. Nothing short of getting hit by a bus, attacked by a grizzly bear or losing a limb is going to stop a hockey player for suiting up in the Stanley Cup playoffs.But Habs forward Mike Cammalleri took it one step further according to Montreal Gazette writer Dave Stubbs, who went to Twitter with a post-interview conversation between Cammalleri and TSN TV reporter John Lu. Apparently Cammalleri said: I'm no MD so I'm not going to be like Mark Recchi & diagnose the other team with a dig toward the future Hall of Famer after he cast doubt on the severity of Paciorettys concussion in a radio interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub last month.The cerebral Cammalleri must have been storing that one up, and now up 1-0 in the series the cockiness is starting to come out of the Canadiens dressing room as theyve taken early control of the series.Should be interesting to see how it plays out in Game 2. Here are some afternoon links to tide everyone over:NHL.com writer Corey Masisak takes a look at Michael Neuvirth, who has been immense for the Caps in their first two games against the offensively-challenged New York Rangers.John Tortorella is down 0-2 in the series and hes getting into verbal spats with New York Post writer Larry Brooks. All is right in the world.Tanner Glass is fighting bears again, and this photo gallery proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt. Hes not afraid to poke the bear in the cage.CSNNE videographer Scott Sassone came across one of the water bottles used to rehydrate Zdeno Chara on Saturday morning. Wow.A great breakdown by the Edmonton Journal of the Oilers team for the 2010-11 season, and some detailed info on which players actually made the grade.The Detroit Free Press says that the Red Wings and Joe Louis Arena folks are cracking down on octopus-tossing at the storied arena. Whats next? Milwaukee telling Bernie Brewer that hes getting his pink slip, or the Wally the Green Monster getting euthanized?Montreal Gazette writer Dave Stubbs says that Tomas Plekanec is maturing right in front of everybodys eyes, and he was impressive with his defensive job on David Krejci in Game One.Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Morning Skate: Do Caps have mental block come playoff time?

Morning Skate: Do Caps have mental block come playoff time?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while thinking about and praying for the people of Manchester, England. It’s obviously an evil, cowardly act to bomb any public place, but to do it at a concert filled with women and children is the lowest of the low.

*The Capitals players are acknowledging that there’s some kind of mental block with the Stanley Cup playoffs. CSN Mid-Atlantic has all the details.

*It’s been a very odd postseason for the NHL where there are so many non-traditional teams still alive with the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Fina, and the Ottawa Senators fighting for their lives in the Eastern Conference Final. On that note, there is a ton of disappointment at the empty seats at the Canadian Tire Centre for Ottawa’s home games in the playoffs. It sounds like there are going to be empty seats tonight for a do-or-die Game 6 in Ottawa. That is an embarrassment for a Canadian city that’s supposed to pride itself on their love of hockey. Let’s hope the Senators fans have a last-minute surge to buy tickets and show some appreciation for a Senators team that’s given the Ottawa fans a totally unexpected ride through the postseason this spring. I mean, Erik Karlsson at the top of his game is worth the price of admission all by himself.  

*The Pittsburgh Penguins have the Senators on the ropes, and it’s been an impressive showing given that they’re doing it without Kris Letang.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the ownership for the St. Louis Blues giving their GM Doug Armstrong a vote of confidence.

*Another early exit from the playoffs is going to start making some players expendable on the New York Rangers roster.

*Here’s a good piece on how David Poile built the Nashville Predators, who have reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. Give credit where it’s due: He manned up and made a big move dealing away Shea Weber straight up for PK Subban. It’s really worked for Music City as they’ve stepped to the next level.

*Speaking of Nashville’s rise this spring in a wide open Western Conference, Pekka Rinne has silenced the critics he might have had by carrying his team to the Cup Final.

*For something completely different: Boston law enforcement is on high alert after the bombing of the Ariana Grande concert in the UK.

 

Haggerty: Reports of Seidenberg's demise were greatly exaggerated

Haggerty: Reports of Seidenberg's demise were greatly exaggerated

Hindsight is always 20/20, of course, but it appears the Bruins made a mistake buying out veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg from the final couple of years of his contract. 

Seidenberg just finished up a wildly successful stint with host Team Germany at the IIHF World Championships, where he was named Directorate Best Defenseman (the tournament’s best defenseman) after leading all D-men with a goal and eight points. This came after Seidenberg, at age 35, posted 5 goals and 22 points in 73 games for the Islanders, with whom he signed after being cut loose by the B's, while averaging a shade under 20 minutes per game.  Seidenberg also had an excellent World Cup of Hockey tournament for Team Europe last summer (where he was teamed once again with Zdeno Chara), thus managing to play at a high level from September all the way through May.

A faction of Bruins fans thought he was on the serious decline after the 2015-16 season and, clearly, the Bruins agreed, opting to buy him out with two more years still left on a sizable contract extension. (They owe him $2.16 million next season and then will be charged $1.16 million on their salary cap over the next two seasons.) But the B's could have used a durable, defensive warrior like Seidenberg in the playoffs, when they lost three of their top four defensemen against the Ottawa Senators. A rejuvenated Seidenberg, able to play both the left and right side, would have been a better option than Colin Miller.

The Bruins made a conscious decision to hand things over to younger defensemen like Miller, Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo and Joe Morrow in cutting ties with Seidenberg. But they also perhaps miscalculated how much Seidenberg still had left in the tank after his best season in at least three years. 

“Well, at the time we felt like [Seidenberg's] game had really dropped off to where we thought he couldn’t contribute, and we wanted to see if some younger players could come in and help us out,” Bruins president Cam Neely said at the end-of-the-season press conference earlier this month. “I’ve got to say he played well this year for Long Island. But at the time we thought it was the right move. You can’t envision us having three of our top four D’s get hurt [in the playoffs]. We went through a lot of D’s in the postseason. You can’t predict that.”

Neely is referring to the decision made after Seidenberg’s second straight minus season in Boston, when back injuries and a major knee injury had seemed to slow him down a bit. It seemed the only way to properly evaluate some of their other, younger defenseman was to cut Seidenberg loose, but one has to wonder if the Bruins would have possibly done it had they known he was still capable of playing like he did this season for the Islanders. 

Either way, the buyout of Seidenberg is an extremely legitimate second guess of Bruins management in a year where they did a lot of things right.