Morning Skate: Thursday, May 24

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Morning Skate: Thursday, May 24

The female demographic is targeted for the already infamous While the Men Watch commentary provided on CBC during the Stanley Cup playoff run.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jesse Spector catches us up on the happenings of the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers in their playoff series that has taken a turn for Jerseys way.

Bruce Arthur has a column on the Phoenix Coyotes finishing the season under a cloud of several things.

Tom Renney was a steady, fatherly hand for a young Oilers team over the last couple of years, and there is some disappointment that will no longer be the case in Edmonton.

Drew Doughty has entered the Conn Smythe discussion after a strong series against the Phoenix Coyotes, and he appears to these eyes to be the closest thing to Ray Bourque in the NHL these days.

Former Boston College standout Stephen Gionta has taken a big step up for the New Jersey Devils during the playoffs, and is beginning to carve out his own place next to his well-known brother.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys say that Bolts general manager Steve Yzerman is working the European circuit during the offseason as he overhauls things with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

For something completely different: Ad Rock opens up to Rolling Stone about the death of Beastie Boys partner Adam MCA Yauch.

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.