Morning Skate: Wednesday, Sept. 19


Morning Skate: Wednesday, Sept. 19

Per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski, a Maple Leafs song that is the feel bad song of the year up in Toronto while the NHL lockout rolls on.

A nice piece by James Mirtle looking at how the lockout will be taking a large bite out of some players' careers, and ending them in some instances.

The OHL is creating regulations to crack down on the amount of fighting taking place in the league. So what is going to happen if fighting is ultimately abolished, and then these players are dropped into the NHL with little to no experience in the sweet science? Doesnt sound like a good recipe to me.

NHL staffers are told that a 20 percent pay cut and four-day work weeks are coming with a long lockout anticipated.

Jonathan Toews is keeping his European options open with the lockout gaining steam while both sides refrain from talking to each other.

Justin Faulk and Jeff Skinner both weigh on heading down to the AHL while the lockout rolls on, and potentially dominating what should be a strong league this season.

Some thoughts about the IIHF transfer cards needed for NHL players to work in Europe, and the absolute backup thats going on these days with so many players leaving North American hockey behind.

For something completely different: a good look by the New York Times at Neil Young when many media outlets dont ever get the chance to see behind the curtain.

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.