No deal between former Bruin Samsonov and Sharks

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No deal between former Bruin Samsonov and Sharks

The reports of Sergei Samsonov heading to training camp with the San Jose Sharks are not quite accurate, according to his agent Neil Abbott. The Edmonton Journal reported earlier this week that Samsonov was headed to camp with the Sharks to fight for a spot on their Opening Night roster.

But thats not quite the case right now, though Samsonovs camp and San Jose have had discussions.

The report in the Journal stated Samsonovs agent, Igor Larionov, said the Russian winger and former top-10 first round pick would be in camp with the Sharks if the CBA was completed in a timely fashion.

That might be a nice little scoop if Larionov was, in fact, Samsonovs agent.

But Abbott was, is and will continue to be the agent for the former Bruins, Oilers, Canadiens, Blackhawks, Panthers and Canes winger, and he indicated nothing has been agreed to between his client and the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks issued a no comment when asked to confirm the signing by CSNBayArea.com reporter Kevin Kurz on Tuesday in keeping with Abbotts consistent message.

The only thing thats 100 percent accurate: Samsonov is definitely coming back after sitting the 2011-12 hockey season.

Sergei is definitely making a comeback, said Abbott to CSNNE.com. He is skating with Igor in Detroit, but Larionov is not his agent. I am speaking with several teams and we have not made a deal with the San Jose Sharks.

Abbott wouldnt elaborate on which teams he was speaking with, but it sounds like San Jose isnt the only team with a hat in the Samsonov ring.

Samsonov put up 13 goals and 27 assists for 40 points in 78 games split between the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers when he last played in the NHL during the 2010-11 season. He also still just 33 years old with enough skill to fill out a top-9 forward role for some team thats in need, but his days of being a consistent 20-goal scorer in the NHL -- like he was with the Bruins -- appear to be long gone.

The idea of Samsonov reuniting with his fellow former Bruins prodigy Joe Thornton in San Jose is an intriguing one, and it may still happen. But it's not a done deal yet.

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.