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.

Cassidy: Bruins 'will be fine' if they simply take care of business

Cassidy: Bruins 'will be fine' if they simply take care of business

BRIGHTON -- The Bruins took Wednesday off and returned Thursday with assurances they weren’t thinking about history repeating itself for a third straight season. 

The easy parallels are there, of course. 

The Bruins lost 9 of their final 14 games and missed the playoffs by a point two years ago. Last season they went a pathetic 3-8-1 in the final 12 games and once again missed the postseason by a single point.

So their recent three-game losing streak has set off some warning bells and whistles, as has the fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs have passed them and pushed the B’s into the second wild-card position. Boston holds a slim two-point lead over the New York Islanders for that final playoff position, and is facing huge games against the Tampa Bay Lightning (tonight) and the Isles (Saturday).

So with all that in mind, has interim coach Bruce Cassidy’s message changed at all to his players? 

“These are teams [close to the Bruins to the standings, so the games] get more magnified and rightfully so,” said Cassidy. “We accept that and we know what’s at stake. The last two didn’t go the way we wanted them to, but the things we do well, we need to keep doing well. We’ve created some looks at the net. We’re generating some offense. We need to finish a little better, and those pockets of the game that get away from us . . . we need to minimize those. We had a few too many of those [moments] against Ottawa. 

“We’re aware of it. We know who won and who lost last night. But we need to take care of our business. If we do, we’ll be fine. We really will. If we take of our business, it doesn’t matter what this team does or what that team does.

"That’s a fact. That’s the message. It’s quite simple. If we take care of business, we’ll be fine. If we don’t, then we’re hoping.”

Clearly taking care of their business includes dispatching both the Lightning and the Islanders. Hoping is what the Bruins ended up doing in each of the previous two seasons, and it left them fully out of luck once the music stopped.


 
 

Thursday, March 23: Sidney Crosby, junk dealer

Thursday, March 23: Sidney Crosby, junk dealer

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while having never said “break a leg” for good luck to fellow Stoneham, Mass., native Nancy Kerrigan on social media, or otherwise.

 *A brief video history of Sidney Crosby spearing, or otherwise targeting, opponents in the crotches prepared with care and thought by the Puck Daddy himself, Greg Wyshynski.

*Elliotte Friedman has his 30 thoughts for the week and a few of them centered around new Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy.

*Could the NBA’s star-resting phenomenon reach into the NHL when it comes to getting in-season time off for the superstars?

*Give the Leafs credit because they picked up coach Mike Babcock when he made a rare screw-up against the Blue Jackets.

*Check out the sick USA/Russia skating kicks on Alex Ovechkin, who had them custom made for a charity event.

*Speaking of Ovechkin, could T.J. Oshie and not Ovechkin actually lead the Capitals in scoring this season?

*For something completely different: Hide the women and children, the Scorpions and Megadeath are going on a North American tour together.