Notes: Bruins make Sunday practice a scrimmage


Notes: Bruins make Sunday practice a scrimmage

By Joe Haggerty
WILMINGTON A light day for the Bruins on a rare Sunday morning practice at Ristuccia Arena on the morning after they clinched the Northeast Division titled and dashed the dreams of the Atlanta Thrashers.The Bs held a shinny scrimmage on the ice after dividing up the roster between players with black and white jerseys, and then ended things with a spirited shootout. The White Team ended up winning by a healthy amount, and the highlight during the shootout was Tyler Seguin pointing at Tuukka Rask to call his shot before whistling a puck past his glove hand for the score.That meant the Black Team would be footing the bill for a team lunch once the squad hits the Big Apple after besting the white team in 5-on-5, 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 competition followed by the shootout. Things ended when Daniel Paille fanned on a shootout attempt on Rask, and then flung his stick down the ice in mock anger once his black team had been defeated.The Bs players appreciated the light practice fare chosen by Bs coach Claude Julien before loading up for the short flight to New York City for Monday nights game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Julien talked after Saturdays win about finding the middle ground between working and resting his team prior to the playoffs, and Sunday seemed to have that in mind.It was a tough loss for the Black Team, but well get them next time, said Brad Marchand about the fun-hearted scrimmage. It was a surprise coming in today, but we know we have a lot of work to do still.The coaches know that we know we have to be ready for each and every game, and even if we have a fun day today we have to come to the rink tomorrow prepared to do a job. Its always good of them to give us that scrimmage day, and respect and acknowledge how hard the season has been for us.Every player was accounted for at practice, and it appeared that the Bs managed to leave Saturday afternoons win against the Thrashers with a healthy unit. Shawn Thornton said that the swelling is still traveling through his sinuses from the cut on his forehead, and it didnt look like hed be available Monday night against the Rangers.Joe Haggerty can be reached at Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics


Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still digesting all of the awesome trailers and tidbits released at Comic Con in San Diego. 

*The NHL says there is no alternative regular season schedule for next season, and that any hope of participating in the Olympics is dead

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Predators just one Ryan Johansen deal away from a piece of salary cap artwork, and being able to keep everything together.  

*Clark Booth is either upset or mystified that the Bruins haven’t done anything this offseason. My good man Clark, they need to re-sign David Pastrnak and let some of their young prospects continue to grow and develop. Better that than sign another premium-priced contract to a player like David Backes or Matt Beleskey. They don’t need that at this point. And they shouldn’t panic and trade one of their good, young players either. 

*Former UMass-Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has agreed to a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets. 

*It’s a wonderful time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh as the Penguins have been dominant, and it looks like the Steelers are in position to finish in second place behind the New England Patriots in the AFC. Well, that’s something to write home about. 

*Minnesota native Kyle Okposo opens up for the first time about a scary season-ender with the Buffalo Sabres where Illness forced him to the hospital. 

*Larry Brooks explains why the New York Rangers have short-changed Mika Zibanejad in their salary arbitration exercise. 

*For something completely different: Are you kidding me with this Stranger Things 2 trailer to Michael Jackson’s Thriller? This looks awesome. 

Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev


Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while simply shaking my head at David Price. What a typically soft, boorish ballplayer not meant for a big market where more is expected of those wearing the Red Sox uniform.

*There are tempered expectations for rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev as he gets things going with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

*Keith Yandle believes that Dale Tallon being back in charge of the Florida Panthers is going to bring unity and solidarity to the Panthers once again.

*Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers are right on the cusp of challenging for a Stanley Cup title.

*Here 20 thoughts from the just-concluded Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp, where there’s some pretty strong, young talent.

*Even as the highest-paid player in the NHL, Connor McDavid is underpaid for what he brings to the table, says Ron MacLean.

*Interesting look at the Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog situation in Colorado, where both players have watched their performance fall off a bit. This is why I’d be very nervous about giving up the farm to trade for either of these players if I’m the Bruins. The jury is out on whether they’re in decline as players, or if it’s simply the mess in Colorado getting them down.  

*For something completely different: What a sweet interaction between "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot and a young, emotional fan all decked out in WW gear.