Notes: Savard to undergo tests Friday

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Notes: Savard to undergo tests Friday

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON While the Bruins and Stars were battling it out on the ice in a wild, punchy brand of hockey that would have made the Hanson Brothers jealous, Marc Savard was resting up in Boston and readying for an important weekend.

The Bruins center flew from Peterborough, Ontario, to Boston on Thursday, and sources indicated to CSNNE.com that he'll meet with doctors for testing on Friday after suffering the fourth concussion of his NHL career two weeks ago.

TSNs Bob McKenzie reported that Savards agent, Larry Kelley, is also arriving in Boston this weekend, and that Savard, Kelley, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and all of the parties involved would get together to discuss Savards future.

Savard is still suffering from headaches, irritability and other troubling symptoms more than a week after he was pushed headfirst into the boards by former teammate Matt Hunwick at the Pepsi Center in Colorado.

The Bruins have discussed shutting Savard down for the rest of the season after suffering his second concussion in the last 10 months, and that undoubtedly be the topic of conversation this weekend when all parties get together.

Patrice Bergeron continues to set the pace for the Bruins this season, and hasnt slowed down at all after winning the NHLs No. 1 Star of the Month for January. Bergeron has 11 goals and 9 assists in 14 games and leads the Bruins with 13 multipoint games this season. He also leads the team in scoring, with 44 points overall.

Bergeron, quite simply, is as good as the Bruins get at any position aside from goaltender, and as a line the BergeronBrad MarchandMark Recchi trio put up nine points with a plus-6 rating in the 6-3 win.

Well, it's chemistry, said coach Claude Julien. We talk about chemistry with lines and they seem to be clicking well together. They find each other. Marchand, with some of those nice passes he makes, he really sells the shot and all of a sudden the pass comes out and those guys know about it and theyre driving the net and getting rewarded for that.

Those three guys, not only is there chemistry, but they seem to enjoy playing with each other and when you do that theres and even better reason for success.

Tyler Seguin broke a nine-game scoreless drought when he snapped home a one-timer for his eighth goal of the season in the third period. The Seguin goal actually came at a large point in the game for the Bruins, who had allowed the Stars to creep within one before Seguin connected on Michael Ryders pass.
He hadnt scored in a while and it was a nice goal. I thought he made some nice plays tonight and I thought he was skating well tonight, played with some good confidence, said Julien. Absolutely, hes a young guy that we want to see continue to progress. Tonight was one of those good nights for him. Shawn Thornton once again came up just short of a Gordie Howe hat trick when he couldn't get an assist in the final two periods. He snapped a 19-game goal-scoring drought with hiseighth goal of the season in the first period. The 8 goals and 14 assists for Thornton this season are both career highs for the Bruins enforcer. Bruins wives and girlfriends, including Kim Jacobs, Tatiana Chara, Tammy Horton, Brittany Carnegie and Christine Sweeney, will model the latest 2011 spring and resort collections from Saks Fifth Avenue for an audience of honored guests at the "Carnevale Di Moda" which takes place next Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Taj in Boston. Former Bruins goaltender Andrew Raycroft had an interesting matchup against Tuukka Rask, for whom he was traded in a Bruins-Maple Leafs swap years ago, but was yanked just 1:20 into the game. Raycroft was pulled after both Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron scored on the only shots he faced, and it was all Tuukka Time from that point forward. Rask made 30 saves -- including 15 in the second period, highlighted by stoning James Neal cold on a close backdoor bid. Julien took a timeout in the third period once the Stars climbed to within a goal with plenty of time on the clock, but Tyler Seguin ended the drama when he made it a 5-3 game in the third and put the game out of reach."They made some nice plays there and we took the timeout and regrouped and then responded again with a couple of goals," said Rask. "So one goal first to get us back on track there. You know, its a good sign." Mark Stuart was scratched for the fifth straight game as a healthy defenseman, and it's apparent that Adam McQuaid has supplanted the rugged Stuart as one of the B's top six defensemen. McQuaid gave Andrew Sutherby a beating in the third period and had his first goal of the season waved off in the worst goaltender's interference call of the year on Blake Wheeler. Wheeler was feet outside of the crease and made no contact with Kari Lehtonen when the penalty was called for, and wiped a nifty little fake-and-shoot move by McQuaid. "Im going to stand here and tell you were going to go with the same Ds," said Julien. "Im not going to mix anything up right now. It is what it is and we keep talking about that almost everyday as well, is that weve got a guy in Stuey Mark Stuart that so far has had a great attitude towards not disrupting the team and understanding how tough it is to play. But at the same time our six Ds are doing a great job so you dont punish other guys for that kind of stuff. "But things always work out and Stuey knows that and has been a real, I guess helpful player in regards to that, at not disrupting the team and hes still working hard and when he gets his chance hell be ready."
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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.