Notes: Seguin takes a seat . . . again


Notes: Seguin takes a seat . . . again

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON Tyler Seguin appeared to be turning a corner in the last few weeks after getting scratched for a couple of important games against the Canadiens and the Red Wings.

The 19-year-old battled in the corners, competed for possession of the puck, blocked shots in front of the net and was getting his nose as dirty as possible with the intensity getting raised around him. Its obvious Seguin was attempting to show the coaches what theyll get out of him in effort and desire should they dress him for the playoffs in a fourth line role.

Well, it looks like Seguins best as a 19-year-old straining to do whatever he can isnt good enough for the Bruins coaching staff. He was a healthy scratch against the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night in a pivotal Eastern Conference matchup for second place in the standings, and afterward Claude Julien shed some light on the scratch.

It wasnt designed to give Seguin a breather, nor was it due to a sore right ankle Seguin suffered after blocking a shot against the Edmonton Oilers. It was because Julien wants his fourth line to be the bunch of plumbers theyre supposed to be.

I think its a matter of just not so much a night off, but we also want to get Dan Paille in the lineup, said Julien. Its one of those situations where I wanted a fourth line tonight thats going to give us that identity. Thats the way it is and thats the way its going to be, part of the decision making.

Perhaps its more of an audition-type situation where Julien is making some playoff roster lineup decisions while watching regular-season games, and its getting down to crunch time for those types of impressions with only 18 of them remaining.

This is where hockey coaches make their decisions about playoff lineups and the readiness of players, and its up to Seguin to find a way to get back into the lineup amid a speedy, defensively-sound option in Daniel Paille.

Mark Recchi passed another milestone on Thursday night when he moved into a tie with Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens for sixth all-time in the NHL with his 1,635th game of his career. got an update on Marc Savard from Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli before Thursdays game, and its more of the same. Savard has his good days and bad days while battling through concussion symptoms, and plans to return to Boston for more testing and evaluation before the end of the regular season. Chiarelli stressed there was no urgency and it was more about when Savard felt up to it.

Steve Kampfer had his bell rung after a hit from Mattias Ritola in the second period, and didnt return for the third period after 9:36 of ice time. Its unknown whether Kampfer has suffered a concussion, but its expected Matt Bartkowski would be the first Bs player called up from Providence if both Kampfer and Andrew Ference are unable to play Saturday against the Penguins. Ference isnt expected to be close to game-ready by this weekend.

Tim Thomas has allowed five goals in his last five games, and once again looks like hes in the middle of the hot streak against some of the best teams in the NHL.

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Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.