'Relieved' Campbell played no role in suspension

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'Relieved' Campbell played no role in suspension

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Mike Murphy didnt want to be speaking to the media onTuesday afternoon. He even said so.

But since the NHLs senior vice president is also theinterim disciplinarian for the league during this years Stanley Cup Finalbetween the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks, the ruling to suspend Canucksdefenseman Aaron Rome for the rest of the series was a decision that had to bemade.

The NHLs previous disciplinarian Colin Campbell steppeddown just before the Finals began, as his son Gregory Campbell is a forwardfor the Bruins.

Murphy let it be known on Tuesday that, while he didreceive advice from others, he did not speak with Colin Campbell, and thefour-game suspension handed down to Rome was a decision made by him, and himalone.

This is my standard, said Murphy on Tuesday at WalterBrown Arena in Boston. I was given the responsibility to deal with thisseries. Brendan Shanahan will take over next year. And hell have a group ofpeople that are in his confidence.

I was told, You have to take care of this series. Ifsomething like this happened, its your responsibility. I have to look atmyself, and make sure Im doing the right thing. Because I know the severity ofwhat weve just done here. I know the severity with Nathan in the hospital, andAaron Rome not being able to play in the Finals.

Ive learned a lot of this from Colin Campbell, addedMurphy. Ive learned some it from talking with Brian Burke over the years,when weve had issues that Ive had to deal with. But, this is mine.

Gregory Campbell was one of several Bruins players availableto the media as well on Tuesday. He said his father was happy to not have tomake those kinds of decisions anymore.

I think hes relieved, said Campbell. You see situationsand decisions like the one that was just made. Its not an easy decision tomake, and its a tough spot to be in. So I think he put in his time, and heworked hard. I think hes happy to move on.

Its not an easy job. Youre dealing with injuriessometimes. But youre also dealing with taking a player out of a series, thattheyve worked their whole lives to get to that point. So its a no-win job.

I try to separate myself from that, because its not reallymy place, and its not my job, added Campbell. Ive dealt with it in mycareer, because thats the nature of it. Its my dad. Having been up front, andseen some of the decisions he had to make, its not an easy decision, butthats the job that they do.

With the ruling now in his hands, Murphy said on Tuesdaythat he took the decision very seriously, knowing that Horton and Rome may neverbe able to play in the Stanley Cup Final again.

And while he assured everyone that Campbell was not part ofany discussion or decision with Romes suspension, Murphy did acknowledge thatdealing with Campbell in the past, helped him handle the tough situation he wasdealt.

Most of what I know and what I decided on today, Ivelearned a lot from Colin Campbell, said Murphy. And I know he learned a lotfrom Brian Burke. This has to do with what we talk about almost on a nightlybasis, in the Toronto video room, when we have multiple clips.

Not to this severity, but we have a group of people thatshare ideas and share thoughts. And we often get asked about panels. We have apanel of people that I discussed this with, and a lot of people outside thepanel.

As difficult as this was, this was the right thing to do.

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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.