Ryder, Recchi, Hnidy to receive rings with current B's

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Ryder, Recchi, Hnidy to receive rings with current B's

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
The Bruins are preparing for their final few days of Stanley Cup reminiscing and celebrations before the regular season is upon them, and that includes the presentation of their Stanley Cup rings at tonights team dinner. The rings, created by Jostens, will be unveiled during the team dinner at the Boston Harbor Hotel on Tuesday night, and set off a run of three straight days of winding up toward Thursday nights banner-raising even prior to puck drop against the Philadelphia Flyers.

A Bruins source indicated that departed Bs team members Michael Ryder, Mark Recchi and Sheriff Shane Hnidy would all be attending the dinner and ring ceremony along with the rest of the returning members of the Cup-winning hockey club.

A shipment of personalized boxes containing the championship rings arrived at the Boston Harbor Hotel via armored car at 4:00 p.m., and the Bruins players themselves, the coaching staff and management will arrive to the hotel at approximately 5:30 p.m. for a walk down the red carpet from the Boston Harbor Hotel archway into the function hall where the dinner will take place.

The dinner itself will be closed off to the media and the public, but the Bruins are expecting plenty of curious onlookers when they walk out of the Harbor Hotel with the new bling on their fingers.

While the Bruins know they have a new season full of challenges awaiting them, the ring presentation and the banner-raising await over the next few days as a nice chapter-ender to last years magnificent Cup run. The celebration doesnt leave much in the way of questions in the mind of other Bs officials about the motivation level for this years club after climbing the Lord Stanley mountaintop last spring.

When you get the taste of winning its a pretty good taste, said Bruins President Cam Neely. Weve got a good group of guys with great character and a fairly young group that isnt tired of winning yet. I think our future both for this season and for years to come bodes very well for us.

The day after the players receive their championship rings, Bruins season ticket holders and fans will have the opportunity to purchase pieces from the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Championship Season Ticket Holder and Fan Collections. The 25-piece collections, which include watches, pendants, cufflinks and rings, will go on-sale on Wednesday, October 5.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

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.