Seguin's 'in' for Game 3


Seguin's 'in' for Game 3

By Joe Haggerty

TAMPA, Fla. Tyler Seguin wont have to worry about whether hes in the starting lineup or not at least for one game, and probably a lot more than that given the seismic impact hes had on the Boston lineup.Twenty-four hours after the 19-year-old rookie electrified the NHL world with a pair of goals and two assists in a second-period outburst that paced the Bruins to a 6-5 win at TD Garden in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, coach Claude Julien assured the assembled media at the Embassy Suites hotel here that Seguin will be in the Bs lineup for Game 3 on Thursday night.That doesnt matter who returns and who will be scratched as a result. Seguin has carved out a playoff roster spot with the Bs thats now his to lose."He's in. Seguin will certainly be in the lineup, said Julien of Seguins availability for Game Three. He's earned it.
"You dont pull a guy like that out of your lineup thats been very good. Like I said, hes earned it, he deserves to be in the lineup, and thats what we want to see. We want to see those kind of things happening."Its expected that enforcer Shawn Thornton will be the odd guy out if Patrice Bergeron also returns for Game 3. The majority of questions were again about Seguin and the offensive explosion, which set NHL records for most points by a teenager in a Stanley Cup playoff game, that had him on every major sports program across North America. "Being able to feel comfortable out there, all of a sudden, your skill set really starts to show a lot more. Its about maturing. Its about growing into that," said Julien. "As the year progressed, I think we saw more and more of him getting better at that. These last two games, to me, have been two of his best games for us --and itcouldnt havecome at a better time."

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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.