Seidenberg, Marchand 'game-time decisions'

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Seidenberg, Marchand 'game-time decisions'

NEW YORK CITY The Bruins held an optional practice on the Madison Square Garden ice on Wednesday morning, but almost every member of the Black and Gold went out for at least a few twirls on the frozen sheet. Zdeno Chara was among those that stayed off the ice, and goaltender Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice denoting his likely starting gig tonight against the Blueshirts.

Both Brad Marchand and Dennis Seidenberg (lower-body injury) took the ice with their teammates, and Bruins coach Claude Julien said that each player would be a game-time decision. It was termed a maintenance day off the ice for Marchand on Tuesday and Seidenberg couldnt do much to update his status after taking part in the optional skate.

Seidenberg skated in both practices sandwiched between Monday afternoons matinee win against the Jets, and the Bruins are hopeful that hell be playing.

Im a game-time decision, said Seidenberg. Top secret stuff. Its not a big issue at all, but you dont want it to turn into something that could become a two-week thing in such a short season.

Otherwise the Bruins are healthy, well-rested and looking forward to starting the road portion of their 48-game regular season against the Rangers team that they dusted on opening night.

Were no different than any other team in the shortened schedule, said Julien. Theres a lot of maintenance things to take care of, and maybe be a little more cautious with the way the schedule is playing every second night. But so far our team is in very good shape.

If Seidenberg and Marchand cant go then spare skaters Lane MacDermid and Aaron Johnson will get the call for the Bruins.

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.