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Spooner assigned to Providence


Spooner assigned to Providence

After a brief NHL debut against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Wednesday night, 21-year-old Bruins prospect Ryan Spooner was sent back down to the AHLs Providence Bruins a day later. Spooner had 5:29 of ice time while skating with Lane MacDermid and Jamie Tardif on the fourth line and fired one shot on net in the victory for the Black and Gold over their Northeast Division rivals.
Following the game, Spooner expressed appreciation for the chance the Bruins gave him to play in his first NHL game against the team he rooted for as a kid, and confidence that hell be even better the next time he gets a chance.
Its a role Im not used to, but Ill obviously come up and do anything they ask me to, said Spooner. After my first shift I think things went a little better, I had a shot or two on net and things calmed down a little bit.
The move to place Spooner back in Providence is an encouraging sign that perhaps Brad Marchand (upper body) has improved to the point where he can play in a Saturday afternoon tilt against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Marchand missed the Habs game and has had the benefit of six days of healing time after crashing into the boards against the Maple Leafs.
If Marchand cant play, then Spooner is only a 45-minute drive away in Providence, through it might take a little longer to get to Boston as a Noreaster blizzard is expected to pound Eastern Massachusetts on Friday and Saturday.

Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics


Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still digesting all of the awesome trailers and tidbits released at Comic Con in San Diego. 

*The NHL says there is no alternative regular season schedule for next season, and that any hope of participating in the Olympics is dead

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Predators just one Ryan Johansen deal away from a piece of salary cap artwork, and being able to keep everything together.  

*Clark Booth is either upset or mystified that the Bruins haven’t done anything this offseason. My good man Clark, they need to re-sign David Pastrnak and let some of their young prospects continue to grow and develop. Better that than sign another premium-priced contract to a player like David Backes or Matt Beleskey. They don’t need that at this point. And they shouldn’t panic and trade one of their good, young players either. 

*Former UMass-Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has agreed to a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets. 

*It’s a wonderful time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh as the Penguins have been dominant, and it looks like the Steelers are in position to finish in second place behind the New England Patriots in the AFC. Well, that’s something to write home about. 

*Minnesota native Kyle Okposo opens up for the first time about a scary season-ender with the Buffalo Sabres where Illness forced him to the hospital. 

*Larry Brooks explains why the New York Rangers have short-changed Mika Zibanejad in their salary arbitration exercise. 

*For something completely different: Are you kidding me with this Stranger Things 2 trailer to Michael Jackson’s Thriller? This looks awesome. 

Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev


Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while simply shaking my head at David Price. What a typically soft, boorish ballplayer not meant for a big market where more is expected of those wearing the Red Sox uniform.

*There are tempered expectations for rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev as he gets things going with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

*Keith Yandle believes that Dale Tallon being back in charge of the Florida Panthers is going to bring unity and solidarity to the Panthers once again.

*Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers are right on the cusp of challenging for a Stanley Cup title.

*Here 20 thoughts from the just-concluded Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp, where there’s some pretty strong, young talent.

*Even as the highest-paid player in the NHL, Connor McDavid is underpaid for what he brings to the table, says Ron MacLean.

*Interesting look at the Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog situation in Colorado, where both players have watched their performance fall off a bit. This is why I’d be very nervous about giving up the farm to trade for either of these players if I’m the Bruins. The jury is out on whether they’re in decline as players, or if it’s simply the mess in Colorado getting them down.  

*For something completely different: What a sweet interaction between "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot and a young, emotional fan all decked out in WW gear.