Haggerty: Five thoughts from Bruins-Lightning

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Haggerty: Five thoughts from Bruins-Lightning

Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Lighting locked in a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes at the TD Garden.

1)This just in: Steven Stamkos is a filthy offensive player. One turnover near the offensive blue line was quickly fed in the other direction and Tim Thomas had no shot to stop Stamkos wrister from the right face-off dot. Hes got a chance to be only the second guy to 60 goals since the late-1990s with goal No. 54 tonight. Thats just nasty.

2)Shawn Thornton and the Bs fourth line look like theyre determined to make themselves difference-makers this season. A couple of hard, intense, energy-changing shifts and Thornton gets the well-deserved goal on a rebound after Zdeno Chara creates the shot with a deft move to the net through traffic. He looked more like Bobby Orr than Zdeno Chara with that trip to the net. Looks like hes enjoying the celebration for his 1,000th career NHL game.

3)The Bruins defense did hold the Lightning to only five shots on net. Once again theyre doing a good job of squeezing off the other teams offensive opportunities and discouraging anything around the net. Even their goal came on a shot from the outside, but Stamkos is dangerous even from there.

4)Bruins have won 14-out-of-20 face-offs and are once again wiping the floor with the other teams group of centers. Patrice Bergeron leading the way with seven wins in nine draws through the first period.

5)Bruins looked a little sluggish starting the game tonight, but that can be expected when going through a pregame ceremony like the one the Bruins had for Zdeno Chara commemorating his 1,000th NHL game. Loved the gift certificate for a three-day stay anywhere in the world for Chara and his family. Probably the only way Big Zee was footing the bill for a family vacation. Word out of the Bs room is that hes a notoriously thrifty guy.

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. 

Tom Brady claims No. 1 spot on NFL's top 100 list

Tom Brady claims No. 1 spot on NFL's top 100 list

The NFL Network revealed the final 10 players on its annual Top 100 list Monday night and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finished in the No. 1 spot.

On NFL.com, the Top 100 list is described as the answer to the question, "Who are the top 100 players in the NFL today?" If that's the criteria -- and not simply performance in 2016 -- then Watt's complaint actually doesn't hold much water. If he's healthy, no one would argue that he's one of the best 35 players "in the NFL today."

Several Patriots players made the cut on this year's list: Rob Gronkowski (No. 23), LeGarrette Blount (No. 80), Julian Edelman (No. 71), Dont'a Hightower (No. 94) and Malcolm Butler (No. 99). 

Brady was also voted in as the No. 1 player back in 2011.