Morning Skate: Seguin The Sequel in Boston?

Morning Skate: Seguin The Sequel in Boston?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while skipping right over the “Space Force” entirely.

*Interesting that Pro Hockey Talk has Tyler Seguin as one of the players in their “Under Pressure” category. Even more interesting that the Dallas Stars have yet to sign Seguin to a long-term contract extension. When you consider the Stars were one of the teams actively wooing John Tavares, it makes it certainly a consideration that Dallas might not end up signing Seguin to a massive deal after some All-Star level seasons in Big D.

That naturally begs the question as to whether or not Seguin might become available in either a trade or free agency. One step further begs the question as to whether the Bruins would entertain bringing Seguin back to Boston. His linemates, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, are still in Black and Gold and clearly, Seguin has matured to some degree at 26. Seguin has been a point-per-game player for a Stars team that’s missed the playoffs in three of the five seasons he's been in Dallas.

Certainly it’s enticing to think about the skill, the production, the game-breaking ability and Seguin’s chemistry with the Bruins when mulling over the possibility and then there’s the poetic justice of the B’s righting a wrong when they settled for pennies on the dollar while casting out one of the league’s young superstars.

So, there might be reasons to do it, but I still see Seguin as a “very good player on a bad team”-type player who will pile up gaudy stats until the ice starts getting difficult to fight for and produce. He’s also still a risk if you’re a team signing him to a massive contract (which he will obviously be looking for) given that he’s been dinged at times in Dallas for being late to practice and he's still a candidate for other minor infractions that show he’s probably never going to be a true leader on a team.

Traditionally, those aren’t the players that you win with. Some of the organizational results in Dallas continue to back the notion that dealing Seguin was a sound decision. It was the pitiful return that ended up being the problem in the end for the Black and Gold. The bottom line: I’d pass if I were the Bruins and Seguin became a possibility, unless you could trade the rights to Matt Fraser, a Joe Morrow speeding ticket from the town of Wilmington, a pair of Reilly Smith’s old gloves and a lock of Loui Eriksson’s beloved hair back to Dallas in exchange for Seguin the Sequel.

*Here are some fun nickname jersey possibilities if the NHL were to ever go with a “Player’s Weekend” setup like Major League Baseball. They did miss the boat with one possibility, however, as it would set up Brad Marchand for any number of possibilities. Just think how much a game-worn No. 63 “Nose Face Killah” jersey from Marchand could net in an auction for charity.

*Interesting piece from Travis Yost about the allocation of salary cap money for each of the 31 NHL teams where it clearly displays that only Montreal is going to spend more cap space than the B’s on goaltending for this upcoming season. That’s definitely going to be inefficient there unless they get the NHL’s best goaltending next season.

*First-round pick Brady Tkachuk is going to leave Boston University and join the Ottawa Senators to start his NHL career.

*For something completely different: Dude, enough about the “Snyder Cut.” It’s over. It’s time to move on.



David Pastrnak named MVP of 2020 NHL All-Star Game

David Pastrnak named MVP of 2020 NHL All-Star Game

The Atlantic Division may have come up just short in their quest to win their first NHL All-Star Game title since the league moved to a 3-on-3 tournament format for the big event. But David Pastrnak still took home one of the biggest accolades of the evening.

Pastrnak was named the All-Star Game MVP thanks to his strong performance on the ice.

Pastrnak edged out Leon Draisaitl, Matthew Tkachuk, and Anthony Duclair for the award which was voted on by NHL fans. Here's a look at the NHL's poll, courtesy of their official Twitter account.

Of course, a notable name is missing from that list: the San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl, who scored five total goals including the game-winner for the Pacific Division. Nonetheless, Pastrnak is going home as the MVP and become the first Bruins player to take home the award since Bill Guerin in 2001.

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Pastrnak had a hat trick in the Atlantic's first game, a win over the Metropolitan Division, and finished the night with four goals and two assists in the two games. Certainly, his performance was MVP worth even if there were a couple of other deserving candidates.

Hopefully, Pastrnak playing in the All-Star Game helps to keep him locked in moving forward. He has been one of the league's best scorers this year and is on pace to shatter his career-high in goals and points if he stays healthy.

The Bruins will need him to keep producing if they want to hold on to win the Atlantic Division.

David Pastrnak nets a beautiful All-Star Game goal on excellent backhand

David Pastrnak nets a beautiful All-Star Game goal on excellent backhand

The 2020 NHL All-Star Game was an offensive showdown, as usual, and throughout the night, the NHL's best players made some excellent plays and scored some beautiful goals.

But were any of them better than David Pastrnak's backhand score during the 3-on-3 championship between the Atlantic and Pacific divisions? That's debatable.

The Boston Bruins forward notched a breakaway opportunity in the first half of the championship with the Atlantic holding a 2-1 lead. On the play, Pastrnak had an incredible forehand/backhand move and was able to quickly launch the goal into the top shelf.

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Here's a look at the play courtesy of the NHL on NBC's official Twitter account.

That's a nice, nice move. And it shows off the skills that have made Pastrnak the NHL's leading scorer (37 goals) through the first half of the season.

As beautiful as that goal from Pastrnak was, Bruins fans will have one qualm with it. It didn't come in a shootout.

Perhaps Pastrnak will try to pull that out in a shootout situation during the second half of the season. A move like that could possibly be enough to give the B's their first shootout victory of the season.