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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.

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Bruins draft: Grading all five picks from the 2019 NHL Draft

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Bruins draft: Grading all five picks from the 2019 NHL Draft

The Bruins didn't have long to transition from the regular season to the offseason, as this past weekend's NHL Draft took place less than 10 days after the B's dropped Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Fortunately for B's general manager Don Sweeney, he had a first-round pick this time around after trading a first-rounder away a season ago in the Rick Nash trade.

When all was said and done, the Bruins addressed several needs, adding four forwards and a defenseman. 

None of those players are expected to contribute in the 2019-20 season, but how did Sweeney and the Bruins fare?

Joe Haggerty evaluated each of the B's picks based on need and where they were drafted.

Click here for Haggerty's grades for all five Bruins draft picks.>>>>>

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Bruins' Noel Acciari knows Boston is 'a special, special place' as free agency approaches

Bruins' Noel Acciari knows Boston is 'a special, special place' as free agency approaches

Noel Acciari checks so many boxes for what the Bruins are looking for in an NHL hockey player.

He’s tough, he’s smart, he’s unselfish and team-oriented and he’s been a big game player throughout a solid hockey career.

It’s not surprising that the Bruins and Acciari want to keep things going as he heads to unrestricted free agency on July 1 after playing the last three seasons for the Black and Gold as a hard-hitting fourth-line energy kind of player.

It’s also not surprising that the Rhode Island-born Acciari loves being a Bruin and wants to stay in Boston for the foreseeable future.

“It was an unbelievable year. Stanley Cup Final and Game 7… you’re there 60 minutes from winning a Stanley Cup. I love all of these guys. They are my family. I had a lot of fun with them this year. It’s a bitter ending, but we had a great locker room and a great coaching staff,” said Acciari. “I’d love to come back to Boston. I love all of these guys. I love everybody here. This is all I know.

“We’ll see what happens going forward. You can’t predict anything. Boston has it all. I’m a local guy. I’m not just saying it. I’ve lived it. This is a special, special place. I’m looking for this family [in my next contract]. I’ll take my time and see how things go. But Boston has been my home for my entire life.”

The 27-year-old is hitting free agency at the right time after playing a career-high 72 games, posting a career-high 14 points and averaging a career-high 12:59 of ice time as one of the key parts of a standout fourth line this season.

Acciari is coming off a two-year deal that paid him $725,000 in each of the last two seasons and is certainly looking at a raise to something in the neighborhood of $1.25-1.5 million per season based on his performance. It’s certainly not going to break the bank for the Bruins for the 5-foot-10, 205-pounder to give him a raise, but anything edging closer to the $2 million mark is probably going to make him too expensive as strictly a fourth-line guy even if he’s averaged eight goals and 12 points over the last two years.

Certainly the Bruins value his toughness after he played through a broken sternum in the playoffs after suffering the injury in the second round.

“We’ve had conversations with Noel and his representative just like we were with all of our guys. We’d like to see Noel come back. He’ll have options, so that’ll be up to Noel to see whether or not he feels that this is still the right fit for him,” said Don Sweeney. “We value Noel as a player, for sure. He’s kind of a bit of that fabric of that identity group in the bottom part of our lineup, and he’s made himself into a real valuable NHL player, so he’ll have options with either us or elsewhere. You’re never going to question his courage, for sure. He puts it all on the line, as I said before, he plays with his nose over top of the puck and not everybody does that.”

It seems that the Bruins are trying to take care of things with restricted free agents like Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo before moving on to guys like Acciari, but they may not have a choice if the former Providence Friars captain garners a lot of interest on July 1. One would expect Acciari to return to the Bruins with all things being equal, but nobody knows with the kind of funny money that can get thrown around by teams on the July 1 open of free agency. 

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