Boston Bruins' blueline shuffle continues with Seidenberg acquistion

Many hockey fans (myself included) were absolutely stupefied when the Boston Bruins signed Derek Morris for a staggering $3.33 million right in the middle of their Phil Kessel crisis. Well, after today, the Bruins have essentially traded depth, Morris and a second round pick for Dennis Seidenberg.

“The Florida Panthers have parted ways with Dennis Seidenberg, trading the veteran defenceman to the Boston Bruins. The Bruins also receive defenceman Matthew Bartkowski in exchange for right wingers Craig Weller and Byron Bitz, as well as a second round pick.”
Aside from the increasingly fashionable exchange of a second round draft pick, the other  noteworthy player in this move is Byron Bitz. In the grand scheme of things, though, Bitz is just a gigantic but limited player with an awesome last name (I’ve been fond of referring to him as “Ritz Bitz.” … I’m a large fellow.)
Seidenberg’s scouting report (I love those things) essentially casts Seidenberg as the anti-Morris. Here are some of his “assets”, according to the scouting report:
“Is adept at logging big minutes and is a sound defender. Moves the puck quickly and efficiently out of the defensive zone. Knows when to pinch in from the point and can play the point with the man advantage.”
Yup, sounds like he’s everything Morris is not. What do you think, readers? Is Seidenberg a significant upgrade over Morris?

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    Watch angry Quenneville bolt out of press conference (Video)

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    Chicago had a disallowed goal in its 2-0 home loss to San Jose on Tuesday night, when Brandon Mashinter‘s tally was wiped out after Dennis Rasmussen was judged to have interfered with Martin Jones.

    It marked the second disallowed goal the ‘Hawks have had in a week and, for head coach Joel Quenneville, it appeared to be a breaking point.

    “It’s gone to a different level,” Quenneville said. “I don’t know the rules anymore or something’s changed because my understanding, played a lot of hockey, that, I don’t know.

    “I think everybody has an interpretation of what’s a good goal and what’s a bad goal, but I can’t believe it.”

    And with that, Coach Q stormed off.

    We all should’ve seen this coming, really.

    Last Thursday, the ‘Hawks had another disallowed goal in an eventual win over Arizona, a call that sent Quenneville into histrionics on the bench.

    NHL on NBCSN: Rangers, Penguins renew acquaintances on Rivalry Night

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    Tonight, there’s a big Metropolitan Division showdown at Consol as the Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Rangers. You can catch the game on NBCSN (8 p.m. ET), or watch live online with NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

    CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

    Some relevant linkage for tonight’s affair:

    Rangers ‘are doing a lot of good things’

    ‘I wonder if that’s Crosby, what happens?’ — AV upset after McDonagh concussed by Simmonds

    Malkin (lower body) to miss rest of week

    Crosby, Karlsson and Trocheck are NHL’s three stars of the week

     

     

    PHT Morning Skate: It’s not like they robbed a bank

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    PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

    Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley seems pretty chill about healthy-scratching Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma. That goes for Monahan and Gaudreau in particular, noting that they’re “great kids.”

    Besides … it’s not like they robbed a bank. (NHL.com)

    Uh oh, did Nazem Kadri make the throat-slashing gesture to Mark Giordano? See for yourself in the video above. (Puck Daddy)

    What should the New York Islanders do with unrestricted free agent Kyle Okposo, who’s enjoying a productive contract year? (The Hockey News)

    What a playoff berth would mean to the Florida Panthers. (Sportsnet)

    Checking in with various teams as the trade deadline looms. (NHL Numbers)

    On the Canucks using those Pavel Bure-era jerseys. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

    Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss

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    The Minnesota Wild put together the kind of effort that would beat a lot of NHL teams on Tuesday. Unfortunately for that beleaguered group, it wasn’t enough to edge the Dallas Stars.

    Despite generating 40 shots on goal and generating 1-0 and 2-1 leads, the Wild lost to the Stars 4-3 in overtime. With that, they’ve lost six straight games.

    (The view doesn’t get much prettier if you pull away a little further, either, as Minnesota’s only won once in the last month, going 1-9-2 in their last 12.)

    Ultimately, the Stars’ big guns were too powerful. Tyler Seguin generated two assists and so did Jamie Benn, who set up John Klingberg‘s overtime game-winning goal.

    Again, the effort sure seemed to be there for the Wild, even if they’re far beyond the point of accepting moral victories.

    As frustrating as this must be, Minnesota’s not that far from a playoff spot. Still, it has to sting to see “Close, but not good enough” as a prevailing theme as of late.