Bruins expect Marc Savard to attend training camp, hope to ease Tyler Seguin into the NHL

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Thumbnail image for screamingsavard.jpgIt’s true that when people talk about Tyler Seguin, they’ll often discuss fellow top draft pick Taylor Hall too. But in the immediate future, Seguin’s name will also be echoed as people discuss his talented teammate Marc Savard.

Both Boston Bruins centers were the center of discussion yesterday as CSN North East’s Joe Haggerty provided an update on both players. First, let’s take a look at his thoughts on Savard’s “hurt feelings” and short-term future with the B’s.

The market for Savard never fully developed into what the B’s might have hoped for a perennial 85-point scorer with a palatable $4 million salary cap hit, and that isn’t expected to change between now and the Sept. 17 opening of training camps.

The tepid Savard market combined, with the ongoing NHL investigation into the center’s seven-year, contract have pretty much cinched that No. 91 will be with the B’s to start the season despite any hard feelings and rumors to the contrary.

When you consider that “palatable $4 million salary cap hit,” I think it’s a blessing in disguise that the Bruins failed to trade their brilliant passing center. Obviously, his concussion issues are a cause for concern, but 85-point forwards don’t come along very often. Especially at such a cheap price.

Thumbnail image for tylerseguindraftday.jpgMoving on to Seguin, Haggerty points out that the Bruins are being careful not to put too much pressure on the Calder Trophy candidate in the making.

The B’s, however, have also been very careful not to center too much of their marketing campaign around the 18-year-old Seguin, and don’t want the hype machine to get too out of control with their newest puck phenom.

It’s a smart move to temper expectations, and starting Seguin off with true, two-way professionals like Bergeron and Recchi will give the teenager a pair of sterling examples of how to play NHL hockey with class, dignity and honor. It’s probably the perfect situation to drop a talented, impressionable hockey talent like Seguin into as an 18-year-old kid playing against cold-hearted men without much in the way of mercy.

Few top-end draft picks have gotten the opportunity to ease into the NHL with a quality team around them like Seguin could in 2009-10. In fact, it’s rare that such a high-end prospect might not even make his team right away. In some ways, it reminds me of Tim Duncan coming into a near-playoff team in the San Antonio Spurs and immediately acclimating to the NBA game.

(Although it might be hasty to assume that Seguin will be an instant star like Duncan.)

While the Bruins haven’t always been experts at signing wise contracts or managing their salary cap, I like a lot of the moves they’ve been making. If they handle things well with both Savard and Seguin, they could become a dominant team in the Eastern Conference.

Habs grab rare back-to-back wins this weekend

Montreal Canadiens goalie Ben Scrivens falls after making a save while facing the Carolina Hurricanes during first-period NHL hockey game action, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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The Montreal Canadiens were a bit like Ben Scrivens (in his near-ideal state) this weekend: not always pretty, but they got the job done.

A day after Scrivens thwarted his former team in the Edmonton Oilers in a 5-1 win, the journeyed goalie was integral in Montreal scraping out a 2-1 shootout win against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Now, it’s easy to scoff at two wins against two teams who are – let’s be honest – pretty unremarkable.

The Canadiens aren’t really in a position to laugh off any victory, however. That’s especially true when you consider the fact that this is their first set of consecutive wins since late November.

Even through all this frustration, certain top Canadiens stand out as keeping the team afloat. Andrei Markov hit an impressive milestone:

… While Max Pacioretty scored his 20th goal in emphatic fashion:

As P.K. Subban‘s numbers argue, Montreal’s biggest problem has been getting results from more under-the-radar players. In Sunday’s case, Scrivens delivered.

Montreal still faces an uphill battle, but perhaps a weekend like this might serve as a catalyst for a nice climb?

Malcolm Subban in stable condition, suffered fractured larynx

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The Boston Bruins updated Malcolm Subban‘s condition a day after the goaltending prospect was hospitalized after being struck in the throat with a puck.

“Malcolm Subban was struck in the throat with a puck Saturday night during pregame warmups. He was transported to Maine Medical Center and was diagnosed with a fractured larynx. He stayed overnight at Maine Medical Center and was transported to Mass General Hospital on Sunday for further evaluation. He is in stable condition and will be sidelined indefinitely. The team will provide additional details when they become available.”

Awful news, although at least he’s in stable condition.

PHT will stay tuned for further updates regarding the 22-year-old.

Subban did tweet a thanks for support:

A little context makes that a little sad, too.

P.K. Subban seems confident his brother will bounce back.

Fight video: Zack Kassian racks up penalty minutes, faces Brian Strait

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Pulling Anders Nilsson didn’t stop the bleeding for the Edmonton Oilers. Instead, it really just spread the “wealth.”

The New York Islanders are up 7-1, so don’t be surprised if there’s some ugly stuff in the final frame.

Zack Kassian is an author of at least one outburst, as he was tagged with 19 penalty minutes for a display that included fighting Brian Strait, as you can see in the video above.

It’s not the only fight stemming from the blowout, either, as Eric Gryba just tangled with Matt Martin.

Could there be more?

Update: The game ended on a muted note. The Isles ultimately won 8-1.

Isles chase Nilsson from Oilers’ net in less than 12 minutes

Edmonton Oilers goalie Anders Nilsson, of Sweden, makes pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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There was a time when Anders Nilsson seemed like the best bet in the Oilers’ net this season. This … is not that time.

Less than 12 minutes into Sunday’s game, the New York Islanders roared to a 3-0 lead, and that was enough for Edmonton to give Nilsson the hook.

He allowed those three goals on 10 shots, so to be fair, that’s a pretty impressive chunk of chances (almost a shot on goal per minute).

Still, the Oilers were likely hoping to give Cam Talbot a breather, and instead he was rushed into action. Nilsson hadn’t played since Jan. 19, and he’s only appeared in three games in 2016.

As if this didn’t sting enough for Nilsson, consider the fact that he began his NHL career with the Islanders, who eventually decided he wasn’t worth keeping.