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PHT Morning Skate: McQuaid’s injury might impact Bruins trade plans

Mar 3, 2014, 8:02 AM EST

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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.

The Boston Bruins might end up shutting down defenseman Adam McQuaid for an unspecified period of time as he continues to deal with a groin injury that has kept him out of the lineup since Jan. 19. The Bruins might adjust their trade deadline plans depending on his status. (Boston Herald)

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Now that the Olympics and outdoor game at Soldier Field are behind them, the Chicago Blackhawks can finally get back to business as usual. (CSN Chicago)

The Vancouver Canucks will name former coach Pat Quinn into their Ring of Honour. (Canucks.nhl.com)

Rookie Matt Nieto meshed well with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton on the San Jose Sharks’ top line last night. (CSN Bay Area)

Meanwhile, New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe admitted that it was “weird” to play against his former Sharks teammates. (The Bergen Record)

Dallas Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon is questionable going into Monday’s game. (Dallas Morning News)

With so many teams up against the salary cap, it will be a major consideration as we approach the trade deadline. (Toronto Star)

Here are the highlights from Ottawa’s 4-2 victory over Vancouver in the Heritage Classic:

  1. nunan - Mar 3, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    I can’t see the Bs NOT making some sort of impact move. They have no Seidenberg and no McQuaid..and 4 young defensemen. They have a great future but a deep playoff run this year may be tough. I could see them making the finals but they need a more solid D group if they’re going to beat a Chicago, St. Louis, or Anaheim.

  2. pastabelly - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    If Chiarelli believes a Spooner for Philips deal is all they need, then this team will not get a sniff of the Cup this year. That’s too bad because they can roll out four good lines right now, but the defense is getting pretty mediocre.

  3. pastabelly - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    One more thing – Matt Bartkowski is not a top four defenseman. If he is an NHL defenseman, he’s a number six at best. Chara and Boychuck are both solid, but slow. Krug is fast, but makes mistakes. Hamilton is getting better all of the time and McQuaid and Seidenberg are hurt. It’s just not enough.

    • Moop - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      I want Bartkowski out of Boston as soon as possible. He’s simply not that good, and there’s no point keeping him around when you have all sorts of younger defensemen that are more valuable to the team (Hamilton, Krug, Miller). He’s more of a two-way guy anyways, and they already have that offense in Hamilton and Krug, as well as Chara.

  4. nunan - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Spooner for Phillips is not even an option. Spooner is way too valuable and much more of an asset than a old veteran.

    • Moop - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Spooner has too much potential to give up. There are other prospects in the system that I’d much rather see go, and the only thing that is keeping Spooner off the NHL roster right now is Chris Kelly’s reliability defensively.

  5. nhstateline - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    I think they should see how far they get with what they have. Really. The young players will get a lot of playoff experience and it is a good (but not defensively great) team that could get pretty far in the playoffs as is. Sitting on all these assets sets them up really well for the next several years and let’s them win now. I would be more surprised if they made a big splash in this situation than if they didn’t.

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