NHL notes: Seguin set for playoff debut

Bruins forward Tyler Seguin takes part in team practice at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que., April...

Bruins forward Tyler Seguin takes part in team practice at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que., April 18, 2011. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

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The Boston Bruins have begun preparing for Round 3, with rookie Tyler Seguin poised to make his playoff debut.

Chris Kelly moved up to the second line between Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi at practice Monday, replacing Patrice Bergeron who is sidelined with a concussion.

Seguin, a healthy scratch through the first two rounds, was on right wing with Rich Peverley at centre and Michael Ryder on the left side.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said was encouraged by the way Seguin practised.

"You saw him use his speed, his skill," Julien told reporters.

"Watching the playoffs, I guess it really does make you hungry, and you hope that he's hungry enough that he steps in there and showcases what he can do, because he's a good player and certainly is improved from Day 1 to now."

Seguin had 11 goals and 11 assists in 74 games during the season.

The Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning will meet for the Eastern championship in a series that is expected to start Thursday or Saturday in Boston.

Bergeron was hurt Friday on a check by Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux.

Thrashers next target?

The fire might be put out in Glendale, Ariz., Tuesday but, as a result, a new blaze could flare up in Atlanta.

Glendale council is expected to agree to pay another $25 million to the NHL to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in the desert for another season, allowing more time for a buyer to be found.

But there are concerns in Atlanta that True North Sports and Entertainment -- which has been hoping to buy the Coyotes and move them to Winnipeg -- will then turn its attention to the Thrashers.

The Atlanta Spirit, owner of the Thrashers as well as the NBA Hawks, has been looking for a buyer or investors and has said relocation is a possibility, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Monday.

Jagr could return

Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec says Jaromir Jagr still has the ability to be an impact player in the NHL.

Amid speculation Jagr is pondering a return to the NHL, Plekanec told Montreal radio station CJAD Monday that the 39-year-old Czech winger hasn't lost his skill and that "playing on the small NHL rinks would make him even better."

Plekanec and Jagr are teammates with the Czech team at the world championship.

Jagr, a five-team Art Ross Trophy winner as the NHL's leading scorer, has spent the past three seasons with Omsk Avangard of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Asked if Jagr has discussed a move back to the NHL, Plekanec said: "He's trying to focus on the (world) tournament, now. I'm sure he'll decide later on."

Teens traded

In a trade of 19-year-old forwards, the New York Rangers have acquired Oscar Lindberg from the Phoenix Coyotes for Ethan Werek.

The Rangers drafted Werek 47th overall in 2009 while Lindberg went five slots later to Phoenix.

Lindberg played for Skelleftea of the Swedish Elite League this season, while Werek was with Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League.


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