Morning Free Association: Other News

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While we’re waiting for word on Krugwatch, lets turn our attention to a couple of other stories, one involving the Bruins and one not.

Apparently, the Bruins have shown interest in obtaining the services of Arizona Coyotes defenseman and captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson. It’s not surprising that OEL is garnering interest from Boston as he’s a highly regarded left shot defensemen. It’s also not surprising that the Coyotes are looking to offload his contract: he’s signed for 7 more seasons at $8.25 million per and the Yotes are seriously cap-impaired with a measly $1 million left with players to sign. Since the B’s could be letting Krug walk and have yet to re-sign an aging Zdeno Chara, the B’s could technically take on that deal if they make some other moves. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Krugwatch

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Well, Monday came and went and there was no movement on Torey Krug’s situation. Whether that’s good news or Don Sweeney just taking time to weigh the best offer, we don’t know. What we do know now is that there definitely was a final offer to Krug’s camp. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Get Ready for the Move

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It seems like the Boston Bruins and Torey Krug are about to part ways.

Sure, we knew that there was a high probability of the Bruins letting Krug walk after 9 years. Don Sweeney and Krug himself have been broadcasting this all season long since it never seemed that either side was close to getting what they wanted, that neither party was willing to come to the table to continue talks. It all just seemed so sad. And it seemed that would happen with a whimper. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Potential Buyouts

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Surprise! It’s buyout season!

With the league year wrapping up within the next two weeks, the league has allowed a buyout period from today until Thursday October 8th, the day before the start of free agency. This could be a very important time for cap-strapped teams that need to shed some salary to get under the $81.5 million ceiling. The Boston Bruins could be one of these teams, according to Conor Ryan of the Boston Sports Journal. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Florida Yard Sale

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Well, it looks like things with the Panthers are not looking so rosy. After a season in which they spent money to attain some good players and after securing the services of head coach Joel Quenneville, the Panthers were quickly dispatched by the New York Islanders in the qualifying round of the playoffs. Soon afterward, longtime general manager Dale Tallon was fired and Bill Zito was hired to replace him. Now, Zito has to deal with a cap situation that is going to be a tough one to manage. He only has about $21 million to sign 10 players, both RFAs and UFAs. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: 37 of 37

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It’s official Autumn by nearly 24 hours now. At this point in the calendar year, we would be preparing for the upcoming hockey season beginning in the early days of October. Right now, training camps would still be open with the teams breaking out into groups to play a few exhibition games to both whittle down the roster and get the veterans some reps before the NHL faceoff. But, as we all know, while the calendar says September and we feel like it might be March 212th or Mid-June for all we know because the Stanley Cup Final is being played, we won’t be getting any Boston Bruins hockey any time soon. Continue reading