Morning Free Association: Return of the Original Cageface

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Chris Kelly last played for the Boston Bruins in November 2015, with his last action on the ice resulting in a broken femur that required a 6-8 month recovery. Since then, he’s had a complicated path that has seen him return to the Ottawa Senators, play for their AHL affiliate, sign a PTO for the Edmonton Oilers during the Chiarelli tenure, play for Team Canada for the Spengler Cup, captain Team Canada to a bronze medal in the 2018 Olympics, finish out the spring of 2018 with the Anaheim Ducks, and then return to Ottawa as a development coach for the 2018-19 season. Now, he’s back. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Back in the PRC

The Bruins have scheduled their 5th (mostly) annual preseason trip to China.

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In the summers since reaching a partnership with O.R.G. packaging – China’s leading sponsor of ice hockey – the Bruins have sent players to visit Shenzen & Beijing, etc., running youth hockey clinics, and playing a few preseason games.
And, importantly we get to see Bruins players doing P.R. in Shenzen at 3AM.

Morning Free Association: Peak Offseason

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Once the hockey season ends, the draft is over, and the initial frenzy of free agency dies down, hockey content dries up. You see it all over the place. Desperate writers start proposing new narratives on what happened last season. Others propose insanity like what the 2024 Stanley Cup winning Boston Bruins will look like (hint: it will still have Nordstrom but not Kuraly and Patrik Laine?). And then you have that special breed of hockey media: the sports talk guys. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Post Up in Southie

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Summer is here and despite the new league year beginning on July 1st, teams and teammates are not currently congregating in any spaces together, but rather retreating to some corner of the world to continue the ceaseless training that is required to remain in NHL shape. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Oldest Active NHL Player

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With the retirement of Matt Cullen last Wednesday after a 21-year career in the NHL, Zdeno Chara became the oldest active player in the NHL. The big guy is taking it all in stride. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Laukomotive

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Jakub Lauko has his sights set on playing in Boston. Last season, he wanted to play in Providence but was sent to the Q to improve his play. With the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, he managed to win the Memorial Cup while developing his game. Continue reading