Morning Free Association 2/26/2016

Good morning, everyone! Despite having the night off, the Bruins’ odds of making the playoffs improved last night with losses to New Jersey and Carolina. The Flyers are still in the playoff bubble mix after a possibly season-saving save of the season by Michael Neuvirth.

Carolina’s loss sets up a great opportunity for the Bruins tonight when they visit the Canes. A win tonight would further the playoff push, hurt the Canes’ playoff chances, and make it more likely that the Bruins leave Carolina with John-Michael Liles on the team plane.

The biggest buzz in the news last night, of course, was the trade of Andrew Ladd to Chicago. For all the talk of 1st-round picks not likely being in play at the trade deadline this year, and talk of trade returns being lower than expected, Chicago blew that out of the water by sending a 2016 1st-round pick and a top prospect, Marko Dano, to the Jets. There’s a conditional 3rd-round pick in 2018 involved as well, going to the Jets if Chicago wins the Cup. The Jets also sent Froyo Fraser and Jay Harrison to the Hawks, but I’m not sure why.

Our attentions obviously turn to Loui Eriksson. The Bruins offered him a contract extension, but have not heard back from his camp. The price the Blackhawks paid for Ladd gets one speculating about what other teams would offer for Loui. A similar deal from Anaheim would be a 1st-round pick, a prospect like Jacob Larsson or Brandon Montour, and possibly a low conditional pick. The Kings are rumored to be interested, and a similar deal would be a 1st-round pick in 2017 (their 2016 1st-rounder went to Carolina in the Andrej Sekera trade) and left wing prospect Adrian Kempe. If the Bruins can’t pry Jonas Brodin or Matt Dumba out of Minnesota, perhaps they could get a 1st-round pick and a prospect like right winger Alex Tuch or defenseman Gustav Olofsson. Or perhaps the Bruins treat Loui as an “own rental” and hold onto him for the playoff run.

Interesting days ahead, starting tonight! What’s on tap?

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the german hammer
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How about Louie and Gus OR TUUKKA (sorry, best sarcastifont i can manage at the moment) to the Blues for Shattenkirk. They need a goalie short term, no?

DrHandgrenaid
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That Coburn deal doesn’t seem like such a smart move by Yzerman. Too many more valuable players needing new contracts

carvinbass18
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hahahahaha I love this place.

Earlier this week, I busted my ass off to get a machine done as a loaner to an important customer because their unit wasn’t working properly. Everyone & their brother was up my case asking for when it’d be done. Well, the customer is now happy with their machine again & they do not want the loaner unit. Thanks for wasting my time jerk-wads! hahahahahhahahahahahahhaha

Miss Muse
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Guys, help me out here. I think the return address where my hoodie was shipped is actually a UPS store. Can I send it back to them? What should I do?

Miss Muse
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This isn’t me venting, this is me actually asking for advice, by the way.

phonymahoney
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Did you contact the seller and get the return address from them?

Miss Muse
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Just left him a voicemail…we’ll see if he’s going to respond to that. Like that’s the thing, his customer service skills have been completely lacking from the start so in that respect, should I just send it back to the UPS store and say this is what the return address given was?

Miss Muse
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He hasn’t been very helpful at all with the return process. I almost doubt he’d even give it to me.

I mean for all I know he could have me send it to a Domino’s Pizza.

carvinbass18
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http://www.generalfanager.com/teams/new-jersey-devils
Jesus does New Jersey have their work cut out for them this offseason

phonymahoney
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That’s a lot of contracts to worry about at once.

DrHandgrenaid
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Read this Jimmy Vesey essay at the Player’s Tribune. Its really good

The Senior

carvinbass18
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wow that was an awesome read. I wonder if Nashville had any issues with that decision & if he’s still a key piece for them.

carvinbass18
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Random thought. Does anyone know what the Flyers D prospect pool looks like? With Gostisbehere lighting the world on fire & Philly still on the outside of the playoffs, do you think there could be a package created to snag Provorov out of there?

DrHandgrenaid
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Their D prospects are out of this world (Provorov, Morin, Hagg, Sanheim). They aren’t renting, and they sure as fuck aren’t moving any of them yet. and I suspect Provorov is the untouchable of the quartet

carvinbass18
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I don’t think it would be a rental situation, but more of a prospect / pick swap. We know that Gabrielle is having a hell of a season. Him + one of the 1st’s (the 1 for Loui maybe?) Would that be enough?

DrHandgrenaid
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Doubtful. Again, maybe you get them talking about Sanheim, or more likely Morrow, but Hextall hangs up if you mention Provorov. Hes the best of the bunch by miles.

But flipping Gabrielle is not a bad idea. Hes probably at peak value right now, especially as a former 4th rounder. That said, prospects tend to have less value in trades than picks (because reasons… or something). But he’d probably do what a 2nd would do in a trade otherwise right now.

That said, I am totally against trading with Hextall. between overpaying for Rinaldo and him managing to actually trade Lecavalier, I don’t want to walk into that lions den

carvinbass18
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Fair point on Hextall, and not knowing anything other than Provorov is a flyer, that’s why i used him. Thinking outside the box ya know? Use Loui to get pick / prospect. Flip pick prospect to poor team selling off?

DrHandgrenaid
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Also, when I typed Morrow I meant Morin, but my fingers autopilot, so yeah

carvinbass18
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I knew what you meant lol.

DrHandgrenaid
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Colgate senior C Mike Borkowski. High hockey IQ, strong skater, good compete. Mature, driven. Watch for him this spring. @MikeBorkowski92

— Kirk Luedeke (@kluedeke29) February 26, 2016

BORK BORK BORK

Miss Muse
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This reminds me, Bartkowski scored TWO GOALS last night.

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