Morning Free Association 4/25/16

Guten Morgen! Wie geht’s? Ich bin sehr müde.

Okay, enough German 101.

It seemed like all the series ended this weekend, well except for the Red Wings who were sent packing on Thursday night. The Kings fell, then King Henrik collapsed with his Rangers, along with the Flyers, Wild, and Panthers on Sunday Triple Header Elimination Bout. Only two series remain and both of those have games tonight: Game 7 between Blackhawks and Blues (8:30pm on NBCSN) and Game 6 between the Ducks and Predators (8pm on CNBC).

Anyway, in the AHL, the Providence Bruins lost their first-round matchup as well. I will have more on that series tomorrow as it requires a little more examination, or at least, more time to process.

Two questions for you:

How’s your bracket looking?

What’s on tap?

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Satan81
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Articles claiming we should trade Tuukka make my head hurt:

The Bruins Don’t Need Tuukka Rask

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
Member
Long-Winded Striped Mofo

To win a Cup a team needs a hot goalie. Tuuka is still capable of being that guy. You don’t trade that guy.

There haven’t been many Trent Dilfers in the NHL.

Nobody is trading top pairing defense for him. It is not happening.

It’s going to be a long summer if we’re getting this in April!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
Member

I kinda agree though

carvinbass18
Editor

I do and I don’t. If you can Trade Rask to a team that helps improve your defense significantly then you can get away with one of those middle of the pack type articles. An idea I’ve seen tossed around is to Carolina for Eddie Lack & defense. Meh I can handle that

Satan81
Admin

But if you buy that guy’s logic, then no team would want an expensive goalie, so you wouldn’t get value for him in a trade.

IntentionallyWidenberg
Admin

I’ve heard this dumbass argument far too many times.

Your goalie doesn’t need to be inherently elite, he just needs to play that way when it counts

Q: And how does one reduce the risk of your goalie not “playing that way when it counts”?
A: by hiring a goaltender who has proven he plays at an elite level often

Q: And how does one hire that goaltender?
A: By paying market wages for elite goaltenders.

The fact that he calls out Antti Niemi – who nearly singlehandedly got the Stars eliminated this week – as a positive example, tells me he is not worth listening to.

Satan81
Admin

Yeah, it’s totally general management in hindsight. Armchair GM’ing at its worst.

DrHandgrenaid
Editor

Also, the logic in that article completely ignores the details in every single one of his examples for cheap goalies getting it done

carvinbass18
Editor

Right, so you’d just be selling off an “elite” goalie for nothing. Aka doing what you did w/ boychuk & hamilton (I know they’re not “elite” but you get my point)

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
Member

Or we could do what we did in 2011. Amazing D and amazing G.

Satan81
Admin

Timmy had a cap hit of 5mil that year with a lower salary cap.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
Member

After this season, I don’t think Rask is the one anymore. That’s the part I kinda agree with

phonymahoney
Editor

I feel like that was the defense’s fault, though? Like, how can you look at this season and point to Rask? After the first few weeks, he was really good.

DrHandgrenaid
Editor

Exactly. And at the end, he wasn’t bad either. Just not good enough to overcome that defense, which you CAN’T blame him for.

phonymahoney
Editor

Does he have his shortcomings? Sure. Could any goalie overcome this defense? Probably not.

DrHandgrenaid
Editor

I doubt either Hank or Price (the only goalies in the league who are probably better than Tuukka) could have.

Well. Maybe Hank. The Rag’s D is pretty terrible

phonymahoney
Editor

Exactly.

Satan81
Admin

I hear ya. I’m not sure I agree, but I hear ya.

To crib notes from the “Fire Julien?” discussion, if you traded Tuukka, who would play net? Taking chances on young and/or cheap goaltending usually results in “Team hasn’t solved goaltending woes”.

And if your defense sucks, you fuckin’ better have a good goalie.

Miss Muse
Editor

I think the idea Geoff is having is that we’d trade Tuukka to get Lack (and someone else) thereby saying we are most definitely in rebuild mode. Lack is OK, but he’s obviously not amazing. He is Swedish though, so there is that. wink

DrHandgrenaid
Editor

Exactly, trading Tuukka is announcing that we’re burning it down. Full stop, unless is was somehow for Hellebuyck or Gibson

phonymahoney
Editor

Yeah, agreed. Zano Insano and Subb Zero are not ready yet.

Miss Muse
Editor

Lack or Keep Tuukka. mad

Satan81
Admin

McIntyre and Subban are probably in the oven for at least one more year of baking before they’re ready.

DrHandgrenaid
Editor

I suspect Subban is backup next year simply through being waiver eligible as a 4th year pro. I sure hope hes ready *tugs collar nervously*

IntentionallyWidenberg
Admin

Yup. McIntyre is at sub .900 in the AHL. I’d be stunned if he were ready for NHL duty with less than 2 more full years in the minors.

carvinbass18
Editor

didn’t he miss a bunch of time in the beginning of the season too?

carvinbass18
Editor

I hear ya. I developed some questions about Rask too during the season. I just don’t see a deal happening that gets the Bruins the kind of goaltender that even with adding at defense can get you further. I’m open to the idea though.

carvinbass18
Editor

That article is so much garbage. Let’s just stop playing premium players premium contracts because other teams have done that and it worked once or twice

Satan81
Admin

A quick look at General Fanager for the cap hits of goaltending for the 10 remaining teams in the playoffs blows gaping holes in the guy’s argument.

WAS: 6.10 (Holtby), .750 (Grubauer)
TBL: 5.95 (Bishop), .925 (Vasilevskiy)
SAN: 3.00 (Jones), 2.30 (Reimer)
PIT: 5.75 (Fleury), .620 (Murray)
NYI: 4.50 (Halak), 1.50 (Greiss)
DAL: 5.90 (Lehtonen), 4.50 (Niemi) <—– !!!!!!!!!
STL: 2.50 (Elliott), 2.35 (Allen)
CHI: 6.00 (Crawford), .587 (Darling)
NAS: 7.00 (Rinne), .725 (Hutton)
ANA: 1.15 (Anderson), .722 (Gibson), 2.25 (Khudobin)

Miss Muse
Editor

They make me all ragey.

Miss Muse
Editor

Morning all!

On tap:

  • Coffee
  • Reimbursements
  • Changing my doctor who can’t be bothered to return phone calls when I’m asking for preventative medicine for migraines.

    (Stripes, I forgot to look for feverfew the last time I was in Whole Foods, but I hope to look for it next time I’m there.)

  • The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
    Member

    No fun

    Miss Muse
    Editor

    That’s Monday for ya.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
    Member

    Sometimes my job is very boring, so I found out which numbers are available for my summer league

    16, 19, 26, 27, 71, 91

    I was 15 over the winter. I play wing, and Glen Murray was a cool guy with the Bruins, so I will go for 27

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
    Member
    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Kovalev also 27 with pretty good results!

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    both 19 AND 91 are available? What, nobody wants to be TyTy?

    Miss Muse
    Editor

    STAMKOS.

    phonymahoney
    Editor
    Satan81
    Admin

    Ahem.
    comment image

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    Whoa! When I wear 91, it’s Sergei Motherfuckin’ Fedorov, THANKYOUVERYMUCH

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    I’m surprised you don’t use Cam’s number tbh

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    I do. I just meant if I wear 91, that’s why!

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    (I don’t like the very distinct numbers like 66, 68, 91, 99. Like, I like them, but I like them on those guys.)

    Miss Muse
    Editor

    Yeah, I’m kinda miffed that Ferlin came up as #68 to play with Boston. That’s just not done! razz

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    Well, you see little kids with “those” parents wearing 99 and 66 these days… yuck

    Miss Muse
    Editor

    No pressure or anything. razz

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
    Member

    19 was an unused jersey last year. Player 91 is having knee surgery. I’m not really picky, but before I found out 27 was available, I wanted 19

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Are these also tonight’s winning lotto numbers?

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
    Member

    They are, but only for the NC State Education Lottery

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    This might be the most Reilly Smith passage ever:

    After producing an NHL-leading 8 points (4G/4A) in the first three games of the series, Reilly Smith couldn’t add to it over the final three tilts.

    Scorey to no end for 50% of games….

    (yes, small sample size etc, but)

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    How Reilly Smith of Reilly Smith!

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    See though it’s not really a small sample size because that is EXACTLY what Smith does. Gangbusters or nothing.

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    On a related note, Jagr’s playoff goal drought is now up to a mind blowing (but all too familiar to Bruins fans) 37 games

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    that’s incredible

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
    Member

    He’s too damn old!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
    Member
    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Hey now!

    UNCMedievalist
    Member
    UNCMedievalist

    Hi Friends!

    Today is a big day: The dissertation is going to “press,” i.e. FedEx for printing.

    Poor Fancy Cats. That’s a shitty way to go out. Glad Philly is done. Maybe I’ll get to watch some hockey this round.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Congrats! Must be feeling a bit more relaxed!

    UNCMedievalist
    Member
    UNCMedievalist

    Holy shit, yes! I actually did fun things yesterday. I can still hardly believe it.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
    Member

    I ate a can of green beans for breakfast.

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    Digging into the apocalypse rations, eh?

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Bagel’s briefcase:

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
    Member

    That’s not too far off from the truth

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    good ole’ bindle and a bean can.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Bindle, that’s the fucking word I was looking for. Couldn’t remember for the life of me so I googled “bag on a stick” to get an image.

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    I didn’t even know it had an actual name, I just always called it the bandana on the stick.

    UNCMedievalist
    Member
    UNCMedievalist

    At least he’s not down to the canned fish.

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    Several. SEVERAL! of my coworkers regularly eat canned fish (salmon… kippers) out of the can for lunch.

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    Uh, yikes. Do you work with a bunch of old hobos?

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    This isn’t entirely off base. Most of them (and all the canned fish guys) are native Nova Scotians and its pretty clear that stanky fish oil runs through their veins

    UNCMedievalist
    Member
    UNCMedievalist

    I tried canned salmon once. There’s a lot that I’m willing to put in my mouth (hehe), but I will never, ever do that again.

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    The canned sockeye is pretty good, actually, assuming you are using it like one would use tuna in a sandwich (or to make easy salmon burgers), but eating it out of the can…. no.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
    Member

    That stinks.

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    You have no idea. The kippers only manage not to be the worst thing that happens in our lunchroom by virtue of the other guy who sometimes brings raw salmon an cooks it in the fucking microwave, which is every bit as horrifying as it sounds

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    That’s ground for a legal murder

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    The look of the microwave cooked salmon is possibly worse than the smell.

    One time he had cod tongues and that smelled like week old mackerel when he nuked it

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Everything about this post makes me want to vomit.

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    yeah I’m already feeling kinda quesey so I nearly just threw up too

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    Probably ought to not be sniffing that acetone soaked rag so much wink

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    I haven’t been using acetone for a few hours, I think I’m having withdrawals at this point

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    Nova Scotian rapper Classified said it best “Welcome to the Mari-tiiimes”

    UNCMedievalist
    Member
    UNCMedievalist

    THAT IS NOT A THING THAT SHOULD HAPPEN EVER.

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    So how titillated must the hockey media be to finally be getting a Sid-Ovi playoff series? They’ve only ever gotten the one, and it was a long fucking time ago

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
    Member
    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Ovi is going golfing after this one. #typicalcaps

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    I hope not. I find him to be the more fun player on and off the ice, and also, I want this debate to go on forever.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Never mind.

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    If this is true, I am very sad.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Not true and I edited my post.

    Miss Muse
    Editor

    Oh wait, what did I miss?

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    tweet from fake FancyCats saying Luongo was retiring. Had Jack fooled briefly (much like a fake Rangers tweet over the weekend about Lundqvist doing the same fooled Damien Cox among others)

    Miss Muse
    Editor

    Oh yeah, I remember the Ragners tweet.

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    something that isn’t true!

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Ha!

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    Not a real account. You been had! (so has Jack, though, so it goes)

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Edited the post.

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    Fair.

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    Hello all it be monday. I dunno. Seem to have a bit of a cold (I’m discounting allergies because I’ve never had such a problem before). Pretty congested so thats fun. Coffee on tap

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
    Member
    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Happy Monday All! I’m going to have to listen to some Happy Mondays to celebrate. No bracket made, but Ilse’s -Ducks is my final.

    Great weekend, paddled the Deerfield Saturday. Yesterday Jo and I went for a bike ride over in NY State.

    Coffee and bourbon on tap, although coffee and acetone sounds interesting.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
    Member

    I was on local podcast and that’s what one of the speakers picked.

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    I highly recommend you don’t combine acetone w/ coffee. It’ll just dry up your coffee

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
    Member
    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    So you’re saying drink them separately. I read ya.

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    no no. You get drunk on the coffee / bourbon then high sniffing the acetone fumes lol

    wpDiscuz