Morning Free Association 5/2/2016: Keep on keepin on

Wow. Hockey fans are mean.

It looks like another exciting morning today.

Of dreary dreary drizzle.

Toronto Maple Leafs got the first pick in the upcoming draft. Followed by TSN Hockey failing to discuss anything else hockey related for 24 hours in spite of the Stanley Cup playoff game in progress.


Austin Matthews is assumed to have already been drafted by the ‘Leafs as is Steven Stamkos assumed to be signed. The hockey media have largely embraced Toronto’s tank job as brilliant, though a few folks have pointed out how predictable & sleazy this sort of thing is every year.

Toronto fans have suddeny awoken and (predictably) annointed themselves as Stanley Cup bound and all other fans as Jealuoz HATRZ! Here’s hoping Shanahan trades the first pick for Jordan Caron and Zach Hamill and pays $14M for someone.

But hey, at least Brooks Orpik got suspended, so all is not wrong in the world.

Playoffs are still playing off tonight. Except without Orpik or Olli Maatta.

What’s going on in your world?

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The BOB
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The BOB

I have survived Deutschland

Satan81
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Any luck finding a cuckoo clock?

The BOB
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The BOB

And thanks again for all the advice. The Galeria Kaufhof bit was especially useful since I was able to find some needed gift items as well as some tasty beers there

Satan81
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Hey, you’re quite welcome! I’m glad the Galeria worked out well for you!

The BOB
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The BOB

Found a cuckoo clock magnet at the BX on Ramstein. Cheap enough that I don’t care if the kid destroys it but also qualified as a cuckoo clock to the little guy.

The place had a ton of real clocks as well but no way I was dropping that kind of money!

Satan81
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Yeah, the super official authentic Black Forest clocks are bonkers expensive.

Satan81
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Good piece on @NHLBruins Austin Czarnik. He's Dustin Pedroia on skates. Fearless/confident. #yoga https://t.co/k3JBLC4vN7 via @BostonGlobe

— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) May 2, 2016

carvinbass18
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That is a good piece. I think it’s just too early for Czarnik right now. The only way he comes up to a full time roll is if Krejci or Spooner is moved.

DrHandgrenaid
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If one of Krejci or Spooner (probably Spooner, his salary gives his trade value a jump) gets us bonified defenseman (ideally right shot, but I’m not picky), then Czarnik is why thats possible (yeah, Griff, sure, but he barely plays C in the AHL, and it ain’t happening in the NHL)

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Morning All, I thought I already said hello, but i guess i never Pastaed.

Nice weekend with Jo. In the end we just chilled yesterday. All our friends bailed on paddling in nasty weather. I knew Jo would go if I insisted, but she really didn’t want to go. We binge watched New Tricks (BBC), saw some Blues – Stars (Go Schwartz!), drank beer and chilled.

I’m taking the week off as I haven’t been getting paid… again. I have a lil side job lined up for today, once the rain stops. Single game tonight, double tomorrow and Wednesday.

En grifo – mucho cafe con bourbon!

Satan81
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That Blues-Stars game was pretty damn good. As much as I’m happy the Blues won, part of me was kinda hoping the Stars would win it in OT ’cause the Dallas fans were really pumped the whole game.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Morning all. I have returned from CT…and am still alive. Unlike the Hartford Whalers.

DrHandgrenaid
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I thought you lived in CT?

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Err….TO CT.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Very storm, much boom! here right now!

Wait for it Boston!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Heading North? So you are saying it should hit northern CT in like 20 min…just in time for lunch…great….

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Yes, enjoy your thunder sandwich!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

I’m so ecstatic over it.

Satan81
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Please give us an update on the current status of your sandwich.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Soggy.

Satan81
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Current status.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

ohmy god…i bet you couldn’t resist that pun.

carvinbass18
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God a turkey bacon club would be amazing right now

carvinbass18
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Now that you mention that, I thought so to?

carvinbass18
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Where in CT did ya have to go?

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Home….ish. I still need to find out where the hell i am living. I was in Pittsburgh for a month.

phonymahoney
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Morning, peeps. In for a real bitch of a day. See you when I see you!

P.S.- Had a blast yesterday with GH, IW, and Sis! Polish parades are where it’s at.

carvinbass18
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Good morning

  • It was my nephews 3rd birthday Saturday, so Em & I spent the day in Dover at his birthday party. He had a Ninja Turtle Baseball themed birthday, so Em made him a cake that was Ninja Turtles on the bottom and a baseball on top. Looked awesome
  • Did absolutely nothing yesterday other than a half hour walk on the treadmill. Let the de-rounding process begin!
  • Be sure to stick around this afternoon for prospects round up. Looks like this will be the last week though sad
  • Every single boss is here today, from VP down. Hopefully that means it’s a meeting day and they wont be on the floor all day long. That would be really bad if they were
  • My headphones broke today and I’ve got coffee on tap. We we all doin?
  • The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    I’m finally moved into my apartment! Besides an Amazon order arriving Wednesday, hanging artwork and a few cables, my place is at 100%.

    It has dishwasher!

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    I moved in Friday and I had my first guests Saturday night. I live on Corona St. Guess what they gave me?

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Crown Cola?

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Amstel Light.

    carvinbass18
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    Newcastle?

    Satan81
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    Narragansett?

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    You’re all great people.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    It has dishwasher!

    So does my place… ME!!!!!

    phonymahoney
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    Ha! Mine too!

    DrHandgrenaid
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    It has dishwasher!

    I miss having a dishwasher.

    UNCMedievalist
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    UNCMedievalist

    Excellent! Congratulations!

    DrHandgrenaid
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    So… I’ve been thinking. Bruins should just simply resign Loui to what or close to what hes asking with only the minimum protection. If there is expansion, you expose him next year (there are minimum % of salary requirements, and most of our exposable guys don’t add up to much salary- Hayes, McQuaid, and Beleskey do not get us over that hump). If there isn’t expansion, he’s got little or no trade protection and would be fairly easy to trade down the road, especially if he has a season like this past.

    If we get an expansion announcement at the NHL awards or some such, Sweeney ought to get on the horn with Loui’s agent right away.

    phonymahoney
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    I think that’s a good move.

    Satan81
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    That’s assuming he gets chosen by an expansion team. If he doesn’t, that puts us in a major cap bind.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    Loui would presumably be a hard name to pass in an expansion draft, pending the other names on the list, of course.

    phonymahoney
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    He would most certainly be taken.

    Satan81
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    Agreed, but it’s still a significant risk.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    Thus the need to make sure he gets no, or at least very, very little trade protection (at most a 8-team no trade list)

    phonymahoney
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    I would say 5.

    Satan81
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    And it also pre-supposes Loui would accept a deal without a NMC. Presumably his agent would be wise to the proposed trick.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    If expansion is happening, I wager NOBODY will be offering 30+ UFA’s NMC’s, because someone who is 31 whom you just signed is not the kind of player you want to be forced to protect.

    Look at how fucked a team like Columbus is- all of their worst contracts have NMCs, so they have to squander a bunch of the protected players on Clarkson, Hartnell, and Tyutin (also Dubinsky and Foligno, but okay, fine)

    Satan81
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    Right, so Loui’s agent asks for a full NMC that protects him from being exposed in the expansion draft, then either no NMC or a modified NMC after that.

    Unless, of course, that Loui is totally ok with moving his family to Vegas or Quebec.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    If they ask for it, I walk, pretty simple. Only true franchise guys deserve NMCs. Chara and Bergy are fine, Krejci less so. Tuukka’s downgrades to an NTC after next season (so sources seem to differ on whether hes a mandatory protect or not, as his NMC technically won’t have expired quite yet, as an expansion draft would be in June 2017)

    Satan81
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    With the strong possibility of an expansion draft looming, EVERY UFA is going to ask for an NMC unless they love Vegas.

    Heh. I wonder how many signed players will request to be exposed. smile

    DrHandgrenaid
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    Heh. CBJ has so many NMCs that if you’re one of the other players, you probably don’t even need to ask

    Satan81
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    Muse is right. Those smiley faces are grotesquely over-caffeinated.

    Satan81
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    Suppose the Bruins do this. I’d wonder the chances are that an expansion team would pass on Loui, fill their roster elsewhere, then look to get a favorable trade out of the Bruins because of their cap bind.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    Tricky. Getting Loui for free for them would outweigh trading for him even with favorable terms. And seeing as the exposed centremen will probably not be great, getting such a solid all around winger as Loui would seem like a high priority I think

    carvinbass18
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    Hadn’t thought of that.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    I was reading a free agency piece on Canes Country (the Canes’ SBN blog, which is really excellent), and that point came up- and its a good one. The exposed salary issue could be a big one for Boston- we are required to protect Bergy, Krejci, and Chara, and are unlilely to expose Tuukka, Krug, or Marchand, which leaves Boston without a lot of meaningful exposable salary- Seids (if hes not bought out or traded, which he should be), Quaider, Hayes, and Beleseky all aren’t all that much money- Seids the most at $4 million, so this would be a spectacular tactical move, especially since our weakness on the RW is a big problem in (at least) the near term.

    UNCMedievalist
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    UNCMedievalist

    Hi friends!

    Got the dissertation submitted last week. Graded finals over the weekend.

    I deserve no sympathy, but I have nothing to do, and it’s WEIRD. I feel like I should be doing SOMETHING, but I don’t know what that THING is.

    Satan81
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    Be careful about post-partum depression!

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    This isn’t even a joke. I’ve been fighting that abyss for the better part of the 2 years since I defended.

    Make sure you have a plan for yourself- professionally and personally, UNC, or it will not be pleasant.

    UNCMedievalist
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    UNCMedievalist

    I’ve got plenty to keep me busy after May. I’ve got to move to Texas in June, and I start teaching in July. This is just the calm before the storm (and the defense next week).

    Satan81
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    If you haven’t seen it yet, you owe it to yourselves to watch the draft lottery day interview with Patrik Laine.

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