Morning Free Association – 5/3/2016 – Dzień dobry

The Polish Hussars

Polish military re-enactors, The Polish Hussars, explain traditional uniforms and armaments during Polishfest Boston on May 1st 2016 at the Polish American Citizens Club in Boston (Photo by Glenn McGuire)

Good morning!
Today is the anniversary of the Polish-Lithuanian Constitution of May 3, 1791

Also, there was hockey last night.

Since some of our people attended the Boston Polish Fest on Sunday, it seemed mildly relevant to celebrate the anniversary of this Polish historical landmark document today.

But hockey excitement & silliness did not cease in the previous two days.

Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz spouted absurd nonsense concerning the suspension of Brooks Orpik “I’m disappointed in the length more than anything else. That injury to [Dmitry] Orlov in the previous season [could have been] career-ending,”
“I’m disappointed, but I’m not surprised based on who we’re playing and all that,” … “Take it for whatever you want.”

Yes Barry, the suspension was clearly some sort of conspiracy to protect the Pens, and had nothing to do with the fact that Orpik makes dubious hits like this all the time.
“I think we made a point before the game and before the series to be hard on their guys, especially their defensemen,” Mission accomplished.

Don’t worry, you’ll get a chance to complain about Kris Letang now.

The NHL named Philly’s Gostisbehere, Edmonton’s McDavid, and Chicago’s Panarin as the finalists for Calder Trophy.
Also, the Masterton Trophy finalists are Dupuis (Penguins), Jagr (Panthers) and Zuccarello (Rangers).

I’m guessing the gnome gets it.

Na zdrowie!

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Is there an echo in here?

DrHandgrenaid
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Vatrano to represent the US at the World Championships! (I don’t know if we already knew this or not)

Honored to represent @usahockey in the world championships ! Off to Russia

— Frank Vatrano (@Frank_Vatrano) May 3, 2016

Satan81
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Woo hoo!

DrHandgrenaid
Editor

Well that was easily predicted

Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang suspended 1 game for interference on Washington’s Marcus Johansson. Video: https://t.co/lSVEm2DQ0T

— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) May 3, 2016

Satan81
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Good.

DrHandgrenaid
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David Krejci's surgery will have him out five months. Torey Krug will have him out six months. That's a while.

— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) May 3, 2016

Beleskey also down for 6 weeks after successful hand surgery.

Krug the last to be good to go, for late September, so near the end of camp

carvinbass18
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Jesus what happened to Krug?

DrHandgrenaid
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Shoulder surgery apparently. And it will actually be late october, not september. I took my info from folks whoa re bad at math it would seem

carvinbass18
Editor

Geez. Well there goes the “Trade Krejci & Krug for defense” people’s argument

DrHandgrenaid
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In any case, based on those recovery times, those were some pretty major surgeries they had, and thus likely for pretty major injuries.

And yet Krejci scored 17-46-63 in 72 games and Krug went 4-40-44 in 81 (and I wager the shoulder is why Krug wasn’t getting goals)

I feel that these two are still incredibly capable of contributing at a high level.

carvinbass18
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Oh yeah. I’m glad they got the work they needed done. Despite not being 100% those numbers are solid. Love the assist total from Krug this year and hope he can match it next.

DrHandgrenaid
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Solid is an understatement- that was Krejci’s 3rd best scoring season, and Krug’s best

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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the german hammer
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How did I not know that Kühnhackl was German? I didn’t get the memo and the “Deustche Spieler der NHL” is lacking in information (and in reality).

DrHandgrenaid
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His dad was a big deal in German international play from what I understand

the german hammer
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Ah, well, I’ve never followed international play.

The BOB
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The BOB
The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I am so over talking about that draft. Early signs tells me we did good anyway. Amazing? No, just good.

Satan81
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Oh, and I totally agree. I have no interest in falling down the draft hindsight rabbit hole.

Satan81
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I trust what Luedeke writes.

DrHandgrenaid
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Seem to have knocked rounds 2 3 and 4 out of the park, so it makes a flimsy 1st round less painful.

Also, revisiting a draft 1 year out is just stupid.

Satan81
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Interesting that Senyshyn is still a first round choice with their re-draft, though Zboril falls out of the first round.

carvinbass18
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So, while reading this I came across “Sebatian Aho” thinking, wait, isn’t he eligible this year? No, that’s the Swedish Aho, Finnish Aho was drafted this year. Shit that’s midly confusing

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

I KNEW IT! SURROUNDED BY AHOs!

DrHandgrenaid
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I think Swedish Aho was eligible last year but went undrafted

carvinbass18
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I need Carolina to take Swedish Aho now. Then they’d have both of them. What would that look like jersey wise? Do they know each other? How would Jack call a game with both of them in it? SO MANY QUESTIONS

DrHandgrenaid
Editor

What would that look like jersey wise?

This one would be problematic

carvinbass18
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I mean, the easiest way is the NHL steps in and says “No Carolina, you can’t draft him” They did make Arizona trade John Scott after all

carvinbass18
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at 20 years old that sounds right.

DrHandgrenaid
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Makes more sense than that bullshit hockey writers one from the other day that kept Zboril in the 1st but bumped both DeBrusk and Senyshyn

Satan81
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DrHandgrenaid
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Given that he probably wants an established, young defenseman, My guess is most of the desireable D trade targets that Boston may have wanted to pursue end up in getting outbid- if Chia wants Vatanen or Trouba or whoever, he’ll have them

Satan81
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NHL app just told me that Letang will have a hearing with DPS.

DrHandgrenaid
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He’ll get a game I reckon. that hit looked pretty direct to the head to me

The BOB
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The BOB

Agreed. Wysh has been defending it as not primarily to the head but I just don’t see it. There was way too much head contact. Combine that with lateness and it has to be punished.

Add in the gamesmanship by Trotz and there’s no way the NHL can overlook it.

Satan81
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Probably gets one game, maybe two.

phonymahoney
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Me today:
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DrHandgrenaid
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So only 4 Jack Adams winners since the Lost Season are now with the teams they won. Two of them are Julien and Tippett, who won 7 and 8 years ago, respectively. The others are Hitch (who is gone the moment the Blues get knocked out if its before the final, I suspect) and…. wait for it….

Patrick Roy.

And they call it the NHL

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