Morning Free Association, July 1 – NHL Free Agency 12:00 ET

It’s the calm before the storm of NHL free agency. At 12:00 ET today, teams are allowed to sign UFAs and offer sheet RFAs. Will the Bruins re-sign Loui? Will they sign Jimmy Vesey? Will they finally acquire some defense? Please? I mean, like, y’know, the good ones? Strap on your helmets and get your drinks ready!

Last year, the Bruins charted a new course in dramatic fashion by moving Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton. In the days leading up to the start of free agency today, the Bruins were much less dramatic but the moves they made were still very significant. They started by buying out Dennis Seidenberg. Next year’s expansion draft for the Las Vegas team likely factored into the decision, as Seidenberg’s NMC/NTC might have forced the Bruins to protect him.

The Bruins followed up with signing Scorey Krug to a 4-year, $5.25mil/year extension. Krug is still recovering from shoulder surgery, but he’s hopeful about being ready for Opening Night.

Talks between the Bruins and Loui Eriksson remain at an impasse, as the Bruins aren’t budging from a 4-year offer and Loui isn’t budging from a 6-year request. Sweeney said that he had “productive” talks with John-Michael Liles. Lee Stempniak expressed interest in returning to Boston. Jimmy Vesey will test the UFA market despite the Buffalo Sabres trading a 3rd-round pick to the Predators for his negotiation rights. The Bruins are in the mix for Vesey, along with Toronto and Buffalo. With $19 million in cap space and a bunch of roster spots to fill, the Bruins should be active in the UFA market today.

TSN released their list of Top 50 free agents. Milan Lucic tops the list, and he may end up getting a 7-year, $7mil/yr deal. Suitors apparently include Edmonton, Vancouver, Dallas, and…hahaha…the Habs.

Should be a fun day, folks! What’s on tap?

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Looks like David Backes going to market. STL took a run at re-signing him this morning. BOS significant interest in Backes.

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2016

….fuck

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

I was just going to post that.

Woof.

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

I just saw some chatter about the Leafs being interested in Bishop. That would make me sad.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I don’t hate the Leafs, it doesn’t bother me. They don’t bother me.

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

Nah I just mean, the Bolts are good and the Leafs are…Leafs.

DrHandgrenaid
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With the contract they just gave Andersen, I think this is unlikely even a little true.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Right, I forgot they grabbed him.

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I wouldn't expect the Oilers to be in on Jason Demers today. My bet is they stay patient and wait for Barrie situation to play out.

— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) July 1, 2016

Still hope in the Demers sweepstakes

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phonymahoney

I hope this is true. Demers could help us a LOT.

DrHandgrenaid
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A right side of Chiller-Demers-Kevlar is not bad.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Not at all. I don’t think we’ll get him but here’s hoping. Donny pulled a rabbit out of his hat last year with Beleskey.

DrHandgrenaid
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Well… there’d been a ton of talk of Beleskey to Boston. It was the contract that was the magic trick

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Yeah, that’s what I mean

DrHandgrenaid
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John Scott is much larger than James Duthie
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phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

He is much larger than almost everyone. I’m glad Hockey Twitter and the NHL being dicks made liking Scott OK.

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You have accidentally made this post approximately 65 times.

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Oh man, I’d love to know what he has to say. grin

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As many have speculated, Brian Campbell has made his decision and it's going to be a return to Chicago. Likely a one-yr deal around $2M

— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 1, 2016

Impressive deal for Chicago if true

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The Once and Future Bagel Bruin

Drats.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Jeeeez

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

So, do you guys think we really pick up a defenseman today?

Miss Muse
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If they’re small enough, we may even pick up two at the same time! grin

DrHandgrenaid
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Two defensemen stacked together in a trenchcoat?

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Or in a horse costume! #Polishcavalry

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DrHandgrenaid

Why would we dress a couple defensemen up as Jordan Caron?

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Miss Muse
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It’s a smokescreen. No one will want them in that costume. grin

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Hahaha it never goes away!

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The #Habs are one of the team pushing for the defensemen Kris Russell.

— J-F Chaumont (@JFChaumontJDM) July 1, 2016

Please make it so.

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phonymahoney

Oh man I love this

DrHandgrenaid
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Today in Slava Malamud is dumber than a bag of hammers:

Radulov in Montreal is a smart PR move. He is still loved in Quebec, and will have people shut up about PK for a bit. Will be interesting.

— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) July 1, 2016

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best i can do..twitter blocked froom work..lol