Morning Free Association, Sept 27 – Is Hockey Back?

The return of NHL hockey is upon us. I think.

Last night was the first major presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the USA, but I had something much more fun planned for myself.

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However, like most of you, I watched some preseason hockey.
Let me repeat that.

LAST NIGHT I WATCHED A PRESEASON HOCKEY GAME!!!!

Woo hoo!
Ok, it kind of sucked, but for a man lost in the desert of no NHL hockey, a preseason game involving players of my hockey team is like mana from hockey heaven.

Also in the realm of hockey-like events, the World Cup of Hockey (a.k.a. the NHL’s captive Olympics) semifinals took place this weekend. And our own rat, Brad Marchand, has been one of Canada’s leading scorers, showing great chemistry with Sidney Crosby.
This has caused innumerable inane arguments on teh intarwebz, which has made this Bruins fan laugh heartily. Celebrate the rat, Canada. All shall love him AND DESPAIR!
Love Me and Despair!
‘Bwah ha ha ha!

What has he earned for his stellar play?
Money, please!
Eight more years with the Bruins with a 49 million $ bankroll and generous no trade clauses.
Count it! $$$
It’s a rich contract, but most observers agree that he could have gotten more money (at least in the short term) if he was more interested in testing the market. But Boston is the right place for him, and his chemistry with Patrice Bergeron is terrific. Congratulations, Marchy.

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Miss Muse
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Soooo…as expected, until this group actually does something harmful, they are protected by the 1st Amendment to blanket the campus with these flyers. I get it, but like Sis said: “Ew.”

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

nothing stops you from getting a fat black marker and drawing sad faces and things on them. or replacing the phone number with a 1-900-HOT-DADS number.

Miss Muse
Editor

Ha ha ha…that’s a very good idea. Actually this one that the grad student found was taped from the inside door facing out, so X-ing it out or writing on it would mean writing on the glass unless you wanted to put in some effort.

1-900-HOT-DADS grin

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

actually…id prolly scan it and put up an exact duplicate and replace all the originals with new ones with the new number and address. ….Subtle enough where the original posters wouldnt notice.

Miss Muse
Editor

Yes, please meet in the same room at the same time as Hermanos Unidos does. Thank you.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Make it like the local DMV address so they stand in line for like half an hour to get in.

Miss Muse
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It goes without saying, but I will anyway: You are so much better at this than I am. smile

Miss Muse
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So, this is fun. One of the grad students told me he pulled down what’s essentially a white-pride group’s recruitment ad he found on the door to this building.

DrHandgrenaid
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Oh thats great. Hope you folks have notified whatever office at the university is responsible for preventing such racist hooliganry

Satan 81's Sister
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Ew.

Miss Muse
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So IW helpfully pointed out to me I was NOT posting in today’s MFA. I still need more coffee.

How is everyone?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Moar Muse!!!!

Miss Muse
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Heya!

Satan 81's Sister
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Do we need to bring back the ring rope?

Miss Muse
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I guess! You’re my buddy, Sis, I called it.

Satan 81's Sister
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You can’t break up the Sedins of B2B!

Miss Muse
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Hey you know, the Lundqvists are twins, too, but I think you’re hitting the nail on the head here with the Sedins. At least in my case. smile

carvinbass18
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Buddy system!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81
carvinbass18
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I really really need something to go right today

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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If I move to Michigan, I am going to buy a boat.

phonymahoney
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My father always said that if you’re gonna buy a boat, you may as well dig a hole and throw all your money in it.

DrHandgrenaid
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Its common knowledge that the 2 best days of boat ownership are the day you buy it and the day you sell it

DrHandgrenaid
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One of my colleagues a year ago told me to buy a boat. my rebuttals consisted of “with what fucking money?” and “I can’t sail”.

He didn’t seem to follow my reasoning

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Used kayaks are dirt cheap, can give you thrills or peaceful quiet adventures, depending on what you like and contribute to your overall health and well being (if you use them).

DrHandgrenaid
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I’ve been looking (casually) at used sea kayaks. Haven’t found anything worth pursuing just yer

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
Member

Sailing is a horrible, stressful activity. Cruising with a motorized boat is a breeze!

I suggesting finding neodymium and selling it for the extra cash need to buy a boat.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Love sailing, for me its a stress relief….unless theres no wind….that is no fun.

Satan 81's Sister
Editor

unless theres no wind

Would that be called “floating?”

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

its called rowing or drifting depending on the current. lol

Miss Muse
Editor

Or panicking depending on your skill level at rowing.

Satan 81's Sister
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Either way you’re on the water, and being on the water is awesome. If I had oodles of money I would definitely get a boat.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

On the water is the best – be it fluid or frozen.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Not so sure about the steam version.

DrHandgrenaid
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So, with Marshy signed, if you are Sweeney, do you try to get out in front of Pasta maybe having a big year and offer him $4 million a year for 4-5 years right now (still an RFA at the end of either, but no, I don’t think he’d go longer at that money) and see if he’ll do it? I definitely roll those dice now.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Tough call. I’d like to see another productive and injury free year. Maybe the Bs wind up paying more that way, but maybe not.

phonymahoney
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Yes. I think so.

DrHandgrenaid
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Having thought about it some, 4 is good- his raise comes at the end of the Beleskey and Krug contracts. 5 would be better, because it would come at the end of the Krejci, Backes, and Rask contracts

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

At his age 5 is A-OK….only thing i would start worrying about it is setting standard of longer term contracts with all the kids coming up. I am 95% certain that Pasta is the type of kid that doesn’t need a new contract to stay hungry to get better.

But if the young kids are like well…those guys got 5…i have talent and deserve it too…you may run into some attitude problems. In which case good riddance.

DrHandgrenaid
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Well. Signing for 5 is a pretty favourable term for someone who’s 21, right? still an RFA at the end, and the contract after that HAS to buy UFA years, so thats my reasoning. That said, if you look at other players who broke in at 18, and then signed team-friendly contracts w/r to $ with middle-term, you get guys like Stamkos, Seguin, and Tavares (lesser examples would be Kane and Toews’s 2nd contracts), and the risk you end up with is making them a UFA at 27. To my reckoning, if you have a good RFA coming off their ELC, especially this young, 5 years is the best play. For many players, specifically guys like Pasta, bridge contracts are a bad idea, because you can easily end up with a Subban situation- he signed a bridge contract and promptly won the Norris. Had Bergevin signed him for the $4-5 million with significant term instead of dragging out negotiations into the 2013 season (post lockout) (shit, if they’d signed him to something now illegal right before the lockout STARTED), he’d look like a genius instead of ending up with $9 million can hit.

That was a lot of words to not directly address your concern. But, I think 5 years, as middling term, is not liable to cause that sort of problem. Plus, is Senyshyn or McAvoy end their ELCs and want that, Sweeney can counter with “okay, but thats the $ amount too boys”

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Let’s see how he does this year. Pasta still hasn’t played a full season

DrHandgrenaid
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I’m just pitching getting out in front of this before he does play a full season and gets expensive. The results of his two partials speak for themselves, frankly

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

yep…there is also a “show me” aspect. Pasta has shown the type of maturity and drive that many kids his age don’t have. If anything you can say…”Pasta earned that with not only the way he plays but his attitude with how to play, play like that and you will get the same money if you want it”.

phonymahoney
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Hey peeps.

Bullet points!

  • I am exhausted, BUT the limo driver told us we put the ‘fun’ in ‘funeral’… hahaha. We are awful people.
  • Fantasy hockey invites will come tonight. I’m staying home and doing laundry and cleaning and NOT napping.
  • Regarding the image up @ the top: I hate hate HATE when people pull their socks over the heels of their skates like that. It’s so slovenly. You see it more often in women’s hockey, and you used to see it a ton in junior. Yuck.
  • Carlo looked good yesterday.
  • I could have paid better attention, though.
  • No I couldn’t have, I interrupted a nap to watch hockey!
  • BU season starts Saturday. Yay!
  • With this new update, Pokemon is crashing a lot less often.
  • Miss Muse
    Editor

    Yay! You know I want in on the fantasy hockey! grin

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    I may be “not normal” in the ways of my thinking but i’ve always enjoyed funerals.

    Death sucks and funerals when done more than just a somber “so and so died” is a chance for people in all aspects of the person’s life to get together and tell stories of what that person meant to them. It gives you different perspectives of the person and gives you more appreciation for who the person was.

    Party, socialize, and have fun with people that shared a common joy in their lives and get closure in a memory of the last moments of the person’s story.

    There should be no shame in putting fun in funeral.

    phonymahoney
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    Yeah, I agree. I’m not ashamed. We laughed a lot and she wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

    Satan81
    Admin

    I may be “not normal” in the ways of my thinking but i’ve always enjoyed funerals.

    Wow, and I thought _I_ was goth! wink

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    BUT the limo driver told us we put the ‘fun’ in ‘funeral’… hahaha

    I’d expect nothing less from your family!

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    Ha! A valid point.

    The London Bear
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    Ahojte! (Slovakian for “hi all”)

    World Cup Final game one (of two) tonight. Euros are without Gaborik which is a big blow to their already meagre chances. I have yet to see Team Canada play, so that’ll be a treat anyway.

    Didn’t realise there was a game thread last night – must’ve checked about five minutes before it went live.

    My highlights from the game – 1) Czarnik, 2) Carlo and Killer pairing, 3) Zane McIntyre, 4) Mueller’s facial fuzz.

    I know the B’s lost but didn’t Columbus’s AHL team win the cup last season? So they must have some decent prospects (or I’m clutching at straws).

    My Twitter feed this morning was full of debate stuff. Hmm.

    I’m going to coffee now (since that’s now a verb)

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    I have yet to see Team Canada play, so that’ll be a treat anyway.

    They’re, like, really really good.

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    Yeah, that Crosby plug ain’t bad between Bergy and Marshy

    The London Bear
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    D’oh! Just seen it’s an 8pm start – so 1am here. I’ll try to catch the first period sad

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    He’s alright, I guess.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Oh, and before I read any of the articles about Marchy’s deal – I love it!!!!!!

    The London Bear
    Member

    Looks a great deal to me, especially considering he still seems to be improving. Also he’s a guy you’d much rather have on your team than on the team your playing against.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Still can’t believe what a team friendly contract that is. He easily could have gotten much much more.

    DrHandgrenaid
    Editor

    I was expecting the Voracek deal as a starting point

    wpDiscuz