Morning Free Association, Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

Normally, we would get a manatee game, but with the delayed start of the season due to the WCH, we get a hockeyless day of reflection.

On Saturday night, Bruins center Austin Czarnik was subject of a headshot by the Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas in the third period of the Bruins’ final preseason game. Czarnik was noticeably dazed, taking a few moments before getting to his feet to get off the ice. The results were a concussion for Czarnik and a two-minute Boarding penalty for Gudas. The Flyers defenseman avoided a hearing and suspension for a similar hit on Jimmy Vesey earlier in the week. Apparently, Vesey turned into the hit. Since the onus is always on the player being hit, not on the person with the shoulder cocked for contact, it required no hearing.

Gudas waived his right to an in-person hearing with the Department of Player Saftey but is expected to get no less than a five-game suspension.

While I’m glad that the DoPS is actually going to do something about this particular hit, I feel like maybe, just maybe, if players regularly were suspended for making these questionable hits rather than cherry-picking on a case-by-case basis, we could probably get headshots out of the game someday.

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Satan 81's Sister
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My boss sending the important emails today:
“Free creamies at The Canteen today”

The BOB
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The BOB

Crosby is concussed and no one has a clue how it happened…

DrHandgrenaid
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This is kinda fucked up

The BOB
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The BOB

PIT coach Mike Sullivan said they would prefer to keep in house what specifically in Fri's practice may have led to Crosby's concussion.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 10, 2016

Sounds like they have a theory for the root cause but since it’s not a standard cause they don’t want to publicize it. Makes sense

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I blame Radko Gudas

Satan 81's Sister
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I’ll allow it.

The BOB
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The BOB

BOS expressed some interest in signing PTO D Christian Ehrhoff to contract but knowing he's not in B's Top 6, Ehrhoff has opted to go home.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 10, 2016

DrHandgrenaid
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BOS expressed some interest in signing PTO D Christian Ehrhoff to contract but knowing he's not in B's Top 6, Ehrhoff has opted to go home.

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 10, 2016

The BOB
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The BOB

Griffith, Randell and Schaller waived today

The BOB
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The BOB

Other notables:
Z. Michalek, Gregory Campbell, Stalock, Condon, Conacher and Condra

DrHandgrenaid
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I now have no idea whatsoever to expect for 13F now, because those 3 were my candidates

IntentionallyWidenberg
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None of those 3 seemed to be players the Bruins were confident in.

It’s obviously a little early for them to be reserving a spot for Frankie V. Haven’t seen much of Acciari, but he was listed as alternating on the 4th line at practice a few days back. The voice in the back of my head asks “Is he coming back from some sort of injury?” but I can’t place it.

I guess Czarnik & Heinen just made the roster. Good for them.

phonymahoney
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Acciari hurt his leg in a preseason game, didn’t he?

DrHandgrenaid
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I agree the Bruins weren’t confident in them, and none deserved to make the team outright. But 13F is a spot for a non-prospect, and with those 3 being waived, Ferlin is the closest thing to that out of the bubble players left in camp, assuming Moore is likely to be 4C

carvinbass18
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With Czarnik out, it's been Nash between Beleskey and Hayes.

— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) October 10, 2016

uh, that’s a bit surprising

phonymahoney
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Odd.

DrHandgrenaid
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huh.

DrHandgrenaid
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Per LA Kings sources, team will be placing defenseman Rob Scuderi on waivers today.

— The Mayor John Hoven (@mayorNHL) October 10, 2016

Scuderi is being paid $1.125 million this year by three different teams to play in the AHL

phonymahoney
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Hilarious.

DrHandgrenaid
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3 allegedly well run teams with well respected GMs at that

phonymahoney
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allegedly

DrHandgrenaid
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Who account for 5 of the last 6 Stanley Cups.

phonymahoney
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Well, there you have it: they all make dumb moves!
There is hope for us.

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The BOB
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Reports of Parenteau and Pavelec hitting waivers today. PA has an unusual career

DrHandgrenaid
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PA has had an unusual career.

But the fact that Pavelec has had a career at all is perhaps more unusual

phonymahoney
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Ha! Absolutely.

phonymahoney
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Yeah. For a guy who doesn’t lack scoring talent, Parenteau sure gets moved around a lot.

DrHandgrenaid
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Also didn’t play more than 22 games in a season until he was 27

The BOB
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The BOB

Despite dominating at AHL before that. Even more unusual since he isn’t a midget as so many others in his shoes are. He has NHL size (6′ 200).

I remember at first the talk was that he was a product of Tavares but I think that’s clearly not the case

The BOB
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Cullen’s point projections for Bruins:

Patrice Bergeron C 80 30 34 64
Brad Marchand LW 78 32 25 57
David Krejci C 68 15 42 57
David Backes RW 78 23 26 49
David Pastrnak RW 77 22 24 46
Ryan Spooner C 75 13 33 46
Torey Krug D 80 8 36 44
Matt Beleskey LW 70 17 18 35
Zdeno Chara D 76 10 24 34
Jimmy Hayes RW 69 14 14 28
Colin Miller D 67 5 20 25
Riley Nash C 67 9 14 23
Frank Vatrano LW 39 11 9 20

Seems a bit bullish on Chara and Colin. Depressing for Krejci, Backes and Spooner

The BOB
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Bear in mind, he also had Kane with 85, Crosby with 94, Seguin with 77 and Tavares with 80. Fairly conservative projections.

phonymahoney
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Chiller could do that, if they actually kept him in the lineup… but they won’t.

I think if Pastrnak plays with Bergeron and Marchand, he’s going to score more than 22.

The BOB
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The BOB

Exactly my point on Miller. I don’t see him getting enough ice time or being put in situations to enable him to produce at that level. Talent certainly seems to be there.

DrHandgrenaid
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that Krug prediction is almost certainly very, very low

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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that Krug prediction is almost certainly very, very low

carvinbass18
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Little BoT leaking into the mfa today, I love it wink

phonymahoney
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Agreed, I think he’s good for 60.

The London Bear
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I’ve got Spoons in for 20 goals if they stick with that all-centres 2nd line.

I am Ryan Spooner’s fan.

The BOB
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Rask with 33 wins, 2.36 and .921 in 64GP

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