Morning Free Association: November 15

It’s not often that you read an apology of sorts on a blog and when it is done it seems that it’s of the type that’s short in the frame of “let’s pretend this didn’t happen”. Noted hockey scout for the Red Line Report, Kirk Luedeke wrote an apology on his own blog for suggesting that Tuukka be traded back in April when the 2015-2016 version of the Bruins collapsed in the last month of the season. While it seems the Bruins fanbase definitely has strong opinions either for or against Rask, it’s good to see someone who had expressed doubt about him can acknowledge his initial overreaction.

It seems that this season’s Bruins rely a lot on Rask, who may or may not be struggling through some sort of chronic injury. While the team is playing better around him, there are still times when goal support is lacking. Tuukka is having his best strongest start ever this season at 10-1; by comparison the other goaltenders are a combined 0-4. On this week’s podcast, we discussed the possibility that Tuukka, while needed, is playing too much this early in the season, especially when it comes to back-to-back games like this week. An overplayed, tired, and drained primary goalie will not help the team in April.

So, is he being played too much?

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Just finished my on line test of NCAA rules. What a mind fuck! The NCAA rule book could make the hate read list – probably top it!

Satan81
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Bonne chance!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I got a 90. Yo would think that’s terrible for an open book test, but they quiz you on the most obscure rules and nuances it’s crazy. I will say, once you finish the test, you know the book. We get three shots at passing the test. 90 is the minimum score. Got it on the first attempt

The London Bear
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That’s great. Does that mean you’re qualified to ref NCAA games now?

Satan81
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Gratulálok!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Federation of High Schools test is next. It’s easier. The rules are less complicated. They are geared toward getting more participants in the game. NCAA is geared toward providing offensive opportunities.

The London Bear
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Dobby and Killer both on the ice for morning practice smile

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

At this time last year, nobody would have even considered putting a smiley face at the end of a post about Killer taking the ice. Oh, the times they are a-changin’!

The London Bear
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Ha! That is true, but in the latter part of last season he looked to really raise his game IMHO, and a lot of people were still judging him on his admittedly terrible early-season performances. Infamous crab incident, for example …

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

He definitely got better as the season went on. I just find it amusing that last season it was all “Bench Killer, play Chiller” and now I think a lot of people would be OK with the opposite, especially after the own-goal.

Satan81
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Kevlar’s almost certainly taking Chiller’s spot.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

as long as its quaid that sits im ok with his return.

Satan81
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Going down the internet rabbit hole, I was researching my favorite narrative – the Dougie trade looking better and better – and looked up who the B’s got with the draft picks and then remembered that Donny drafted Senyshyn instead of Barzal and/or Connor and the mocking and ridiculing that resulted. So I figured I’d see how Barzal and Connor are doing, and Connor’s off to a slow start in Winnipeg while Barzal had 2 games with the Islanders before being sent back to juniors. The Connor situation’s tough ’cause he’s past the 10-game mark. There’s a lot of fretting on the Isle over how they’re handling young players such as Barzal and Ho-Sang, but here’s a really good and insightful article on why only having 2 games with the big kids is still a very important developmental step for a prospect:

Barzal’s Time With Islanders Will Only Benefit Youngster

Satan81
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MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

I had been hoping they’d eventually relocate to Seattle. They’re officially on my shit-list now.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Coyotes to get new arena where their fanbase actually lives

Hamilton?

Speaking of Hamilton, do you know why they can’t have an NHL team? Because then Toronto would want one, too.

I’ll be here all week!

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72
Satan81
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I was hoping the Markham area of Toronto would get a second team just so they could call the arena the Markham Asylum.

Satan81
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ZING!

Satan 81's Sister
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I’m being way to productive today and it’s scaring me.

carvinbass18
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I’ve been left alone today. So nice not to deal with the bull smile

Satan 81's Sister
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Those are the best days.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Good morning, friends.

I don’t have much commentary. So, good morning, coffee is good, and whee.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

How about this for logic, when schedule is tighter divisional games = rask, McIntyre = non-divisional. Its Slightly obvious that Rask is playing through something, i don’t mind him not getting every start right now. That said, when your team is feeling it and on a points streak don’t mess with it too much.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I think the problem with this is that games occur in bursts due to travel schedules – so one gets all of western Canada one week, then all eastern seaboard the next. I think you want to alternate goaltending when possible, and I suspect that that is more important than total number of games played per season.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

also, any updates on Doby?

Satan 81's Sister
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He’s been skating with the team last I heard.

Satan 81's Sister
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Sounds like he could be close to returning:
https://www.nhl.com/bruins/news/khudobin-on-the-mend/c-283719118

phonymahoney
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So weird how we got so injury plagued so quickly, huh?

Also weird how we’re doing pretty OK, too.

Satan 81's Sister
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Yeah, the start of the season was one nut punch after another. Glad things are settling down.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good Morning All!

Single game tonight. I need a sharpening!

We were going to go to Newport for Thanksgiving, but I decided to simplify. We’ll take Jo’s mom to a movie and dinner. Maybe head to Newport Saturday after to see Mom. I can only take so much of my family…. wonderful people (from a distance).

Rainy days aren’t great for working outdoors. Working on my rules exams.

Coffee, bourbon…. not necessarily in that order.

carvinbass18
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Buongiorno friends

We’re doing our annual PR stunt of donating a bunch of food to a local food pantry this morning.Despite being the least paid group, production for the 3rd year running donated the most. I love that we do this in terms of the actual food drive. If people don’t donate food they can donate cash which our production manager matches up to $500 out of his pocket, but what I hate is how we make it a spectacle. We print out this huge banner, take a bunch of photos, & take out an ad in the paper, there’s no need for that, just donate it gracefully. with a note with who it’s from.

Like that we have this break from hockey for a few days. Although I’ll be having withdrawals by Thursday at 11:00.

Really hope Rask can stay this good all year (he can)

phonymahoney
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Nobody can do anything nice without publicity anymore. At least they’re doing it, I guess.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

There does appear to be a trend in our society to value being seen doing something good over just plain doing something good. So much for “virtue is its own reward”!

Satan 81's Sister
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Doing good deeds doesn’t count if no one knows about it.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

And that’s why society is falling apart – because maintaining the appearance of being a good person has become more important than actually being a good person.

(Well, that’s one reason why society’s falling apart.)

carvinbass18
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Yeah. It doesn’t help that I’m as disgruntled as I am either I suppose. I do love that we do this twice though. Once now, and the other on the first of December

Satan81
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Unwanted grandstanding or no, good on you!

The London Bear
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His charity work is fantastic wink

Satan 81's Sister
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Well done.

carvinbass18
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