Morning Free Association: Any Hockey Talk is Good Talk

Frustrations with the current team aside, we still love the Bruins. What they are, what they were. In an opinion piece in the Gloucester Times, hockey writer Phil Stacey compiled his list of Top 100 Bruins.

He issues a few caveats:

1.) The list is primarily based on what these players did while wearing a Bruins’ sweater, not necessarily the sum of their NHL careers. Brad Park would be higher, for instance, in an overall NHL ranking.

2.) There are Hall of Famers who played for the Bruins who aren’t on this list, simply because their time in Black and Gold was but a cup of coffee. So don’t look for Bernie Parent, Paul Coffey, Jarome Iginla, Brian Leetch, Jaromir Jagr, et. al, here.

3.) For the sake of saving space, we’ll include comments on the Top 50 Bruins, then just list players 51-100.

4.) It’s my list, so if you don’t like it, that’s OK. Come up with your own, send it to me (contact information below) and we can agree to disagree. Any hockey talk is good talk.

It’s an interesting list that is sure to spark conversation and maybe alternate lists which the author seems to invite. Having Intentionally Widenberg take guesses, it only took him 13 guesses to get the Top 10 on this particular list.

For those who may not be able to check out the list, here is a breakdown of some notable players:

Players currently on the roster:

  • 8. Zdeno Chara
  • 10. Patrice Bergeron
  • 26. David Krejci
  • 30. Brad Marchand
  • 34. Tuukka Rask
  • 88. Torey Krug
  • 2011 Stanley Champions: (Other than those listed above)

  • 18. Tim Thomas
  • 45. Mark Recchi
  • 47. Nathan Horton
  • 49. Marc Savard
  • 57. Dennis Seidenberg
  • 63. Tyler Seguin
  • 66. Johnny Boychuk
  • 68. Shawn Thornton
  • 85. Chris Kelly
  • 91. Andrew Ference
  • 94. Gregory Campbell
  • 99. Daniel Paille
  • Obviously, there are bound to be some players that are over or under-valued. I’m curious as to where some of us would rank the players.

    Discuss.

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    Satan 81's Sister
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    cry

    The London Bear
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    Oh, that is sad news. But what a life! I’m sure they will celebrate it in fitting fashion before tomorrow’s game. RIP Milt

    Satan81
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    He was the quintessential Bruin.

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    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    Thank god.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    Going 1-5-1 will do that to you. Given the Bruins’ crisis of confidence, a backup goalie that’s not winning is a luxury they can’t afford.

    carvinbass18
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    I miss “Hi I’m Chad”

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    Same.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    The London Bear
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    Wow! But if Halak didn’t get picked up surely Dobby won’t be.

    Zane has been putting up some unreal numbers in PVD and he was pretty good on his last look, so why not?

    carvinbass18
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    Rask cannot play them all. Exactly

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Not sure if anyone will be able to see this, but Steve Santini Played very well against the Bruins the other night. (His second NHL game) Devils announcers had high praise for him. The BC and US NPDT product is also a super nice kid. He uesd to come play beer league in Brewster with his das (U of Maine), his uncle and his grandfather (about 73 at the time). He never took advantage of us old farts, just tried to set his grandpa up for goals. I wish him luck and a trade to the Bruins.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    Thanks for sharing

    The London Bear
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    That’s fantastic!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Since we’ve been doing some Cup reminiscing, I’ve gotten nostalgic. Let’s all pretend to work but instead watch this for old times’ sake:

    The London Bear
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    I was in Slovakia at the time and it got a really good extended highlights package on national TV the day.

    The way the news covered it for the following week you’d think Chara had won it single-handedly, but you can forgive them the indulgence – there aren’t many famous Slovakians!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Wohoo!

    David Backes (concussion) returns to practice wearing white with Spooner and Krejci.

    — Bruins Daily (@BruinsDaily) January 4, 2017

    phonymahoney
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    Excellent!

    carvinbass18
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    Damnit, I need to go to the dump, why am i still just sitting here.

    Time to roll. Be back later!

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Good Morning!

    My day started with my computer being locked out. Needless to say it’s been crazy. Tonight have to pack for Texas. Going for my nephew’s baptism in which I somehow have been trusted enough to be the Godfather. So, um, yeah. Should be interesting.

    Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately?) I’ll be missing the next few games as tomorrows will be while I’m on an airplane.

    carvinbass18
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    The Bruins are 4-0 when I’m at the garden so…. hopefully good news there

    phonymahoney
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    I think i’m like 2-4 this year, something stupid like that.. ugh

    carvinbass18
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    I did just jinx it though…. shit…

    All my games have been OT/SO wins though. Dramatic come backs too

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    I think we’ve seen enough of those for a while. How bout some where the Bruins take the lead early & expand it as the game goes on?

    carvinbass18
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    I want my record to stay perfect, so no matter what I want a W.

    But yes, I’d like that very much

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    Agreed. To not-quite-quote Animal Farm: “All wins are equal, but some wins are more equal than others.”

    The London Bear
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    I am 2-0-0 of the home team winning 5-2 when I am at NHL games grin

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    Then you need to start attending all Bruins home games!
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    The London Bear
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    I’ll start a gofundme. When do we next host the Habs?

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Also, the header picture for the MFA today warms my heart.

    phonymahoney
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    Yes, it is delightful

    Satan 81's Sister
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    I love when Chara put the Stanley Cup on the pitchers mound:

    Satan 81's Sister
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    What should I do next year ? Coach AAA again ? Coach overseas ? Try and get an OHL team ? PP n PK coach in the NHL ?

    — marc savard (@MSavvy91) January 4, 2017

    Savard for PP coach please and thank you.

    phonymahoney
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    PP coach, yes. HIRED!

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    SAVARD PLEASE COME MAKE OUR TINY PP LARGER!

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    #B2BAfterDark!

    The London Bear
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    That was my thought when I saw that tweet. Although they have picked up recently (NJ game notwithstanding…)

    Satan 81's Sister
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    The PP has been poo poo.

    Why yes, I am a twelve year old adult.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    One poo poo platter please – umm, that’s a Bruin’s power play.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    poop poop
    Hee-hee-hee!

    phonymahoney
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    comment image#3

    carvinbass18
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    perfect reaction

    Satan 81's Sister
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    I’d swap out Campbell for Pastrnak on this list. YES I’M AWARE IT’S PROBABLY TOO EARLY TO PUT PASTA ON A GOAT LIST LIKE THIS BUT SHUT UP I LOVE HIM!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Pasta has certainly had more impact than any Merlot Line guy. Not too soon!!!

    carvinbass18
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    I mean Paille was a solid penalty killer, and when the Merlot went south, he was the only one dragging it along

    carvinbass18
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    Or at least Paille.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    I’d take Paille off and put Peverely on if we’re talking members of the Cup team.

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