Morning Free Association: January 18

Yesterday, there was a disturbance in the Force. Practice was cancelled. Claude would address the media at 11am. Bruins fans all around were panicked.

It was just normal media availability. Claude expressed his belief in his team.

He expressed that what the team needs is perseverance and commitment to improve. He also stated that winger Matt Beleskey has not been medically cleared for game action.

Later in the afternoon, the New York Islanders canned Jack Capuano. While I was drving and listening to the Sports Hub, the news broke; quite frankly they were pretty much dicks in expressing they wished it had been Claude. Let it be stated loud and clear: if the Bruins decide to fire Claude, as many people are calling for, they might as well admit that they’ve given up this season. This team is not the current season’s version of the Penguins. What this team is is inconsistent. So how do you fix that?

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

How shitty will the Bs be at the Joe?

carvinbass18
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Holy hell today is dragging by so badly

The London Bear
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phonymahoney
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Good morning, friends!

  • I need to get to the rink, but I have been all over the place lately. Like, for months now.
  • Have a new guy starting today. Going to be training for the next couple weeks. Oh joy! Seriously though, training is the worst and is super awkward.
  • As a South Boston resident I am more than comfortable with double parking, but I am NOT okay with people double parking across an empty space. What the fuck? Learn to parallel park of get the hell out of the city! Jesus!
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  • This hockey team: something’s gotta give, but what? What do you do if you are the Bruins? What does Claude do? What does Sweeney do?
  • Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Very boring, but I say “stay the course”.
    It looks like this team needs Chiller and Killer to stay healthy. McQuaid, as well.
    I’m not sure I’m ready to give up on Morrow, but he hasn’t done anything to make me say “He has to stay!”.
    Trade for a top four D guy. That is the answer!!!

    carvinbass18
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    If you’re Claude maybe it’s time to start sitting some of the vterans for a healthy scratch. Wake up call time. If you’re Sweeney maybe swap out Blidh / Schaller for DeBrusk / Heinen. Youth influx before Beleskey comes back. Make some people uncomfortable in the line up & force them to not move down the depth chart?

    I have no idea.

    The London Bear
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    Surely they know as well as we do that they’ve got to be winning these games if they want to make the playoffs? Isn’t that motivation enough? Apparently not.

    Maybe I’m being naive

    phonymahoney
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    My only concern about the fourth line is that it’s been the only one playing consistently well.
    Then again, if your team is playing badly, your fourth line probably shouldn’t be your top concern.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Still struggling with not skating. I dreamed I was skating last night. So jealous of my subconscious self.

    phonymahoney
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    Sorry pal sad
    Your knee will grow back soon. We will get you some wolverine blood.

    phonymahoney
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    I too am struggling with not skating…. Ahahahahahaj

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    I have to be happy I can still paddle without much pain. Over the past 35 years, I’ve had extended time off from skating twice. Fractured tibia – two months, broken jaw – six weeks (no cage face when you ref!). I just need to be patient (FUCK THAT!!!!!!!!!!!).

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Good Morning, Friends!!!
    Great day yesterday! Spent some time in

      Brigadoon

    , er Monroe yesterday. Took down the office style drop ceiling that was in the kitchen – yuck. Mucho mouse droppings up there – double yuck. Also, brought a portable shitter up there as we have no plumbing yet.
    Home in time to avoid the ice shitstorm.
    Firing Claude would be silly.
    I played “When I’m 64” by the Beatles (a band Paul McCartney was in before Wings). It’s suddenly relevant!
    Staying home and working today. I got a raise! $100 per week. I guess I have to do something now. (Or maybe not, They seem to like me when I don’t do anything!! Why blow it!!)

    Coffee!!!!!

    The London Bear
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    It’s suddenly relevant!

    I assume you mean the line about not getting in until quarter-to-three wink

    I got Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary on DVD for Xmas – it’s really good!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    No, I mean the part about being 64! Jo and I are only four years away!!!!!

    phonymahoney
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    Quarter to Three? I enjoy me some Gary “U.S.” Bonds.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    I’m going to go to a club and dance just like that!

    The London Bear
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    That’s a jolly tune! I like that. Never heard it before!

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    I AM THE FIRST TO COMMENT.

    carvinbass18
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    good morning friends.

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/01/17/kalman-coaching-change-might-not-make-a-difference-if-bruins-core-is-too-flawed/ A great read by Kalman on why a coaching change might not help.
  • Firing Claude will either make this team tank or fix the inconsistencies for a short time. Because there’s no one to bring in & Cassidy will likely become interim head coach, which will not change the system.
  • I have little faith in the 2nd line right now. What should be your best offensive center should not have the same point total as a defenseman. I don’t care that he had an injury. So did Krug.
  • Maybe i didn’t need bullet points today
  • imbiginjapan
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    imbiginjapan

    I’m turning around on the firing Claude thing. While it’s not my favorite thing in the world it’s one of the few options I can see for really invoking change. I think Neely is stuck in the front office for all eternity and is seemingly immovable on the idea that this team can be tinkered with on the fly, so what’s left to do?

    carvinbass18
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    Great question

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Yup, that second line should be among the tops in the league, offensively. Right now they are just offensive.

    carvinbass18
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    I get that with a revolving door of wingers for Krecji gives him problems with chemistry, but he has the talent to drive that line no matter what and he’s not. Been very poor at creating space for himself this season.

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