Morning Free Association: February 15

 

The stupid Habs decided to ruin Valentine’s Day for everyone by hiring a recently-fired Claude Julien as their new head coach. Of course, they had to fire greasy Michel Therrien (again), so they could hire dapper Claude Julien (again). Ugh, such a soap opera.

It certainly didn’t help to know that the Bruins granted permission on Sunday.

Reaction to this has been varied from the media and fans alike:

(Can we all agree that Haggs is full of shit and that this decision is NOT based on revenge. Claude is many things but petty isn’t one of them)

Is this really a bad thing? Maybe, maybe not. The timing for this change is somehow worse than it was when the Bruins made it last week: Montreal is also on a bye week and cannot practice under Julien until after 4pm on Friday due to the bye week rules. While he can look at film and work with assistants, he won’t be able to work with his team until just before their return from the bye. With most of not all the Atlantic teams playing their games in hand on both the Habs and Bs, a fast start from the bye is crucial in this final push before the trade deadline. Needless to say, the same goes for the surging Bruins who play the dreaded West Coast Roadtrip this week. Before the break, Boston had pulled within 6 points of the Canadiens, with Ottawa in between the two teams in the Flortheast.

Let’s hope for a bumpy start to Claude’s (second) tenure with the Habs.

Questions that I didn’t address (because it’s late and I really needed to watch the WKC Dog Show instead of working on this oh and my computer decided to be a butthead, too. Did I mention it’s really late? Seriously, burning the 2:30am oil here): Can we really blame Claude for taking the job? Do we even care at this point? Are you angry with the Jacobses? Does this just make it easier to move on and place your trust in Cassidy?

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

Is it just me or have we seen some particularly egregious stick fouls this past week or so?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
The London Bear
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So he only had one full season as Habs head coach last time? That’s pretty impatient.

He’s barely recognisable from his playing days yet the 14-year old pic at the top of this thread looks like it could’ve been taken yesterday!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

That’s pretty impatient.

Them Canadians Fans are an ornery folk.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Clode

Claude’s stats as a player and coach (I hope). Check out those pictures!

carvinbass18
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Morning folks!

  • I don’t care about Claude going to Montreal. The only thing that matters to me on that is I now have a fun thing to do for my MFoodA Friday.
  • I have the best wife. She just bought 2 tickets to go see Dropkick Murphy’s on St. Patricks day at the House of Blues in Boston. Fuck that’s gonna be awesome!!
  • Sister: I’m going to be buying tickets probably on Monday, if not a little bit earlier. You are 100% in for Sunday of the race?
  • I miss hockey
  • The London Bear
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    That gig is gonna be epic! cool

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    She just bought 2 tickets to go see Dropkick Murphy’s on St. Patricks day at the House of Blues in Boston. Fuck that’s gonna be awesome!!

    She’s a keeper!!!!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    100%!

    Dr. Medievalist
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    Dr. Medievalist

    Good morning, friends. Waking up is hard.

    Claude going to the Habs makes me sad.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    Yeah, I was kind of hoping he’d go to the Isles (aka the possibly-future-Whalers).

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Good Morning!

    I’m not bitter at Claude. Honestly, if you’re a coach looking for a gig and isn’t super emotional, why wouldn’t you accept a job for a storied franchise like that? (To balance out that mild praise, let me just add a “Fuck the Habs” in here).

    What really sucks here is not that Claude got picked up by them. It’s that the Bruins basically caused the Habs to finally fire their coach by making Claude available. I wanted the Habs to suffer with Therrien forever.

    In other news, more snow and some bowling tonight. Can’t wait to shovel more.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    True, we shouldn’t blame Claude for taking the job. But we CAN blame the Habs for giving it to him & forcing us to hate him now.

    carvinbass18
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    I wanted the Habs to suffer with Therrien forever.

    Seconded.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    Notarized!

    Thetallest81
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    P.s. hope everyone had a lovely vday….i have pictures of mine.

    View post on imgur.com

    Satan 81's Sister
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    You spent Valentine’s Day at a Kiwk E Mart?

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81
    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Dying.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    carvinbass18
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    …I thought that was weird, but I’m like, who am i to judge?

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Everyone has their thing. We now know Tallest has a weird convenience store fetish.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Morning all. Don’t have to go to the office till 10 so I’ve been sitting around completely bored.
    Some thoughts on Claude:
    My GODFUCKINGDAMNIT is basically my disappointment that he has Habs stink on him again. Definitely don’t begrudge the guy for taking the job opportunity.
    As for the Bruins letting Claude go to the Habs: Personally I think it would have been kind of shitty of them to deny him the chance to explore all his options. Claude wants to coach so let him coach, even if it’s the Habs.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    The 6,400,000¢ question: Did we get anything back from the Habs, like we did when we let the Oilers hire the recently-fired Chiarelli?

    carvinbass18
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    No. Coach / Management compensation went away.

    MadScientist72
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    phonymahoney
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    Good morning, pals!
    Or is it?
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  • I’m not mad about Claude. It’s a typical Hockey Gods™ thing to do, to be honest.
  • Ben and I had the same brief conversation about Claude and the Habs, and while I didn’t have a snappy fedora response (VA is correct), I do think Claude will tighten up their D some, but with that comes playing more cautiously, as in “playing not to lose”, as we’ve discussed around these parts for years. So, their offense is already hurting, but I do see it taking a bit of a hit there.
  • Read this thread. It was actually a very endearing one about Michel Therrien, AKA Sweaty Henchman Number Five.
  • Looking for apartments is for the birds. Ugh.
  • This is the specific bird I’m referring to:
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  • That gif reminds me of Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” video.
  • Today’s Bruins calendar fact is about The Trade Of Which We Shall Not Speak. Bruins calendar can get fucked today.
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    Today is our second to last day in the office. Friday, we will be temporarily set up in a sweatshop makeshift office in our current Norwood office, and then Tuesday, we open up fresh and clean in the NEW Norwood office. Very exciting stuff.

    With that, our mantra for the last month has been “purge and shred!”, and people keep purging and shredding their Bruins memorabilia onto my desk. It includes but is not limited to:

  • Ticket stubs for the entire inaugural season of the Fleet Center. This includes Celtics tickets but excludes the 1996 NHL All Star Game (second time I’ve been hosed out of those tickets, but that’s a story for another day). I don’t even know what to do with these ticket stubs.
  • Two posterboard signs from two different years of the Cam Neely Celebrity Golf Classic, which were sponsored by us. The signs are autographed by everyone who played, such as Pie McKenzie, Ray Bourque, Toe Blake (whose autograph is a drawing of a toe?), Don Sweeney, etc.
  • A bottle of Shawn Thornton Foundation Merlot
  • This made me laugh – I got a call from one of our VPs on Monday: “Hey. You’re a Bruins junkie, right?” “Uh, yeah.” “Do you love Derek Sanderson?” “Well, I don’t love him, but I like him?” “OK, well, I bought his stick at an auction because he was a drunk and I thought it was appropriate; I haven’t done anything with it. You want it?” (hilarious justification for buying useless crap because we work at a liquor distributor). So, now I have an autographed Sanderson stick.
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  • Another VP stopped over yesterday and highsticked me with what turned out to be an autographed Byron Dafoe stick. Shit’s been crazy here. Not making it easy to purge and shred! Haha!
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    The London Bear
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    Our HR girl is named Tree. She signs off her emails with a tree emoji.

    Send me the Merlot if it needs a home wink

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Oh shit! I was married to a woman named Tree. If she has moved to England, that’s far enough.

    carvinbass18
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    so much stuff. If you need a place to store the Dafoe stick safely, I’ve got a spot for it. Or the Sanderson stick. Or the poster signs wink

    phonymahoney
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    Forgot to mention, I keep reading that the Habs are likely to move Galchenyuk. So, does he end up in Colorado? Galchenyuk and a pick for Duchene?

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81
    phonymahoney
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    Precisely!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Speaking of sticks: Over/Under the amount of games Nyquist will have to sit. I’m guessing 8.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    I’m hoping for an example, 10 or more. Brad May got 20 games for a similar foul in 2000. He had a rep, though. 10.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Wayne Maki and Ted Green only got 13 each for their wild affair way back when. The good ol’ days!

    phonymahoney
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    I hope they give him 10. I’m guessing he gets 5.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    I agree that he should definitely get 10. That was gross.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    No way. wouldn’t have offered in-person if they were giving less than 6. That he declined an in person hearing doesn’t reduce that

    phonymahoney
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    I didn’t even consider the hearing. The more I think about it, if Pastrnak got 2, then Nyquist is getting 8-10.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    10 games

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    You guys think the NHL will come down that hard?

    No long standing injury and not a previous offender. While I don’t think these should matter, we’ve seen they matter to DoPS.

    6 games tops. Probably less.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    I think they drop the boom. That move is just short of McSorely using his stick like an axe on Brashear

    Satan 81's Sister
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    It’s the NHL so who knows where the dart will land on the suspension board.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    Perfect

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