Morning Free Association: Post Deadline

So, the Bruins managed to make a solitary move at the deadline and it didn’t involve giving up Brandon Carlo, Ryan Spooner, or anyone else. It only took a conditional 6th-round pick*, which is pretty much nothing.

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But what exactly are the Bruins getting with Drew Stafford? Fluto Shizawa of the Boston Globe indicates that this move is just for depth and versatility at RW, with Bruins GM Don Sweeney stating that where, when, and if he plays, it will be Bruce Cassidy’s decision.

In other words, there is no rush to squeeze Stafford, acquired for a 2017 conditional sixth-round pick, into the lineup. The ex-Jet, a healthy scratch in three of Winnipeg’s last four games, is not a must-dress player. The 31-year-old right-shot forward has four goals and nine assists in 40 games. He is in the last season of a two-year, $8.7 million deal, the likes of which he will never see again upon its expiration.

Nor are the rolling Bruins in need of new blood.

General manager Don Sweeney entered Wednesday’s trade deadline with long-term needs at wing and left-side defense. Such reinforcements were not available for a price the Bruins were willing to meet — specifically, the prospects that Sweeney has spent the last two years pouring into the organization.

So Sweeney opted for the best help he could provide his surging club: depth in case of injuries that will cost, at worst, a 2017 fourth-round pick.

“That is the coach’s decision in terms of where he decides to play him, if he decides to play him,” Sweeney said of Stafford’s lineup spot. “I think he adds some versatility. We talked about it as a group over the last couple days, but that will be the coach’s decision.”

The Bruins have been remarkably healthy of late, so it appears that the addition of Stafford is more insurance rather than a necessary piece should the B’s go on a run into and through the playoffs.

Even if nothing comes of this move, the Bruins stand to lose little if Stafford doesn’t work out in the short term. Seems like Donny is pretty smart after all.

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Satan 81's Sister
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I hate my new work neighbor. He’s playing bad country music at a loud volume and I can hear it through the wall.

The London Bear
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He’s playing bad country music

Is there any good country music? wink

Sorry, I only said that for comedic effect. I have nothing against country music as such.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Is there any good country music?

Johnny Cash!

carvinbass18
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Well there’s good country music like Little Big Town, then passible like Lady Antibellum, then there’s hot garbage like Luke Bryan that’s not even country music

Satan 81's Sister
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And there’s alt-country which I do like.

The London Bear
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Quite like Hank Williams III – does that count?

Also guitars made out of spades or cigar boxes and such – some great vids on YouTube!

Satan 81's Sister
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I saw Hank III a few years ago. Man that guy can play for a long time.

The London Bear
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Cool!

Miss Muse
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Stafford will be wearing #19 for the Bruins. (heh heh.)

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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That’s my summer league hockey number

The London Bear
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So do we have to have HIS ice-time tracker next time we play the Stars?

Miss Muse
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I want to see shots of him in the press box eating nachos. How many nachos can he eat in 2 minutes? Find out!

Satan81
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MAKE IT SO!!!

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

Who here’s gamethreadin’ tonight? I am going to be watching alone and could use the company, virtual as it may be.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I’ll be popping in.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

I read that as pooping.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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POOP

Satan 81's Sister
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I was planning to actually try and gamethread tonight but I’m having a hard enough time staying awake at work.

phonymahoney
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Take a nap and perk the hell up for game time, damn it! WE NEED YOU!

phonymahoney
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I am!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Prolly around the halfway mark. I have dinner with the fam cause i suggested it forgetting it was game night….doh.

Miss Muse
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I’ll try to!

carvinbass18
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I’ll probably be late due to trivia, but I should be there too.

The London Bear
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I am going to be watching alone and could use the company, virtual as it may be.

Welcome to my world! Midnight starts aren’t great for socializing…

As it is I’m blacked out of this one, but might look for a dodgy stream to catch the first period…

carvinbass18
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I’ve got a cable login if you’d like to use it for nbcsn

The London Bear
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Oh, that’s very kind but most broadcasters geo-block their streams don’t they, and I don’t go in for all that proxy business.

I use NHL TV through my Playstation which works well but if Premier Sports are showing the games, I can’t watch live, although NHL.TV tend to unblock the games as soon as they finish so it’s not too much of an issue.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Wait, is the game not on NESN?

I swear I haven’t seen a NESN game in a month.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

UGH, it’s on NBCSN? sad

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

And NESN. And MSG.
See my prior comment, I dunno if NBCSN would be running the MSG or NESN feed or their own team but they I don’t think they can black out NESN in this case.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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NBCSN will run their own guys for this game.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

I rely on NHL.tv, so I’ll be blacked out. With so many games on NBCSN this year, it’s been really frustrating me that I paid a good amount of money for the NHL.tv subscription and miss so many games.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Yup, had to drop NHL.tv as I couldn’t watch the Bs! Really, I would pay a lot to see them. Doesn’t anybody want my money??

phonymahoney
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That’s such bullshit.

The London Bear
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Do they enforce the 48hr blackout on you? That was a real pain for me last year, especially with back-to-backs. Glad they seem to relaxed that in UK

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

I’m not sure. If I miss a game, I usually don’t go back to try to watch it after the fact.

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

I think it’s on both. I am pretty sure NBCSN optioned it because both teams are hot and nationally recognizable but they can’t freeze out NESN.

carvinbass18
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Good call. I just remember seeing it on the thursday line up while watching Sunday’s game

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

I might be able to help you out there

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

I’m hoping to be home in time. Depends on traffic!

Satan81
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I’ll be in there!

carvinbass18
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oh my god. It’s only 10 o’clock… c’mon day get a move on

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

ITS PAST NOON NOW!!!

carvinbass18
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WOOOOO!!!!!

Miss Muse
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Shush. razz

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Good morning, friends.

I’m “meh” about the Stafford trade. We didn’t give up anything, but I’m not sure what we’ve gained. And who gets rotated out?

Feeling like a special kind of hell today. Hopefully I can power through so I can teach about the Bomb today. And hopefully, there won’t be too much fallout. Mehehehe.

New Zelda tomorrow! grin

phonymahoney
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There’s a new Zelda? I don’t even know what system it would be on?

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

On the Nintendo 1024.

phonymahoney
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I have never even heard of such a thing.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

I was making a joke.

If they kept increasing the number exponentially since the N64, that would be the system name.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

YES! Tomorrow! It’s on both the Wii U and the new Nintendo Switch (also comes out tomorrow).

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

I have high hopes for the new Zelda, everything I read sounds awesome… not that I have a Switch on the way to play it. I blew my fun money on a giant OLED TV and a PS4 Pro.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

The 10s are starting to roll out from the gaming sites I frequent.

My copy (along with my Switch) arrives tomorrow. I have to get all of my grading done before UPS rings my doorbell. Good thing only half of the class turned in their writing assignment.

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

I still laugh when I think of the inadvertent sexual innuendo of calling it the Switch. It makes me wish they named the charging cradle the Nintendo Power Bottom.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Hahahaha, well, I can’t wait to get that power bottom onto my shelf!

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

Careful, your Switch runs hotter when it’s plugged into the Power Bottom.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Well, I’ll just have to make sure that it goes into a well lubricated, I mean ventilated area.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

“Coaches decision and does not need to be played” seemed to be the theme as stated above….which i really admire out of both a GM and Coach relationship.

GM did his job by providing better depth and trusts the Coach to do his job without forcing the Coach to act just because the GM did.

I like it. A lot.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

That’s fair enough. I wasn’t necessary criticizing, I’m just a bit ambivalent. But I like your take!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Yeah i gotcha, not being defensive of your stance, just adding my perspective from reading the quote above to see if that helps answer the question you presented!

I read the quote as sweeney just sayin…this move was just incasue someone goes down, im gonna let coach do the roster he wants and just giving him more choices if he needs it.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

I like choice!

carvinbass18
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Hayes & Beleskey most likely

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Would make sense.

I’m just glad we didn’t trade any defense away.

phonymahoney
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Hmm.

Miss Muse
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Oh yeah of course this means he thinks the Seguin trade worked out well for the Bruins. mad

Totally the same thing!

Satan81
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DON’T RUIN THE NARRATIVE!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good Morning, pals!
Well done, Mr Sweeney!I would play him in 49% of the remaining games!!
So, the Tarriffville Gorge is more challenging than I remember. Really good stuff. The Olympic trials have been held there, as well as the World Triple Crown (Down river race, slalom race and freestyle competition).
Yesterday, I ran into David Silk down there. He’s one of the top whitewater kayakers in the world! Travels the globe paddling off waterfalls and shit. He’s a great kid and treated us to quite a show in the T-ville Hole.
I will be back on the ice next Wednesday for a double header. Probably should get to the rink this weekend for a warm up.
Coffee!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Yay for reffing again!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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You’ve been on the DL for a while! I am glad you’re about to take the ice again.

carvinbass18
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same here!

phonymahoney
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Morning, pals –
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  • I’m totally fine with the Stafford trade. He can score, he’s definitely tough, and defensively solid… and we got him for a song.
  • I would have liked to move Hayes or Beleskey or both, but who’s going to want Hayes? Beleskey has been hurt this year but is also “meh” in my eyes. I really liked him before but that has faded a bit.
  • I’m psyched to watch this team play again. I love that.
  • Still trying to feel out the new office, and things have obviously been crazier with us all in one building again, so I’ve been somewhat unavailable.
  • What a fun deadline!
  • phonymahoney
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    Guys, I just realized the sun in that gif is a taco.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Hahahahahaha! I didn’t realize until you said.

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    And all this time I thought that was your intention for reasons I didn’t understand.

    carvinbass18
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    it wasn’t??

    Dr. Medievalist
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    Dr. Medievalist

    Look at that cock crow!

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    COCK

    Dr. Medievalist
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    Dr. Medievalist

    GIANT SPARKLY COCK

    phonymahoney
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    you’re a giant sparkly cock!

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    I’m psyched to watch this team play again. I love that.

    Pretty much. Win or lose, they’re actually fun to watch again.

    carvinbass18
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    Hayes isn’t going anywhere & he’ll probably land a PTO at the end of next year to keep going, unless Cassidy’s system makes him look like he did in Florida again. I wonder if Beleskey was kept for expansion reasons?

    phonymahoney
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    I actually think Hayes looks better than he did, maybe what I said was unfair of me.

    The London Bear
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    He has looked better, but to be fair he couldn’t have looked a lot worse.

    Stafford’s number’s haven’t been great this year but every other season they’ve been perfectly acceptable for a third-liner. Worth giving him a few games in Hayes’s spot.

    carvinbass18
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    I don’t think so. Recent track record doesn’t change what Hayes has done over his past 2 seasons here. If you’re a GM of 29 other teams, objectively why would you want Hayes?

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    why would you want Hayes?

    You thought he was Kevin Hayes? I think that’s what the bs thought when they traded for him.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    Im sure this may be been brought up, but as a counter argument, those 2 years was all under the same coach. Coaching demands may not been catering to his strengths making him effectively ineffective.

    I think we (small sample size) are seeing a lot more production and purpose out of Hayes under Cassidy’s lines. Hayes has never had an issue with effort and working his shifts, his stats have just not been productive or pretty….i think at least through an eye test under Cassidy him being in the right spots to provide tips/rebounds/assists.

    I think its kind of quick and unfair to give up on him now that weve seen a consistant performance out of him in the last 6 games just because the Bruins signed a depth player at the deadline.

    phonymahoney
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    Exactly. This is was I was trying to say, much more succinctly and much less eloquently.

    carvinbass18
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    I don’t think he should be pulled out of the line up permanently now with this addition either, but rather just rotated. He’s the most likely candidate for that to happen to.

    imbiginjapan
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    imbiginjapan

    I don’t believe Stafford is likely to play tonight given the travel issues so Hayes has at least one game to turn the spark into a fire.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    Yeah, I would venture to guess they would want a few practice sessions in to get to know the system and work on plays with potential linemates before they just throw him to the wolves (or bears).

    The London Bear
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    Correct!

    phonymahoney
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    Claude wasn’t exactly using him the way he should be used, though. I’m not saying people should want to acquire him, I’m just saying that I don’t want to see him exiled to Siberia like I did two months ago, because he HAS improved with the change in his role and the system.

    carvinbass18
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    yeah i getcha, and he absolutely has improved.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Remember when the Bobby to Bergy Launch Pad was quite active? smile

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    “The Boston Bruins have traded Jimmy Hayes to the Sun in exchange for the rocket to get him there.”

    carvinbass18
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    Recch!!

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Good Morning!

    Thank you Sweeney, for heeding our words and not doing anything stupid. I wonder if the lack of salary retention from the Jets had anything to do with the low cost. Yes, I know he’s a UFA at the end of the season, but the Jets could be trying to unload real cost, too. Just speculating.

    It’s been a busy week so far. Looking forward to not doing much except watching the game tonight.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Whoo hoo! Nothing stupid happened to the Bruins!

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