Morning Free Association: March 15

Tonight and tomorrow, the Bruins finish up the western part of the Canadian Roadtrip in Calgary and Edmonton respectively. (Will they go home in between Edmonton and the Monday game in Toronto? Who knows?)

Every game now is a Seriously Watchable Important Game™ (SWIG) that the Bruins must win to maintain a space in the playoff structure.

Ah!

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Last night, the Habs did a great job of losing to the Blackhawks. Somehow, they hold a one-point lead over Ottawa in the Atlantic even with the Senators having 2 games in hand on them. The Bruins are just behind waiting for both teams to screw up.

At this point, no one can argue against the coaching change. Ty Anderson of WEEI finally has accepted that the coaching change was necessary.

He instantly changed the fluidity of the club’s practices and put a greater emphasis on the club working hard in practice so that they were never quite overwhelmed by the frenetic pace of a game, something that has been an issue for the club in March and April in back-to-back seasons. He realized where to put certain players to maximize their value to the team — such as putting a natural center where he belongs or allowing an offensive-minded defender to be just that — and he encouraged all of his players to play to their strengths in the attacking zone versus a uniformed style for all 20 skaters.

It’s the long way of saying that Cassidy has helped this team’s core regain some of the swagger that made them a formidable presence in the Eastern Conference for over half a decade and was seemingly buried by week after week of simply sticking to the at times frustrating process under Julien.

“I think this team is capable. They’re very capable of winning every night. Every time we’ve faced off – and we’ve been in every game,” Cassidy said of the Black and Gold last week. “I think the Anaheim game could have gone either way and you know, I don’t want to revisit every one, but I want them to feel that way – that when they go out there, they can win every night. You know, we’ve talked about playing to our standard and when we do, we feel like we can beat any team in the league. So I don’t want the guys to be cocky, but I do want them to be confident. You have to be.”

But let’s throw stats out the window for a moment.

Can’t we all agree that this team just looks better under Cassidy than they did at any point under Julien’s leadership this season? Because they do, and it’s honestly not even close.

Look at Saturday against the Flyers. The Bruins were straight-up horrendous for much of that game they had every reason to let that game slip out of their fingers. But they instead scored the game-winning goal with just five seconds left in the game. Why do I have the weird feeling it happens the other way around and against the Bruins if Julien is coaching a pack-it-in, let’s grab a point and get the hell out of here style to finish the third period? And what about Monday in Vancouver? Down by a goal through two periods of play, the Bruins tied the game up less than a minute into the third period and took control of what finished as a 6-3 final for the club. That does not happen under Claude. And while I know I’m dabbling in the dangerous game of hypotheticals and immeasurables, the 55 games of Julien I saw this season were more than enough to spell out these endings.

Sometimes it’s difficult to parse through the feelings of unceremoniously dumping the head coach that delivered you the Stanley Cup and another Final run, the coach that the led the hockey club in all-time wins (419).

Do you think Bruce Cassidy has locked up the job next season? Or will Don Sweeney look for another candidate?

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Satan81
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— Kirk Luedeke (@kluedeke29) March 15, 2017

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

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Satan81
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I’m guessing he ends up with an ATO with Providence.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Much shoveling done!!!! Much more to do!!!
Refueling then back at it.
Jo’s car was clean this morning and the area around it had been swept clean of snow by the wind! All the snow that should have been around her car was on the sidewalk.

muffinman3
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This year has been a bit unconventional in the stats department;

–Burns up there in scoring/Karlsson not (Burns was great last year but this is still weird)
–Very close race all year in points
–Ovechkin NOT leading in goals by a dozen
–Many goalies have 5ish shutouts

So besides a Norris for Burns, is there anyone that is a shoe in for a trophy?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Jack Adams trophy to Torts!!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

or Boudreau?

Satan81
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Both worthy, imo. I can also see Trotz or Sullivan winning it. Maybe even Quenneville for getting a lot out of a roster that’s getting older.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Mikko Koivu is having a Selke type season. I’d prefer Bergy, of course but Koivu is having some season – as are many Wild players.

Satan81
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Apart from the Norris, every trophy race appears to be wide open. Bergy’s been rebuilding his case for the Selke, at least.

phonymahoney
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Hey pals!
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  • A little late getting to you this morning. I’ve been running back and forth here.
  • Calgary tonight. Maybe the Bruins will actually take it to them this time and not give Douglas any satisfaction.
  • The Bruins are playing so well right now. I’m really enjoying it. Hopefully I can stay up for at least two periods tonight.
  • Kettlebells at 8. Yay?
  • Apparently with the move, one of my responsibilities is making sure there’s some sort of relaxing music on the TV Monday through Thursday. Today we’re watching some sort of ocean scene and pretending it’s our fishtank. I’ve already reminded people to feed the manta ray before they go home.
  • My desk is still all screwy, and I feel like it’s Monday because I worked from home yesterday. Expecting the afternoon to blow up with a whole bunch of “where is my delivery” calls. FUN.
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    I’ve had that “it’s Monday” feeling all day. – Short week!!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    18 inches of snow here in NW CT. I shoveled a lot. My neighbor threw me Franklin for shoveling her walk! Then another neighbor came by with his snowblower and did my place. (I had a path but it was narrow). Sweet. I am still snowed in as my place is 300 feet plus from the road and, while plow guy saw fit to plow out front (we stashed Jo’s car there, in case we needed to get out) he still hasn’t come back to plow me out. Where’s the love?

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    About 12 inches in NE MA, followed by a rain that turned the top 2-3 inches to an icy crust. I went outside this morning to find that Mother Nature had effectively built an igloo around my car.

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Me: “I’m an ice sculptor”
    Theoretical Other Person: “Neat! What do you carve?”
    Me: “Mostly my car out of the ice. Sometimes my grill.”

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    First row balcony tickets bought! Just right of center ice. This lass will enjoy her first hockey game.

    phonymahoney
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    Sweet!

    carvinbass18
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    Can we go on a date to a hockey game together it's my first time too

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    Do you like coffee, have blue or green eyes, enjoy loud music and PBR?

    phonymahoney
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    Hey, don’t hate on us brown eyed girls!

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    I have nothing against ya! I just notice a subconscious trend.

    phonymahoney
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    I understand!

    carvinbass18
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    yes!

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    We can make this work.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister
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    Well that was supposed to post a picture, not a link.

    imbiginjapan
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    imbiginjapan

    I got you covered.
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    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    I hereby name today Stabby the Unicorn Day!
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    Satan 81's Sister
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    Thanks for having my back!

    The London Bear
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    Satan 81's Sister
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    Morning all. I have zero motivation to get any work done today. I wish my boss believed in snow days.

    carvinbass18
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    amen. One of my supervisors just blew through 20 minutes ago, said something arrogant & stupid and has now pissed everyone off & moved one of the people building with us to a different printer….

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    I was a bad student last night. After getting home from class around 8:30, I made dinner, sat on the couch, and then went to bed. I have an online test to take today before midnight. As a member of HR, I am just going to work half the day.

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