Morning Free Association: March 28

Last night as the overtime, game winning goal was being scored, Eddie Lack went down with what looks like a horrible injury after a collision with Andreas Athanasiou.

Major props to the Red Wings players who stuck around as Lack was secured and stretchered off the ice. Let’s hope that Eddie recovers well and soon.

In other game action the Preds, tonight’s visiting team at the Garden, defeated the Islanders 3-1, allowing no gain on the Bruins for that final wild card slot. The Bolts won in OT against the Hawks, pulling within one point of the Bruins. Can’t all these other teams just lose already?

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phonymahoney
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Morning, pals!
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  • Tough break for Lack, but luckily it looked worse than it turned out to be.
  • WARNING: Bruins-related strem of consciousness below.

  • This thread. I don’t even know.
  • Just went back and looked up the circumstances of Rask's 8/$56M contract and came up with this pic.twitter.com/wrAuWgeE7C

    — Bruins Stats (@bruins_stats) March 27, 2017

  • Twitter has been a really weird place the last couple days. Dumb people have said reasonable things, people who are normally reasonable are saying crazy and dumb things… YOU’RE TEARING US APART, BRUINS!
  • I just don’t even know anymore.
  • I don’t think there’s a goaltending controversy, but I do think it may be a good idea to explore their options. Can McIntyre or Subban play in the NHL? I think thew only answer to that is, “Not yet”. So, what do we do? Hold onto Rask? He’s better than probably 25 goalies out there, but he doesn’t have a great track record with things these last couple years. I just don’t know.
  • I would like to reiterate that I am a huge Rask sympathizer/apologist, but I’m starting to get annoyed with things. That said, having to play almost every fucking game in the first half may have caught up with him. He hasn’t really been good since January. What do you guys think?
  • Playoffs. Yes? No? I think we make them. I hope we do for the reason that I don’t want them to go crazy and blow shit up. Less of a chance they do that if there’s a postseason in Boston and JJ gets his concession money.
  • Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    Just went back and looked up the circumstances of Rask’s 8/$56M contract and came up with this pic.twitter.com/wrAuWgeE7C

    — Bruins Stats (@bruins_stats) March 27, 2017

    whats the pic?

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81
    carvinbass18
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    holy fucking hell that Bruins_Stats thread. Jesus christ that’s awful

    imbiginjapan
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    imbiginjapan

    I’ll take your word for it. I gave up on following Twitter threads because I realized I’m too fucking old to understand what the fuck is going on in any reply thread without someone explaining it to me.

    carvinbass18
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    Actually. I may have misconstrued it. I think Bruins_Stats is saying “they remember sports talk radio being upset with it” not “it’s a bad contract”

    phonymahoney
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    Did he say anything about the radio? I missed that, I think!

    carvinbass18
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    Yeah it’s a tweet from Kirk & Callahan (which I assume in ’15 was still D&C. Same garbage, different name) saying bergeron was only 55th in scoring with 51 points or some bull shit. Because you know points are the only thing that matters in hockey

    phonymahoney
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    Ohhhh I was thinking of the original tweet in the thread, not that one! Duh! Thank you!

    phonymahoney
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    Yeah. He seems to be getting less touchy and more normal, at least, so that’s a plus.

    Also there’s this:

    carvinbass18
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    I was really talking about the complaining about the Bergeron contract when it happened in that thread. When was that EVER a bad deal?

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    Exactly. And he made that point as well! Ridiculous!

    The London Bear
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    Playoffs. Yes? No?

    It really entirely depends which Bruins team shows up for the rest of the games! I’d be more confident if they’d played better in the win over the Islanders. Bs seem to have a lot of games left against teams currently IN the playoff positions. Hmmm.

    If they play their best, they certainly CAN make it, no doubt.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    Game day

    phonymahoney
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    Yay! I haven’t seen a game since I went Thursday. Actually, I haven’t seen a REAL game in a solid two weeks.

    The London Bear
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    Wooo … hooo? It’s yet another big game.

    How are the Preds on the second half of back-to-backs?

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Soooo… not Athanasiou, Andreas?
    Good Morning, pals!
    I thought I saw a putty cat! Athanasiou putty cats leave with a loss, I will be, yes!
    Reffing tonite!! Kayak polo tomorrow!!!
    Yesterday the conversation got around to Tuukka. He’s very good goalie. He does have ” I don’t give a fuck” moments. He would be better behind better D. Yes, you could trade him for better D. A journeyman goalie can look good behind a great D. All that said, to win you need a great, hot goalie. Tuukka can fill that bill. I think you wait for the D to develop and hold onto Tuukka – just my couple centavos.
    Mopar coffee!!! That was a typo, but I’m thinking Mopar Coffee might be a good thing! Put some horsepower in your day!!!

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Rask was the hottest goalie in the playoffs in the lockout year – got ’em deep into the Stanley Cup Finals.

    The question one must ask concerning Rask’s future as a Bruin is:
    “How likely is he to do that again?”

    And the corollary question:
    “How does that compare to most goaltenders? Especially your other plausible options?”

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    “How does that compare to most goaltenders? Especially your other plausible options?”

    Exactly! I feel he has a better chance of repeating that performance than anyone out there on the horizon.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    I definitely think he can do it again, as long as he’s got a reliable back-up. He’s got the skills, but he’s not the ironman sort of goalie who can start 60+ games a season without it having a negative effect on his play. (He’s currently on pace for 64.)

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    Not Athanasihim at all!

    carvinbass18
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    Thanks for all thoughts and prayerseverything looks alright and I'll be able to go home tonight! Thanks for thinking of me

    — Eddie Lack (@eddielack) March 28, 2017

    and for tallest:

    Thanks for all thoughts and prayerseverything looks alright and I’ll be able to go home tonight! Thanks for thinking of me

    Sounds like good news for Lack.

    Morning folks.

  • Ugh, an hour into my day & I’ve accomplished nothing but fix mistakes.
  • Why must other teams continue to win. Stop it fuckfaces™ (trademark courtesy of BoT, look for it to come out in the Macy’s perfume department some time soon)
  • Hopefully an easy day on tap…. stop laughing…
  • Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    thanks for the clarification, some reason i can see work text blocks…just not pictures or links.

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    You know what they say, if you have time to do it wrong, you have time to do it again…

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    I’ve accomplished nothing but fix mistakes.
    That’s only twice the work of doing it right the first time = you’ve accomplished a lot!

    The London Bear
    Member

    -That’s a relief – that was a horrible collision with his head. I’ve got a lot of time for Eddie Lack.

    -Fixing mistakes is important. As I always say to Little Bear, making mistakes is fine, as long as you learn something from them!

    -Loser points and wins all round! The good news is, not much longer for the Bs to hold on, and they’re gonna have to learn to dig deep if they want to last more than four games in the playoffs, assuming they make it…

    -Which is more likely – you have an easy day or Bs make the playoffs?

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    At least only one team in the race has a game at hand on us. Sigh.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    As I always say to Little Bear, making mistakes is fine, as long as you learn something from them!
    Such great advice for a kid! Can’t tell you how many times I said it to mine because, let’s face it – we all make ’em.

    carvinbass18
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    making mistakes is fine, as long as you learn something from them!

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    Lets just say that if this place were an F1 driver, we’d be Maldonado. If management were an NHL GM they’d be Joe Sakic & Dave Nonis.

    The B’s making the playoffs by a wide margin.

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