Morning Free Association: April 6

So, let’s start off with some B2B procedural stuff here.

First: we’ll be doing a Playoff Bracket Challenge on the NHL website. Those who have done it in the past know the drill.  Those who are interested but haven’t participated in the past will have to register on their website. The challenge is not up yet but should be up by Monday. While I’m not a fantasy hockey gal, I do love the bracket challenge. I had a good run 2 years ago and a wash out last season but I’m ready for more. Still, I look forward to it. I will set it up and announce how to get in when it opens up.

Second: I just realised that this is the first year I’ve been around any of you when the Bruins were in the playoffs because I came on the scene in another time, in another place the season after (2014-2015). So, do any of the guys participate in playoff beard stuff? Is this just PR from the league? What happens with this?

Back to Bruins hockey: tonight’s opponents are the Ottawa Senators, who still have 3 games left (including this one) and can affect the Bruins playoff slot but not their actually being in the playoffs. Hallelujah!

Today, we should also find out what happens to Brad. (After Patrice is done with him, that is.)

Actual footage of Bergy setting Marchy straight

I think he should just get a hefty fine because he done served the time. We’ll see if DoPS agrees with me. If so, maybe we should go on the Newlywed Game.

Some sort of Newlywed Game

Last night the Habs clinched the top seed in the Atlantic and are now set to battle the Rangers in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. We may have to wait a few more days before we find out who the Bruins will face.

Which opponent would you like the Bruins to play in the first round?

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Muffinman3
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Muffinman3

I know its a bit late today, but can I say a few things?

First, I’m so happy to see the playoffs again, I even satyed up to watch it and was trying be quite all night in my excitement.

Second, I was pretty hard on Kevan Miller last year, and while I didn’t trash McQuaid I never thought he was more than a 3rd pair guy. McQuaid has been good all year, thru both coaches and Kevan hasn’t had the mistakes I used to seeing every game last year. Its the pairings but its also their play. I owe them some deserved praise. Thanks you two.

Last, this is difficult for me so I’ll put it like this; I love David Backes, he was always a likeable player and guy. But Ive never my team sign a guy i liked and be bummed before. I like Riley Nash from his Canes career and while he isnt the player Backes is by a longshot, I was more pleased by his signing than Backes’.

Look, I still love Backes, but the move still doesnt make sense to me even though he’s fit in well enough. I’m just not sure if this foreshadowing a Krejci move if they didnt make the playoffs or if he was supposed to be a great fill in for injury…or if its just overpaying for a third top 6 center. I feel guilty about grumbling but I was fine with Bergy/Krejci/Spooner and Nash/Moore as the 4th line interchangeable centers. It still seems like a bad signing. Am I wrong?

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

I think a lot of us have felt that way about Backes & a lot of it stemmed from the fact that they could have used that money to keep Loui.

Muffinman3
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Muffinman3

I always took it as Loui wanting to move on or play with Swedish friends. Without Carl he was so lonely haha

Muffinman3
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Muffinman3

P.S. Sorry for the typos, I can only post hlon ny phone for some reason and that is missing some words here and there.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The Backes signing. No doubt he’s a quality guy. Does he fit? It wasn’t the move I was looking for and it took awhile for him to find his groove, but it felt like “best guy available” at the time. I feel like it’s working out okay and gives insurance and flexibility.
Hlon ny fone i dinna hav such travails.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Aye! Ny fone gang aft agley!

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

If yuo stop putting yuor fone in yuor aft poket, it might not gang agley sae oft!

Muffinman3
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Muffinman3

I know, I can’t stop making mistakes!

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Hlon ny fone i dinna hav such travails.

Dinna? Have you been travailing to Scotland?

phonymahoney
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2 games for Marshy. At least he’s good for the playoffs.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

See…you know…I feel like this is fine and reasonable but the NHL has fucked up consistency so badly that it makes you feel like he is getting boned in some way.

To have seven incidents go only as fines and only two slashes go as suspensions with 6 going for fines…why Marchand? Why this time?

Lucic and Crosby are repeat offenders of spearing and neither have been suspended for their latest.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Marchy is also a repeat offender for several other dirtbag moves (the tally now stands at 5 suspensions & 3 fines). Looch has only been suspended twice (and one of those was for a hit on Zac Rinaldo, so it really shouldn’t count) and I can’t find any indication that Sid has ever been suspended. The DoPS definitely comes down harder on Marchy because of his bad reputation.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

# of previous suspensions does not mean number of previous infractions.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

True, but for non-DoPS-members it the easiest measure of a players disciplinary history. It’s a lot harder to track down infractions that didn’t result in suspension.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

i feel like this isn’t true, these guys on the DoPS see everything.

Pretty sure they have a list and keep track of everything. Considering that they even hold meetings with players to tell them that bad calls on ice dont count on the record whether its diving or over the line play. I am sure if a player has had a number of suspensions it obviously comes into play, but i dont think they only look at plays that have resulted in disciplinary actions.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

The DoPS sees all, but I was talking about what’s visible to non-DoPS-members.

It’s not a perfect system, but suspension history can be used as a sort of proxy for overall disciplinary/infraction history for those of us who don’t have access to the DoPS files.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

oh well then who cares…non-dops people dont make the calls. the twitterverse can burn in its own self-contained hell.

Satan 81's Sister
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At some point today I should probably do some sort of work related activity.

DrHandgrenaid
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I achieved a lot yesterday and therefor feel minimal need to achieve today. That’s how jobs work, right?

Satan 81's Sister
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Exactly!

carvinbass18
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Than I’m going to be so screwed tomorrow. I’ve done nothing all week

Satan 81's Sister
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You’ve earned a week to do nothing.

carvinbass18
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Plus i’m working on gross things

Satan81
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We made the playoffs with Adam McQuaid as a second-pair defenseman.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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DrHandgrenaid
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Because Torey Krug has turned McQuaid into a top-20 possession defenseman by virtue of being Torey motherfuckin’ Krug

DrHandgrenaid
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Hi All!.

Some notes:
-Bracket challenge. You have my attention. I did alright last year. For a few rounds.
-Playoff beard. I hadn’t planned on it due to ethical playoff bearding demands starting from zero, and I have not been clean shaven since a brief interlude at halloween 2013. I would not recognize the face in the mirror.
-Yesterday was a banner day for me. Wrote 2 year-end reports in the span of less than 4 hours, filled out the paperwork for a new, very nice apartment, and went on a date (No. 3 1/2 with this woman) that went very very well.

Everything’s coming up Handgrenaid, is what I’m saying

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DrHandgrenaid
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Also, I do not like this imgur embed box hooliganry. not one bit.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

if you refresh it sometimes pops up

DrHandgrenaid
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yeah, but it comes with whatever captions etc the imgur uploader added to it, which is lame

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

You could always copy the image/gif from imgur & repost it somewhere that doesn’t have the box, but at that point you might as well be doing actual work.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

I do the post season beard every year, it raises money every year to a foundation of your choosing. The Bruins one goes to the children foundation. The NHL bracket challenge is harder than it looks due to the end tie breakers…guessing the score of the cup game is rediculous. They used to do a “choose which of these things will happen to win points” contest too…but evidently i was horrible at it.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I just cut off most of my sideburns as an homage to spring, so there’s no way I’m going back now.

I tried a playoff beard once. It drove me in-effing-sane. I beard prolifically, so my starting point is ‘that’s a bit much’. I forget whether it was Pats or B’s, but it was a long unfruitful playoff run, and I just wanted it to end.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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One day, one test, one assignment (and shit tons of ironing and laundry) away from my vacation.

Oh, my sunroof if leaking.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Oh, the beard. Mine is like a brillo pad without the soap, so I just skip it. Jo probably wouldn’t be a fan.

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