Morning Free Association: April 11

As you and the entire Boston fanbase must know by now, the Bruins signed Charlie McAvoy to a three-year entry level contract which is effective immediately. McAvoy practiced with the big club on Monday, wearing 73.

Don Sweeney addressed the media yesterday after the signing, telling the assembled media members why he went ahead with the signing.

Charlie isn’t necessarily a lock for game play, though.

Other info that came out about injured defensemen Brandon Carlo and Torey Krug.

The Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa tweeted about Noel Acciari and the possibility of Anders Bjork.

Zane McIntyre was recalled on an emergency basis from the Providence Bruins.

Around the League:

  • The LA Kings fired head coach Darryl Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi
  • In a totally unsurprising move, the Vancouver Canucks have fired Willie Desjardins
  • Tom Rowe is out as GM/ HC of the Panthers, stays on as special advisor to new/ old GM Dale Tallon.

  • The NHL Bracket Challenge had such a smooth roll-out yesterday, with the site being down, timing out, and not informing participants that they had an accepted bracket. All of these things happened to me, too. Still, don’t be deterred- you have until 6:59pm EDT Wednesday to get it done. It’s fun, I swear!

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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Want to beat the Tootsies? Break Kyle Turris’ leg. He’s the Bruin Killer on that team.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    or …

    Dr. Medievalist
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    Submitting brackets on NHL.com is a nostalgic experience: The slow-loading pages takes me back to 1999 and 56k dial-up modems!

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    odd, i didnt have any issues.

    The London Bear
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    So the bookie fellows have got Boston favourites to win the series against OTT.

    I’d be confident we can make more of a match of it than in the regular season, but I don’t see how Bs can possibly be favourites.

    Maybe I’m just not being bloptimistic enough …

    DrHandgrenaid
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    Ottawa is not a good team. Karlsson and Anderson are good players. Crack Anderson and the B’s have this

    The London Bear
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    I agree with you on that but I thought that way before all the four times we lost to them this season!

    We’ll see. hopefully we smash ’em!

    MadScientist72
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    Maybe Charlie McAvoy can step up & be this year’s version of 2013 Torey Krug vs. Henrik Lundqvist?

    Dr. Medievalist
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    Hi friends.

    I filled out a bracket. It is most likely 100% incorrect. The site is awfully slow this morning, but I managed to submit.

    Trying to find the motivation to get some work this morning. It’s… elusive.

    phonymahoney
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    Hey kids!

  • I’ve been trying to say good morning for a while now, but I keep getting pulled in other directions. Had to train some salespeople and now I’m on a conference call that only partially affects me. Blah.
  • This team. They’re falling apart. I hope they end up playing McAvoy with Chara over Liles.
  • It would be great if they could get Bjork inked.
  • I think we win in seven.
  • Thetallest81
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    So i filled out my bracket….i feel guilty not picking bruins to win first round..but no Krug and no Carlo make me think they went from a 50% chance of winning to a 30% chance of winning. …But if the bruins lose…then i win! and if the bruins win….i am happy!

    MadScientist72
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    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Things are getting desperate in Boston!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    So, why the long face?

    phonymahoney
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    This is vicious and hurtful.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    YOU TAKE THAT BACK! you know what you need to do after saying the name.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    *Shakes fist at IW*

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    I couldn’t help it. The trolls got all up in my keyboard.
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    Satan 81's Sister
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    Dr. Recchi has been replaced by Dr. Beleskey.

    Interesting Beleskey interview on T&R. Says he doesn't think Carlo has a concussion, wouldn't be surprised if he skated today

    — DJ Bean (@DJ_Bean) April 11, 2017

    phonymahoney
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    He is NO Doctor Recchi! Haha!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Morning all. Spent most of last evening on my deck enjoying the weather.
    HAPPY PLAYOFF EVE!

    DrHandgrenaid
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    I went for a hike right after work yesterday!

    The London Bear
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    I went straight to the pub and played darts. But tomorrow is hiking day!

    Satan81
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    Yeah! Let’s drink and throw sharp objects around the room!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister
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    Goddamnit. That’s supposed to be a gif that says “glorious.”

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