Morning Free Association: The Lists Are Out

On Sunday morning, the NHL released the lists of protected players ahead of the expansion draft on Wednesday during the NHL Awards. Among the lists of protected and available players were a few surprises. As for the Bruins protected list, they opted for a somewhat unpopular decision.

Protected Players

David Backes (F)
Patrice Bergeron (F)
David Krejci (F)
Brad Marchand (F)
Riley Nash (F)
David Pastrnak (F)
Ryan Spooner (F)
Zdeno Chara (D)
Torey Krug (D)
Kevan Miller (D)
Tuukka Rask (G)

Available Players
Matt Beleskey (F) Brian Ferlin (F)
Jimmy Hayes (F)
Alex Khokhlachev (F)
Dominic Moore (F)
Tyler Randell (F)
Zac Rinaldo (F)
Tim Schaller (F)
Drew Stafford (F)
Linus Arnesson (D)
Chris Casto (D)
Tommy Cross (D)
Alex Grant (D)
John-Michael Liles (D)
Adam McQuaid (D)
Colin Miller (D)
Joe Morrow (D)
Anton Khudobin (G)
Malcolm Subban (G)

Belesky was exposed, which is not surprising because he had a bad injury-filled season. And Donny decided to protect Killer over Chiller. Some people had issues with this.

Nobody took issue with McQuaid being exposed. I guess everyone’s sick of a McQuaid in the Box.

It doesn’t help that the Vegas Golden Knights twitter is on point and has been trolling fans about whom they should take from their teams:

Thankfully, one player who has won Twitter again and again tried to help them out with their decision about another team in the Flortheast:

Let’s hope they take his advice.

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Muffinman3
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Muffinman3

More or pess expected

Whens fantasy hockey start?

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Hey all, had a nice weekend in providence/RI visiting my sister and now im back and mostly itch free! Hope everyone had a good fathers day weekend!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Saturday night I played my first game of Greensboro Summer Session Hockey. We lost 10-0. We had zero guys on the bench. We played the reigning champs who stacked their roster with players who were kicked out of the league a few years ago. The hockey director is new and is blind to it. We made him aware.

But holy shit. Skating for 60 minutes is very tiring.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

60 minute man!!!!!!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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First time I’ve ever been called than sad

carvinbass18
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do it on daylight savings night

phonymahoney
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Yikes! That’s a hell of a workout. Did you have fun?

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I’ve had more fun than I did that night. I suppose it was better than not playing. I am still feeling it.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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All last night I had nightmares about the Bruins losing Colin Miller. I am losing a lot of sleep over this.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I’d be bummed out if they took Chiller, but the B’s have a fair amount of depth in young D-men in the system, so I think they’d get over the hump pretty quickly.

phonymahoney
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If there’s no side deal, I’m going to be sad. I’d happily give them Spooner.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I can’t say I’m upset about Chiller being unprotected. I don’t see him as being most likely to get picked, but I’m not George McPhee (thanks, God! Oh, the Hab stink!). I want him in Boston, but can’t lose much sleep over might have been.

carvinbass18
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Good morning folks

The salt twitter had over Chiller vs Miller was damn near pink himalayan salt levels. It was so bad Luedeke threw out some major shade

Points to a fan who doesn't know how to build a balanced roster beyond EA Sports NHL 17.

— Kirk Luedeke (@kluedeke29) June 18, 2017

I just looked to see what happened here with the other guy, but his tweets are now protected. They weren’t yesterday, so, I’m guessing he got owned. I’m not understanding completely why there is so much hate on not protecting Chiller. There are several options for Vegas on this roster, and better options for them on defense open to them. They may go leadership on McQuaid, they could take Chiller for his upside. They could take Beleskey for some toughness on the wings. They could take Subban as a 3rd goalie. Do I think they should have protected Chiller, yeah, but with the progression Miller had, especially in the post season, he deserved that.

Montreal was an absolute blast, and I really wish my vacation wasn’t over. Sister, one of my co-workers was giving Adam sooooo much crap for Alonso all week. I’m so proud.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Also worth considering…Killer is signed while im not sure Chiller is up for arbitration or not but he could demand more money then the team thinks he is worth.

I still think a team would see more upside (and marketability) in Subban. Beleskey is an interesting monkey wrench where you have a player on a “team friendly deal” and on top of that by adding him int here it makes stafford and other “NHL proven players” seem less desirable and being on there a small blip on the radar comparatively.

Satan 81's Sister
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Hahaha, something tells me you’re in for a lot of payback this week!

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. Who doesn’t love a list? Unless you’re Vegas looking at Vancouver’s unprotected list. So much blah on that one.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey Pals!
Yes, much excite for the expansion draft! Take my Belesley…, please!
I feel like Chiller is only going to get better. I’d love it if Quaider could stay, too. He’s a role player, but he plays that role well.
Great weekend with my mom and a couple siblings (and grandchildren and great grandchildren (mom’s, not mine!).
I dread family get together, but they are usually great. So Mom is 97 years old, wow! That’s a whole lot of years.
Monday!! Yawn.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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97? Dang. Happy birthday, momma!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Dang is right! She’s amazing! She put the tears in our eyes yesterday – telling us how blessed she felt, having wonderful children ( she’s mentioned these children before, but I have yet to meet them! ). She tells me she’s going to get her face on the Smucker’s jar (do they still do that?) and I hope she does.

Satan 81's Sister
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telling us how blessed she felt, having wonderful children

SatanMom never says this.

phonymahoney
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Neither does Mamma Mahoney.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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LoLoLoL

phonymahoney
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Happy birthday to your mamma! She looks great for 97 (and just like you, so I guess you look great for 97 too? Ha!).

I really hope they’ve made a side deal for Chiller. I like McQuaid but I don’t think we need McQuaid AND Killer, and Killer really came into his own this year and is cheaper, so there’s that.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

you look great for 97 too? Ha

I don’t look a day over 90!

phonymahoney
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Morning, pals!
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  • I’m excited about the expansion draft. I can’t help but wonder if they take Chiller, or if we are protecting him by other means. Part of me feels like you want a mix of young and experienced guys. Quaider might drive us all insane, but he’s got plenty of playoff experience, and even more sandpaper to his game. They could be interested (let’s hope so). Maybe they even like Beleskey (heh), who knows.
  • They could even do something crazy like grab Koko because they think he could play on Shipachyov’s wing. I know, I know, pipe dreams. What can I say, I want to see the NHL’s second Russian Revolution.
  • Trying to stay optimistic on the Chiller front. Not the end of the world if we lose him, but I really like his game and I think he has potential if they keep him in the lineup.
  • Quick pit stop before work, it’s my father’s mass. Of course, things can’t be easy- I have one person on vacation and a girl who works for me texted me at 1:22am to call in sick today and woke me. Why would you text your boss in the middle of the night? Like, what goes through your mind? Wait until 6 o’clock. Jesus Christ.
  • Why can’t the Bruins have a fun twitter account?
  • Ran into the skating guy at a public skate I always attend but he never does. Ended up getting a free 15 minutes or so, after he was done with the guy he went there to meet up with. Score!
  • Have a wonderful day, kids!
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    P.S.- these made me laugh.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    I can’t help but wonder if they take Chiller, or if we are protecting him by other means.

    This is why I can’t get too riled up about not protecting Chiller yet. There’s still a lot we don’t know. Perhaps they do have a deal in place with Vegas to not take him. Perhaps Vegas will pick someone else. Here’s a few more perhaps because I haven’t said it enough: perhaps perhaps perhaps.

    And yes, the Vegas Twitter account killed it this weekend.

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