Morning Free Association: Friday Funday Again

Free agency starts tomorrow, on Canada Day, at 12 noon. It’s usually a fast-paced, free flowing movement of players and I kinda love it. Well, unless a player I like is going to a team I hate.

This week we’ve taken the time to consider free agents and associated costs, analysed the risks of post-expansion draft retainees, and trying to figure out the mystery of the mythical left shot defensman. I’m pretty sure it’s like looking for Bigfoot at this point.

Oh, well that explains it.

Today, I want everyone to relax and have a little fun going into the holiday weekend. Let’s all talk about our favourite players, past and present. We’re all here for hockey, let’s not worry and nitpick about what’s going to happen (although I am obligated to tell you that there will be an open thread tomorrow starting at 11am so we can discuss FA transactions.)

Oh, and Donny, sign Pasta already!

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Oh, oh, oh!!!!!
Forgot to tell house guys – we started watching “Last Tango in Halifax”. C’est bon! We’ll talk more next Wednesday? Wow!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I love a lot of bruins. Randy Burridge and Steve Kasper were a lot of fun together!,

The London Bear
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This is a great little graphic:

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Technically, I think that would be more accurately named the Barry Pederson trade tree. Cam finished his career as a Bruin (FUCK YOU, Ulf Samuelsson!), so he doesn’t have a tree from our perspective.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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And we even sorta got Pederson & Neely back.

sorta.

Satan 81's Sister
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Sweeney saying Moore, Liles, and Stafford likely leaving but staying in touch with Stafford.

Satan 81's Sister
Editor

Damn, I like Moore and Stafford.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Definitely thought they got their money’s worth with Moore & Stafford. In spite of conventional wisdom, I’d sort of expected them to come back.
You knew Liles wasn’t coming back – he’s 37 and wasn’t getting a lot of ice time as it was.
Of course, with Chiller & Morrow gone, there’s a roster hole on D again.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

“Likely” isn’t “definitely”, so maybe there’s still hope?

phonymahoney
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Good morning, pals!

Who are my favorite players… please enjoy this multimedia presentation:

  • Cam Neely is number one. Regardless of whether you like him in the front office, you can’t deny that he was a fucking incredible Bruin. Tough as nails, actually had some finesse to his game, could score with the best of them.
    50 goals. 44 games. One knee.
  • Jaromir Jagr. The guy is like an aircraft carrier big and slow, but you can’t possibly get around him. He protects the puck masterfully with that giant butt of his. Most importantly, he’s a zany Slav.
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  • The Finnish Flash, Teemu Selanne, even thigh he stood me up the last time he came to the Garden with the Ducks. 76 goals his rookie season. Awesome goal cellies. Top notch.
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  • David Pastrnak: super skilled, so fun to watch. A total weirdo from day one (zany Slav). He’s the embodiment of Jack Edwards’ regular question: Who has more fun than us? Nobody has more fun than David Pastrnak.
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  • I know this is the last place where I have tj extol the virtues of Patrice Bergeron, so I’ll spare you my hero worship. He was my favorite player since day one, I can’t even explain it. Always loved him. I was morally outraged when the Randy Jones thing happened, and beside myself when that piece of shit Burrows bit him. I know it’s not cool like enjoy hockey cliches these days, but I absolutely fucking love that he has this reputation of being classy AND tough as nails. Then there’s that whole “defensively responsible” thing. Dreamy sigh…
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  • Mark Recchi. I even loved him when he was a Penguin. I’m so glad he came here and stayed until we won.
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  • Sammy. Love. Should have shot more. Wish he wasn’t injury prone. Loved him. Coincidentally, a team the Winter Classic Alumni game last year, the Recchi-Samsonov line was far more effective than any of the current Bruins’ scoring lines the following day. Lit those arrogant motherfuckers up.
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    There are more, but I thought I should stop myself there. I’m such a hockey nerd.

    The London Bear
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    I thought I should stop myself there

    please, carry on – I was enjoying that! 76 goals in a season – as someone who’s only been following hockey for the last six or seven years, I just don’t even understand how that’s possible. And in his rookie year!

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    Alexander Mogilny was playing for Buffalo that year and did the same thing – not a rookie, but 76 goals. Mogilny was on a line centered by the great Pat LaFontaine, and in CCCP his linemates were Bure and Fedorov, for the record. Also the first guy to wear 89 on purpose, I think.

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    AND!
    Soon after that season (which was 1992-93), the Devils showed everyone that the trap was effective, and thus the dead puck era began. That’s why you wouldn’t hunk it was possible to score all those goals!

    The London Bear
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    Ah. I wondered if it was something to do with bigger differences between teams in the non-salary cap era, or advances in goalie equipment.

    Jack often mentions the bruins line that featured three 50-goal scorers – Esposito being one of them. We could easily have three 35-goal scorers on a line next year if they go 63-37-88!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    That bruin team was the first NHL team to score 300 goals in one season.

    The London Bear
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    Hello,

    I do like free agent day, but most of memories of it are bad ones. Namely Iggy signing with the Avs and Loui signing with Vancouver. I know we were never going to keep hold of either of those two, but still sad to see 30-goal scorers go.

    Oh, and Donny, sign Pasta already!

    Seconded. Get it done!

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    I miss Iggy. Damn that was a fun team to watch.

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    So fun. I still twitch when I hear iron, though.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    That fucking post was such an asshole.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    HAIL SATAN!

    Legend Miroslav Satan is the new General Manager of the Slovak national team for the Olympics and #IIHFWorlds. https://t.co/EOZ2KcXhyb pic.twitter.com/ydvUulDMkP

    — IIHF (@IIHFHockey) June 30, 2017

    Satan81
    Admin

    ,,/

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    MIRO THE HERO!!!!

    The London Bear
    Member

    Glad to see use this official title – Legend.

    Bummed that I never got to see him play in person, but he was in attendance when I went to see Slovan Bratislava. He came out onto the balcony from his box to give the crowd a wave and they (we) responded with a MIRO SATAN! chant.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Slovaks love their evil overlord!

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Morning all. All the tired today. Thunderstorms woke me up around 2am and kept me up till about 4am. Was about to fall back asleep when I heard the ceiling dripping so had to get out of bed to get a bucket. And there’s a music festival and Fourth of July weekend going on here so THERE’S ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE VALLEY RIGHT NOW AND I WANT THEM TO GO AWAY!

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    COME TO NEW HAMPSHIRE AND ESCAPE ALL OF THOSE IDIOTS

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    Sounds like a the plot for a new Snake Plissken movie.

    He escaped from New York…
    He escaped from LA…
    but can Snake Plissken Escape From Idiot Valley?
    Coming soon to a theater near you!

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    For some reason Fourth of July is a big deal here. Lot of people come for the parade which I don’t understand because it’s the same damn parade every year and not all that exciting.

    Spoiler
    I’m a cranky pants this morning.

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    Morning everyone.

    I’m pretty sure everyone here at this point knows this, but my favorite Bruin of all time is Sergei Samsonov. The little Russian that could. Plus, when I was a kid him being 5’11” meant that I could play in the NHL some day at that height. Never mind that I had never played a single minute of hockey in my life at that point, but when you’re 11 it’s okay to dream big. Samsonov inspired me to wear number 41 my entire sports career, because I couldn’t wear 14, that was his number and when we played pro together we couldn’t have two 14’s. Again, insane dreams cause 1: Never played hockey & 2: there was no way he was going to be still playing for the Bruins by the time I turned pro.

    Current favorite Bruin by far is Pastrnak. He plays with such joy for the game, it’s fun to watch. It’s one thing I’m loving with this NHL youth movement overall. The youngsters love to play the game. They’re not boring old adults who eat the same meal at the same restaurant at the same table before every home game (looking at you Nick Lidstrom on your NHL36) (yes, I understand that repetition & drive helps you become one of the greats… shut up)

    Don’t know how much longer I’ll be at work today, we’re just about done this quarter

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    I always have a soft spot for Andy Moog because he signed a shirt for me at a meet and greet thing when I was a kid.

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    I loved him and Reggie Lemelin. Moog had the classic Bruins mask, too.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Much bear, so yellow, roar!

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    That’s awesome!

    The London Bear
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    Samsonov inspired me to wear number 41 my entire sports career, because I couldn’t wear 14, that was his number

    Love this!

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