Morning Free Association: A Tale of Two Articles

Another day, another couple of articles on what the bruins will be like in the next season.

On the official website of the NHL, the writers are taking a look at team resets in time for the next season by examining the off-season moves. And it’s a good idea except for the fact that it’s far too early in this offseason to really judge what teams are doing, especially the Bruins who are being held up by David Pastrnak’s new deal. (seriously, #SignPasta already.)

So, the article is basically a rehash of all the events of last season while mentioning players on “the cusp” like Anders Bjork, JFK, and Matt Grzelcyk, who I will remind you is a LD. However, it seems the writer is not all familiar with the team, the contract situations that resulted in the signings of JFK and Bjork, nor any information on development camp, reminding us of the importance of having local reporters who know the team. Heck, they didn’t even use Don Sweeney’s own words regarding the importance of shoring up the left side of the defense. It is still a need regardless of Kevan’s ability to play it.

The proposed lineup from this article seems a little off:

Projected lineup

Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — David Backes

Frank Vatrano — David Krejci — David Pastrnak

Tim Schaller — Ryan Spooner — Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson

Matt Beleskey — Riley Nash — Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara — Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug — Brandon Carlo

Kevan Miller — Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Malcolm Subban

There’s no way that Malcolm will be backup this season.

Locally WBZ/ CBS Sports has a more complete picture focusing on the youth and the needs on LD. Right now, it certainly looks like there will be an influx of youth starting at training camp. So many players are vying for roster spots including Jake DeBrusk and Jakub Zboril. Read thsi article, not the former.

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MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

From the WBZ/CBS article:

Sweeney is reportedly still “in contact” with 2017 deadline addition Drew Stafford, but it’s likely that he is more of a “Plan B” option at this point.

Do you think we’ll be seeing him as a Bruins PTO in the fall if he doesn’t sign somewhere else first?

The London Bear
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Wow, KHL are taking a 33-day Olympic break.

Apparently Kovalchuck decided not to return to NHL when he found out there was no way NHL players would be at the Olympics. Don’t know if that’s true or if he just couldn’t find a job…

Satan 81's Sister
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He’d still be a Devil if he returned. He becomes a free agent in 2018 so that also most likely factored into his decision to stay in the KHL another year.

phonymahoney
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The omniscient, all-knowing Sis!
Also, she’s a fucking knight.

Satan 81's Sister
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Every now and then I actually remember something I’ve read!

The London Bear
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Oh, he’s still tied up to the Devils? Didn’t realise that.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

im lost and confused…whats going on here? WHERE ARE MY PARENTS!

no but seriously…maybe the person who wrote the article did some serious video research…but some of those lineup options leads me to wonder about the logic behind it.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I finally watched the Road to the NHL Classic with the Bruins and Habs. Four things struck me
1. Chara really is a down to earth guy.
2. I want to be a part time member of the Hayes family.
3. Claude Julien is a kind old man. How many times did he curse in the locker room? None, I think.
4. PK Subban is an outstanding human being.

phonymahoney
Editor

I still haven’t watched that.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Entertaining, but nothing amazing

Satan 81's Sister
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The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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The bench is another story!

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. Would rather be on my head couch instead of at work. WHY IS IT ONLY WEDNESDAY? MOVE FASTER WEEK! AND MAKE ME A FUCKING KNIGHT!

phonymahoney
Editor

WTF is a head couch?

Also, I am off next week and heading to the Cape. WHERE IS FRIDAY?

The London Bear
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If you were from Birmingham (England) you would pronounce coach as “couch”.

You might also say things like this
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Satan 81's Sister
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I was able to translate the first part of that sentence. After that, my brain fried.

The London Bear
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“If you’re soft enough to come down here on your way home your tea will be spoiled” grin

Satan 81's Sister
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Haha, I thought the first part was “If you’re soft enough to come down here again.” “Wum” was tripping me up.

phonymahoney
Editor

“Wum” broke me as well.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Head couch. Assistant couch. Associate couch. Power play couch

Satan 81's Sister
Editor

First Base Couch. Third Base Couch. Life Couch.

Satan 81's Sister
Editor

Yesterday I posted that Dr. Recchi was named assistant couch of the Penguins because I can’t words good.

Have fun at the Cape!

phonymahoney
Editor

Wait, Dr Recchi is like REALLY a Penguin again and that makes me sad.

I love him so much.

phonymahoney
Editor

Ha!

phonymahoney
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Morning, pals!

  • Working at my mother’s house to take care of Mamma Mahoney today. I’m sure it’ll be an adventure. She’s definitely feeling a little better, so that’s good.
  • I feel like the person who wrote that literally ONLY looked at the roster and the list of devcamp attendees.
  • Zboril had a really good camp, too. Hope he does well in Providence.
  • I bet we see a real surprise or two with the kids.
  • IntentionallyWidenberg
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    I’m not familiar with that author. I suspect he’s a fantasy guy who is missing some of the essentials.
    Whatever will they do at top-6 center if Krejci misses games chuckle
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    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    Whatever will they do at top-6 center if Krejci misses games

    I imagine they’ll either shift Backes back to center or move Spoons up (if he sticks around).

    Despite that article’s claim that “the Bruins are lacking down the middle”, they have – between Boston and Provdence – 13 players who are technically “centers”: Bergy, Krejci, Spoons, Nash, Backes, Acciari, JFK, Vatrano, Czarnik, Heinen, Kuraly, Fitzgerald & Cave. (Yeah, I know that not all of these guys are – or ever will be – NHL-level.)

    Satan81
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    Hey, I’ve been awol lately. Started my new job last Wednesday and have been doing training stuff.

    I agree that Zweiman (NHL.com) does not fully understand the Bruins.

    #SignPasta

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Wooo! New job!

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    Torey Krug — Brandon Carlo? I actually really like that

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