Morning Free Association: Carlo Carlo Carlo

This weekend the Boston Globe was a host of interesting articles on the Bruins, past and present. A couple on Bobby Orr, one on Spooner and his imminent raise, and another on Brandon Carlo.

Remember him? He was the kid who started alongside Zdeno Chara for the better part of 82 games (there was at least one Caps game in which he wasn’t with big Z) at the tender age of 19, then 20 when his birthday rolled around in November. I know that everyone is excited by Charlie McAvoy that Carlo will be overlooked. And there skill sets are not the same, so there is that.

Well, it turns out that his concussion was pretty terrible, as we knew, and that he didn’t really start to feel like himself until a week after the Bruins season officially ended. Since his recovery, though, he has been in Boston for most of the summer, skating and training at the Bruins facilities at Warrior Ice Arena. It looks like he’s preparing himself for the next step.

“For myself, an opportunity opened up at the beginning of the year,” Carlo said. “It was great for me to take advantage of that. I exceeded my own expectations of where I was going to be this year. I’m more confident and ready. We have good youth and good leadership. It should be a really good year.”

Even Don Sweeney thinks that he’ll be receptive to jumping into the offense a little more.

Carlo’s summer prep and first-year experience could give him more confidence to go on the attack. He’s been trained as a shutdown man. But the Bruins believe Carlo’s feet could put him in places up the ice where he was hesitant to tread as a rookie.

Kevan Miller, for example, has progressed to where he’s comfortable slamming down the walls in the offensive zone, where his roughneck approach and power skating make him a threat. Carlo has yet to express his hands, stick, and vision offensively. The wheels are already there.

“I’ve spoken with him about it — to have poise at the offensive blue line,” Sweeney said. “Not just to hurry it down off the boards, but to take the puck and have more confidence when certain things are in motion. Bruce [Cassidy] and his group will encourage that. It’s up to him to have that confidence. But the way he skates, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be more involved.”

We’ll see what Bruce Cassidy and co have in mind in the fall when hockey starts again.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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carvinbass18
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Team cannot walk away from a ruling. Threshold is $4M. https://t.co/Ax6886Sqxd

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Satan81
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ffs

Satan 81's Sister
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Huh, just read that the CBA says it’s 3.5mil.

Satan 81's Sister
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Never mind. That was original threshold. Number escalates same percentage as increase in league salary.
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Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

theres no way this kid is valued at 3.5m. Are you kidding me?

carvinbass18
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Elliotte Friedman‏Verified account @FriedgeHNIC 1m1 minute ago
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Ryan Spooner — BOS offer: $2M. Player ask: $3.85M

That’s a huge gap, guessing they’ll settle around 3 or this one for sure goes to arbitration

Satan81
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I really hope we’re not waiting on the Spooner arbitration award before we sign Pasta. Just sign Pasta and tell Spooner to go screw.

carvinbass18
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I’m guessing that’s exactly what’s going on.

But I don’t think it’s a Spooner over Pasta situation, but a “how much money will we have left” deal. Even as I type that though it doesn’t make sense…. idk

Satan81
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“how much money will we have left” shouldn’t even be a consideration. *twitch*

carvinbass18
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No it shouldn’t, and I didn’t mean that for how much do we have left for Pasta, my guess is it’s for appetizers like mozzarella sticks or bruschetta

Okay not really, but more so “how much do we have left for maybe acquiring a LD or wing depth

Satan 81's Sister
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Mmmm….mozzarella sticks.

carvinbass18
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yeah I’m hungry

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81
Satan 81's Sister
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$3.85???
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Satan81
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I can’t fathom paying Spooner $3mil/yr.

carvinbass18
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I can’t either. My guess is the arbiter will go 1 @ 3.25 though.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I was fully expecting arbitration in the range of 1 @ $3.25M – $3.95M. It’s why I expected Spooner to be jettisoned by now.

carvinbass18
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I still don’t understand why he’s still here tbh

Under 3.5 isn’t a deal breaker, it’s high, but not atrocious if he can get his act together.

Satan81
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If you’re the GM, do you exercise your walk-away rights from that?

carvinbass18
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Over 3.5? Probably should, depends on how much faith you have in JFK i suppose, or maybe even a RW & put Backes at 3C (bad move though)

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I know that the only reason I wouldn’t is that I refuse to start the season with Backes at 3C and don’t have a good option to back-fill 3C from deeper in the depth chart.
For those reasons, I’d probably hold my nose for 1 season and either hope for Spooner to grow more as a player or jettison him at the deadline.

Thetallest81
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what about Backes at 2C and DK at 3C? semantics i know, the only problem i see with Backes at C is we dont have the depth at RW.

carvinbass18
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Yeah, I mean you’d be looking at JFK or Czarnik starting 3C, and eeeehhhhhh I’m not sold on that right out of the gate.

Satan81
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*shrug* I’m not sold on Spooner as our 3C.

carvinbass18
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I’m not either, but them’s the breaks right?

Satan81
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3.85?!?!?!?

Satan81
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Who needs caffeine in the morning when you can have a fire alarm?

carvinbass18
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Me, I stayed up way to late last night

Thetallest81
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I really like the coaching ideals going forward and trying to do more out of transition and jumping the D more to create scoring chances. The quote referencing Killer is actually very on point, we were voting to launch him into the sun anytime it wasnt a bout of heated fisticuffs but last season under Cassidy he seemed not only more effective out there but more comfortable too.

They are still going to have to work on allowing the breakaways, but if your mentality is “we pay Tuukka 7mil to stop those” then i cant really argue it, id just state that making it a trend to allow high scoring chances is most likely a bad idea.

carvinbass18
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Good morning folks.

Friendly reminder because it’s been a while, but the annual Amabile bash is less than 2 weeks away now! Party starts at 1pm on 8/5, but we’re parting all day / night, so come when you can.

I love Carlo, and looking forward to seeing the jump he makes. Him being a 2nd pair shut down guy is perfect, and exactly what we need. Sure, we need a better LD upgrade, but Carlo fits perfectly as a 3, and I love him for it.

Satan81
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I’m very much looking forward to the party!

carvinbass18
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it is going to be most fun

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all.
Sign Pasta.

The London Bear
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Hi everybody!

 in the fall when hockey starts again

Ugh, that makes it sound so far away. But then, looking out the window, maybe not so long away…

Back to work tomorrow but only for a week and then off to Slovakia for ten days, so that will certainly ease the pain!

carvinbass18
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looking out the window

This has been a cool summer

Satan 81's Sister
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Better than a cruel summer.

The London Bear
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I better not have that stuck in my head all afternoon now!

Satan 81's Sister
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*insert evil laugh here*

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Satan 81's Sister
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I have the sudden urge to start a conga line.

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