Morning Free Association: Enough Already

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It’s been a slow summer. Free Agency didn’t provide the boom that most people wanted. The only thing to talk about is the lack of signings, especially those that should be relatively simple internal deals like RFA signings.

Of course, 21 year-old Bruins winger David Pastrnak remains unsigned. There is speculation that his deal is being held up by Leon Draisaitl contract negotiations. We covered this some time ago and now that rumour is coming from Joe Haggerty, I’m not sure if this is the issue nor is it even the biggest piece of speculation out there.

Yesterday, Bruins Twitter, hell Hockey Twitter was aflame with David Pastrnak trade rumours. This time they came from Brian Lawton, an analyst who seems to be a jack of all trades (and master of none) around the NHL.

Surely, this couldn’t be. The Bruins wouldn’t do this yet again, would they?

Don Sweeney has admitted that negotiations have hit a snag.

Of course, the process of negotiations has its ebbs and flows, and any information that comes out from either side can generally be attributed to posturing.

However, there might be reason for some concern from Bruins fans, after general manager Don Sweeney admitted at the end of July that the Bruins and Pastrnak’s camp were in a bit of a standstill.

“We are in a holding pattern,” Sweeney said on July 31. “I have not made as much progress as what I would have liked, but we have plenty of time and the opportunity to continue to talk and we will find a landing spot.”

This could all be just maneuvering by Pasta’s agent, just saying things to up the ante.

David has never shown any indication that he doesn’t love playing for Boston or being in Boston. Hell, he went to China to be a shill for the NHL owners an ambassador of the game for the Bruins. He wouldn’t have done that if he didn’t want to re-sign.

At least one person tried his hand at levity of the situation.

Now, to appeal on a personal level. A couple years back, I wrote #SignDougie daily before he was traded to Calgary. Others did as well. Since then, I’ve decided to not say it at all. I think we stop should saying this as a greeting or plea to the Hockey Gods. I just feel like we’re going to get burned. Let’s not tempt fate. Enough already.

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The London Bear
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Hi guys, hope you are all well.

Just seen this:

I can understand the thinking re Draisatl, but Pasta is not him, the Bruins are not the Oilers and Sweeney is not Chiarelli.

Anyway, it’ll all come out in the wash, as we say!

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

Unfortunately Dave Goucher DID get traded. I will miss him! I often listen the late west coast and parts of some weekday games on the radio and he’s pretty great.

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Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

do we get compensation for the trade? Chiller? lol

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

I wonder who they’ll get to replace him. Preferably someone named Pizza (or someone can call Pizza), so we can listen to the team of Pizza & Beers.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Or someone named Chip! Chips and Beers. I want something with my beers. I’m just not sure what.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Or Ignacio, so we can have Nachos & Beers. And if he shows up to work under the influence he can be “Loaded Nachos”!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Pretzel and Beers?

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

If i were Pasta id fire my agent. You ask the player what he wants and what is acceptable for him, at that point you make your first offer at a reach and negotiate down to what is acceptable for the player.

ONE PLAYER does not set the market. ONE GM does not reflect the GM threshold for other GMs. I understand wanting to get the max for the player (and thus yourself) but if i were Sweeney id make it a very firm point to Pasta that no matter what Draisaitl signs for it will not affect how much Pasta is worth to THIS team….we know what you can do, what your ceiling is and we want you on the team and this is what we are willing to offer you for the betterment of trying to build the best team around you and my other players.

If this is actually driven by Pasta comparing metaphorical penises with Draisaitl then he can keep wanking it till the cows come home.

carvinbass18
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Isn’t Pasta’s agent JP Barry? Who has noted problems with the Bruins? Maybe it’s just him being a prick about it?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Don’t sign Pasta!!!!!
Hey Pals!
I wish my thoughts or actions could have an effect on signings or, better yet, wins. We’d watch the Bruins hoist the Cup every spring, summer.
Double tonight!!!
I’ve probably had enough coffee.

Satan81
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For fuck’s sake…Pasta’s agent is waiting for Draisaitl to sign so he can get a benchmark for what Pasta should go for.

But of course it’s mid-August and there’s no hockey news, so let’s gin something up.

carvinbass18
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Hasn’t there been enough of that already though? McDavid, Palat, Kuznetsov, Johnson? I mean, I’m all for a good #SHOCKTHEWORLD but the worst is Islanders fans offering up Barzal. SHUT THE FUCK UP

Satan81
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Kinda says something about Barzal if Islanders fans are looking to get rid of him.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Ill take Johnny B if they eat some of that contract….

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Are there rumors that the Isles are shopping Johnny B? They didn’t ask him to waive his NMC for the expansion draft, so I figured they wanted to keep him.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

oh theres nothing…im just sad hes not with us and want him back.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Meanwhile, Drasaitl’s agent is waiting for Pasta to sign

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

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