Morning Free Association: Let’s Make a Deal

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This isn’t the story I wanted to lead with today. Orginally, I wanted to talk about this because it’s funny and the thread involves a humourless Pens fan:

However, Bruins team president, Cam Neely, had to say something dumb.

I shouldn’t devote any time to this but I will because I am dedicated to…something. I have taken all of Neely’s quoted remarks out of the article for ease of reading.

In fact, speaking at the Bruins’ Fanfest in Providence on Thursday, Neely said that there hasn’t been much of anything when it’s come to recent discussions with the star sniper.

“There hasn’t been any dialogue,” Neely told the Boston Herald. “Early on there was and then an offer was put out there and there hasn’t really been much back and forth for us to say where we’re going to head and what direction we’re going in. Until we really see what they’re thinking and what they’re looking for, then we can start the dialogue.

“To be honest with you, we haven’t really gotten a response on what they’re looking for,” Neely said of the talks with Pastrnak’s agent, J.P. Barry. “I know when they talked early on, they had some parameters to work around, some comps that I think both sides felt were fair at that particular time, so an offer was made but there really wasn’t much dialogue after that. So I think it’s kind of pointless for us to negotiate against ourselves.”

Curiously, Pasta’s agent, J.P. Barry, had a slightly different take on the negotiations when Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald contacted him.

When told of Neely’s comment about a lack of counter-offer, Barry responded in an email, “(The Bruins) are aware that the offers to date aren’t where we feel David fits in this marketplace. We plan to discuss an eight-year maximum term to see if we can find more common ground.”

Conroy also has more on what Neely has to say about the contract, especially whether or not it’s an internal cap or not that’s preventing the deal from being completed.

“It’s not so much internal as it is what are some of the list of the recent ’16-17 signings of players under 25,” he said. “We’re looking at those comps, not so much our own team. What did those players do prior to getting contracts and how does it stack up against David? I know everyone’s talking about the Draisaitl contract, and rightfully so they were waiting to see what was going to happen there. But that’s one player.”

“I know everyone’s talking about the Draisaitl contract, and rightfully so they were waiting to see what was going to happen there, but that’s one player,” Neely said. “If it looks like an abundance of players and the market has shifted, then you should look at it, but if it’s one player that you’re hanging your hat on then I don’t know if that’s a market shift. I don’t know if the market has really shifted as much as people think.”

It may be what they think the market should be but I can’t help but think there is an internal cap especially since we’re talking about a Jeremy Jacobs owned team.

“I feel confident we can get something done,” said Neely. “I think David has expressed that he loves it here and wants to play here. We want him here for as long as it makes sense for us.”

It’s that last couple of lines that get me. First, it seems like like they want him to take a team-friendly deal as “he loves it and wants to play here” is code for “we will exploit his love of the city to make him take less money”. And it’s obvious that Neely doesn’t want any deal that is going to make that Draisaitl deal the new market price. Is tacking on an additional million per year going to do that? No. So, stop being cheap and pay him.

The last line is the one with which I have the biggest problem, especially the part that goes “…for as long as it makes sense for us.” Call me paranoid, but that sounds like the kind of thing you say when you expect a bad outcome, say signing a bridge deal or cutting ties. It’s a ridiculous thought and it isn’t justified in the Sweeney era. But the team has rid themselves of other players for questionable or poor returns. I guess I’m a little gunshy.

For the record, Neely denies discussion of a bridge deal:

Neely said that, at least so far, a bridge deal — a compromise that would be for less money and fewer years and would get Pastrnak to arbitration quicker — has not been discussed.

Let’s hope that there continues to be no talk of bridge deals when the two sides start talking about a long-term deal today.

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MadScientist72
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The last line is the one with which I have the biggest problem

My biggest problem is that he said anything at all, beyond a simple “I won’t comment on an ongoing negotiation.”

Satan81
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Today’s album is the Spawn movie soundtrack from 1997:

Mediocre movie, but the album got rave reviews. All sorts of fun crossovers, such as The Crystal Method + Filter, Butthole Surfers + Moby, and Atari Teenage Riot + Slayer. Biggest track to come out of it was “Satan” by Orbital featuring Kirk Hammett of Metallica.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

So my manager – who is from Wyoming and not a huge sports fan – came in wearing a Winter Classic Bruins jersey and his usually Friday attire: a kilt.

He claims he has “done his research” on teams and will be rooting for the Bs this year.

I work for a very strange man.

The London Bear
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I wonder what his research entailed …

But a good choice nonetheless!

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

But do we really need another fair-weather fan?

Satan81
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Satan81
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That gif is funny and you should click on it.

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I swear it’s not Filet-O-Fish.

Satan 81's Sister
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Well, at least he picked the right team!

And hiya stranger! Hope all is well with the little one.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Hi! Apparently this site is unblocked (again) for now. They seem to change firewall rules all the time, so I can’t keep track. They’re also wicked arbitrary – the local station (WMUR) is blocked under the category “entertainment and arts” and this site use to be blocked for “insufficient content”.

The little guy is good (except when we’re all awake at 3:30AM). My father and I brought him down to the fan fest in Manchester on Sunday in a Bruins onesie that was way too big on him. Unfortunately, it was almost over and he was too little for any activity there, but you gotta get them started young. I’d share the picture here if I had it on me.

Satan81
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Drafting two fantasy football teams at the same time was suboptimal.

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. Damn chilly this morning.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

If we lose Pasta, Neely better be out the door with him.

carvinbass18
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Hey! There’s a name I haven’t seen in a while, how ya been???

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Good, but tired. Work is busy and keeping a tiny human alive is a lot of work.

Satan81
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Sign Pasta.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Sign Pasta

carvinbass18
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FUCK BRIDGE DEALS THEY ONLY WILL FUCK YOU OVER IN THE END

for fucks sake Cam, just give him his god damn money already. You’re organization has a stigma of hating youth & dealing them away, so break that stigma and sign pasta. Give him 8 years, give him 8 mil per, who gives a flying fuck. Go 8 years 7 mil, i don’t care. Get him signed. This nonsense is ruining the absolute fun that was butt hurt pens fans yesterday. THEY WERE SO MAD

Satan 81's Sister
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Perhaps it gets done soon? #PastaWatch2017

Satan 81's Sister
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Edit: Not sure why double posting.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Reckless exuberance?

Satan 81's Sister
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You know what, I like this. From now on, I don’t have brain fails. I just have reckless exuberance.

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