Morning Free Association: More Transactions

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The roster is slimming down in time for the Boston Bruins season opener on Thursday. Rob O’Gara, Matt Grzelcyk, and Paul Postma are competing for the final defensive spot filling in for an ailing Torey Krug. Jake DeBrusk is still with the big club looking for a lock at left wing for the second line. Austin Czarnik is still on the roster just taking a sick day. Frank Vatrano also seems to be in Boston with no news that he was placed on waivers.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy knows that some difficult decisions have to be made by Thursday.

“We feel the younger guys have played well,” said Cassidy. “These are difficult decisions, who are you going to keep? Who do you project to be ready over the course of the last two, three weeks? Some you’ve had a longer look at because they’ve been down in Providence. You hope you’ve made the right call come Thursday if they’re in the lineup for you.”

The beauty of the hockey season is that over the course of 82 games, the team has the chance to try things out to get it right. But, of course, you want to start out on the right skate.

The Bruins announced some transactions yesterday. Peter Cehlarik, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, and Danton Heinen were all sent to Providence training camp. Malcolm Subban was placed on waivers to be assigned to Providence. We’ll find out today if he cleared. While Cassidy liked the improvements that Malcolm has made in his game, it’s probably better for him to split time playing with the P-Bruins and gaining more confidence in his game.

Teddy Purcell was released from his PTO. He did well enough in camp that he’ll likely get another team to take a chance on him. This team is taking the next step in it’s rebuild by skewing slightly younger.

Speaking of skewing younger: Jaromir Jagr has agreed to a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames. He will become teammates with a fellow draft selection from 1990.

Calgary will be the ninth NHL team for Jagr but his first in Canada.

Among his teammates with the Flames will be Matthew Tkachuk, the son of former NHL player Keith Tkachuk. Jagr was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the No. 5 pick in the 1990 NHL Draft. Keith Tkachuk, who retired in 2010, was chosen by the Winnipeg Jets with the No. 19 pick in the 1990 draft.

“I think to kind of put it in perspective, he came into the League and I was five years away from even being a thought,” Matthew Tkachuk said. “It’s crazy to think about. He was winning MVPs before I was born, winning Cups before I was born.”

For Jagr, it seemed that the choice was easy.

I’m just glad that another Traveling Jagr will be christened, this time in Canada.

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The London Bear
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Oof. Could we not have traded him?

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

ugh hockey twitter is going to hate this.

Satan81
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Doh.

Satan 81's Sister
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The London Bear
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Hi folks,

how are we all? Only one more night without hockey for quite a long time.

Just been writing my betting preview for the season. Our bookies have the Bruins in for 91.5 points – I reckon they’ll sail past that!

Bummed that Tom Petty is gone. I was a big fan. There’s a great documentary that was on Netflix, have to check whether it still is. It’s four hours long though, so I’ll eke it out over a few nights with a bottle of Southern Comfort (maybe – not sure I like Southern Comfort!).

Satan81
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Down Goes Brown has us in the Middle of the Pack Division:

https://sports.vice.com/en_ca/article/qvjx73/dgb-nhl-season-preview-bottom-feeders-and-middle-of-the-pack

I think that’s fair given the uncertainty with our young players.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Oddly specific prediction: Brad Marchand fails to crack the 30-goal mark for the first time since 2014-15.

Ummm… Yeah… That’s not gonna happen.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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That sounds reasonable. Wysh & Lozo were (I thought) a bit too negative on the B’s in their season preview.
Of course, they also had the Habs winning the division, so they may have been trolling.
Or stoned.

Satan 81's Sister
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Hahahaha:

Vegas Golden Knights
Last season: Did not exist.
Offseason report: Began existing.

The London Bear
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That’s quite a positive little write-up from them.

I’m looking forward to see what a full season under Cassidy brings.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

someone get these for jack

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Big Z needs these!

On the other hand, he could be the one to disprove the theory & show that they can break, after all.

Satan 81's Sister
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It’s Rask’s worst nightmare.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

lol whys that?

Satan 81's Sister
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No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to break his stick.

Satan 81's Sister
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The London Bear
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Gotta love an Angry Tuukka video.

Milk crates is the best

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. I wish the Bruins Twitter account was more fun.

phonymahoney
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Me too. Sigh.

Satan81
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phonymahoney
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I’m just glad that another Traveling Jagr will be christened, this time in Canada.

Agreed, though I am sad that he’s going to get more Dougie stink on him.

phonymahoney
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Morning, pals!
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  • I’m psyched about hockey and really can’t wait to see who actually makes the team.
  • Went to bed with a dull headache, woke up with the same dull headache. Allergies, I guess.
  • I’m very impatient to see this team play against other NHL teams. The roster is such a crap shoot.
  • DeBrusk excites me. I actually love that he has taken a few interference penalties because that means he’s fighting for goals. Get it done, Jake!
  • Also, I didn’t know this didn’t already happen?
  • Satan81
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    This team is taking the next step in it’s rebuild by skewing slightly younger.

    but…but…they hate young players….

    phonymahoney
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