Morning Free Association: Setting the Team

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Tuesday was the day for roster finalization. That wasn’t the biggest news of the day, though. Malcolm Subban didn’t clear waivers and was taken by the Vegas Golden Knights. Malcolm surely had his critics but Don Sweeney felt that this was a real loss to the team.

“You know it’s disappointing, you know, we’ve had a lot of time investment in Malcolm and seeing him grow on and off the ice and it’s a loss for our hockey club.”

It’s a shame because it seemed that Malcolm was taking a step forward in his game coming off strong performances during the preseason, like he was finally recovered from his gruesome laryngeal injury. Plus, it was cool have a Subban on our team; he isn’t PK but he’s the next best thing, PK’s brother.

Subban family

We’re all probably taking this in stride today because we may have anticipated this. Hockey Twitter™ has had some stuff to say about it.

Yeah, you knew that someone would say something about how all the first draft selections by the Bruins over a span of time were no longer in the system. Technically, the Bruins have the rights to Arnesson but he is playing in Sweden because he couldn’t hack the AHL. This list misses the point says more about scouting and drafting than it does about keeping young talent. Sure, Ty Ty and Dougie are there but one was a Chiarelli move and the other wanted out of town. Everyone already agrees that the returns for those trades weren’t good long-term, so can we move on?

So, what did the Bruins do after that news came down? They signed another goalie. Kyle Keyser (think of all the nicknames we could have!) is an 18-year-old goalie from Coral Gables, FL who participated in Bruins rookie camp in September. Okay, well good to know.

It looks like Matt Grzelcyk has won the job of Torey Krug replacement to start the season, or something like that. Both he and Paul Postma are on the 23-man roster to start the season. Yale grad Rob O’Gara was sent down to Providence yesterday. Krug and Austin Czarnik were both placed on IR.

At this point, the roster looks like this, in alphabetical order:

Noel Acciari
David Backes
Matt Beleskey
Patrice Bergeron
Anders Bjork
Jake DeBrusk
David Krejci
Sean Kuraly
Brad Marchand
Riley Nash
David Pastrnak
Tim Schaller
Ryan Spooner
Frank Vatrano

Brandon Carlo
Zdeno Chara
Matt Gryzelcyk
Charlie McAvoy
Adam McQuaid
Kevin Miller
Paul Postma

Austin Czarnik (IR)
Torey Krug (IR)

Yeah, Frank Vatrano made it. More on him tomorrow.

Patrice Bergeron left Tuesday’s practice and is day-to-day with a lower body issue. Is that true? Or is his wife finally having baby Bergeron? Enquiring minds want to know…and will have to wait to find out.

Two last things:

  • Our very own London Bear had a write-up in the Racing Post on some hockey odds for the betting types. Give it a read and show him some love.
  • The new Bearly on Topic episode is out now. It’s an episode in which we make all sorts of predictions for the season. Listen, pretty please?


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