Morning Free Association: Monday, Monday

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Well, you can’t win them all and sometimes you lose two in a row. At least the Bruins managed to steal a much-needed point from the New York Rangers on Saturday evening. I had every intention of talking with folks in the game day thread, but my dog had other intentions:

Yes, that was from the Capitals game but it was still true on Saturday because Vegas likes to cuddle next to me during hockey games and take away one of my arms. She gives it back eventually.

Another fun fact about Vegas is that she’s not fond of a certain hockey player:

Okay, okay, enough about my cute cuddly, love muffin.

This week the Bruins get to make up some of those games they have in hand on other teams. Up through this weekend they’ve played the fewest games of all NHL teams, even as much as 4 games less than other conference teams. Starting tonight, the Bruins will play 4 games before the break: tonight versus Columbus, tomorrow night at Buffalo, Thursday at home against Winnipeg, and Saturday in a home manatee game with Detroit. That’s a lot in 6 days.

Adam McQuaid might make his return to the ice tonight, pending medical clearance. With that Bruce Cassidy will have to make some decisions regarding his lineup. He certainly seems to relish the opportunity for this flexibility.

“That’s an internal discussion that we’re starting to have, and then you can play seven D,” said Cassidy. “It could be a different one every night – might play six D one night and seven the next. Again, it will create competition – good competition.”

One player that might not return to the lineup soon is Anders Bjork. A healthy scratch on Saturday evening against the Rangers, Bjork has been struggling with his game as of late.

Bjork was a healthy scratch against the New York Rangers on Saturday. The Wisconsin native has been held to just one point in his previous five games. Ryan Spooner replaced Bjork alongside David Krejci on the Bruins second line. Whether Bjork returns to the lineup is yet to be decided.

“We sat him a game; We’ve talked about how we want to handle that,” said Cassidy. “We’ll have a conversation today or tomorrow morning about that. So, I wouldn’t say the forward group would be the same for sure.”

Bjork is waivers exempt, so if Don Sweeney should assign him to Providence, there are no waivers to clear. This might not be a bad idea. It’s not unusual for younger players to run into a wall with their development in their first NHL season, especially when the player has had to deal with a concussion and other injury.

We’ll see who’s in the lineup later on this evening.

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Satan81
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Today at work has just been non-stop talking about the new Star Wars.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

So who has seen it and is it any good?

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Opinions and reviews are all over the place. Some think it’s better than Empire (they’re crazy). Some think it ruins Star Wars (they’re crazy). I’m of the opinion that parts are great and parts are just spinning their wheels. I have a lot of issues with it, but there’s also a bunch of stuff I’m buying into. It’s worth seeing and I think it’s setting things up to head in the right direction in the next movie.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Last week LB asked if it is common for refs to chirp players. Every ref has their own style. I like to have fun when I’m on the ice. If I have a player that is acting out, I have a lot of different tools to bring their attitude around to a better place. I can be as much fun or as big an asshole as the situation requires.
Some refs take a very businesslike approach always. I usually ask myself “What does this game need from me today?”. If I should disappear into the ads on the boards (along with my whistle) I like to do just that. I don’t always get it right, but I do okay.

The London Bear
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Cool, nice insight!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Had a fun time at my friends’ Christmas party. Having friends who make their own wonderful cheese is pretty rad.

Satan 81's Sister
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And it’s also rad that said friends are glassblowers so I scored a pretty awesome ornament in the Yankee Swap.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Doesn’t everyone in Vermont make their own cheese? I thought that, producing maple syrup and glassblowing were mandatory for all residents!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Or go with my approach, be friends with people who do all that and reap the benefits!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Awesome!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

CBJ tonight, huh? I don’t know what kind of form they’re in, but as is often the case with the Bs the quality of opponent doesn’t really seem to affect our chance of beating them!

Shame about Bjork. He had a really great chemistry going on with Bergy & Marchy but Cassidy would be crazy to take Pasta off that line. Jack said in commentary Bs have zero goals against when those three are all on the ice (or had at the time probably still true for even-strength at least). Bjork’s time will come, though, and if not he could be a valuable tradeable asset.

Speaking of which, I’m struggling to remember why I thought Spooner was sure to be offloaded. He’s been great this year in his few bouts of good health!

Had my sister over yesterday with her two kids. Thank god we only have one! Exhausting!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Just talked to a buddy the other day. He and his wife have one, she is about to have triplets!!!!. He’s a kayaker, but is taking a hard look at rafts right now!!!!!! I can’t imagine. Or, as I overheard someone saying the other day – “I can’t even phantom that!”. Murica.

The London Bear
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My 3yo nice thought it was great fun to slap me on the back as ahtd as possible (although I did have a cough so shall was only trying to help!).

Congrats to your buddy – hrs gonna need an IV of coffee, or something smile

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Hi Pals!
I’m very happy with this Bruins team!!!!! Just the right combo of youth, veterans, speed and (lest we forget!) GRIT!!!
They just need to gel at the right time. Are you gellin’?
The knee- let’s not talk about it. Maybe it will go away.(I think they tried that with Hitler).

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I’m a double postin’ mofo this morning!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

(I think they tried that with Hitler)

And we all know how that ended up! Get it looked at, man!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Yeah, get it looked at before you shoot yourself in a bunker!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Are you gellin’?

Like a felon.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Morning, pals.

  • Worked yesterday afternoon for a bit. Wasn’t busy. I did, however, manage to wrap my coworker’s door in adorable Hanukkah paper (bears in yarmulkes), and put lights in my boss’ office. So, that’s something, I guess.
  • Annucal Christmas light ride with my favorite sister tonight. She’s oldest and I’m youngest, and we’ve been doing this since I can remember (i.e., since she got her license – there are 13.5 years between us).
  • I am drawing a blank on what to get my nephew, who I have in the grab. 14, adopted from Russia when he was a baby, so I got him a team Russia hockey shirt, a couple other shirts, buuuuut I’m missing whatever the piece de resistance might be. Sigh.
  • Bjork might not be out of the lineup for that long, either. Probably depends on other people’s injuries and how they’re playing. They only took DeBrusk out for the one game, so one never knows.
  • Hockey tonight! (I will miss it, though)
  • The London Bear
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    Annual Christmas light ride with my favorite sister tonight

    Sounds fun. Family traditions are the best part of Christmas (for me at least, as a non-religious person). When you wake up in the dark and leave work in the dark you need something to look forward to to brighten things up at this time of year!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Jo and I will be driving our moms around Newport Christmas Eve. I can’t wait!!!

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Nice!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    They are like two kids!! (So four kids altogether!)

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    hahahaha