Morning Free Association: ASG Selections

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I’m writing this from my bed as I (1) forgot to write this earlier and (2) my dog is totally the boss of me, forcing me to go to bed at the time that we all normally go to bed. Yes, my life is ruled by this little monster:

She’s very cute and persuasive.

Anyway, the NHL announced the All Star Game rosters yesterday, the ones with mandatory participation unless the player is injured.

Each team must have at least one player on this roster- yes even Arizona has to participate. Some teams like the Lightning had multiple players because they’re so awesome. The Bruins have one solitary participant and it’s this guy:

He’s a fair enough choice. It might have been more fun to see Pasta go. As it is, he lamented the lack of inclusion of a countryman.

Since the ASG will not include some of the improvements that the Bearly on Topic crew suggested some time ago like Dog Hockey™ and would rather make you watch that horrible four line relay crap on the skills competition day, I imagine most fans will find something better to do. However if you’re into it, here are your rosters as the stand currently:

Atlantic Division (All-Star appearance)

F Aleksander Barkov, FLA (1st)
F Jack Eichel, BUF (1st)
F Nikita Kucherov, TBL (2nd)
F Brad Marchand, BOS (2nd)
F Auston Matthews, TOR (2nd)
F Steven Stamkos, TBL* (5th)
D Mike Green, DET (2nd)
D Victor Hedman, TBL (2nd)
D Erik Karlsson, OTT (5th)
G Carey Price, MTL (6th)
G Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL (1st)
Head Coach: Jon Cooper, TBL (1st)

Metropolitan Division (All-Star appearance)

F Josh Bailey, NYI (1st)
F Sidney Crosby, PIT (3rd)
F Claude Giroux, PHI (5th)
F Taylor Hall, NJD (3rd)
F Alex Ovechkin, WSH* (7th)
F John Tavares, NYI (5th)
D Noah Hanifin, CAR (1st)
D Seth Jones, CBJ (2nd)
D Kris Letang, PIT (4th)
G Braden Holtby, WSH (3rd)
G Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (4th)
Head Coach: Barry Trotz, WSH (3rd)

Central Division (All-Star appearance)

F Patrick Kane, CHI (7th)
F Nathan MacKinnon, COL (2nd)
F Brayden Schenn, STL (1st)
F Tyler Seguin, DAL (5th)
F Eric Staal, MIN (5th)
F Blake Wheeler, WPG (1st)
D John Klingberg, DAL (1st)
D Alex Pietrangelo, STL (1st)
D P.K. Subban, NSH* (3rd)
G Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (1st)
G Pekka Rinne, NSH (2nd)
Head Coach: Peter Laviolette, NSH (3rd)

Pacific Division (All-Star appearance)

F Brock Boeser, VAN (1st)
F Johnny Gaudreau, CGY (4th)
F Anze Kopitar, LAK (4th)
F Connor McDavid, EDM* (2nd)
F James Neal, VGK (3rd)
F Rickard Rakell, ANA (1st)
D Brent Burns, SJS (5th)
D Drew Doughty, LAK (4th)
D Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI (2nd)
G Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK (3rd)
G Jonathan Quick, LAK (3rd)
Head Coach: Gerard Gallant, VGK (2nd)

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Satan 81's Sister
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I’m having a sudden urge for prosciutto. One of those “I am not going to be happy and everything is going to be wrong if I don’t have prosciutto” cravings.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Oh, those are no bueno. I really want red meat.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I had a pizza craving today. I rarely eat pizza. I wanted Sicilian and they didn’t have it. Lunch was not at all satisfying!

Satan 81's Sister
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Old friend Chris Kelly is on the Olympic team.
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IntentionallyWidenberg
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He is… The Most Canadian Man In The World.
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Satan81
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Canada is announcing their 2018 Men’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team roster at noon.

phonymahoney
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Morning, pals!
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  • I saw that Voracek tweet this morning and somehow did not realize it came from Pastrnak.
  • Went to that awkward work dinner last night. Wasn’t awkward, and I ended up taking Fred Flintstone’s prime bronto ribs home. No really, I got some shortrib thing that ended up being ridiculously good and ridiculous looking.
  • My boss makes me laugh like no other. He is overtired today and it’s hilarious. We just made a deal that neither of us will die or quit by the end of 2020. He could not guarantee that he wouldn’t lose his shit on someone and get fired, and I couldn’t guarantee that I wouldn’t be that person.
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  • What am I going to do after work? I was thinking I’d skate at the outdoor rink in JP but it looks like it’s going to be 15-20 degrees too warm for that business. Now I need to find an indoor rink with weeknight public skating (good luck).
  • Remember hockey?
  • phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Annnnd, there is no nighttime public skate. Spin class instead maybe? I’ve never done that before.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    Ok, now get ready to hear 2 weeks of “Biggest snub of the ASG is *my favorite player*”

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    ugggggh

    who cares?

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Morning all. Can we have hockey again please?

    Satan81
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    Satan81

    The Bruins are tied with Toronto and have FIVE GAMES IN HAND.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    I was thinking last night after seeing Marchand was the only Bruin named to the All Star Game that I was fine with that because I’d rather they rest anyway. But with the schedule and bye week, they’re certainly a well-rested team.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    I’m not a fan of the week of no hockey followed by 2 weeks of hockey followed by a week of no hockey but the all-star game.

    There’s no way I’m gonna start watching the Wild or the Blackhawks during the break. And good job for scheduling the break for weekdays, and scheduling the first game back to conflict with an NFL playoff game (as it turns out, one in which the Pats are playing!), that’s thinking ahead. It’s not like that would hurt your TV ratings or ticket sales at all. roll

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    The game is in Montreal so the only thing hurting ticket sales would be Habs fans giving up on the team.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    FWIW, there’s actually quite a large number of Pats fans in Habs-land. I imagine the congative dissonance must be stunning for them.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    I guess I just personally can’t get too riled up about it. Sure, it’s not ideal scheduling but it’s bound to happen when sports overlap.
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    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Hello!

    Pasta would have been good entertainment value. I voted for him, actually, even though I’m not going to see anything of the festivities as it’s not covered on nhltv for some reason.

    Nothing against Brad of course but he had his turn last year. Would be nice to share it around a bit.

    Going to the theatre tonight for Little Bear’s Christmas present. We’re seeing the Sound of Music. She loves musicals and knows pretty much all the words. She’s very excited.

    Three of us made the expected first-round exit from the singles darts tournament last night – exhaustion to blame! However our other lad made it to the final, which will be played later in the season, so we’re all very proud of him.

    Coffee time!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Going to the theatre tonight for Little Bear’s Christmas present. We’re seeing the Sound of Music. She loves musicals and knows pretty much all the words. She’s very excited.

    Awww, that’s great! I live in the land of Von Trapp descendants. They’re everywhere in Vermont!

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Really? That’s cool. I guess the hills are alive there then!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    They ended up settling in Stowe, VT a few years after leaving Austria. There’s the Trapp Family Lodge which also brews von Trapp beer. There’s the Von Trapp Greenhouse in my town. And whole bunch of people with the last name von Trapp, including the black sheep who they don’t really want associated with the name.

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Oh wow. I’ve heard the story wasn’t such a happy one after the ending of the film but I guess the family is still going strong!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    There was a financial battle among the von Trapps regarding the Trapp Family Lodge, finally settled by the Vermont Supreme Court.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    The von trapped dunkel is really good!!!
    Pouring one is the sound of music to me!!!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Gooooood morning Pals!
    Nearly through with the league mandated bye week. Thanks a pant load, Gary!
    I’d rather the Bs play les bleu, blanc, et merd after their two game win streak than after a ten game losing streak. We all know what happens then.
    Single game tonight!
    Hoping for those flood waters Friday/ Saturday. I need to paddle. Too much work makes Stripes get polka dots!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Oh, the ASG……… really, who gives a care? Just give me another regular season game or start the playoffs three days earlier. Do the ASG in August, when we’re desperate for hockey!!!!

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    Do the ASG in August, when we’re desperate for hockey!!!!

    And when an injury wouldn’t potentially screw a team for the rest of the season!

    Oh, the ASG……… really, who gives a care?

    I know I don’t give a carp!
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    The London Bear
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    I’d rather the Bs play les bleu, blanc, et merd after their two game win streak than after a ten game losing streak. We all know what happens then.

    You are so right