Morning Free Association: Brad’s Suspended Again

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Brad Marchand was suspended for five games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for his elbowing of New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson. Johansson is reportedly suffering symptoms of concussion after having spent the month of November recovering from one.

He will not be suspended for the All Star Game.

While it may have been intentional or not, that doesn’t have to play into how the NHLDOPS doles out punishment. Brad having a reputation and his continued unsportsmanlike behavior do play into it.

So what gives, Brad? Is this nastiness just the flip side of your brilliant play? Do you just build up so much tension being a good guy that you engage in this self-sabotage? Why does it seem to happen before nationally televised games or other important games. (Note: the ASG is not important, but it is the national stage) Did you hope to get out of it?

I just feel like his pest side is the edge in his game – sometimes he toes the line too closely and falls over. I this case, he may have been trying to rid himself of Johansson, who was going to knock him into the goalie. It sort of looks like he’s going to get laid out. That doesn’t excuse the elbow, though, and he should sit for some games for being that forceful with it.

(Another note: NHL.com is so bad I couldn’t see the player safety video because it wouldn’t load the 5 times I tried, so I’m not really sure what the case is against Brad.)

In the meantime, Anders Bjork was a late scratch for the P-Bruins game is likely on his way up to Ottawa.

I only hope that Brad’s absence doesn’t cost the Bruins points.

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Big Top Peewee wasn’t quite the gem that PWBA was.

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When you have an instant classic the sequel is always going to be a disappointment.

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I never saw all of Big Top PeeWee. PWBA was such a great flick.

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https://twitter.com/khl_eng/status/956558028173590528

Jagr with one of his many sons …

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I love stuff like this.

http://i.imgur.com/q3D6SYQ.jpg

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So it seems the XFL football league is making a comeback.
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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So it seems the XFL football league is making a comeback.

Because we miss it so much!!!
I might have to break out my He Hate Me shirsey!!

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Couple of other Brad-related stats in case there are any other stat fans!

Bruins average goals per game 17/18 – 3.32
Ave g/game without Brad (17/18) – 2.75

Bs Ave goals against per game 17/18 – 2.48
Ave g/a per game without Brad (17/18) – 2.75.

Smallish sample size obviously but that’s probably about how I’d expect his contributions to work out.

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Morning, pals!

  • HELLO? IS ANYBODY THERE?
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  • I think Marshy is always going to be on the edge, and when you play on the edge, you’re bound to spill over sometimes.
  • That said, it’s a really weird one, and it could totally be intentional… or not.
  • Day four of managing to put in and take out contacts without poking my eyes out or causing other serious injury. I feel like a champion. It’s the small victories, friends.
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    http://forums.mtbr.com/attachments/general-discussion/1077868d1466634666-tour-de-france-2016-thread-pee-wees-big-adventure-1985-01.jpg
    (why is there no gif for PeeWee getting his Tour de France medal?

  • The lineup for tonight’s game is going to be interesting, that’s for sure. Let’s hope the trip down 95 helped Bjork’s game.
  • Sometimes you’re looking for a specific gif and you don’t find what you’re looking for, but you find other, incredibly awesome gifs, like this one:
  • https://media1.giphy.com/media/3oKIPvW1h1iOkD4xpu/200w.webp#56-grid1

  • Apparently themed gifs are my new morning thing.
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    Satan 81's Sister
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    While searching for a “talking to yourself” gif, I came across this gem:
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    Satan81
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    bahahahahaha

    phonymahoney
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    Wow!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Morning all. Thank god the Bruins have had this crazy points streak. Hopefully they can keep it going with Marchand out.

    The London Bear
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    Just done a bit of digging on hockey reference:

    Bs have played 8 games this season without Brad – 5 wins (against MIN, LAK, SJS, NJD and PIT) and 3 losses (v NYR, ANA and EDM) so that’s not too bad. We did have Charlie for all those games, though ….

    Satan 81's Sister
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    That actually makes me feel a bit better. The suspension with Charlie being out is less than ideal, but we shall see!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Too bad the suspension is now and not during the stretch where they play Vancouver, etc. It should be like baseball where you can appeal it and keep playing until a final decision or you drop the appeal.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Of course, ideally, Marchand wouldn’t be getting suspended in the first place.

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    The London Bear
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    I was out of tea bags and had to run to the shop! (English problems wink

    Yeah, the suspension sucks but it is what it is and the Bs just gotta deal with it!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    How very English of you!
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    (I’m not actually giving you the finger, this gif just really amuses me!)

    phonymahoney
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    I love this gif

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    Satan 81's Sister
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    Hahaha! I love that part of the movie!

    Spoiler
    Then again, I love the whole movie!

    phonymahoney
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    Me too! It’s on Netflix now under “critically acclaimed films”, hahahah

    Satan 81's Sister
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    You’re goddamn right it’s critically acclaimed!
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    “Technically, it is a film” — Rex Reed
    “I saw it” — Roger Ebert
    “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure appeared in cinemas” — Jeffrey Lyon

    phonymahoney
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    hahahahahahahahahaahahaha

    Satan81
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    Wow that’s a great gif.

    phonymahoney
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    Interesting. I have faith.

    phonymahoney
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    We lose Brad to suspensions about 5 games a year. Maybe this is his way of protesting the 82 game season?
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    The London Bear
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    Haha! You could be on to something.

    In English soccer there are certain players who have a habit of getting themselves banned around Christmas time

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Brad just needs some time to relax!
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    The replay does not look good. Oh well. Nice rest for B rad. He’ll come back hungry!!

    MadScientist72
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    Still, if it weren’t for Brad’s rep, people could believe he was just throwing out the elbow to counterbalance himself as he tried to avoid crashing into the Applebee’s Appleby.

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    Ugh. I dislike everything about this.
    I didn’t realize on first viewing that Johansson was actually hurt (concussed). Even though he seemed to be tripping Marchand, he didn’t deserve that.
    I can’t tell whether Marchand was really trying to hit him or not
    If Marchand really was trying to elbow someone, he should know better
    5 games is a lot for a’bang-bang play’
    What I heard from the Bruins’ defense of Marchy was really stupid
    I don’t like losing our best LW for 5 games – especially when our #2D is out
    I don’t have any confidence in Bjork

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    can’t tell whether Marchand was really trying to hit him or not

    I’ve done something similar. Going into a corner, looked like the other guy wads coming in high, I went higher, other guy was not coming in high, I pretty much crosschecked him in the face. I felt shame!

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    That’s the thing – he’s responsible for his elbow whether he intended to clock the guy or not.

    If it was just about anyone else, it would have been a 1-game suspension. Marchand has a suspension history, so it’s 5.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    And who knows, maybe him getting the maximum suspension for this might finally gets him to cut out the “have to do one stupid thing per season” crap.

    phonymahoney
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    Yeah, I really don’t think so either. I was being bloptimistic. Guy just has to do one stupid thing a year.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Ouch.
    But I’m sure that guy would be the first to tell you “I didn neef my teef anyway”

    MadScientist72
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    If Marchand really was trying to elbow someone, he should know better

    Marchy’s 5’9″. If he was really trying to elbow someone, I think it’d be lower – a lot lower.

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    Hey Pals!
    B rad was a bad boy! 5 games, though. Wow. Mr Silverlining here, maybe Bjork finds his way and the Bs wind up with too many wunnerful, wunnerful players.

    I really want them to go into the break with the streak intact. Fuck the Tootsies!!!!

    No paddling today – rivers didn’t hold. Hard to complain – 3 games and river fun in about 28 hours. Maybe I’ll work today. Bwahahahaha!!! No way.

    Yeah, I’ve had enough coffee!!!

    MadScientist72
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    B rad was a bad boy!

    But Brad Boyes doesn’t play here anymore!