Morning Free Association: Happy Trade Deadline Day!

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It’s that day of the year again: Trade Deadline Day! It’s a day in which we sit back at our desks with some popcorn and enjoy players being bandied about by teams in order to bolster themselves for a hearty playoff run or to relieve themselves of assets so they can try again next season.

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By now you’ve had to have heard about the biggest deal of Sunday involving your Boston Bruins – the acquisition of Rick Nash from the New York Rangers in return for Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, and defensive prospect Ryan Lindgren. In this deal, the Rags will retain 50% of the remaining money on Nash’s contract and the Bruins will retain 50% of Beleskey’s for it’s remainder over this season and the next two.

It was inevitable that Ryan Spooner would be traded before his contract was up at the end of the season; before the season the two sides reached a one-year deal the morning of the scheduled arbitration hearing and Spooner is still an arbitration eligible RFA at the end of this season. Hell, we’ve been trading him for at least two seasons on Bearly on Topic. We all lost our prop bet regarding that.

Rick Nash suited up for the Bruins last night in Buffalo in a losing effort. Let’s hope that Tuesday’s home game against the Canes will be better for everyone.

Oh, and the Bruins decided to sign Brian Gionta to a one-year pro-rated $700,000 deal. For those who were wondering who the 13th forward would be, it’s the USA Men’s Olympic team captain.

As per usual, I’ve included the handy-dandy trade tracker table from the beginning of 2018 so you can check out all the trades, including those that involve division rivals as partners and those that brought in a third team to make it work.

1/4/2018Al Montoya (G)
1/4/184th-round pick in 2019 NHL Draft
1/10/18Anthony Duclair (F) and Adam Clendening (D)
1/10/18Richard Panik (F) and Laurent Dauphin (D)
1/22/18John Ramage (D)
1/22/18Future Considerations
1/22/18Jeff Zatkoff(G)
1/22/18Future Considerations
1/31/18Edward Pasquale (G)
1/31/18Future Considerations
2/3/18Andrew O'Brien (D)
2/3/18Mark McNeill (F)
2/5/18Future Considerations
2/5/18Zac Leslie (D)
2/8/18Christoph Bertschy (F) and Mario Lucia (F)
2/8/18Viktor Loov (D)
2/9/18Adam Chapie (F) and Joe Whitney (F)
2/9/18John Albert(F) and Hubert Labrie (D)
2/13/18Dion Phaneuf (D) and Nate Thompson (F)
2/13/18Marian Gaborik (F) and Nick Shore (F)
2/15/18Chris DiDomenico (F)
2/15/18Ville Pokka (D)
2/15/18Nikita Soshnikov (F)
2/15/184th-round pick in 2019 NHL Draft
2/19/18Michal Kempny (D)
2/19/183rd-round pick in 2018 NHL Draft
2/19/18Petr Mrazek (G)
2/19/18Conditional 4th-round pick in 2018 NHL Draft and a conditional 3rd-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft
2/20/18Nick Holden (D)
2/20/18Rob O'Gara (D) and 3rd-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft
2/20/18Eric Fehr (F)
2/20/187th-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft
2/21/18Jakub Jerabek (D)
2/21/185th-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft
2/21/18Tobias Rieder (F) and Scott Wedgewood (G)
2/21/18Darcy Kuemper (G)
2/22/18Frank Vatrano (F)
2/22/183rd-round pick in 2018 NHL Draft
2/22/18Michael Grabner (F)
2/22/18Yegor Rykov (D prospect) and a 2nd-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft
2/23/18Derick Brassard (F), Vincent Dunn (F), Tobias Lindberg (F), 2018 3rd-round pick
2/23/18Ian Cole (D), Filip Gustavsson (G), 2018 1st-round pick, and 2019 3rd-round pick
2/23/18Ryan Reaves (F) and 2018 4th-round pick (PIT from VAN)
2/24/18Brandon Davidson (D)
2/24/183rd-round pick in 2019 NHL Draft
2/25/18Rick Nash (F)
2/25/18Ryan Spooner (F), Matt Beleskey (F), Ryan Lindgren (D), 1st-round pick and 7th-round pick in 2018 NHL Draft
2/25/18Tomas Plekanec (F) and Kyle Baun (F)
2/25/18Kerby Rychel (F), Rinat Valiev (D) and a 2nd-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft
2/25/18Mark Letestu (F)
2/25/18Pontus Aberg (F)
2/25/18Mark Letestu (F)
2/25/184th-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft
2/26/18Ian Cole (D)
2/26/18Nick Moutrey (F), 3rd-round NHL Draft Pick in 2020
2/26/18Ryan Hartman (F), 2018 5th-round pick
2/26/18Victor Ejdsell (F), 2018 1st-round pick, and 2018 4th-round pick
2/26/18Paul Stastny (F)
2/26/182018 1st-round pick, rights to Erik Foley (F)
2/26/18Brendan Leipsic (F)
2/26/18Philip Holm (D)
2/26/18Jason Chimera (F)
2/26/18Chris Wagner (F)
2/26/18Evander Kane (F)
2/26/182019 conditional 1st-round pick, Dan O'Regan (F) and a 2020 4th-round pick
2/26/18Ryan Kujawinski (F)
2/26/18Jordan Maletta (F)
2/26/18Joe Morrow (D)
2/26/182018 4th-round pick
2/26/18Mike Reilly (D) from Minnesota Wild in exchange for
2/26/182019 5th-round pick
2/26/18Josh Jooris (F)
2/26/18Greg McKegg (F)
2/26/18Tommy Wingels (F)
2/26/182019 conditional 5th-round pick
2/26/18Thomas Vanek (F)
2/26/18Tyler Motte (F), Jussi Jokinen (F)
2/26/18Tomas Tatar (F)
2/26/182018 first-round pick, 2019 second-round pick, 2021 third-round pick
2/26/18Nick Shore (F)
2/26/187th-round pick in 2019
2/26/18Tyler Gaudet (F), John Ramage (D)
2/26/18Trevor Murphy (D), Pierre-Cedric Labrie (F)
2/26/18Chris Bigras (D)
2/26/18Ryan Graves (D)
2/26/18Patrick Maroon (F)
2/26/18Joey Dudek (F) and a 2019 3rd-round pick
2/26/18Ryan McDonagh (D), J.T. Miller (F)
2/26/18Vladislav Namestnikov (F), Libor Hajek (D), Brett Howden (F), 2018 1st-round pick, 2019 conditional 1st-round pick
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I’ve heard that name…
So he was their 4th line RW I think?


TB got McD from Rangers….oof they just got better.


If Namestnikov was their big return piece, it hurts them a bit too.

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Haha! My Have friend texted me ” Chara and Rask to Habs”. When I called him, he started laughing. “It took you 35 seconds to call”. Only because I wassd driving!


Id only allow that for Price and Patches and their 1st rnd 2018 pick. And even that is a fuck no.


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Blues GM Doug Armstrong leaves phone unlocked, trade initiated by HAXXORS. Tarasenko traded for order of Fish’n’chips at Long John Silver’s restaurant!


Morning all! Tough loss last night, dunno what it is about the Sabers that just makes the Bruins hate hockey. Nash looked decent enough, some nice net front chances in a game where the bruins opted not to put the puck on goal. Guys, you can cycle the puck for 2 min in their zone but if you dont shoot it on net you arent going to score. Plus side of sucking so badly, it gave Cass some time to fuck with lines to see what works for Nash.


I think it’s not so much the Sabres, but rather Backup Goalie Syndrome.