Morning Free Association: Post Trade Deadline

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The Bruins made some moves, yo.

After this weekend’s huge trade for Rick Nash from the New York Rangers and the quiet signing of then-13th forward Brian Gionta, the Bruins were relatively quiet on Monday, picking up forward Tommy Wingels from the Blackhawks for a conditional 5th round pick in 2019. It was clear that Don Sweeney wanted to make some moves to improve the team and prepare for an extended playoff run.

“I think we’re going to need everybody between now and the end of the line if we get to where we want to go,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said at his post-deadline conference Monday. “Those are coaches’ decisions. We talk about that stuff all the time – on a daily basis depending on how the team is performing. Times, there are players that show up on the injury list that may need a night off, or you prepare for what you don’t even know is coming. But, they’re all good players that we think can help us.”

It isn’t easy to do this when other teams in the east are doing the exact same thing. The Penguins shored up their centerman issue with Derick Brassard. Tampa Bay’s Steve Yzerman waited until the end of the day to drop the hammer on other teams, eventually walking away with prized defenseman Ryan McDonagh. Erik Karlsson stayed put.

For the record, Don Sweeney will not disclose whether or not he was in on the mix on the McDonagh trade but Ty Anderson breaks down what the Bruins would have had to give up to get him based upon the return that the Rags got for their former captain. It wouldn’t have been pretty and you most likely wouldn’t have liked it.

As for Rick Nash, Sweeney may want to keep him beyond his rental period.

I guess we’ll see what happens.

Date_____Transaction_______ToFrom
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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Thetallest81
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One thing lost in all this…. id like to give Sweeney Props on how well this team is performing and how quickly they went from “FUCK THEY ARE SLOW AND OLD AND HAVE NO FIGHT” to…”THESE GUYS DONT KNOW WHEN TO QUIT AND THEY ARE FAST!!!” the fact that they are in the playoff hunt again after only one year of looking like they were in big trouble is rare. Sweeney has made some questionable moves int he past to make people question his abilities, but with the kids responding to the coaching change and the team looking fresh… hes done a good job of rebuilding. I still think we are a top 2 pairing away from a true cup contender going forward, unless Chara truely discovered the fountain of youth…but the window is closing on Bergy’s prime and good on the Front office for getting this team back to a viable contender when teams like the Rangers and Habs have blown the fuck up.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

the fact that they are in the playoff hunt again after only one year

And comfortably in a play off spot right now as opposed to squeaking in at the end of the season.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Yeah, nice to have everything hing on the last game like it has since 2015

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Shhhhh….they still have a chance of fucking that up and pulling a rangers.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

*says a prayer to the hockey gods*

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I still think we are a top 2 pairing away from a true cup contender going forward, unless Chara truely discovered the fountain of youth…

I think he has. It’s the second pair that has been scaring the crap out of me lately.I know we’re supposed to be patient with Carlo because he’s young and accepting of Krug because he brings offense, but sweet Jesus, can they bungle plays in the defensive end with the best of them.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

sweet Jesus, can they bungle plays in the defensive end with the best of them

aint that the truth!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

https://twitter.com/NHLBruins/status/968528554408513537

Nash centres Bergy line. R Nash. Riley Nash!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Ok, my theory is largely disproved.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney
Thetallest81
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Thetallest81
Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hi, dis Peggy…. You hold, pleace.!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan81
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Satan81

Anyone wanna go with me to the game tonight?

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I can’t, I’m on Mamma duty!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Evander Kane: someone I would never trade for. You couldn’t pay me to bring that into my locker room. if I were Vegas, I’d have gone for Nash instead.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

At least now Kane has been both a Shark and a Jet! He’s a one man West Side Story!
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IntentionallyWidenberg

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phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Spectacular. I am impressed with you.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

All my recchs!!!!! Take ’em all!!!!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

So I made a BEAUTIFUL omelet today. I mean, not visually beautiful because the flipping didn’t go according to plan, but the taste was top notch. Spinach, cheddar, onion, scallion, pepperoni.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Mmm….I haven’t had an omelet in a long time. I’m having a craving for spinach artichoke dip so I will probably make that for dinner tonight.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Well, it was more a pile of ingredients mixed with egg that was ripped apart, but for simplicity’s sake, I’m calling it an omelet.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

If you call it a “deconstructed omelet” hipsters everywhere would pay top dollar for one. You’d be rich!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Good point! I have been eating deconstructed omelets for breakfast since before they were cool.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

My two top tips for omelet:
1) Mix the cheese in with the egg before you pour it in
2) Put in some sliced, boiled potato to give it some bulk and make it a full meal

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I used to be an expert omelet maker, but this is the first one I’ve made in over a year, probably. Still delicious, though. Good tips, but the cheese doesn’t burn that way?

The London Bear
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The London Bear

That’s what I was worried about but in my experience not! Doesn’t melt onto the pan either. Grated and properly mixed in with the egg.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I usually mix in at least half my cheese with the egg – making sure the cheese bits get thoroughly coated with egg before pouring it into the skillet. It comes out fluffier that way. I don’t really know what I’m doing, but when I make omelets fairly regularly, they typically turn out quite well.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Advice on omelet making from a Jamaican chef to me many years ago….. “Just make de homiet, nuthin’ else.”

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

As far as Nash goes… I’m not sure I’m in the right position to decide after one game whether I want him next year.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

(the cap hit would be ridiculous, but has he really earned another huge contract? I guess the playoffs will tell us)

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

At his age, I think next year has to be less money….and no more than two years – assuming a good playoff performance.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

theres no way at his age hes asking for 7.8 mil again…that last contract was 8 years…when he was what…25 years old? He’s 33…id pay him Beleskey money for 2 years if he shows up in the playoffs.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

And that, I am on board with

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

I foresee both $$ and term as likely sticking points.
What does ‘less money’ mean to Nash? Is it $6M or $3.8M?
Will he sign for 2 yrs or is he looking for 4-5?
Now if they win the cup this year, I’ll be all Chiarelli-like in my post-cuppal largess, otherwise I expect to be unhappy with the options.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

is he a UFA or a RFA next year? I mean if someone claims him…that would be ok.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Rick Nash? UFA

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Morning, pals!

  • I like the Nash move a lot, even though Spooner really grew on me recently.
  • Gionta move is…. questionable, especially given how he looked at the Olympics, and the fact that Chris Kelly was still kicking around.
  • Some people think trading for Wingels was a waste, but I don’t see it that way.
  • I started typing this a while ago and then my phone rang and I lost track. Anyway, I’m working from Mamma Mahoney’s today. Going to go pick her up at the hospital in a while.
  • IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Billy Jaffee was on SportsHub while I was driving today, and he mentioned that Wingels (and Gionta) has a lot of playoff experience from his time on the Sharks as compared to the kids who only got part of a single playoff series

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    They definitely both do. I’m not worried about Gionta doing anything stupid as much as I am that he won’t be able to keep up.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    Hello!

    I’m a lot more positive about the Nash/Spooner trade after having internalized that they weren’t going to find a way to bring Spooner back (when he started producing points again it seemed more plausible to me that he might stick around) — still a little concerned about the chemistry & speed vs skill & experience tradeoff there.

    I am uncomfortable about the salary cap pressure needed to keep Nash beyond the playoffs. He’s going to expect a big paycheck ($8.2M this year! $7.8M AAV), and the team was already close to the cap. Do I want to see the team dump Krug/Pasta/Chara/ to keep Nash? Unlikely.

    Gionta, Wingels & Holden seem like reasonable adds at decent prices.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    I’m still sorting it out in my head. I’m eternally hopeful….. rightfully so once in the last 40 years!