Morning Free Association: Ryan Donato and Other Player Updates

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Ryan Donato has had a whirlwind year: making the US Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, playing at a high level for the Harvard Crimson, and finally signing an ELC with his hometown team, the Boston Bruins. His debut on Monday night was fantastic. But there’s something you might not know about Ryan Donato and how he’s going to spend his days.

When Donato signed his deal on Sunday night, it was revealed that he’s going to remain enrolled and taking classes toward his degree at Harvard because that is what you do.

I love this. I love that this kid has a good head on his shoulders and a good support system. His completing his degree is not only an awesome goal, it is a sound one. Use your skills, make money, and finish that degree from Harvard. Brilliant.

In case you missed it: Paul Postma and Jordan Szwarz have been called up on an emergency recall; Anton Blidh has been assigned to Providence.

The following players did not travel with the team for this four-game roadtrip (St. Louis, Dallas, Minnesota, Winnipeg): Rick Nash (UBI, day-to-day), Zdeno Chara (unspecified, day-to-day), Patrice Bergeron (foot; no time table for return but is skating at Warrior), Jake DeBrusk (UBI, no time table for return).

David Backes (leg, day-to-day) did travel with the team and is awaiting approval from team doctors before he can hit the ice again.

“Just for the wound to heal so we don’t have an infection which persists and creates a bigger injury,” said Backes. “It’s a little sore, feels like a Charlie horse, but whenever the docs say it’s OK, as far as this being closed up enough, then it should be fine. I don’t know if that’s five days, seven days, 10 days, probably somewhere in that realm I’ll be back functional again.”

I hope that he heals well without further complication and can stay healthy for the remainder of the season, regular and post.

The Bruins take the ice at Scottrade against the Blues for Rivalry Night on NBCSNOMGWTFBBQ.

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Yesssss. He’s gigantic.
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MadScientist72
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Hopefully, he’ll make it up to the big club so Big Zee can take young Wiley under his wing & teach him how to make the best use of that size.

phonymahoney
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And another thing! Much more graceful than you’d typically expect from a 6’7 defenseman.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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I hipped checked that boy right into next week just a few years ago. He was at Hotchkiss. I was lining. I’ll never forget the way he looked at me!

The London Bear
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6-7. Did you hipcheck him in the knee??

phonymahoney
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I love this!

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Morning, hockey pals!

  • I’m ready for the Ryan Donato era.
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  • I was looking for gifs this morning, and I found this, which I’m not sure I’ve seen before, but I love love LOVE it.
  • http://37.media.tumblr.com/17759532d8ec1747ddd5a9e2acf5d4d5/tumblr_mzh6zfUxW71toamj8o1_250.gif

  • Debating whether to join a fancy learn to play program that starts Thursday. Kind of pricey and I shouldn’t be spending money but I also think I need to dive in. But I also think I shouldn’t.
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  • One day I will stop being indecisive.
  • So I just overheard a work call that was incredibly inappropriate but actually made me laugh until I cried. Like, I snorted and choked and tears ran down my face. This place.
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  • That gif reminds me, if you still haven’t watched Breaking Bad, you really need to.
  • phonymahoney
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    Also, caught an outside edge at the rink last night and fell in spectacular fashion. I fell on both of my knees, but my back and shoulder muscles hurt from tensing up, hahahahaha

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    I’m going to play again! Just a pick up game in North Adams, but it’s almost hockey. My carpenter plays goal on Wednesday nights up north. I was going to go up tonight, but weather.
    I do have a fear of falling …… extra padding!

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Awesome!

    Falling sucks when you get old. Or even medium old.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    If you’re going to fall, you might as well do it spectacularly & entertain those around you!
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    So I just overheard a work call that was incredibly inappropriate but actually made me laugh until I cried. Like, I snorted and choked and tears ran down my face. This place.

    The office next to mine is a family owned property maintenance business. I always know when they are doing payroll because I can hear them yell at each other.
    “YOU’RE NOT GETTING THE HOURS RIGHT FOR THIS PERSON!”
    “I WOULD IF YOU WOULD STOP MAKING ME LOSE MY FOCUS!”

    phonymahoney
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    hahahahahahahaha

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    So, I have little knowledge of the NHL playoff format, we’ve established that. oops .My opponent of choice? Dunno. Toronto or Philly are easy to hate. I’d like a team like that.

    The London Bear
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    Think Philly would be a fun series. I’d probably be more confident of winning that one, too.

    MadScientist72
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    Just as long as it resembles the 2011 Conference semifinals & not the 2010 series!

    The London Bear
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    Oof good point!

    phonymahoney
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    I actually like Philly because their fans aren’t weenies. That makes them fun to hate, too.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    I sort of like the Devils because their fans don’t show up so anyone (Bruins fans!) can buy tickets even to their playoff games. This for a team with 3 cups!

    phonymahoney
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    Yes! Agreed, and I like their arena.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Morning all. Having a fight with my sciatic nerve. It wants to be all hurty. I’m trying to tell it that I don’t like that.

    Donato is a gem.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    No bueno! Feel better!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    We’re getting those desks that you can raise and lower and I can’t wait. Then again, I’ll actually have to stand and work as opposed to stand and look out the window.

    phonymahoney
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    I have one now and I love it, it helps my knee.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Pardon me for looking so far ahead, but Philly or Columbus look like the Bs first round opponent. Any preferences?

    Thetallest81
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    Someone on NBC said Toronto was our matchup if standing stood where they were….which confused me.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Hi Pals!
    Hunkering down here. Ain’t doing a God damn thing all day!!!
    I’ll be watching tonight, however.
    Time to make the breakfast!
    Coffee!!!!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Two adult league playoff games last night. First one was two minutes shy of double o/t, second ended on time thanks to a goal with 22 seconds left. Good fun!

    Thetallest81
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    This whole snow/not snow thing is dumb. I’d like to know if i have to adult tonight or not.