Morning Free Association: Good News Everyone

In an inspired move, Don Sweeney re-signed Big Bear on Campus Zdeno Chara to a one-year extension for $5 million plus $1.75 million in bonuses.

Getting Chara to agree to a short-term but money laden deal is a stroke of genius in a couple of ways. First it allows for Chara to continue to work with the Bear Cubs, especially the defensive ones in Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo, as an on and off ice coach.

For one, it means that Chara believes in what the Bruins are working towards. It’s essentially the confirmation that he believes that the Bruins can and will win another Cup during the final years of his NHL career. Not to oversimplify things, but he doesn’t sign if it doesn’t think that it’s a goal that can be reached in Boston. And playing a direct hand in the on-ice development and progression of players such as Carlo and McAvoy, keeping Chara around as an unofficial player-coach is simply worth more than the $5 million contract he’s on.

In the other, it allows Chara to have a significant short-term deal that will free up some cap space when several of the cubs are due to be extended.

It’s in summer 2019 that the Bruins will have to pay Ryan Donato, Danton Heinen, Brandon Carlo, and Charlie McAvoy. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, should he make the jump to the NHL and prove capable, can also be included in that group. And the Bruins already have seven players making at least $5 million on their books for that season, so avoiding adding another one (and at age 43 in the case of Chara), was a must.

“Looking at this from a bunch of different angles, for us, we have some forecasting to do in the next couple years,” Sweeney admitted. “And we think the young group is emerging for our hockey club, and we want to be able to explore some of the possibilities of signing some players. That was relevant in all of our conversations.”

I can’t think of any reason why any Bruins fan would dislike this deal. Glad you’re staying and welcome back, Captain!

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Fitting that today he also had this Instagram post about loyalty, with one entirely loyal and devout Bruin, John Bucyk.

Loyalty is essential to the most basic things that make life worth living. Without loyalty there can be no love. Without loyalty there can be no family. Without loyalty there can be no friendship. To me, nothing is more noble than loyalty. Here is a man who I look up to so much for his loyalty – John Bucyk aka the “Chief”. He dedicated the majority of his life to the Boston Bruins organization. He spent 61 years playing and later working for the @nhlbruins. I am sure things were not always perfect throughout all those years but Johnny still at 82 years old comes to the games working now as an ambassador and sits at his usual chair cheering us on. #loyalty #love #devotion ————————————————————————— Oddanost je klucova k najzakladnejsim veciam, ktore robia zivot zmysluplnym. Bez oddanosti by nebola laska. Bez oddanosti by nemohla byt rodina. Bez oddanosti by nemohlo byt priatelstvo. Nie je nic uslachtilejsie ako oddanost. Toto je muz, ku ktoremu vzhliadam, ked ide o oddanost – John Bucyk alias “Chief”. Venoval vacsinu svojho zivota klubu Boston Bruins. Stravil 61 rokov ako hrac a neskor pracovnik @nhlbruins. Som si isty, ze nebolo vzdy vsetko perfektne ale Johnny stale vo veku 82 rokov chodi na zapasy a povzbudzuje nas z jeho tradicneho miesta.

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Another piece of good news from the Bruins regarding injuries:

One step closer to the playoffs, one step closer to their being on the ice.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

So Z is out tonight but it sounds like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel:

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

They keep mixing things up. Postma down to PVD, Cross up.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Seems like Grzelcyk is okay. AND ZEEEEEEEEEEE!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

ALL the good news! Keep it coming!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Backes is back!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Backes?!?!
That seemed so unlikely based on what was creeping out of the Bruins rumor mill.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I knew he skated yesterday but was definitely surprised when I saw he was part of this morning’s rushes.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Backes is back!

And Tampa’s gonna be in trouble!
Hey la, hey la, Backes is back!

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Defense:
Chara-Holden
Krug-Carlo
Grzelcyk-Miller

Does this mean Zee might actually play tonight?!?!?

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Cassidy says no. But quite possibly this weekend.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Except McQuaid wasn’t in the list – I don’t see how they can sit Chara if McQuaid isn’t available and Postma was sent down.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I completely forgot McQuaid was a thing that existed. My brain working good today.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

NHL.com’s game preview has McQ (and Backes) in, Zee out & Gryz a game time decision. For whatever that’s worth.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

If people could just not get injured in the first place it would really make my life easier.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Treated myself to a back massage yesterday and I’m very pleased that I did that.
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I need to do this^^^
No tries, but doesn’t have the strength in her hands.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Had to read this six times before I realized that the N and J are next to each other on the keyboard!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Ooops! Jo is always a yes!!!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

If you haven’t seen the whole of that Chara McDonald’s video it’s a real treat!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Thank you! That’s awesome! Especially the “Oh shit!” at the sight of the man himself!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I would definitely oh shit myself if I came face to face with Chara.