Morning Free Association: Forwards, Defensemen, or Goalies?

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It was an off-day for our intrepid Bruins in Toronto and today it’s kind of like our day off from playoffs coverage. Looking for some inspiration to give us a breather, I found an roundtable on ESPN (yeah, I know) regarding first year players and who each writer thought would have the better career. Rest assured our cub Charlie is in the mix and it probably comes down to what each individual values in a player.

In the article, Greg Wyshynski clearly is playing the homer card voting for his New Jersey Devils’ Nico Hischier who will someday scoop up a bunch of Selkes Bergeron Awards, which are given to the most defensively responsible forward as determined by professional hockey writers. In his part, Wysh said this one thing that inspired a tweet thread and this morning’s MFA:

… Charlie McAvoy might continue his trajectory to become the next great Bruins defenseman.

The next great Bruins defenseman.

Are the Bruins more known for producing/ having great defensemen or other positions? Here, the tweet thread and a response.

Everything I’ve read seems to point in this direction as well. But, I want you all to weigh in on it. What do you think?


Matt Grzelcyk is expected to skate this morning during practice. Bruce Cassidy is reluctant to say he’ll be in Thursday night’s lineup.

There is no word on Adam McQuaid having an injury as a result of that puck to his head/ neck area. Quaider had reportedly spoken with reporters after Monday night’s game so presumably he has nothing serious going on.

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Well now who is Marchy going to kiss/lick?

Was it a leg injury? Looked a bit lame but his head snapped round pretty quick when he was hit so wasn’t sure if it might be a whiplash-type thing.

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I think he’s had an existing lower body injury nagging him that got tweaked in game 2

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Watched it again it looks like maybe Miller clipped his knee bit.

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Maybe Marchy’s kiss/lick gave him an ear infection?

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I watched the Andre the Giant documentary on HBO over the weekend and I still have all the feels.
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Oh man!
https://giphy.com/gifs/6tVVgv0Yr1dBK

I’m gonna have to check it out!

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I always enjoyed watching him wrestle when I was a kid – seeing him in Princess Bride was a fun treat.

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It’s also up on the you tubes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RObV6XA0h1k&t=1s

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Bookmarking that.

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Hockey pals!
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  • Had to do a training this morning, so I’m a little late here, but you know what they say, better late than pregnant.
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  • Since my Ancestry DNA came back, I have been working on the family tree more. My grandfather has always been William. Turns out we were wrong, he was only William after he was Boleslaw. Sis has a revelation about this:
  • I am doing trivia tonight and I CANNOT WAIT for the hockey game tomorrow. Can’t come soon enough!
  • It’s wicked fucking hot in here. Like, Africa hot. Me right now:
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  • With that, maybe spring has sprung? I sure hope so.
  • Charlie McAvoy most certainly is the next great Bruins defenseman.
  • I love how Nick forgets Sweeney, Dallas Smith, and Gord Kluzak and adds Wesley in his assessment of the Bruins’ blueline. Too much time in the Southland!
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    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    I’ve got an ancestor “Bert” who was really “Piacentino”
    Yeah, THAT just rolls off the tongue.

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    Ha!

    MadScientist72
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    My wife’s greatgrandfather “Tommy” was born Gaetano.

    phonymahoney
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    We knew his full name, and have seen it on the census, I just didn’t think I would be thrown that curve ball!

    MadScientist72
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    It’s wicked fucking hot in here. Like, Africa hot.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpktBGInl60

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    https://youtu.be/FTQbiNvZqaY

    Toto rolling: The new Rick roll

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    Hello from very sunny and warm London. I am (temporarily) caught up with hockey…

    Not too bummed about the loss – yeah the defensive coverage wasn’t great at times and they seemed a bit reluctant to lay the hits on (which they need to against a quick team like Toronto). But it did seem like one of those nights where the puck just didn’t want to go in.

    Anyway, I expect you discussed all that yesterday while I was uptown tasting posh Scotches! (Xmas present from Mrs).

    Afraid I don’t know much about Bs history pre-2011 except the really big names.

    Onwards and upwards!

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    Anyway, I expect you discussed all that yesterday while I was uptown tasting posh Scotches!

    Well, aren’t you just a fancy pants!

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    Your brother seemed quite interested on the old Bookface. He’d probably have appreciated it even more. Certainly knows his whiskies!

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    Morning all. Ugh, another day of waiting for more hockey.
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    Hey Pals!
    Any all time D list needs to have Nicklas Lindstrom on it.Three pairs?
    Lidstrom, Orr – Bourque ,Robinson (,Larry) – Scott Stevens, Park

    Paul Coffey was a fourth forward. Scott Neidermayer and Chris Chelios are my fourth pair.
    Coffee!

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    Three plus hours on my favorite river yesterday, followed by a double on the ice. Another double tonight – I’m kinda glad nobody called to host today…… I wouldn’t make it!

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    Nobody called to boat today. Why would autofotch change boat to host?

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    Good pairs. Coffey was definitely a fourth forward.
    What a list when you can exclude Brian Leetch and not feel bad about it.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Yeah, Leetch is certainly an all time great. I’m sure I left others off the list…….including several Bruins. Imagine what Gord Kluzak would have been without the knee problems.
    Iafrate, Smith, Sweeney, Wesley….

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    Don’t talk to me about Al Iafrate. I’m still mad.

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    I guess you’re having nun of Iafrate then?

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    thems.fightin’ words!