Morning Free Association: Fluffy Friday!

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Still not quite ready to talk about the future yet.

There are some rumors floating about involving trade partners and pieces to move that I’m not quite ready to discuss as I want to see what’s shaking out.

Plus, it’s Friday!

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Don’t we want some fluffy stuff?

Like real fluffy stuff.

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floopy fluff

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On Wednesday, Bob Sweeney and David Backes presented a check to the MSPCA on behalf of the Boston Bruins Charitable Foundation. The $20,000 presented came from the net proceeds of the annual Bruins “Pucks and Pups” calendar in which Bruins players pose for pictures with their own dogs or with dogs available for adoption at MSPCA. MSPCA does a fantastic job of adopting out animals of all kinds (including farm animals) and taking care of those with some serious medical conditions as well. It is a place near and dear to us here, for that’s where we found our precious, fresh pibble Vegas.

“I help mummy” #VegasthePibble

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(Sorry, Vegas is very cute and you all need that today and everyday.)

It’s a wonderful fundraiser that isn’t just close to Backes’ heart; Charlie Jacobs has several adopted dogs that are featured in the front pages of the calendar every year.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Now that it’s spring and we’re leaving our office doors open, the office complex dogs wander from office to office. Just had a visit from Maggie.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

We have a dog guest for the weekend! It’s a cute lil thing.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The missus asked me to check the oil in her Mercedes as the oil light has been on “for awhile”. 4 quarts low! Yup, that’,s awhile.

Satan81
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Satan81

Hey, everyone! I’ve been crushed at work lately and I hadn’t had a chance to pop in and say hello and commiserate about the series with the Bolts.

First and foremost, thanks to all of you for a really fun season. I had a blast chatting with you all and despite the Round Two loss, this was easily one of the most fun Bruins seasons I’ve ever seen.

Tampa was just better. Yeah, we played them very well in the regular season, but ultimately they were just deeper. We knew that going in and that’s what happened.

Yeah, the refs sucked. Yeah Tuukka could have played better. Yeah, Carlo was out and it was clear we needed him on D. Yeah yeah yeah. Tampa was still better and I’m ok with it.

The future is bright. We’re loaded with good prospects. This year’s rookie class got some serious battle-testing in the playoffs.

Needs:

– Defensive depth. Carlo returning will help. I’d still like for us to find another 2nd-pair d-man. Yeah, those are a pain in the ass to get. Maybe Zboril or Lauzon earn a spot in training camp.

– Second-line scoring: I think what we really need here is patience. Let DeBrusk develop. Let Heinen develop. Oh shit, we might get a sophomore slump out of both of them. Just be patient. It’ll also be interesting to see if a prospect or two earn a spot in training camp: Senyshyn, Gabrielle, JFK, Frederic. Oh, and there’s still Bjork, Cehlarik, and Czarnik. Maybe we go out and acquire someone. I’m not opposed to it.

Hmm. Even after acquiring Rick Nash we still needed second line scoring. But that line already had Krejci and DeBrusk. Maybe Rick Nash doesn’t help the second line scoring problem. Maybe it’s really a third-line scoring problem.

I like Riley Nash. He had a great year for us. Do not sign Riley Nash. Presumably he’s gonna get 2.5-3mil/year. I don’t hate Riley Nash. I don’t hate fun. It’s just a cap management issue and I don’t think he’ll fit in. We also have a wave of prospects coming.

I’m pretty sure Dobber’s coming back. I like that. I’m not sure if Zane McIntyre is the right guy, but I honestly don’t know enough about him.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I really like Riley Nash. I’d like him to stay. Not sure about Rick Nash. No more than 2 years not sure how much dough I’d give him either.

Satan81
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Satan81

I really like Riley Nash, too. I would like for him to stay. However, I don’t think the cap that that is likely required to get him to stay will be worth it, particularly when we have prospects on entry-level contracts that could very likely earn that roster spot.

I like all the toys. I can’t have all the toys.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Beautiful morning out there. I predict lots of staring out the window will happen today with a side of pretending to work.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey Pals!
Getting that fluffy feeling!!!!!
Meanwhile, the playoffs are anything but fluffy! The intensity builds, game by game. The Caps and Bolts are going to kill each other!
Question: If Tampa wins the Cup, did the Rangers dump the right guys? Okay, Stralman left as a free agent some years ago and Girardi when the Rags got Martin St Louis for their futile attempt at a Cup run, but Callahan and JT Miller and that other dude I can’t think of at the moment….. you gotta wonder. They want to rebuild quickly, like the Bruins, but the Bs didn’t send Patrice and Big Z packing for their rebuild.

Coffee!!!!!!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

that other dude I can’t think of at the moment….

McDonagh?

Yeah, the rags are realising it’s not so simple to rebuild.

I haven’t actually seen any of the Bolt Cap series, just been following the scores. I might have to give it a look!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Yeah, it’s an odd rebuild for sure.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

I’m not really sure what they think they’re doing. I remember seeing a NY Times article say “overhaul complete” when the made the McDonagh/Miller trade. I’m just gonna toss out the idea that a rebuild around Mats Zuccharello and Vladdy Namestnikov is dubious, and needs more pieces than they have.
I’m not sure what they have in their system. Spooner is a complementary piece, Kreider keeps fooling them into thinking he’s something he isn’t. Vesey perhaps has a high ceiling. Zibanejad may still be on a positive arc.
Right now they strike me as a middle of the road team where all the lines are slightly under-powered.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

And don’t forget the open letter they wrote to the fans basically telling them “Hey, we’re getting rid of everyone you like so we’re probably going to be pretty mediocre for a while.”

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Zibanejad seems like a strange piece to build around. Lil bit of a liability defensively, but can leaving it up. I think I’d rather have Callahan.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

The Caps and Bolts are going to kill each other!

Works for me!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

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