Morning Free Association: Revisionist History

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Monday night’s game was salt in the wounds for some of the Bruins faithful, especially when former Boston defenseman Colin Miller was the first to score in the series. Those who are still dissatisfied with Don Sweeney leaving Chiller exposed during the expansion draft have been voicing their concerns, and lobbing complaints back and forth on social media. And Ty Anderson, who has to hear a lot about it, has decided once and for all to explain why Colin Miller isn’t playing for the Bruins anymore.

In his article, Anderson explains things that we’ve all heard before, in far more elegant terms – he was given multiple choices but couldn’t distinguish himself from the pack.

The Bruins made it very clear to their three defensemen — McQuaid, Colin Miller, and Kevan Miller — that it was a year-long tryout for that third and final protection spot. And a Miller defenseman emerged from that group, too, but it wasn’t Colin. Playing both the left and right side, Kevan Miller delivered some big-minute performances (especially in the postseason), and proved that he was capable of changing with the game, as his skills and skating game dramatically improved season to season. Miller, for what it’s worth, also checked off more boxes as a ‘finished product’ for a B’s organization that is more win-now than they are developmental (especially in regards to how they viewed themselves after the 2016-17 season).

But the final nail in Colin Miller’s Boston coffin actually came when Bruce Cassidy took over for Claude Julien.

Miller posted three goals, eight points, and averaged 16:27 in 39 games under Julien, but contributed just three goals and five points and 14:41 per night in 22 games under Cassidy. It was the opposite of what everybody expected to happen, too, as the player-friendly Cassidy was the coach that openly embraced seeing some skill and risk-taking from his defensemen versus the dump-it-in, keep-it-simple mentality that Julien had allegedly drilled into his blue-line talents, especially offensive ones.

Yes, he’s young and has a good amount of upside but that doesn’t mean much when you can’t out-perform your internal competition. Even when given the chance to free up his game from the rigidity of the Julien system, he didn’t make a case for himself. Like it or not, the older Kevan Miller vastly improved his game over last and this season and keeping him was the right choice.

As for Adam McQuaid, it was always going to be hard to have a team take him with term left on his deal without giving up something that Sweeney holds dear in his prospect pool. While his experience and his ability to be a good soldier this season were valuable assets in 2017-18, it was clear that once he lost his spot to injury, he wasn’t going to gain it back permanently.

The simple fact is that Colin Miller wasn’t a good fit for the Bruins. It was better to let him go and flourish elsewhere than to try to make him work here. We should all be happy for him and take pride in that he did learn something from his time in Boston – always make the most of your opportunity.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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5:15 today at page park in bristol, ct the intensity that is disc golf!!!! Get over there, Tallest!!!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Good morning, pals!

  • I think I rolled my ankle at the rink last night? Kind of hit a rut and went sideways but didn’t think anything of it. Woke up with it all hurty. I can’t bend my foot to the outside, and I couldn’t wear heels, either. Must have been the rut I hit. I don’t know.
  • I liked Chiller a lot but he didn’t and doesn’t have the entire package together. Still not great in his own end. You really can’t have two defensemen in your lineup who can only play offense.
  • This series is going to go 7 games, I think. Going to be fun. i don’t trust the Caps to win Game 7 in Vegas, though. I don’t trust anyone to win Game Anything in Vegas.
  • Looked at an apartment in the neighborhood I grew up in last night. It was with a couple, and my room had a master bath and A PARKING SPACE(!!!!!). Kind of on board for that.
  • Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Agree with you and Mofo about Chiller. And like GH said in the post, getting them to take someone else would have meant giving up assets like other teams did. And that’s a no from me. Not to mention, people would have probably complained about that as well. JUST LIGHTEN UP HOCKEY TWITTER!

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    I read Ty’s article in the bathroom this morning (TMI? you’re welcome), and the only thing I disagreed with was giving the people bitching about giving up a third for Rinaldo any credit, ahhahaaha

    But yeah, wouldn’t have been worth it to drop a 2nd to keep him, when he may not even have worked out. A little frustrating to see a prospect slip through the cracxks, but hey, you can’t keep them all.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    I read Ty’s article in the bathroom this morning (TMI? you’re welcome)

    Remember when we had to entertain ourselves in the bathroom by reading shampoo bottles?! lol

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Ah, the good old days!
    “…what’s jojoba oil?”

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    “Mom got the fancy stuff again!”

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    my room had a master bath and A PARKING SPACE(!!!!!)

    Hell yeah! If you’re going to share space with someone, having your own bathroom is glorious.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    No kidding. Hopefully those people decide they like me and I should be their roommate.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Hey Pals!
    I didn’t think the Bruins had much choice leaving Chiller unprotected. They were going to lose someone. Spilt milk.
    Looking forward to the game tonight. I’,d like the series to go 6 or 7 games as the hockey doldrums set in after the SCF.
    Had the most fun last night. Twenty something penalties in one game – zero power play goals!

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Had the most fun last night. Twenty something penalties in one game – zero power play goals!

    That sounds like two hilariously bad power plays! hahahaha

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Yeah, that’s definitely woof! Though I guess another way to look at it is, that’s some impressive penalty killing!

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Ha! Yes, that’s it!