Morning Free Association: That Long UFA/ RFA Talk We’ve Been Wanting to Have

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Don Sweeney has a lot of things to juggle right now: the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, unrestricted free agents, laughing at how Garth Snow got canned by Lou Lamoriello, Twitter burner accounts, disenfranchised players whose NHL rights he controls, and restricted free agents. Like I said, that’s a lot. Today, we’re going to take a look at a few of these things.

Unrestricted Free Agents:

  • Riley Nash
  • Rick Nash
  • Tommy Wingels
  • Tim Schaller
  • Nick Holden
  • Anton Khudobin
  • Austin Czarnik
  • Restricted Free Agents:

  • Sean Kuraly
  • Matt Grzelcyk
  • While Rick Nash has expressed interest in remaining with the Bruins at this point in his career, it’s uncertain whether or not Nash will want a deal that will work under the frame of the salary cap. While the salary cap is being raised to $80 million next season, the Bruins will be carrying dead space/ salary of $3.09 million due to continuing buyouts of Dennis Seidenberg and Jimmy Hayes and the retention of half of Matt Beleskey’s salary through the end of his contract in 2020. While his time on Krejci’s wing looked promising, it will depend upon how much salary and term the 33 year-old winger will demand.

    Riley Nash and Tim Schaller had career years. Nash finally found his spot anchoring the third line and proved that he could fill in admirably for Patrice Bergeron when the latter was out of the lineup with a broken foot. While it would be wonderful if he stayed, it’s common knowledge that he outplayed teh Bruins ability to afford him. With Austin Czarnik in the mix, Riley Nash could be replaced by a piece within the system, that is if Sweeney can retain him. Tim Schaller spent most of his time between the fourth and third lines, scoring 12 goals with 10 assists. Schaller will likely command slightly more money and term which may price the Bruins out.

    Tommy Wingels and Nick Holden, with pickups at the trade deadline, could be back for depth. Neither was impressive enough to fight for a roster spot but both did fill in as needed. Both will likely be cheap enough to come back o one-year deals.

    Don Sweeney had some things to say about Wingels and Schaller:

    “Haven’t decided on Tommy,” said Sweeney. “We’re trying to figure out – that’s another right shot, so where they all fit together. But again, in a depth role, in a situation – in the right situation – he could.”

    Sweeney noted that Schaller is in a similar position, while he may garner interest from around the league.

    “Tim Schaller follows the same category in terms of what he may feel internally versus externally for opportunities for him,” said Sweeney.

    Whatever happens to Schaller and Riley Nash, two fan favorites, we’ll remember them fondly in the Black and Gold.

    Both Sean Kuraly and Matt Grzelcyk are arbitration eligible and Sweeney hopes to get the deals done before it comes to that.

    Word came this week that Don Sweeney and Alexander Khokhlachev have spoken about a return to the Bruins. The discussion happened in Moscow during the season. Koko has interest in returning because Bruce Cassidy, the former P-Bruins head coach, is now the permanent coach for the Boston Bruins. Cassidy played a key role in developing Koko, who played well under Cassidy in Providence. If he’s ever going to have a real chance at the Boston lineup, it will likely happen soon. However, not this season; Koko has to fulfill his contract in the KHL this season.

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    phonymahoney
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    I made a thing for Cam’s birthday.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    HappyBirthday, Sea Bass!!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    So, I got adjusted yesterday. Everything has been kind of tired and sore, but no dagger in the spine at 2,am. Going back at noon. If I keep this up, can I become a well adjusted member of society?

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    If I keep this up, can I become a well adjusted member of society?

    Why on earth would you want to be one of those?

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    It was a rhetorical question!!!!!

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    Phew! Was worried about you there! lol

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    Morning all. SatanDog is back at SatanHome. Now let’s make with the weekend. I need Sox game and German food!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Hey Pals!
    Great subject ! I like Schaller and both Ri Nashes, yet ’email cheap or let ‘s go! Charmin will crack the line up soon!! Holden – great for depth. Singles – fine if he’s cheap otherwise, see ya! We can talk about Koko next year, unless the KHL is willing to part with him (,for a small fee,or course!).
    Just get me through to next season! I miss my Bruins!!!

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    Oh – one more thing…
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    This is a really nice article about Pie McKenzie. If you need a good cry, this is it.
    http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins/2018/06/big_bad_bruin_johnny_mckenzie_won_his_biggest_fight_off_the_ice

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    ^ I can hear him say it ^

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    Morning, peeps!

    Trying to keep my head above water here, so I’ll be quick!

    UFAs:
    -Bring back Khudobin, Czarnik, Schaller (Czarnik iffy due to how long he’s been trying to crack the lineup permanently, and I can see Schaller being viewed as expendable)
    -If you can bring back Rick Nash affordably and not for a hundred years, do so. He didn’t score a ton but he played very well and was hurt for a while, too. Good wing for Krejci and DeBrusk.
    -Riley Nash has likely played himself out of town because I think he’s going to be earning big bucks this year.

    RFAs:
    – Grizz and Kuraly both need to come back

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    Slava Malamud is killing me on twitter today. I always enjoy him, and forget that he’s a Sabres fan (I always lump him in with the Caps because he’s a Russkie and focuses on Russians – oops), and all this talk to trading Ryan O’Reilly is fucking KILLING him. HE is maaaaaaad. Enjoy his tweets below.

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    So much for short and sweet!

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    Seeing Vegas waltz in and reach the SCF must be particularly galling for Sabres fans, with their team in the 189328963th year of its rebuild.

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    Yeah, hey,Vegas did it in year one, what’s the big deal?

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    Yeah, Sabres fans are the only ones I feel a bit bad for with Vegas making the Cup Finals.

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    The thing is – it isn’t Vegas’ fault or the NHL’s fault that Buffalo hasn’t won a cup in it’s ~48 years as a franchise, and they’ve actually gotten close more than most.

    I just can’t relate Vegas’ improbable success to any other team’s lack of success (other than using it as a comparison point when I feel like trolling a team which hasn’t had recent success)

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    It’s very Edmonton-esque. Probably worse.

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    You’re damn near long winded!!!!!

    I was describing the amount of pain i’ve been in to the chiroman when he said “imagine being a Sabres fan!” .nyad, nyad, nyad.