Morning Free Association: A Gryzly Signing

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Matt Grzelcyk is back with the Boston Bruins. Technically, he was never gone as he was due to be an RFA and the new NHL year has yet to begin. Still, getting a deal done before July 1 is something for which to commend Don Sweeney.

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Gryz’s new deal is basically a one-way contract, a bridge-deal for 2 years at $1.4 million per and will expire at the same time that Torey Krug’s deal is set to be completed. It’s a good deal for both parties. Signing Grzelcyk for the next two seasons also assures that his contract is one less worry for Sweeney next season with two-thirds of the right side of the defense being RFA and looking for raises.

Still, there’s concern that that having diminutive second and third pairing defensemen leaves the left side vulnerable. Even Bruins President Cam Neely acknowledges that, stating that Don Sweeney is still looking for that right fit on the left side.

At the same time, the 2018 postseason may have told the Bruins that supporting cast on the left is too redundant to work.

“As far as size goes, would it be nice to have a little bigger on the left side other than Zee? Yes,” Neely outright acknowledged. “So, that’s something, I think, Don was going to try and work on this offseason, but that’s not to take away from what the guys did for us that played on the left side this year. I thought they played very well for us.”

Neely has essentially outlined the left side of their defense as the fix this offseason. Sweeney, meanwhile, has openly been on the hunt for this upgrade for four offseasons now. It’s perhaps the last thing he truly needs to acquire or develop for this team to truly reopen their Stanley Cup window as a legitimate contender. The Bruins will also not carry eight defensemen regularly again next season, especially when your two scratched defensemen would account for $4.1 million of your available cap space.

While the right side seems all but shored up, with depth even, the left side still needs something. We’ll have to see what magic Sweeney is able to work in the coming weeks.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

This gif is my new favorite thing:
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phonymahoney
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I love it!

Satan 81's Sister
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It’s making my day. I just want to walk around and go “bye-eeeeee!” to everyone.

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Morning, hockey pals!

  • Grizz has been my boy since draft day, so I’m super excited to see them reup.
  • Domi is not a bad player by any stretch, but it’s HILARIOUS that the Habs have been needing centers for a while now and just traded a pretty good one.
  • Overheard from the lips of a VP in the office just now: “Roger ruined my shirt. INK! He’s fired.” It’s tough working in a building with so many fashionable hombres.
  • I do wonder what happens on the left side with Chara, Grizz, Krug, and the obvious need for more.
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    Satan 81's Sister
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    Domi is not a bad player by any stretch, but it’s HILARIOUS that the Habs have been needing centers for a while now and just traded a pretty good one.

    Competitive Habs are fun because rivalry. But Trainwreck Habs are also so great for a laugh.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Exactly!

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    I love that the B’s compensate for having 2 tiny guys on that side by having one enormous guy.

    It doesn’t work that way, dudes!

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    On average they’re pretty big on the left side!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Morning all. Fixed my vacuum cleaner yesterday then decided that was enough adulting for one day.

    I’ll always have a soft spot for Papa and Son Gryz for getting O’Ree’s jersey back to him.

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    The key to happiness is: no more adulting than absolutely necessary!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Absolutely!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Hi Pals!
    Welp, Mom is now 98. “It’s just a number” she says .Good day with family. We hightailed it up to God’s country Sunday morn, and paddled with river friends. Took my sporty new (to me) boat through Zoar Gap without problems. It did stand up on it’s tail when I hit the bottom of the big drop, but I landed it square. “Party on, Wayne.” “Party on, Garth.” Great day on the water (I should do it again today, but hockey)/
    Double tonight, double tomorrow, double Wednesday.
    Back to chiropractor at noon. Please fix my spine, I need to sleep!

    So happy Gryz is in the fold for two. Maybe Krug needs to go in a deal for some size on left D.

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Hitting bottoms of big drops with a bad back doesn’t sound like much fun, but whatever floats yer boat, as they say!

    The London Bear
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    Hi folks.

    Love that Griz deal. In Don we trust!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Sweenius strikes again!