Morning Free Association: Bruins Weekend Roundup

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This weekend was a mix of good and bad for the Boston Bruins. While the Bruins drafted five fine young players, they also lost out on one they were hoping would join the fold.

Don Sweeney was unable to move up into the first round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. In fact he made no trades, selecting with the picks he was given:

  • 2nd round, 57th overall (D) Axel Andersson, Sweden
  • 3rd round, 77th overall (F) Jakub Lauko, Czech Republic
  • 4th round, 119th overall (F) Curtis Hall, United States
  • 6th round, 181st overall (D) Dustyn McFaul, Canada
  • 7th round, 212th overall (F) Pavel Shen, Russia

Looks like he drafted an almost complete team. Who knows, maybe in a few years they’ll all be in front of Tuukka, who will still be the goalie until at least 2020-2021.

Anyway, it looks like a solid draft for the man some call Sweenius.

Ilya Kovalchuk made his decision on Saturday, choosing to sign with the LA Kings. Apparently, he wanted at least three years at $6.25 million per and the Kings were willing to offer that third year for the 35 year-old.

But wait, there’s more!

Turns out that the Bruins could be in on the John Tavares sweepstakes!

It makes perfect sense to go after Tavares, especially if you’re entertaining offers on David Krejci, which is something that has reportedly been happening in the past little while. Could you imagine having Patrice Bergeron and John Tavares as your top two centermen?

the vapors

I might need a lie down.

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phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

How are we feeling about the big trade?

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phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

This gif is perfection

The London Bear
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I dunno. It seems like there’s a lot goes on with Douglas behind the scenes. Gonna file that one under “I don’t know enough to form an opinion”.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I just feel like… you don’t get the benefit of the doubt TWICE. When the second time comes around, you just get the doubt itself!
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The London Bear
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Yeah, that’s a fair comment.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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The pattern seems to be “Dougie is a weirdo loner who can’t integrate with his teammates even after 3 effing years”. I mean, considering the quiet intellectualism of Z, Bergy, and Krecji, one would think that he’d have found his rhythm in Boston. I don’t know the environment in CGY.

Add that to the strangely clingy affinity for family, and this wasn’t so surprising. Hell, we were taking bets on how long it would be before he forced his way out of Calgary once Freddie went to the Yotes.

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Seems like a heck of a trade for Calgary. They needed to improve their office and they did that by getting Lindholm. As for Dougie vs. Hanifin, I suppose the jury’s still out on Hanifin, but I’m of the opinion that Calgary’s defense didn’t get any worse. There’s a good chance it got better, as they can pair up Brodie with Giordano again and then pair Hanifin with Hamonic. When they had Dougie, they could only pair him with Giordano – every other pairing with him was a disaster.

As for Carolina…they’re gonna inherit the problem with Dougie that Calgary had – he has to be paired with a solid stay-at home d-man or else it’s a disaster. Oh and he sucks on the PK. My expectation is that he’ll be paired with Slavin – they don’t have another left-shot defenseman at the moment. If that pairing doesn’t work…well…they’re doomed anyway ’cause they still have Cam Ward in net, but I really think they’ve set themselves up for a giant mess on defense.

Offensively, I think Ferland was benefitting a ton from being on a line with Monahan. Dunno if he’ll have the same success in Carolina.

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That’s just the straight up hockey stuff. As for the personality stuff, who the heck knows. Maybe there’s something there. Maybe it’s just reporters trying to gin up a story. We’ll see what happens in Carolina, I guess.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. After a busy couple of weeks I have a light work schedule this week. Yay! Busy most of the weekend so I know next to nothing about the draft picks or the draft overall.

Was sitting out on my porch last night in my pajamas enjoying a glass of wine and doing some Duolingo Spanish lessons (basically looking like a big mess) so of course a friend of mine had to stop by with a belated birthday card. lol

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I’ve been doing Polish on Duolingo. I am having an interesting time!

The London Bear
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Jak se mas?!

As you probably know, all the Slavic languages have a very similar base – if you get a grasp of Polish you’ll be able to understand bits of Czech, Slovak, Russian, Bulgarian… Interestingly, Hungarian is completely different for some reason!

phonymahoney
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dobry? dobre? dobra? Duolingo isn’t like taking a class so I’m having a tough time with when to use which version of a word, like mala, male, maly, etc.

But yes, I figured Polish would be multi=purpose!

The London Bear
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My tip would be to concentrate more on pronounciation than grammar – if you’re talking to a native speaker they’ll understand you better if the accent is right than if you’re using using perfect grammar pronounced badly.

How many native English speakers do you know who use perfect grammar?!!

There are some good polish movies out there!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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The closest language to Hungarian is Finnish, go figure.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I had heard that, yeah. God knows how that happened!

Satan 81's Sister
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I saw they had Japanese and decided to give it a quick look for shits and giggles. Yeah, I’m going to have to work on the courage to tackle that one!

phonymahoney
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Oh god, I can’t even imagine. My Chinese coworker tries to teach me Chinese while our friends in the People’s Republic of Accounting look on and laugh. Yes, we call it the PRA because they have four people from China. They have embraced it.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Ha! You’re workplace is awesome.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Morning, hockey pals!

  • I’m very excited about Jakub Lauko. Blazing speed and a zany Slav! Looks like we were lucky he fell so far. I think McKenzie had him ranked around 35th. Prepare for an onslaught of Lauko tweets below. Putting my eggs in this one basket, friends.
  • What else…. They filled a need with Axel Andersson. He didn’t excite me, but what can you do? If PJ Axelsson likes him, then I do, too!
  • Good skate on Saturday. Wanted to get to the rink Sunday but was all over the place.
  • We drafted another Russkie! I missed them.
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    I am most excited about the Bruins adding speed – assuming he makes it onto the roster (there’s a long way between draft day and an NHL career – just ask Malcolm Subban or Jimmy Vesey)

    The London Bear
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    Seen lots abut Lauko’s great attitude and work ethic. Could be the next Pasta!

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    The London Bear
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    Hello folks,

    I like Krejci a lot but Tavares would be a four-years-younger upgrade so I’d be well on board with moves that made that happen.

    Not too bummed about missing out on Kovi. He’s a great player but seems moody and 35? Even to me that sounds old!

    Very cosmopolitan draft picking from Donny! I look forward to seeing how they pan out.

    Very exciting that Brit Liam Kirk was drafted by Arizona! His stats aren’t all that impressive, other than 14 points in five games for GB under 20s at the world juniors (fifth tier or something). Hopefully the scouts have spotted something the stats don’t show.

    He comes from Rotherham – a small town in northern England that was referenced in an Arctic Monkeys song, where the singer is calling out a poser: “you’re not from New York City, you’re from Rotherham!” Maybe they’ll soon have another claim to fame.

    phonymahoney
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    Very cosmopolitan draft picking from Donny!

    I love this compliment!

    Also, agreed on Kovalchuk though I would not have been said if we signed him (but at the price and term LA did, it’s too much IMO).

    I am bummed that we didn’t grab Liam Kirk. Talk about going from one non-traditional hockey market to another though, huh?

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    England Hockey Twitter was so happy!

    How was Little Bear’s party?

    The London Bear
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    I really hope they sign him.

    The party was great, thanks! Nine 8-year-old girls including mine but there were no arguments and no-one being a bossy boots, and we were lucky with the weather!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Wow, nine eight year olds? Hope you treated yourself to an adult beverage after!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    You’re spot on with regards to Tavares! Tavares and Bergy were a devastating combo for Team Canada, I seem to recall.

    Arctic Monkeys! I have that cd!!!! Yup, I’m the one who bought that one.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Hey Pals!!!
    Forgot all aboot the draft while in Brigadoon this weekend. Tkachuk no surprise, but Jay O’Brien, Thayer Academy cracked the first round. Impressive. He’ll be at Providence next year so Hockey East fans will see him.
    Bruins draft score – incomplete. Whaddyagonnado?
    Worked on the house Saturday. Moved the back door out of the kitchen into another room. It changes the whole flow of the house, making the kitchen the host’s sanctuary. Big window going in soon for that view!!!
    Paddled yesterday and that river is my bitch right now. Did all kinds of crazy shit. Back/ neck are fine for everything except riding in the car and sleeping. On the bright side, I am getting a lot of reading done \_0_/ . Ice, ice helps a lot.
    Heading to chiroman today.