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We’re just days away from Canada Day on July 1st.

O Canada!

You know our neighbors to the north that gave us the wonderful sports of Mountie Hockey.

Hockey, eh?

And inspired to dream of maple syrup for our pancake beds.

pancake beds!

So, like drink all the beer, eh?

Beer, eh?

Of course, we all know that Canada Day is the start of NHL Free Agency. One of the pieces that the Bruins are thinking about bringing back is winger Rick Nash, for whom Don Sweeney traded a 2018 first-round draft pick to pick up at the deadline. Nash was reportedly considering a return to the Columbus Blue Jackets as well as the Bruins, or even retirement. It seems that he may be thinking of his long term health.

Rick Nash is clearly weighing his options. After sustaining another nasty concussion in his short stint with the Bruins, it’s clear that Nash is not so eager to return to a situation in which getting another head injury could affect him like so many others before him, other players that are now speaking out about their mental health issues. As a guy in his thirties with two young children at home, he needs to make an important decision. One would presume if he would decide to come back for another season, he would be looking to win the Stanley Cup since he has made boatloads of money on his previous contracts.

Let’s hope that Rick Nash can take all the time he needs to make the right decision for him and his family.

Another Bruins UFA who’s trying to decide his future is Austin Czarnik. There has been much interest in the 25 year-old center who seems to have narrowed down the field of suitors.

Czarnik has had a difficult time making the roster on the big team. His best shot was 2016 when he was concussed in a preseason game and could never crack the lineup afterward. Maybe a fresh place and a new start is what he needs to jumpstart his career. Maybe the Bruins give him a good offer and a roster spot.

We’ll have to see what Sunday brings.

 

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Now I want a giant pancake bed.

(No butter or syrup until *after* I wake up, please)

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister
Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Hope everyone is ready for the heatwave!
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The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi all,

going to show my naivety here: If so many teams are interested in Czar, is there anything stopping the Bruins from signing him to a fair contract and then immediately trading him, rather than just let him go for nothing?

I don’t recall anything like that ever happening before so I guess there must be rules or some unwritten agreement about that sort of thing?

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I suppose they could but I think it would probably make the Bruins seem rather shady and discourage others from signing. Red Sox once signed pitcher Bronson Arroyo then promptly traded him. It was a dick move especially because he signed for less than what he probably would have gotten in free agency.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

he signed for less than what he probably would have gotten in free agency.

Ah yes – and Czar would know and insist on a big enough money contract to stop Bs trading him I guess. Yes, it makes more sense when you think about it properly!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

It’s a good idea in theory!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

HF Boards always had someone proposing a “sign & trade” scenario. Several people would always point out that not only was that an enormously rare occurrence, but how are you going to get a player to sign once they get wind that you’re looking to flip them?