Morning Free Association: New Bruins, New Numbers

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On July 1st, the start of NHL free agency, the Boston Bruins added a goaltender, two forwards, and a defenseman: Jaroslav Halak, Joakim Nordström, Chris Wagner, and John Moore. On July 13th, the Bruins released their jersey numbers.

Yeah, I know, normally this isn’t news. But there is no news. Nada. Nil. Zip, Zilch. So this is something.

Halak will naturally keep the same number he’s had since the start of his career in Montreal and that’s followed him to the Blues, the Capitals, and the Islanders. The number 41 jersey was last worn by Joonas Kemppainen in 2016.

Chris Wagner is inheriting a jersey number that has been worn by two future Edmonton Oilers GMs among other more notable Bruins alumni like Sergei Samsonov.

Former Hurricane Joakim Nordström is taking over the number left behind by another former Cane Riley Nash, who had it after speedy Daniel Paille.

John Moore wore the number 2 in New Jersey and 17 with the Rangers and Coyotes before that. There are obvious reasons, past and present, why either of those two numbers won’t work in Boston (namely Eddie Shore and Ryan Donato). Instead, John Moore will wear a number worn by Bruins playboy Derek Sanderson and intellectual Dougie Hamilton.

I’m sure that many of you know these numbers and their former owners by heart but for those who like a trip down memory lane, Hockey Reference has a complete listing up through last season. It’s fascinating.

I can’t wait to see the new players in their new sweaters in October.

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Hey all,

For the record Halak was briefly a Sabre but was traded (to WAS I think) before playing a game, so he was maybe never assigned a number. Not sure. I’ve got a Halak shirsey from his St Louis days.

What else is happening? Hmm. Nothing! I’m working all weekend. Hopefully won’t be busy …

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Morning all. Yeah, that’s all I got. It’s morning.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Hey Pals!
Still six weeks of so to training camp. This is one of the quietest hockey summers ever. C’mon Donny! Make sumthin happen!!!!
Birthday party for my boys tonight. I got them both Yeti coolers. Holy crap! Still have sticker shock.
They’,re both truck drivers, so small coolers, but, from what I understand one ice cube will keep everything for forever.
Mo coffee!!!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Did someone say Yeti?
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Yeah, that Yeti stuff looks pretty good, but pricey. They were selling it at a nearby sporting goods store, (Maybe Dicks?) and I was like “I want this” and then I looked at the price and ran away screaming.

I went to Amazon to remind me of what they had and loved this line:
“an extra thick FatWall design is certified Bear-Resistant “

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Nothing can resist the Bear!!!!