Morning Free Association: Don’t Forget About Bjork Bjork Bjork

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With all of the amazing offseason moves the Bruins are making…

No, wait, that isn’t it.

After a spectacular rookie outing a season ago…

That isn’t it either. Let’s try again.

Anders Bjork had difficulty staying in the lineup last season with a concussion and a season-ending shoulder injury and people, including fans, seem to have written him off. However, there’s a chance that he’ll rebound this season and put together a decent year.

Ty Anderson of The Sports Hub seems to think that putting Bjork back on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand will pay great dividends to the offense next season. And maybe it will. One thing’s for sure, it will bring back one of my favorite Bearly on Topic Bruins’ line names: the 110% line.

It probably will. The Bruins committed last season to bringing in the youth, performing a rebuild-on-the-fly which is just so NHL these days, and that means that the younger players need to be spread throughout the lineup, adding speed and firepower to each line. Adding Bjork to the top line and bringing David Pastrnak, he being only 22 himself, down to the second line with David Krejci and fellow youngster, Jake DeBrusk will make two potent lines. Danton Heinen and Ryan Donato presumably would flank David Backes on that third line, creating scoring chances with the speed that Backes doesn’t inherently have.

It’s not a bad lineup. However, the Bruins will still have to size top against an improved Toronto team and a still strong Tampa team. While the lineup may be fun to watch, it might not have enough punch to compete with the other two without a big acquisition.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I’m going boating today!!!!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Hmmm…. I’m not sure Bjork outperformed either DeBrusk or Donato, so I’m iffy on giving him a top-six role.
I’m also a bit reluctant to break up 63-37-88. Marchand & Pasta had developed some pretty good chemistry last year.
But it should be fun to try some swaps in the short term — the 2nd line wasn’t always scoring effectively and they need to find some fairly reliable combos for the top two lines so they’re both always making stuff happen.

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Hi all.

I didn’t really get to see enough of Bjork last year to say he definitely deserves that top-six spot tbh. Why not Heinen? Or Donato? (As someone who struggles to remember left from right, I’m not sure which are their natural sides, so that might be the reason why not right there!)

But on the other hand I’m happy for him to get another chance. And putting pasta on the second line does give more depth, even if it does break up the best line in hockey. It’s a long season so there’s time to try a few things and if they don’t work, no harm done.

Is it October yet? Too hot!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I think Heinen is a good third liner and could be a fill in top six guy, kind of like a wing version of Riley Nash.

Bjork or Donato, I could see in that role.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Fucking exhausted. Limbs not functioning. Brain is teetering on the edge of a meltdown.
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Hey Pals!
Beautiful weather!!! ( only boaters are happy )
Spent yesterday cruising around southwest Vermont. Almost made it up to Sis’ neighborhood, but we stopped to play disc golf in Bennington. Nice laid back day with Jo. Made it to Twice Blessed, a second hand store in Wilmington. Great rainy day destination.
There is still more youth down on the farm and it will be interesting to see who can make an impact with the big club.
Cotfee!!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Almost made it up to Sis’ neighborhood, but we stopped to play disc golf in Bennington.

Boooooooooo! (Just kidding, glad you had a nice weekend!)

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Morning, hockey pals!

  • Back from vacation. As much as I like my job, this is still a drag.
  • Yesterday was my birthday and I still can’t believe I’m this old.
  • I really do believe people have forgotten about Bjork. It’s easy to when you have DeBrusk playing great and then having an awesome playoff, Heinen making it stick, McAvoy having a great rookie year, among other things.
  • With a healthy Bjork, I think the top six will not have the holes in it that we keep acting like it will. IMO top two lines should be:
  • 63 – 37 – 10
    74 – 46 – 88

    Gets murky outside of the top six and I don’t have the energy to guess.

  • Annnnnd while typing this, someone called out. Eye roll.
  • Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Happy Birthday Yesterday!
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    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    Happy Birthday!!!!
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    Yeah! What ^^he said^^.