Morning Free Association: The Bread Man

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It’s no secret that Artemi Panarin refused to extend his contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets this summer. Word is that once he refused that the Blue Jackets were preparing to trade him. However, things aren’t that straight forward; Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen has not allowed teams to discuss the option of a contract extension, which has severely impacted the ability to trade him. Essentially Kekalainen is playing a waiting game, standing pat and hoping he can make a deal with the winger. It might not be that simple as Panarin has set a deadline for his contract business for the start of the Blue Jackets training camp on September 13th.

After not having made a major splash in free agency, the Bruins are reportedly interested in The Bread Man. Matt Kalman lays out the complications is acquiring him including cap issues, movement of salary, and ramifications of those moves.

What most Bruins fans who have an opinion on this have had to accept is that a deal would have to involve either Torey Krug or David Backes plus a young roster or prospect going back. While David Backes is part of the leadership group, his salary going forward is steep for his output and the Blue Jackets might not want that deal. Torey Krug is more appealing for Columbus but does leave a hole in the Bruins defense and more notably their first power play unit.

So, what should the Bruins do? With Toronto getting better down the center and Tamopa Bay staying about the same remaining the power house of the Atlantic, Don Sweeney needs to make a move so that the Bruins don’t ice a team that’s one and done in the playoffs.

Have at it, B2B GMs!

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Our first stop today is a Polish deli for lunch!!!! I’ll be eating perogies, kielbasa, and Zywiec beer!!!!

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Yessssss

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Related: my father was a bread man, so I can’t help but love them

Also related: he had auburn colored hair and I recently realized that my mother married a ginger breadman.

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Remember when his pinky (I think) finger was all weird and twisted after a fight?

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Just double checked, it was his ring finger. And I also kind of lost my appetite for lunch.

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There are a couple of ex-NFL players who I see on TV from time to time whose pinky finger is just pointed in the wrong direction. It is unnerving as fuck.

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You brought your “A” material today!!

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Morning!

  • I logged in earlier to talk to my hockey pals, read the whole page, including Joe’s comment, then closed the browser and forgot to talk to my hockey pals. Smart.
  • I’m iffy on Panarin. I think he would be great but I’m also wondering what the current top four plus two youngins would look like.
  • Saw Raiders of the Lost Ark on the Greenway last night. I am a huge Indiana Jones fan but somehow never saw it. I really love this outdoor movie trend – saw Jaws on the Lawn on D a few weeks ago. Awesome!
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    Love Raiders but Last Crusade will always be my favorite of the three. (Yes, I know there are four but we don’t talk about that last one.)

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    Agreed and agreed.
    Last Crusade, then Temple of Doom, then Raiders for me. Finally seeing Raiders helped me understand more about Marcus Brody and the Egyptian guy whose name is escaping me right now, so that tied up some loose ends, which was nice.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Temple of Doom, Raiders, Last Crusade. The opening of Temple is awesome.

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    Sallah! Long time ago the Wang Center showed the whole trilogy. Went with a friend of mine and he came out to talk for a bit.

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    morning all, is it hockey time yet? I am going to try to start making it on more often but we shall see. Hope everyone is well and happy bday to Mandy and anyone else ive missed while ive been gone!

    Panarin would be a great addition to the team, but i dont envy The Don of Sweens to figure it out.

    Backes would be a great move if possible but I dont think CBJ is that desperate to pick up an aging 6mil contract. Unlike some people I think Backes’s numbers next season will improve from last season assuming he can stay healthy, that said i dont think you are going to see him as a huge difference maker in the playoffs against the faster teams. Its a shame the bruins have 4 mil in retained Salary/buyouts….id hate for that number to get higher if we trade Backes and have to keep some of it.

    As for Krug….i dont think we have the Depth to trade him, the team has shown that they just cant keep up when he goes down…and yes Carlo going down hurt too but this team needs Krug unless they pull something out of their asses to get a top 4 D that can eat up mins and move the puck.

    I am kind of OK riding the Youth train this year to see where it takes us, only bad thing is that Bergy window isnt getting larger. All i know…if DK doesnt find chemistry with whomever they give him this year…..fired into the sun.

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    Hey there!

    I also have hope that Backes’ numbers will bounce back(es) in the coming season, but I don’t see CBJ as being interested in him. If he were moved, it would likely be a salary dump to a 3rd team.
    Looking at it from CBJ standpoint, I’d start by asking for something close to a 1:1 (Pasta or Marchand) which the Bruins would never agree to.
    The next bet would be something like Krug/Charlie + Donato.
    I don’t like it a lot, but I could see it happening – you gotta give a lot to get a lot. Definitely not worthwhile unless Panarin signals he’s willing to sign for at least 3 or 4 seasons.

    It smells like Panarin is looking for something like $11-12M/yr and thinks he’ll get it on the UFA market next year. He *might* not be wrong. UFA market is wacky. But unless the salary cap explodes, that’s a crippling cap hit for any team.

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    Yeah, that hits on what ive been thinking. Im not trading away core players for one season rental for a 30 g scoring winger. Ontop of that if he is looking for anything above 7.5M its gonna hurt what the team can do with signing its youth to contracts when their ELC is over….and lets face it unless you are Crosby, Ovi, or Stamkos you arent worth 11M. Fuck that. Put Donato in on your second line and you may only get 20 goals instead of 30 but thats 7 mil in the cap you can use to pick up a top 4 D or a rental at the break if you need one then.

    Im not THRILLED….but im perfectly happy starting the year with:
    Marchand Bergy Pasta
    DeBrusk DK Donato
    Heinen JFK Backes
    Bjork Kuraly Acciari

    Wagner
    Nordstrom

    Chara McAvoy
    Krug Carlo
    Moore Miller

    McQuaid
    Grz

    Rask
    Halak

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    Morning all. Had a dream last night that Dominic Moore (the hell??) and I were running from someone trying to kill us. We escaped in a hyperspace elevator (again, the hell??) and ended up in a futuristic city the size of a subway station. What the fuck is wrong with me?
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    Thetallest81
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    sounds like a movie id watch.

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    They hyperspace elevator was fun.

    phonymahoney
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    You’re strange. I love it.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Hey Pals!
    The Breadman would be a welcome addition. I like Backes, but he never seems to reach his potential. He’s not exactly a kid anymore, either. Krug? I’m not opposed to trading him, but the hole he leaves is a tough one to fill. Maybe Grizz can be first unit pp and Zboril is ready to be on the big club with second unit duties. I don’t know!
    More rain in the forecast. More rivers may pop!!!
    Going to a bunch of architectural recycling places today to look for treasures!!! We need a couple doors, as well.
    Coffee!!!!

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    The raccoons in your neighborhood assure me that you do not need any new doors. smile

    I think a guy of Panarin’s skill would be a pretty big get, but his fussing gives me a bad feeling.