Morning Free Association: In Case You Missed It

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On Thursday, the Carolina Hurricanes dealt winger Jeff Skinner to the Buffalo Sabres for an amazing return. Just kidding!

New Hurricanes majority owner Tom Dundon doesn’t like nice things. Well, he doesn’t like nice things that will cost him more on the next contract.

Of course, he has said it wasn’t about money:

“It had to be done,” Dundon said Friday. “The consensus in the organization, and it has been for a while, was it was better for all parties. It’s good for him, too.”

“This was not money motivated,” Dundon said. “This was simply that we think the team has a better chance to perform at the level we think it can perform at right now.”

Sure it wasn’t. Skinner is 26 and is due to make bank on his new contract. While teams have to make the salary floor and not exceed the salary cap limit, there is nothing saying that you have to pay players what their worth or what they think they’re worth. Before hiring a GM in May after demoting and eventually terminating the contract of Ron Francis, Dundon was reportedly lacking success in his GM hunt due to low salary offers for candidates.

Not everyone in the Hurricanes orbit is happy with the trade.

So what was the return on Skinner? Three draft picks and a RW named Clifford Pu.

If that was all it took to loosen the Canes grip on Skinner, what was Don Sweeney doing? The Bruins had been rumored to be in the mix for Skinner but that story lost traction after everyone heard about the potential for a trade with Columbus for Artemi Panarin. Was Donny trying to work a deal while letting this one slide way? Who knows? One thing we do know is that Buffalo got better and might have a legit top-six forward group.

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The London Bear
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Hi all.

Hmm the Canes – and it’s not just them – have done some baffling stuff this summer. There could be some awful teams in the league this year. Maybe they know something about next year’s draft class and are tanking already!

The Sabres got better on paper but they’ve been decent on paper for a couple of seasons – just not so great on ice! (Unless they’re playing the Bs of course…)

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Unless they’re playing the Bs of course…

Of course!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Picked a quart of blueberries already this morn. Got to go back out to pick more and pull out all the poison ivy around the bush.

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Morning all. Holy humidity last night.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hi Pals!
Wow! What are the Whalercanes thinking? Fresh start, i guess. Not a bad idea as they’ve been a mess for quite some time. Maybe give up, start a new franchise with entry draft and try to Vegas your way to the top? Anyway, the Sabres and Canes trying to improve by trading with each other? That might not be the best strategy…… just a hunch.
Quiet weekend in happy valley. We went to an auction in Wilmington, Vermont Saturday night with folks down the street ( weekenders from Fairhaven, or someplace out east ), what a hoot! Sis, i think you need to join us some Saturdays evening. A few treasures, lots of shite, and some local color. It’s worth a peek and Wilmington, well what can i say?
Too much water on tu Deerfield this weekend. Yup, that’s right. Makes the lower section boring as it flattens out. Makes the upper section too dangerous, at least for me. There were a few brave souls on the upper Saturday. We’re talking class 5 here. A mistake and you’re dead or broken. Sorry, i have to mow the lawn today. Otherwise i’d love to kill myself. \_0_/

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Did ya pick anything up at the auction?

I’ve always fancied going to a police auction …

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I picked up 10 lbs of drywall screws, a pipe/ tubing cutter, two gear pullers, a box of joist hangers, a conduit bender, and Jo bought about 4 million prcelain covered pots and pans. We left most of them there! I picked up a couple tin candle holders, too. Must have spent twenty five dollars!!!! The entertainment factor was priceless.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

They let me go through stuff and make up a lot box that they later auction off. I paid five bucks for it.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Sounds fantastic!