Morning Free Association: Questions Remain

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A couple of days ago, Ty Anderson wrote about the seven questions about the Bruins heading into the season. One of those questions has been answered with the return of Jack Studnicka to the Oshawa Generals. But the other ones are yet to be answered.

The first is about Patrice Bergeron’s health and ability to start the season. Bergy hasn’t been healthy enough to play in any preseason games as of yet while recovering from a groin surgery and back spasms that he developed in camp. Bruce Cassidy is hoping that he’ll get on the ice tomorrow night.

What happens if Bergeron isn’t ready to go on Wednesday? Well, it’s not the end of the world; last season Bergy needed extra time to rehab and the Bruins started poorly getting better throughout the season. Without Riley Nash, who stepped up last season, it might be tough but having Patrice take extra time now rather than later is better.

The second question was about David Krejci’s right wing. Anderson seems to think that it could be either Danton Heinen or Ryan Donato. With all the talk this summer about moving David Pastrnak down to that line to make two dangerous lines, I just thought it was a done deal. Still, starting Donato out there couldn’t hurt as it would give him some more time to develop some chemistry with the second line center.

At last, we have a look at the defense and the plethora of left shots. Where does John Moore fit? Is Grzelcyk the odd man out? Is Torey Krug really ready? I’m not sure where John Moore fits in with the defense unless the team looks to trade either Krug or Grzelcyk. With Gryz and Miller forming a strong pairing last season, it seems like a terrible idea to mess with that.

The next is about Anders Bjork. While Don Sweeney insists that Bjork is still on his rehab timeline, its clear he won’t be able to start out on the big roster. He won’t play on Saturday and should start out in Providence.

Question 5: who is centering that third line? Will it be JFK or first-year pro Trent Frederic? It’s probably JFK.

Next, Lee Stempniak. The B’s should sign him. He’s made a great case for himself.

Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see who hits the ice tomorrow night and what happens next.

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Taking care of little doggy this week. These are instructions for his care:
“The larger of the spray bottles for Huff is for the bare patch on his neck/ chest. The smaller is for the spatchcock on his hip. Twice a day. ”

Any anatomical help out there. I can’t find his spatchcock.

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Gritty Fever is sweeping the world!!

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Morning all. Day two of people fixing the roof at my office complex. Yay more banging! Hopefully shirtless guy from yesterday is wearing a shirt today because I don’t need to see that again.

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I love when guys who shouldn’t go shirtless (most of us!) let it all hang out. Helps me avoid overeating – or eating at all, really.

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He’s wearing a shirt….for now.

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Oh but they are blaring the radio now. I’d take shirtless at this point.

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Now there’s music and shirtless and I might get violent.

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Any nutrients that aren’t in coffee or bourbon aren’t worth having

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And, if necessary,I could forego the coffee.

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We have electricians installing a new circuit in my office. There are literally 4 people out of the usual 40 here. I think we’re outnumbered by electricians.

Two of the people who run the network shut down a bunch of machines in case power needed to be shut off and are now not here.

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Hey Pals!
Questions, questions, questions!
I think the Bs have to sign Stempniak. He played well with Bergy and Marchand last stint with the Bruins. That could free up Pasta for Krejci’s line. I dunno! That’s why I don’t make the big bucks. I like Vaakawhatever. He’s probably headed to Providence, but who knows? Watched the replay of the Wings game – nothing to see there except ilikeit Halal
I’m thinking I might get my boat set again today…… why not?
Coffee!!!!

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“Past returns are no guarantee of future results
Consult your brokerage professional…” etc, etc, but yeah, Stempniak has made a good case for himself and he certainly meshed in with Bergy & Marchand on his last trip up to beantown.
Putting that line back together and fostering a DeBrusk-Krecji-Pastrnak line seems like it’s worth a try, though it leaves Donato, Heinen & Backes in bottom-six territory.

The sporty pundit types seem to have been placing “Stemper” as the 13th forward. I assume that he would be pushing out Winnik in that case.

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Yup. I thought Winnik was speedy, but only compared to me, it seems. Stemper could be a utility guy. Fine by me. With players missing, they should do some experimenting.