Morning Free Association: Trade Talk 2019

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So it seems that a couple of things are out there regarding what the Bruins are looking to do at the trade deadline, which is coming up on Monday at 3pm.

According to Elliotte Friedman in his 31 Thoughts column, the Bruins are at least considering trading for Artemi Panarin as a rental option.

8. I think the teams with the best chances at signing Panarin long-term are Florida, Los Angeles, the Islanders and the Rangers. The only one that makes sense to take a shot at him for rental purposes is the Islanders. Boston hovers as a rental option, too. If the Islanders don’t get their top choices, GM Lou Lamoriello could consider old acquaintance Ilya Kovalchuk. Remember, the winger has control over his destination.

This seems to go against what Don Sweeney said last week, about wanting to get a player that will play for the Bruins beyond this season. It all depends upon whether or not Don Sweeney has decided to go all in to win a cup before the window closes on his aging core: Zdeno Chara (41), Patrice Bergeron (33), David Krejci (32), Tuukka Rask (31), Brad Marchand (30). If they can significantly improve at 3C and 2RW, they may make it through the projected first-round matchup against the Maple Leafs without being ground to dust.

Yesterday afternoon, this tweet elicited a lot of attention from Bruins fans:

It would be great if they could pull it off. But, again, Friedman had some thoughts on Mark Stone in his column, at what it would take to sign him.

4. My guess on Mark Stone is the Senators came at him with bigger money at less than max term. There were rumblings of five years at $10.5 million, but it was denied. That number would put him with Patrick Kane as the highest-paid winger in the NHL, but leaves money on the table Stone would try to recoup at age 32. His decision comes in the next few days. Chris Johnston reported on Headlines he thinks Vegas won’t do it as a rental. Winnipeg is definitely there. So is Calgary. Undoubtedly, there are others.

So, Stone is looking for money and term so he’s not leaving it on the table when he is on the wrong side of 30. The Bruins would have to move some significant pieces to make that happen in a year in which they have to re-sign significant RFAs like Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and others I can’t access because Cap friendly is down for maintenance!

I guess we’ll have too see what happens.

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Morning all. So cold. One of those days where I’d rather just be home on the couch.

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Hi All! Fuuuuuuccccckkkkk!!!!!! I had my entire diatribe written before i hit the wrong button and deleted the whole goddamn thing!! (Diatribe? Who the fuck is posting this??) The jist is…. dont forfeit the future for today. Yup, Zee may retire soon. I dont feel Bergy, B rad, Krejci, or Rask are in the same boat. That Fab Four, plus the cubs may keep the Bs contenders for quite some time. I trust in Sweenius to do the right thing! For Gods sake! Carlo , DeBrusk, and ( yes ) Heinen are the future of this franchise. Dont fuck it up!
So tired! Left the rink at 12:30 last night….. why am i awake???
Sleeeeeeeepppppp!!!!

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Oh yeah, the rest of those young defensemen…… KEEP THOSE GUYS!!!

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I`m halfway there! A five second sleeper hold will take me home from here!!!

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had my entire diatribe written before i hit the wrong button and deleted the whole goddamn thing!!

Perhaps writing a diatribe is part of the problem – have you tried writing a screed instead?

I totally agree on Bergy, Brad, Krejci, & Rask – they all look good for another 5+ years. There’s a window, but it isn’t just 1-1/2 seasons, which means it is manageable, especially if we can back fill with young talent like Pastrnak & McAvoy

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I totally agree on Bergy, Brad, Krejci, & Rask – they all look good for another 5+ years. There’s a window, but it isn’t just 1-1/2 seasons

BUT TWITTER SAYS THE WINDOW IS CLOSING AND WE’RE WASTING PRIME YEARS AND TRAD TUKA AND SWEENEY SUX AND THIS TEAM IS NEVER WINNING AGAIN EVER!