Morning Free Association: Zdeno Chara, Masterton Nominee

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Bruins captain is the Bruins nominee for the Masterton Trophy this season. According to Wikipedia, “The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.” While these are the criteria, it typically is awarded to a player that overcame a hardship to return to playing hockey, like last year’s winner, Brian Boyle who came back after being treated for a bone marrow cancer that was diagnosed early in the season.

While there is no doubt that Chara exemplifies these qualities, why should he win?

“With almost 1,500 games under his belt and at 42 years of age while still playing as a top defenseman, nobody in the NHL personifies dedication and perseverance to the game quite like Zdeno Chara,” said PHWA Boston Chapter Chairman Joe Haggerty. “He’s the consummate leader, a fierce competitor and somebody that commands respect from everybody on and off the ice. Chara has been dedicated to the game of hockey for his 20 plus year NHL career and that – along with his many on-ice accomplishments and off-ice charitable endeavors – makes him a quality choice by the Boston Chapter of the PHWA.”

Right. These words ring hollow from the man who suggested back in 2015 that Chara would soon retire and sell real estate after studying and getting a probational license. apparently, Chara should win because he’s old and still playing at a high level.

I’m not saying he’ll win nor that he shouldn’t win it’s just a reaction to Haggs nominating him that makes me recoil.

Ah, well. Happy weekend!

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Disregard. Bruins practice lines have him listed.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I’m now repeating myself.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Hey, hockey pals!

Congrats on being old, El Grande Z!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister
Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Ummm, excuse me, 42?????? 42 is just the beginning!!!! Like,first communion time!!!! So much happens after 42…. I just wish I could remember it!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Columbus beat the Habs and knocked them out of the second wild card spot for now.

https://i.imgur.com/C3v3ZVn.mp4

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hahaha! They’ve got a pretty tough run-in too …

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Oh boy, just checked out the rest of their schedule. Yikes!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I am not and never was on the #Lumbus train, BUT this, this is something I can get behind.

That said, I kind of liked the idea of Columbus being big buyers and still not making the show.

I am all about watching the world burn.

IMPORTANT:
Are we all going to make dramatic returns to game thread action for the postseason?

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Are we all going to make dramatic returns to game thread action for the postseason?

Saturday night ones seem particularly quiet. I can’t believe people have better things to do on a Saturday night!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

WOOT!

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

This is going to be a fun weekend.

Five or six hockey games in three days. I’ve never taken over the counter medicines to fight body aches, but I might change that tune.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

May I recommend Toprocin??? It’s homeopathic! They have a sport cream now – ” my pain away sports cream”. Just get it… You can thank me later…. Money back guaranteed!!! ( by someone )

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Turmeric is supposed to help too, isn’t it? Methinks so.

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

My former employer makes a tasty ginger turmeric kombucha.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Plus, it makes everything look like French’s mustard

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hey Pals!
, nobody in the NHL personifies dedication and perseverance to the game quite like Zdeno Chara,” – I hold these truths to be self – evidant….
I understand that they came from the pen (stylus?) of Haggs but, out of the mouth of babes, eh?
I have to ref indoors tomorrow while it’s beautiful outside… trying to dump that game…

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

I’d rather pay my kid extra to do it for me, than do it myself!!!!

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

I’ll do it for you.

I’m thinking about picking up reffing after I graduate from college. I think I would like it.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

You can make a lot of dough!!! The biggest issue is reffing friends…. You get used to it pretty quick… and never get offended by an angry player…. they get over a lot in two minutes

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

BTW, I love reffing! I just don’t want to do it on nice days!!!

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

I work in HR. I am used to people being angry at me.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I’ve been thinking about reffing for years now. At the very least it’s funny and a solid workout!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Oh man, you and Stripes reffing together needs to be a thing that happens!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Yes, please!!!!!

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

I’ll be the scorekeeper!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I cannot even IMAGINE

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Jagr won it in 2016 for similar reasons so why not?