Morning Free Association: Break-up Day

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It wouldn’t come as a surprise to most if not all Bruins fans to learn that many Bruins players were battling through injuries. Just from the play of the top line, a line that was dominant through most of the season against just about any team and line, one could tell that something wasn’t right. As it turns out, on that line alone, many things weren’t right.

Friday was break-up day for the 2018-19 Bruins. After a couple days of self-reflection and healing after losing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, the players were ready to discuss injuries now that no one opposing them could exploit them. Starting with the top line, let’s run through the many injuries.

Each member of top line was dealing with a re-aggravation of a previous injury, disclosed or not. Patrice Bergeron has been dealing with a groin injury for a couple of years now. It certainly can’t help to have to take face-offs with such an injury. Apparently all he needs is rest as he stated no surgery was required.

David Pastrnak’s thumb was hurt again during the Columbus series. It makes sense looking at his stats; he went from having 6 points in each of the first two series to 4 points in each of the last two series. Anyone watching him take a shot could tell something was wrong.

Brad Marchand had multiple problems with his wrist (a problem before that was aggravated before the Final), his abdomen, and groin.

After the face-check he received in Game 2 of the opening round, Jake DeBrusk had a concussion AND WAS SOMEHOW CLEARED TO PLAY. Anyone, ANYONE, could see he wasn’t right on the ice after that yet he was still allowed to play. While I get that it’s for the Stanley Cup, it was still wildly irresponsible for Jake to play through it.

Noel Acciari played through a broken sternum obtained in the second round against the Blue Jackets. He also got a foot injury after blocking a shot in the seventh game of the Final.

Zdeno Chara had a lower body injury that kept him out of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final, an injury that will require some further testing through an MRI. The big story is that his jaw was broken in multiple places.

John Moore is still dealing with the after effects of an injury sustained against Tampa which resulted in a broken humerus and shoulder. HOW DID HE PLAY THROUGH THAT? His shoulder will be repaired through surgery and will require a lengthy recovery time, not to mention rehab.

And then we come to the frustrating season that Kevan Miller had. Poor guy.

All other Bruins mentioned bumps and bruises, nothing too serious and nothing remarkable.

Get better, guys!

One player that seemed in good spirits, at peace, and not injured was Tuukka Rask. He spoke with the press about the season, about how it ended, and seems to not be dwelling upon it.

To be honest, Tuukka is in the best headspace that he’s probably ever been in and you love to see that. I hope that Tuukka continues to work on himself, his game, and gets back to the big stage again, this time with a different result.

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BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

I’m slowly getting over the Bruins defeat. Seeing the Bruins having a good time actually made me feel good. Additionally, I have a few things to look forward to which help.

    July 2nd, the end of summer school
    Two rec league hockey teams! They start this Sunday, I think. Maybe next. Who the hell knows!
    I’m turning 30 in July, and I am actually very excited about it.
    My Wake Forest Football season tickets arrive soon. I bought three! The season begins in late August.
The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi all.

Oof, lots of nasty injuries there- not a great surprise as some of those series were brutal! At least Tuukka seems to be in a good place and that’s a huge plus.

Had a good weekend – wedding reception of one of my workmates (one who is actually a friend as well) Friday night, Little Bear’s birthday Saturday and Fathers Day yesterday. That’s a lot of love to pack into three days!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Awwww…Happy Father’s Day and Happy Birthday to Little Bear! And congrats to your friend!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. I think Kevan has had enough injuries for a while. Let him have a few injury free seasons, please.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Hey hockey pals! I’m beat, man. Still.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hi Pals!!!
The peace of the mountains put everything in perspective…… THAT REALLY SUCKED!!! … But life must go on. So beautiful up north!!!! My happy place! Nice surprise yesterday as my youngest showed up to spend the day..
Bergy will someday need surgery, even if it’s after retirement. Zee, multiple fractures, ouch. It was pretty obvious that DeBrusk was not the same after the Kadri hit. Considering his style of play, concussions may be an issue for him going forward.
That young, upwardly mobile D corps, however, will insure a bright future for the Bruins for years to come….
I’ll be gardening all day…. working out the solution to all the B’s problems. grin

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Gotta tell ya, I’m really excited about this team going forward. Let’s hope they can sign Johansson again.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Yes! Johansson was money! Coyle, as well. If Backes’ contract isn’t over, time to buy him out. It’s going to be tough competition for roster spots this fall!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

God I hope they can sign Jojo. That was a damn good trade deadline for Sweenius.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

That young, upwardly mobile D corps, however, will insure a bright future for the Bruins for years to come….

For me those young D were the big story of the Bs playoffs. Obviously no need to think about rebuilds at this point, but when they do those are the guys to build around. (Not idea HOW to build a team around a player or group but that’s one for FO to sort out!)