Morning Free Association: Moving On, Again

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Bruins GM Don Sweeney and Head Coach Bruce Cassidy held an end-of-season presser yesterday to talk about the Bruins great 2018-19 season and where certain Bruins are in terms of staying on the team. They also gave some updates on injuries and procedures.

Defenseman Torey Krug isn’t going anywhere unless a spectacular offer is made.

With Torey Krug one year away from free agency, Sweeney was asked if he has a decision to make when it comes to whether or not it might be best to move the prolific blue liner for assets ahead of next season. While Boston’s GM did not rule out that idea, he added “it would take a pretty unique opportunity for us to part with Torey.” Sweeney also noted that talks regarding an extension can begin on July 1.

“If somebody blew us away…every player has to be looked at in that way when you’re an organization, you just have to. You’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t,” said Sweeney. “We think he’s a big part of the fabric of our group. He’s kind of that next wave of leadership that we talk about in behind some of the guys that have carried that mantle for a long time, but he’s an important part of our club.”

It’s probably best for the team to keep him as their own rental since they were so close this season. In this postseason, he stepped up his game to be a much more valuable asset not only on the power play but on defense as well. Plus, you really don’t want to mess with this little guy when he’s angry.

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As for David Backes, it seems that Don Sweeney wants to keep him around with Cassidy adding that he’s a better fit for a bottom-six, fourth-line situation.

“[He] was a big part of our hockey club, on and off the ice,” said Sweeney. “Where it fits going forward, he’s a part of our hockey club. I have discussions on different players. He may or may not be a part of that, but for the most part, he’s a part of our hockey club. His impact is again up to Bruce and up to David in terms of a production standpoint. From a leadership standpoint we know what he brings, and I think there’s value there.”

To read the tweets of reporters, it seemed that Sweeney said Backes would definitely stay in Boston. To read the above, it seems that he’s much less committed to Backes staying in the fold.

On the injury front, Zdeno Chara will be having a procedure to clean out some debris from his elbow. Joakim Nordstrom has a non-displaced fracture in his foot that will heal on its own. John Moore will need surgery for his fractured humerus and shoulder. Noel Acciari (heel) and Backes (undisclosed) are both candidates for surgery as well. Anders Bjork is on schedule and may be ready for the start of the season.

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Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hi All!!
No need to blow up the Bruins…. Krug must stay… I guess Backes won’t hurt them. As IW pointed out, this team was one win away.
Still kinda numb… This beautiful weather should fix me right up! grin

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I know offloading the Backes salary won;t be easy but I don;t really see anywhere for him.

I’d like to see Kuhlman getting more time, hopefully Bjork will get another shot and they can re-sign Heinen & JoJo. Also. the Bs have done best when they roll an energetic fourth line, so he wouldn’t fit there, even without the inevitable mass outcry about having a $6m fourth-liner. Maybe a buyout will be inevitable. I dunno.

Whatever happens though, I trust FO to do the right thing. They’ve been consistently sharp the last few years. Saw someone on Twitter this morning ripping the draft picks and scouts, which is an incredibly dumb take, even allowing for the fact hindsight is always 20/20.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

The Backes problem is perplexing. I don’t like the buyout option any more than I like the current contract (2yrs @$6M/yr).
I love that the NHL has to actually honor contracts (as opposed to the nonsense in the NFL), but the way they play into the cap is not smart.

I see no amount of stuff to package with Backes that would convince a team to acquire that contract (at least, no amount of stuff that the Bs could afford to part with). And if they keep him on the roster, he’s a man without a home. Alternating with Acciari is awkward. They need a solution for RW-2 and he clearly isn’t it.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I did like Matt Kalman’s piece today (although it’s not that original) that Pasta should be 2RW since it doesn’t make much difference who plays with 63-37.

I thought Heinen was fine on the top line, but why not try Bjork again or even Kuhlman? That’s assuming they don’t pick anyone up.

I assume sending Backes to Providence isn’t an option?

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Saw the story about Karlsson re-signing.

Karlsson right now:comment image

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Yeah, don’t they have like a gagillion players they need to re-sign with about two dollars left in cap space?

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

*Numbers might not be entirely accurate.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

I’m glad to see Sweenius not being as stupidly reactionary as much of the local sports media, who seem to want to blow up a young team that was top-3 all season and got to game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Over the weekend, the SportsHub folks were all “the window is closing!” – Whose window? McAvoy? Krug? Pastrnak? Marchand?

And Haggs? – Yeah, no need to go there.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Even worse than horrible losses: The stupidly bad takes from dipshits after a horrible loss.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Avoid Twitter like the plague for at least five days after a loss!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

This is good advice! Twitter should have an automatic lock feature so you can’t get into your account!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. I could never be a GM. I’d want to keep all the players. I really don’t want to trade Krug but I guess if the right package presents itself you can’t say no.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I think we’re keeping Krug. Those GMs aren;t known for their generosity. Although, looking at Winnipeg’s business last night …

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Yeah, that was an odd return.