Morning Free Association: Happy Free Agency Day!

Happy Canada Day!

It’s Canada Day! What better way to celebrate than to make all the GMs work the phones, faxes, and other technologies to scramble to sign all the promising free agents that will all make their teams better, go to the playoffs, and win the Stanley Cup. Okay, wait a minute, that’s not it. What better way…to overpay for players, give them huge amounts of term and hope that you can unload that contract at an entry draft some years down the line.

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Last week, Don Sweeney said that he expected the Bruins to be active in free agency and Fluto Shinzawa reported that Bruins were in the market for a goalie.

With just over $12 million in cap space and RFAs Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and Danton Heinen needing to be signed, it’s hard to see how the B’s will be “active”.

Why do they need a goaltender, you might ask. They have Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak signed for this year already, you might say. Well, Zane McIntyre is a UFA and won’t be re-signing. Dan Vladar will likely be seeing full-time goalie duty when he returns to Providence in the fall. Don Sweeney may want Kyle Keyser to spend more time on his game in Atlanta in the ECHL, like he did with Vladar, necessitating another netminder with the AHL affiliate.

As for other teams, it looks like Florida is clearing space for a potential goaltender signing. On Sunday, they traded James Reimer to Carolina for Scott Darling, who they promptly bought out.

Artemi Panarin is going to a New York team. Twitter posts from last night suggest that the Isles may have won his services.

It’s all but a done deal that Matt Duchene will be going to the Predators.

We’ll see what happens starting at noon.

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phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Sigh, Noeldozer to Panthers.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Ugh. I really thought we’d keep him.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Nooooooo!!!! Say it isn’t so!!! If it was me…… I’D TAKE THE MONEY!!!!!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney
Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

The next Colin Miller???? Or maybe Joe What’shisname?, who came from Dallas in the Seguin deal???? Yeah, one of them.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney
phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

tweet courtesy of Tim:

https://twitter.com/SlavaMalamud/status/1145669540329771009

I haven’t thought of Nazarov in a hundred years.
http://www.angelfire.com/nv/Sabresword/BOULTONFIGHT.jpg

The London Bear
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The London Bear

He was head coach for a KHL team a few years ago who were basically an all-goon team. He got a suspension for attacking a fan with a stick while he was there. There were other stories about him getting into fights with his own players.

Basically it seems like he’s a bit of a tool.

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

Wow

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Morning, hockey pals!comment image

Are you ready for the frenzy?

  • I read that a Nordstrom trade is a possibility but I don’t know how I feel about that. I couldn’t stand him in the second half of the regular season but he was great in the playoffs.
  • Please move Backes’ contract, Donny.
  • Some people are very against Dzingel. I am not.
  • I think that’s all I have.
  • Quaider4ever
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    Quaider4ever

    I am against Dzingel, but he wouldn’t score against the Bruins quite as much, if acquired.

    BagelBruin
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    BagelBruin

    I’m trying to find the video of my brother playing “Tom Sawyer” while decked out in his hockey gear. He screams “Happy Canada Day” and then plays the tune

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Morning all. Had a dream with lots of dogs. Methinks VA tweet about Carlo’s new pup got filed into the subconscious!

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    I definitely read “lots of drugs”
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    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    I mean most of my dreams make it seem like I’m on drugs so this is understandable.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    There was a weird rumor that Bobrovsky was trying to get Panarin to go wherever he ended up (Florida?), which seems like a very unlikely alliance.

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Yeah I remember seeing something around trade deadline about the two of them coming as a package deal.

    Quaider4ever
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    Quaider4ever

    Hi Pals!!!
    Can’t wait to see who goes where!!
    Great riverfest weekend!!
    Friday i ran the class IV behind the house with the local pros… What a blast! They showed me some cool tricks and moves. I felt really confident all the way through. No nerves in in Dragon’s Tooth. Stayed cool in Labyrinth (the rapids all have scary names), even though i got separated from the group a bit and couldn’t quite remember which way to go. Chilled on a calmer section with Jo and friends on Saturday.
    House is slowly taking shape. We have stairs to the second floor again!!! Yay! The ladder was getting old!

    Quaider4ever
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    Quaider4ever

    ave i mentioned that the Bruins should sign Anders Lee?? Sweenius??? Hello??

    Quaider4ever
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    https://985thesportshub.com/2019/06/26/bruins-right-wing-options-nhl-free-agency-trade/?fbclid=IwAR0Ebsr_QJ2u4MU04VczRrDe09LqHGdFRvM9pbtjBzP5cxHiHU9bQDFsYms

    Sports Hub doesn’t have Lee in their sights. I would be a (still terrible, but) better GM than them…. except i know nothing about caps, salaries, conracts, all the stupid, technical shit – does that matter?

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    McAvoy, Carlo and Heinen – I’d be surprised if that leaves much change out of 12mil. When do they have to be wrapped up by, do you know?

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    If you’re William Nylander, then 28 games into the regular season!

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Oh yeah – they can be left in limbo! I forgot that was a possibility.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    Stairs? Stairs are for wimps – get yourself a Bat-pole!

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney
    Quaider4ever
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    Whoa!!! I would pay 4.5!! grin