Morning Free Association: Peak Offseason

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Once the hockey season ends, the draft is over, and the initial frenzy of free agency dies down, hockey content dries up. You see it all over the place. Desperate writers start proposing new narratives on what happened last season. Others propose insanity like what the 2024 Stanley Cup winning Boston Bruins will look like (hint: it will still have Nordstrom but not Kuraly and Patrik Laine?). And then you have that special breed of hockey media: the sports talk guys.

WEEI has a hockey podcast called The Skate Podcast, hosted by Ken Laird and Matt Kalman. This week they had Super Bowl Champion Jermaine “Wiggy” Wiggins on to discuss his idea of trading Patrice Bergeron. Yes, that. Apparently, midday host Dale Arnold wouldn’t entertain the idea during the season, as any person of reasonable faculty wouldn’t. Of course, Wiggy’s reasoning seems to be trade a excellent piece to get one in return. Which is fine if you can do that. But, as we all know, Bergy is more than just a piece of this team; Bergy is the heart of this team.

I don’t need to show you his resumé. You all know Bergy.

Him

There are plenty of reasons to not trade him, namely that there is no one to replace him. Unless you trade for another top line center, one of a higher calibre than him, you don’t have a 1C. If you move up Krejci, you don’t have a 2C. See? This remains a problem at this point.

He produced 1.21 points per game in the regular season. He played in 24 playoff games this past post season with an ailing groin, making it difficult to take face-offs and skate with power. His linemates also had injuries with wrists, thumbs, abdominal and groin injuries. These are all things that contributed to a lack of production in the playoffs and notably the Final. Yet, the Bruins managed to stay in the SCF until the seventh game.

Simply put, this whole thing is for clicks. It’s an unreasonable take in a summer of boredom. Just go to the beach and come back in September.

 

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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Summer click-bait. It’s all so predictable.
In reaction to some of the bad Krejci takes I literally thought about chucking this idea out into the hockey twitter-verse a few days ago just to troll people with it’s obvious stupidity.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

It’s getting harder to separate the trolling from the actual stupidity!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

BTW, Quaider is still not signed. Should there be any interest? If he’ll sign for Kampfer money, i’ll take him.

Anonymous
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Yes, certainly. Even if it’s just to take back the role of getting injured and lobbing the puck over the glass!
Plus it would please that little Liam kid.
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The London Bear
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The London Bear

Ooh, anonymous, eh?

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. GO OUTSIDE!! should be an automatic reply to all the dumb takes out there.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hi Pals!
Yes, hockey writers and bloggers are desperate for content. I have nothing.

Nice double at the coolest place in town last night. Last week’s partner – bruised hip, not skating yet. Heart attack dude was back in net!! Hockey players \_0_/

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Wow, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger eh!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

That’s great news. Good to see goalies are just as crazy whatever the level of hockey!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Ahhh, hockey players
“ARRGGHH I don’t feel right. I… think… I’m having… a heart attack.”

“Eh, it’s over. Put me back in.”

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Raptor Jesus style!!