Morning Free Association: On to Philly

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Brandon Carlo finally revealed how he felt about his contract situation on that most important of news outlets: Instagram. He did so in such a dry manner, one in which our own resident geologist who doesn’t have time for us anymore, described as “his self-aware humor is very Hal Gill-esque”. It must come with the jersey number.

Among his teammates that expressed happiness with Carlo (and McAvoy) joining camp was this guy:

Even Bruce Cassidy expressed his pleasure with having the team back together.

Now on to camp. Patrice Bergeron doffed the red no-contact sweater and is wearing a normal one, signaling a return to normal action by the season opener.

Let’s talk about the crazy lines of camp. It seems Group B has most of the known starters, as IW pointed out to me on Saturday. Group A looks like a bunch of guys fighting for a roster spot with the occasional starter.

Group B Lines

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
Carey – Krejci – Ritchie
Bjork – Coyle – Heinen
Nordstrom – Lindholm – Wagner
Frederic – Steen

Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Grzelcyk – Zboril
Breen – Kampfer

Rask
Keyser

Group A Lines

Blidh/Koppanen – Kuraly – Backes
DeBrusk – Studnicka – Kuhlman
Cehlarik – Gaunce – Lantosi
Lauko – Shen/Asselin – Fitzgerald

Lauzon – Clifton
Zech – Didier
Vaakanainen/Sherman – Petrovic

Halak
Lagace

Tonight, the Bruins travel down to Philadelphia to play Gritty the Flyers. If you want to catch the action it’s available on NHL Network, NESN, and on radio on 98.5 the SportsHub.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. Leaves are turning. Wore scarf and gloves this morning. Must be getting close to hockey season! Oh wait, it’s going to be 80 on Sunday? Okay, then.

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

I can add a new job title to my resume: city council campaign treasurer.

Why do I do this to myself?

Satan 81's Sister
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My dad is the Waitsfield, VT cemetery commissioner.

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

My dad sells grave stones

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

Also, I want to be buried in Waitsfield, VT, and have a Salisbury rose marble headstone

Satan 81's Sister
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I’ll put in a good word with the commish.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Did you think you were volunteering to be Champagne treasurer?

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

I worry about secondary scoring this year, but our D should be better. You have to wonder though, is this Z’s last year?

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I know it’s coming but hockey without Z is going to be really weird.

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Hi Pals!
Competition in the D corps! Good problem to have! It’s going to be tough to crack the big club line up, if you’re a cub! The DeBrusk, – Studnicka – Kuhlman line should be fun to watch. We might see that line again in the future…. two, three years down the road, maybe? The future’s so bright….
I’m really going to try hard to work today…. of course, if it doesn’t happen \_0_/ … my pay is the same!! (not much grin )

The London Bear
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Saw someone on Twitter saying that while it’s great to get the RFAs locked up the team hasn’t been strengthened over the off-season. It’s a fair point but I do think the D looks stronger this year with a (hopefully) healthy Vaakanainen and natural progression from some of the other youngsters.

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Well, yeah, the team ‘hasn’t been strengthened’, but they were a top-3 team all last season with lots of injury-related absences and an unstable 3-C position. They have since picked up Charlie Coyle and gone to game 7 of the cup final.
So I’m not sure what they can reasonably be expected to do within a salary-cap constrained league. Meanwhile, they’ve got more experience in their younger players and a lot of depth to draw upon in the AHL.
I expect them to be at least a top-4 team this year.

I’m curious how the Leafs make out. They addressed their 2 biggest weaknesses when facing the Bruins – they got rid of Kadri – who would was easily goaded into penalties/suspensions and Gardiner, who was taken advantage of mercilessly. Also, Auston Matthews actually showed up in a couple of the games during their last playoff run. I think their record won’t be as good as last season, but they may have found the combination to win a series vs Boston.

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If the Leafs had managed to win that Game 7 it’s not a big stretch to see them winning the Cup last year. Will be interesting to see how they get on this term. I love our games against them.

And Happy birthday!