Morning Free Association: The End of Preseason

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That’s it, it’s a wrap! The 2019 Boston Bruins preseason is done and the team is taking shape. This weekend only one additional player was placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Providence and that was goalie Maxim Lagace. He should clear waivers right around noontime.

On Saturday afternoon, the Bruins played their final preseason game against the Rockford Ice Hogs masquerading as the Chicago Blackhawks. You see, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers are playing in their final preseason games against continental opponents in Germany followed by their season opener in Prague, Czech Republic. Here’s all you need to know about that:

Anyway, the game on Saturday was technically slaughter. Both Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak had hat tricks in the 8-2 rout.

Charlie Coyle and Karson Kuhlman also had goals.

After the game, Bruce Cassidy spoke with the media about the team. The hot topic right now is Anders Bjork, who had a strong training camp after recovering from his shoulder surgery. Bruce Cassidy seems to think that starting out in Providence might be better for the young winger so he can work on his game.

“He was drafted as a scoring winger,” said Cassidy. “And he hasn’t been able to do that consistently at the professional level, so we have to determine, is he going to be able to do it here? Or is he better served in Providence, finding that part of his game? What’s going to be better for us in the long run? And do we need him here in the short term? That’s what we balance.

“My guess is [Providence is] where he will probably end up starting, to work on that part of his game. He had a good training camp, good preseason. He’s healthy, bigger, stronger, so that’ll be just in my preliminary evaluation there, but we’ll sit down again and go over it.”

There is good news regarding Patrice Bergeron; he says he’ll be ready on opening night Thursday against the Dallas Stars. David Krejci was skating at Warrior this past weekend but is basically day-to-day with his lower body injury.

We’ll have to see if there is additional word today.

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I saw most of the first 2 periods of that game – it was pretty embarrassing for Chicago.
I really don’t understand what these teams were doing – playing most of their starters in the early games when they could be evaluating bubble players, then Chicago dumping a bunch of players who already missed the cut on the ice vs a defending conference champion team.
Yikes.
And the Bruins bubble team was still 2-0-1 vs the mostly-starters opponents!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all.

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

I thought my phone was broken because I kept hearing my notifications for the Bruins scoring, but now it makes sense.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

My phone is broken. Yay.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hahaha!