Morning Free Association: All The Excite

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It’s been a pretty exciting weekend with lots of stuff going on with the Bruins and other teams around the league. This is pretty typical around the NHL Trade Deadline. So, let’s break it down in an easy-to-digest format.

Big Bad Bruins Trade

On Friday, Don Sweeney made a trade that sent David Backes, defensive prospect Axel Andersson, and their 2020 first-round draft pick to the Anaheim Ducks for right wing Ondrej Kase. Sweenius made this happen while only retaining a quarter ($1.5 M) of Backes’ salary against the cap. This is undoubtedly a great move.

Sweeney probably has another trade in mind, maybe even Kyle Palmieri from New Jersey. Without the 2020 first-round pick at his disposal, he will have to work some of his magic to make it happen, along with moving at least one roster player.

Bruins Games

Calgary on Friday, Vancouver on Saturday. That Friday night game was bonkers with a bulk of the goals being scored by the 12:20 mark of the first period. The B’s looked bad early, righted their ship and won with Brad Marchand’s score in the opening minute of the second period.

Saturday was a much worse game for the B’s. Everyone looked bad and Tuukka suffered through 6 goals against on 27 shots before being pulled much later than he should have been in the third period. Jaro Halak didn’t have much better luck, allowing 3 on 8 shots. Just a bad, terrible night for the Bruins.

Roster Moves

Connor Clifton spent last week in Providence on a long-term injury rehab stint. Clifton hasn’t played in a game for the Bruins since December 29th when he was knocked out the game with an upper body injury (concussion). The rehab stint came as a slight surprise after it was announced that he could return to the roster last weekend and failed to do so. Perhaps Cassidy and co decided against bringing him back on the road trip since it would be heavy hitting contests on the road and Jeremy Lauzon was called up for such.

Clifton was held out of the Friday night contest for Providence and much speculation went around about whether or not he was being moved in a trade. Turns out this was all a false alarm. As it turns out, he’s returning to Boston.

As for Lauzon, it will be interesting to see if he remains with the Bruins roster. As of 3pm today, there is no limit to the roster size of normally 23 players. It’s obvious that Cassidy has liked what he’s seen of the young defenseman but he might return him to Providence for some additional seasoning.

Ondrej Kase is expected to join the team for practice this morning. He didn’t meet with the team on the road for multiple reasons: he had been on IR since earlier in the month, he was getting over an illness with flu-like symptoms, and the B’s would have to move a roster player to meet the 23-player limit. So, as it turns out, Monday works.

Here’s a fun fact: 46 + 28 = 74

Around the League

Unfortunately, other teams continue to make moves. Most notable this weekend was the trade that sent Ilya Kovalchuk from the Habs to Washington to play with his Russian national teammate, Alexander Ovechkin, and vie for a Stanley Cup championship. Montreal got a third round 2020 pick and the ability to retain half of Kovalchuk’s salary cap hit of $350 K. Habs gonna Habs.

Tampa Bay signed defenseman Zack Bogosian after the Buffalo Sabres terminated his contract for failure to report to their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. This must be a depth move.

Washington traded with San Jose for defensive depth, getting Brenden Dillon for picks.

Here’s a handy table that will be updated at times throughout the day.

Trade DatePlayer / Picks_____________To__________________________From_____________
2/5/20Trevor Moore (F), a 2020 third-round draft pick, and a 2021 third-round draft pick
2/5/20Jack Campbell (G) and Kyle Clifford (F)
2/10/20Jason Zucker (F)
2/10/20Alex Galchenyuk (F), Calen Addison (D), and a first-round pick in the 2020 or 2021 NHL Draft.
2/16/20Andy Greene (D)
2/16/20 2021 second-round draft pick and David Quenneville (D)
2/16/20Blake Coleman (F)
2/16/20Nolan Foote (F) and a first-round pick in the 2020 or 2021 NHL Draft.
2/17/20Tyler Toffoli (F)
2/17/20Tim Schaller (F), the rights to Tyler Madden (F), a 2020 second-round draft pick and a 2022 conditional draft pick.
2/18/20Julien Gauthier (F)
2/18/20Joey Keane (D)
2/18/20Dylan DeMelo (D)
2/18/20A 2020 third-round draft pick
2/18/20Brenden Dillon (D)
2/18/20A 2020 second-round and 2021 conditional third-round pick
2/18/20Marco Scandella (D)
2/18/20A 2020 second-round pick and conditional a 2021 fourth-round pick
2/19/20Denis Malgin (F)
2/19/20Mason Marchment (F)
2/19/20Alec Martinez (D)
2/19/20A 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick
2/19/20Max Veronneau (F)
2/19/20Aaron Luchuk (F) and a conditional sixth round pick in 2021
2/19/20J-F Berube (G)
2/19/20Future considerations
2/20/20Riley Barber (F) and Phil Varone (F)
2/20/20Joseph Blandisi (F) and Jake Lucchini (F)
2/20/20Anthony Greco (F)
2/20/20Danick Martel (F)
2/21/20Ondrej Kase (F)
2/21/20David Backes (F), Axel Andersson (D) and 2020 first-round pick
2/21/20Cody Eakin (F)
2/21/20A conditional fourth-round pick in 2021
2/22/20Ben Harpur (D)
2/22/20Miikka Salomaki (F)
2/23/20Ilya Kovalchuk (F)
2/23/202020 third-round draft pick
2/24/20Mike Green (D)
2/24/20Kyle Brodziak (F), and a conditional fourth-round draft pick
2/24/20Vincent Trocheck (F)
2/24/20Erik Haula (F), Lucas Wallmark (F), Chase Priskie (D), and Eetu Luostarinen (F)
2/24/20Vladislav Namestnikov (F)
2/24/202021 fourth-round pick
2/24/20Jean-Gabriel Pageau (F)
2/24/202020 conditional first-round pick,
2020 second-round pick, and
2022 conditional third-round pick
2/24/20Nate Thompson (F)
2/24/20Fifth-round pick in 2021
2/24/20Patrick Marleau (F)
2/24/202021 third-round pick
2/24/20Calle Rosen (D)
2/24/20Michael Hutchinson (G)
2/24/20Wayne Simmonds (F)
2/24/20Conditional 2021 fifth-round pick
2/24/20Derek Grant (F)
2/24/20Kyle Criscuolo (F), fourth-round pick
2/24/20Nick Ritchie (F)
2/24/20Danton Heinen (F)
2/24/20Aaron Luchuk (F),
2020 seventh-round pick
2/24/20Matthew Peca (F)
2/24/20Andreas Athanasiou (F),
Ryan Kuffner (F)
2/24/20Sam Gagner (F),
2020 second-round pick,
2021 second-round pick
2/24/20Tyler Ennis (F)
2/24/202021 fifth-round pick
2/24/20Derek Forbort (D)
2/24/20Conditional 2021 fourth-round pick
2/24/20Conor Sheary (F), Evan Rodrigues (F)
2/24/20Dominik Kahun (F)
2/24/20Emil Djuse (D)
2/24/202020 sixth-round pick (BUF)
2/24/20Sami Vatanen (D)
2/24/20Janne Kuokkanen (F),
Fredrik Claesson (D),
conditional 2020 fourth-round pick
2/24/20Robin Lehner (G)
2/24/20Malcom Subban (G), Slava Demin (D),
2020 second-round pick (PIT)
2/24/20Devin Shore (F)
2/24/20Sonny Milano (F)
2/24/20Brady Skjei (D)
2/24/202020 first-round pick
2/24/20Louis Domingue (G)
2/24/20Zane McIntyre (G)
2/24/20Barclay Goodrow (F),
2020 third-round pick (PHI)
2/24/202020 first-round pick,
Anthony Greco (F)
2/24/20Korbinian Holzer (D)
2/24/20Matt Irwin (D),
2022 sixth-round pick
2/24/20Christian Djoos (D)
2/24/20Daniel Sprong (F)
2/24/20Nick Cousins (F)
2/24/202021 fourth-round pick
2/24/20Markus Hannikainen (F)
2/24/20Conditional 2020 seventh-round pick
2/24/20Nathan Noel (F)
2/24/20TJ Brennan (D)
2/24/20Erik Gustafsson (D)
2/24/202020 third-round pick
2/24/20Matt Lorito (F)
2/24/20Jordan Schmaltz (D)
2/24/20Martins Dzierkals (F)
2/24/202020 fifth-round pick (VGK)
2/24/20Angus Redmond (G),
conditional 2022 seventh-round pick
2/24/20Joel Persson (D)
2/24/20Brandon Davidson (D)
2/24/20Future Considerations

Stay tuned!

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Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Edmonton is.making.moves!!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Danton Heinen to the Ducks for Nick Ritchie

Jeff’s head explodes in 3… 2… 1…

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Ritchie – Brett’s brother
$1.498M cap hit, $2M actual, 6’2″ 234lb left shot

Heinen
$2.8M cap hit, $2.85M actual, 6’1″ 188lb left shot

So cap + physicality?
NHLN guy doesn’t like his line changes but likes his size

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I’m warming to this trade the more I look at it.
Ritchie – .46 pts/game, 78 PIM 70 shots +/- 3 CF 52.1%
Heinen – .38 pts/game, 8 PIM 90 shots +/- 3 CF 48%

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Is that a straight one for one trade?

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IntentionallyWidenberg

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I assume so, but I’m not seeing any details.

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Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

I had a geeling this was coming…. Heinie hasn’t been pulling his weight… I like him, but dude!!! Did we get the right Ritchie this time??? Can we try the Hughes thing again??? grin

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Has anyone else had a geeling??? No?? Feelings??? Anything??

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

For those hoping for Kreider he’s staying put.

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

They can keep him… hope they have deep pockets!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

That game on Saturday was extra special
eeeeeyyyyeeeecccchhhhhhhhh.

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No whammies! No whammies!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

That game on Saturday was extra special
eeeeeyyyyeeeecccchhhhhhhhh.

Maybe that wasn’t really the Bruins – perhaps it was just a bunch of zamboni drivers!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Like the trade. Now let’s get back to winning and not that other thing that happened Saturday night. Woof.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi folks.

Happy deadline day! Let’s see what Donny does.

Looking forward to see Kaše in action.

I’m happy to let the Bs off for Saturday’s effort. Only caught the highlites but from what I saw everyone looked totally exhausted. Understandably.

This afternoon I’m giving a guitar lesson to the son of one of Mrs Bear’s friends. I’ve never tried teaching before but quite looking forward to it. He already plays piano and sings in a church choir so hopefully he’ll pick it up quickly.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Oh cool, perhaps it all might turn into a fun side job!

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Okay, harmonica is difficult, like you said…. I now need video guitar.lessons!!!!

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Haven’t given up the harp…. Gonna learn both!!!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Remembering when to suck/blow (ok, I suck all the time…) and running out of breath are my big problems with harmonica.

My number one tip for guitar learning is keep the thing handy. Mine is on a stand next to the sofa, so even if I only have a minute while I’m waiting for little un to put her school shoes on, I can grab it and practice a riff or a scale. It really does help!

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

I’ve been doing 20 – 30 minutes a day….. I’ve been told drive time is good for practising harmonica… trying it tomorrow!!!