The Morning After Morning Free Association

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The 2020 NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone. How are you feeling about it? Good? Bad? Indifferent?

As it turns out, Don Sweeney only made the two moves: the Ondrej Kase trade and then one more with Anaheim, this time a one-for-one of Danton Heinen for Nick Ritchie. Yes, Nick Ritchie is the younger brother of Brett Ritchie.

The writing was on the wall. Heinen was capable of doing great things defensively but his offensive game was lacking this season. Cassidy had become increasingly more frustrated with the third-year forward, benching him multiple times in the past month. With yet another season of sputtering secondary scoring, the third line needs to gel and get things going. In Ritchie, the Bruins get a bigger body (6’2″, 230) who can take a licking and has a quick wrist-shot. The things is, he also underperforms. Maybe a new team with new surroundings will help him kick into gear.

Sweeney wants to keep the Bruins momentum gained in recent years while not losing focus of the future. This would explain why only one prospect, one draft pick, and one roster player were traded for the two former Ducks forwards.

The Ritchie move also saved the B’s more cap space, about $1.3M, that most important asset in re-signing Torey Krug to a multi-year deal. Sweeney said that talks are on-going and “cordial”.

So, this is it. This is our roster. It’s mostly the same except for a shiny new 2RW in Kase and a bigger bodied, and less expensive Danton Heinen in Ritchie.

Kase is not expected to play tonight but rather on Thursday. Expect Ritchie to play tonight.

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Can you imagine if Sweeney said something like this? He’d be run out of Boston.

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I’m happy with both moves but was hoping for a Palmieri level acquisition.
I’m a little gun shy with Ritchie based on his brother not working out and the fact that he doesn’t block shots while Heinen did. Yet Ritchie’s possession stats are a little better.

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Morning all. Hey, sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make and other such things. Looking forward to seeing what Kase brings to the team and to see if Ritchie is indeed Better Ritchie. (Who the Ducks drafted 15 spots higher than Pasta in the 2014 draft. Thanks to Berg for pointing that one out. Holy swing and a miss on that pick.)

The London Bear
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Who the Ducks drafted 15 spots higher than Pasta in the 2014 draft

Great little fact

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And makes you realize what a steal Pasta was in that draft.

The London Bear
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Morning folks.

I’m no expert on Ducks players but fairly optimistic about these moves. Sweeney doesn’t seem the type to make trades for the sake of it. Not everyone he’s brought in has worked out but there’s always going to be an element of gamble about these things.

What’s this? A game at a sensible houir that doesn’t seem to be blacked out? I’m planning to watch the first period live, if still awake (was in bed not long after 11 last night).