Morning Free Association: Halak Signs

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Friday, word broke that Jaroslav Halak signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract extension to remain the Bruins backup goaltender through the 2020-2021 season.

This is a great move for Don Sweeney to have pulled off given that the salary cap will be static next year (around $81.5 million) and that leaves the Bruins GM about $20 million to signed several UFAs like Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara and RFAs including Jake DeBrusk and Anders Bjork. Since Halak made $2.75 million over this season and last, saving $500,000 on this deal while retaining a netminder who would be highly sought after in free agency is a great deal.

For Halak, the decision was a no-brainer; he loves to win and hates to lose and with this team, he has a chance to win a lot.

Jaro also loves the city and the team, saying several times that this is a special group of guys and that they have a lot of fun together. One has to assume this is the truth because just about every player says the same thing about the team and each other.

You can catch all that Halak had to say with his media availability below.

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The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi folks.

I’ve been for a run this morning, which was less tough than expected since its the first time in about two months.

I’m definitely no fitness freak but I had no trouble getting to my 10,000 steps per day in The Before Times so this lockdown must be affecting the old legs.

I have been strictly observing the stay-at-home rule, only leaving the house for the Thursday shop over the last six weeks. However, at the weekend Leah wanted to run around a bit.

There’s some common land about a 5min walk from the house – it has a perimeter footpath just over a kilometer long and is roughly square, to give you an idea of the size. There were about 30 people there, so social distancing was no issue. Good for the mind.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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The plus side of working at home for me has been fitness. I’ve learned to not eat donuts all the time, and the time saved on my morning commute has been spent on the Nordic Trac x-country ski machine. I’m up to 1.5 miles per session., which supposedly translates to 150 kCal burned (though I set the resistance higher than avg and swing 3 lb hand weights, so probably more).

Perhaps I’ll get down to a healthy weight for my frame.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Why does everything have to fall apart at the same time? My laptop is struggling. Coffee maker is on it’s last legs. Cracked my phone screen and my sneakers now have holes in them. Enough already! I need a break!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Or things not to break. Or a break from things breaking.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Just put a ban on breaking!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Oof, these things usually happen in threes, so you’ve really drawn the short straw.

Hey, I learned today that Ben & Jerry’s is based in Vermont! Anywhere near you? I don’t have a very sweet tooth but I could eat ice cream by the bucket.

I learned this, btw, on The World According to Jeff Goldblum, which is very entertaining.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

SatanDad worked for Ben & Jerry’s (at their corporate headquarters up in Burlington) when he first moved to Vermont. 3 free pints of ice cream a day is fun at the beginning then you get pretty sick of ice cream. grin
SatanDad was always willing to be a taste tester for the research & development team!
I’m about 20 minutes from their factory and tourist thingy.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Wow, that sounds great!

Three free pints a day, you say? Do they happen to have any breweries or distilleries in the area ..?

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Hahaha! I am very close the Lawson’s brewery. I hear they do pay well.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

I seem to recall at least one brewpub in Burlington.

The Ben & Jerry’s tourist trap is a good stop. One gets to see much of the ice cream making & packaging process, try a flavor, and of course there’s a gift shop and an ice cream stand there. It’s on top of a tall hill so one gets a mini workout climbing from the parking lot to the building, which is probably a good thing.

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Everything in threes. I see it all the time…

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Definitely glad to have Halak back. That’s a good deal for the team. I hadn’t even realized at the time that Sweenius saved $500k over this year’s cap hit! I’d have to imagine that he’d get a bigger deal on the free market. I imagine that he’ll be a tempting target for the Seattle expansion team (assuming that all the best #1 G are protected – including Tuukka).

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I keep forgetting the Seattle expansion is a thing.

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Good Morning!!!
Yay! Glad to have Jaro for another year!!! The Bruins have the best goaltendind duo in hockey!!
Mac is sounding stronger. If she would leave her IV in, she’d be even better, but she can’t remember why it’s there so she pulls it out.
Beautiful weekend, but the highlight was Sandy Brook on Friday. It sounds so peaceful and bucolic… not so much. It’s a narrow gorge running down a mountain. It twists and turns…. and drops. 4 1/2 miles of continuous holy shit! It’s hard to follow others as they disappear around a corner or down a drop. You have to read the river quickly and keep thinking four or five moves ahead. Super intense. All four of us aced it! (There are horror stories). I couldn’t sleep Friday night…. I was that pumped up!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Glad that Mac seems to be improving. (Though pulling out IVs strikes me as a bad habit to get into — unless one is prone to being kidnapped by spies)

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Mac won’t talk!! Sodium Pentathol? Ha! She laughs at it!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

That’s good news about Mac. The boating sounds like a blast although I wouldn’t want to risk hospitalisation in the current climate!