Morning Free Association: Back to the Grz-ind

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I can hardly believe that we’re more than halfway through this hellyear, this latest annual edition of the dumbest, darkest timelime. Yep, we’re almost at the seventh month and we’re trying to figure out if the NHL can award the Stanley Cup this season.

Matt Grzelcyk has joined the practice participants at Warrior and while he’s eager to get back to training, he knows that he has limited time to get back into game shape. Like everyone else living in this time, he is frustrated by the amount of precautions that need to happen but also understands that they are very necessary to stop the spread and keep people as safe as possible.

“I think the league and the team are taking all the right measures to have the players stay as healthy as possible, and staff coming to the rink, keeping them in mind,” said Grzelcyk, who posted 21 points (4 goals, 17 assists) in 68 games during the 2019-20 regular season.

“It’s been tough on everyone, but I think that we’re trying to do the best we can to make it a safe environment and really learn some things in this phase here and hopefully it will make us better moving forward.”

One of the things that Grzelcyk revealed was that the two groups that are currently practicing have to juggle their limited time on the ice so that the other group can get on the ice. There’s probably a whole sanitizing protocol that occurs between and after the groups as well.

Grzelcyk added that the Bruins’ veteran core has taken the lead in organizing the skates which are limited in their length and scope given the Phase 2 restrictions that require strict time constraints to fit in each group and prevent coaches from being on the ice.

“You expect to have a little rust and you know it’s gonna be a challenge coming back,” he said. “Some of the older guys have drawn up their own drills or maybe consulted with [skating and skills consultant Kim Brandvold] going into days. But we’ve had a good pace to it.

“We realized that you don’t have a ton of time at the rink and you want to be respectful and leaving enough time to have the next group come in and everything be a safe environment for everyone to step back into. It’s been fun to do different drills and twirl around for sure.”

It looks like Tuukka Rask will join a group soon along with Connor Clifton and Anders Bjork, both of whom are back in their hometowns spending time with family. As for other players, we’ll find out soon since training camp starts sooner than you think.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Another reason I need it to cool down for a little bit: I really need to clean my fans so it would be nice to have a few minutes where I don’t have to use them.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

My plan of hiding in an office carved out of a closet in the basement met it’s match yesterday. It got up to the mid-eighties (~30C) in there yesterday and I had to turn on the noisy dehumidifier. Previously7 it had been quite moderate down here. I got chased out by mid afternoon.

And I’m keeping the typo.
Maybe it will catch on as the name of some sort of super-secret time-hopping swat team.
“Next time on Previously7 meets Space-Magellan…”

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Brain feels like sludge. Been living on cucumber salad with this weather!

Stripes
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Stripes

Good Morning!!
Not a huge fan of this weather. Trying to head north Friday to get an extra day of boating. That means working hard today and tomorrow…. gardening and mowing….

Some hockey would be great. I’d watch them practice at this point.

Jo preordered Bolton’s book and I am reading it, even though the guy is a jerk, doesn’t write very well and is as self serving as they come. \_0_/

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Another scorcher here too. Even I could go for some boating in this weather and I’m not very confident on the water!

This Bolton business is quite interesting but it would’ve been nice if he’d told a court some of these stories rather than write a book. Maybe he doesn’t have evidence. Everything I’ve heard sounds very plausible though…

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Yeah, Bolton found a convenient excuse to avoid testimony, harming Congress’s oversight authority, because he’s a partisan hack who would rather have a corrupt incompetent disloyal monster in charge who was sympathetic to his political allies than the opposition party who would have no truck with his dreadful policy ideas.

I’m sure the majority of his claims are true, but fuck Bolton, and I hope his book makes him no profit.

Stripes
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Stripes

Yeah, I had no intention of buying. A complete surprise. Hi said half price for preorder.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Raining here today then should be wonderful weather the next few days. Really looking forward to this break in humidity and not feeling like I’m covered in slime.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Watching them practice at rink-side would be particularly nice considering the weather this week.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

“Why was practice cancelled?” “Some dipshit from Vermont was laying on the ice and she wouldn’t leave.”