Morning Free Association: Cassidy Speaks

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Bruce Cassidy held a media scrum via Zoom yesterday. It seems like old times, just a little bit different. Butch clearly misses the press because he loves talking to them.

In fact, one of the topics that he spoke about was how media would be able to cover the playoff games in the hub cities. Restrictions? Social distancing? Mask coverings? Coach didn’t have any real answers but he clearly understands that there needs to be press coverage for reasons.

Many of the questions he fielded were about the roster. Cassidy says that he has lists for a 28-man and 30-man roster, neither of which he would reveal. He also confirmed that the Bruins would take 4 goalies: Tuukka Rask, Jaroslav Halak, Dan Vladar, and Maxime Lagacé. The number is important since it seems they’re not easily replaced should one fall ill. He also talked about how he was unsure of Kyle Keyser’s injury status and that Jeremy Swayman is indeed not eligible.

The league and the NHLPA have both yet to agree on the multitude of points on the reopening plan but when they do, Cassidy expects that everyone will be willing, able, and ready to go. He hasn’t heard of any players potentially opting out and even if he had, he expects the player to address that on their own with the media instead of outing them. The players face a lot of uncertainty about this playoff situation. Where will they be playing? How long will they be away from their families? Will they be able to visit their families at all? All of these matters need to be figured out before players agree to come back and play.

Since he’s been prohibited from watching and participating in practice, he expects to meet with Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara to find out how participants are doing and how far along they are in getting back to game shape.

An extra note: Both Boston goalies have returned to the rink.

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Seems I was able to fix my phone. Turns out it didn’t like the water that seeped into it!

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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. And to the black fly that was hell bent on eating my head on my morning walk:
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Stripes
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Our black fly season is over!!! Yay!! It’s deer flies that want to eat me now!!!

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Satan 81's Sister

Nasty little things!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

We had an attack of Maybugs last week. One was in Leah’s room – she thought it was a bee and got a bit freaked out.

I caught it in a glass and it kept flipping over onto its back, all by itself! No wonder they don’t live very long!

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Satan 81's Sister

Those things are weird looking! I’d probably freak out a bit too if I saw one!

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Good Morning!
Need to get work done early so I can play disc golf with younger son. Invited him on a rafting trip on the Dryway July 25th. Older son is going with his S.O. Jo will join them, plus a guide. Due to social distancing practices, they couldn’t be thrown in with a random group. I’ll boat along in my kayak…. I find rafting rough on the knees.
Bruce!! I love this guy. He always seems to be on the right page.
Watching games without “Let’s go Bruins” chants will be weird.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Can’t remember whether I’ve said it before, but on televised soccer matches they play recorded crowd noise on the broadcast (not in the stadium). They have a button to press when the home team is on the attack or if the away team scores, for example, so the “crowd” react appropriately.

Wonder if they’ll do something like that. I can imagine the noises of a hockey game could be pretty echoey in an empty 20,000-seater stadium!

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Sound on the broadcast…. I love it! I wouldn’t mind a no sound option (that included commentary), just for comparison.

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Hmmm. I’m torn on the fake crowd noise idea.
I’ll know that it’s fake, and it might sound glaringly fake, but a hockey game with no crowd noise is really quite austere.