Morning Free Association: On to Toronto

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The Bruins left the relative safety of their bubble in Boston, Warrior Ice Arena, and traveled by bus, then by plane on to the bubble city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

On Saturday, the final 31 skater roster (20 forwards, 10 defensemen, 4 goalies) had to be submitted to the NHL along with the 20 other Bruins personnel that will be traveling with the team and supporting them through the playoffs. The player roster was announced on Sunday.

Paul Carey and Anton Blidh were the last minute cuts from a roster that has seen little skating time by David Pastrnak and Ondrej Kase. Pasta isn’t the one to worry about; Kase has only played 6 games with the Black and Gold. Pasta and Nick Ritchie, who has spent time being sidelined with an injury, were reportedly on the plane to Toronto.

However, this very good boy, Otto McAvoy, was not on the travel roster.

The NHL doesn’t get how dogs make everything better, including being stuck in a hotel for 10 weeks. However, the NHL did do something right: they personalized hotel rooms in special ways.

And they even took player suggestions as to what would make them more comfortable while staying an indefinite time away from family and from their usual activities.

In Edmonton, their are multiple lounges where players can hang out and decompress. It’s probably similar in Toronto.

Obviously the NHL gets that it’s important to keep players as occupied as possible within the areas in which they are allowed so that no one breaks the bubble potentially bringing everything down. On Friday, they gave a presentation about the amenities that teams will have access to during their stay including restaurants, movie theatres, and BMO Field for outdoor activities.

Toronto

As for players, it seems the popular accessory downtime item is a guitar.

In each bubble, 12 hockey teams and personnel will stay in 2 hotels, which means players will eventually see each other in passing. Torey Krug said that he can’t be friendly with his pals from other teams right now. Brad Marchand said that he will walk in the opposite direction from other teams’ players while Patrice said that saying hello doesn’t mean that they’ll roll over backwards on the ice. It sounds like the Bruins will stick together in a pack.

Speaking of Torey Krug: time is up for the Bruins to offer a deal before he hit free agency. Krug spoke with the media on Friday and voiced the possibility that this might be his last cup run with this group.

Not gonna lie, this won’t be far from my mind during the tournament.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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shock

This “bubble” better work. Weird that Hotel X and the BMO field are a full 2 miles from the Arena. Seems like a flaw in the plan that invites mistakes.

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Yeah, that doesn’t look like a good time.

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Let Otto go!!!!

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Morning all. I kind of wish hockey teams weren’t posting pics of the players saying goodbye to their families and dogs. It made me sad for them!!

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Both my boys made it to Monroe this weekend. We got them on a raft. Jo went with them. I kayaks ahead and videoed their run through the rapids!! I hope I took the lens cap off!! Lots of time around the campfire!!

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And… if you own stock in Berkshire Brewing Co., we boosted profits this weekend!

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Always nice to have some family time!

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Hi folks,

I like what they’ve done with the arenas, and the bubbles look great. Wouldn’t mind a couple of weeks there myself!

The UK TV schedule for the first week has been released. Looks like I’m set for a lot of blackouts. Ah well.

Leah went to bed last night singing “My name is Alexander Hamilton” …

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I often have “Let’s give it up for America’s favorite fighting Frenchman! LAFAYETTE!” stuck in my head!

And I binged the Jeff Goldblum series yesterday. He tended to get a but much for me, but it was also a pretty fun series!

The London Bear
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Ha. Yeah, I don’t think I could’ve watched it all in one go.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Leah went to bed last night singing “My name is Alexander Hamilton”

Ahhh, next she’ll be lecturing you on whether Adam Smith’s economic theories influenced Hamilton and Hamilton’s push toward industrialization.

Stripes
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Good Morning!!! Still chillin’ in Monrovia. Greatest weekend ever!!

Hockey soon!! Woo hoo!!!

Interesting to have Kase on the roster if he can’t make it. Oh well.

The London Bear
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Hockey soon!! Woo hoo!!!

Tomorrow if you want to watch a “friendly” between the Pens and Flyers!

Hey, did you see Peter Green died at the weekend? The epitome of the troubled genius, and a game-changing guitar player.

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Peter Green was a genius! And very troubled. I’ll be listening to him today.

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I’ll be pretty bummed if Kase doesn’t make it – he was a nice trade deadline add-on to the roster.

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B’s brass must figure he will….. sometime. Probably worth waiting the veteran experience?? Maybe it the role they need filled?? I don’t know!!!