Morning Free Association: Rags Win

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The New York Rangers lost their qualifying round series without a single win. Despite being the first team knocked out of the 24-team postseason/ season-wrap-up tournament, they still had to vie with 7 other teams (Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, and the Winnipeg Jets) to be crowned the winner of the Alexis Lafrenière sweepstakes.

Of course, this didn’t happen without some mild controversy. The ping pong balls embossed with the logos of the 8 teams in contention for the number one overall pick were verified by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman after being presented by a Nervous Accountant Guy (NAG) from Ernst & Young while Jamie Hersch yammered on about recent high picks or historical highs by each team shown.

When the New York Rangers ball was presented, the NAG dropped the ball in the tube prior to confirmation, quickly retrieving it from the tube. That was enough to set people off on a conspiracy.

Uh, okay.

It’s a shame they didn’t drag it out to be last ball standing, making it more tense and satisfying. One would hope that the Leafs still wouldn’t win the pick.

For what it’s worth, I called the Rags to win the top pick last week immediately after the Canes eliminated them from the qualifying round.

That was before I knew that everyone was in the mix because why should we waste this moment to bring out ping pong balls and lottery machines for valuable television airtime? Why not make it more complicated?

Of course, the Carolina Hurricanes, former opponent of the Rangers and the current one for the Bruins, congratulated them in their own special way.

Tonight, the Bruins take on the Hurricanes at 8pm on NESN, NBCSN, and Fox Sports Carolinas.

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Happy Hockey Day, everyone!

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Woohoo! NHLtv blackout though, so I’ll have to hope I wake up at the right time!

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Hey!!

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Hi!

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Hi folks,

I’m well out of touch with this year’s draft class. Is it basically just Lafrenière and then no-one else of interest? Last year’s bunch turned out to be a bit deeper than expected

Very clammy again, but thunderstorms forecast for four of the next five days so that should freshen it up!

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Morning all. While I’m definitely happy that Nugget seems to be settling in well, holy moly the back pain I wake up with because a 14 pound cat likes to lay on me while I’m sleeping.

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And after the Zoom conversation on Saturday I was very tempted to write “settling in good.”

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Haha! My parents’ cat used to like to sleep on their bed but when they got her a special cushion for the foot of the bed she usually stuck to that spot. Usually…

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Oh my god that is the worst! Last night I was drifting off to sleep on my side when Theena hopped up, and because I apparently did not give her enough room, sat on my hand and fell asleep. She’s stubborn.

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Good Morning!
Rags fans are happy, to be sure. I was hoping Lafreniere would go to Minnesota… someplace he wouldn’t torment the Bruins. Ah well, the NHL needs a team in NY…. and they’re close to having one now.