Morning Free Association: Florida Yard Sale

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Well, it looks like things with the Panthers are not looking so rosy. After a season in which they spent money to attain some good players and after securing the services of head coach Joel Quenneville, the Panthers were quickly dispatched by the New York Islanders in the qualifying round of the playoffs. Soon afterward, longtime general manager Dale Tallon was fired and Bill Zito was hired to replace him. Now, Zito has to deal with a cap situation that is going to be a tough one to manage. He only has about $21 million to sign 10 players, both RFAs and UFAs.

For rumors floating around on Twitter (yeah, I know), it looks like the Fancy Cats are going to let UFAs Mike Hoffman, Erik Haula, and defenseman and sometime right winger Mark Pysyk walk. Another player they’re looking to unload is 26 year-old defenseman Michael Matheson. He’s signed through 2025-2026 at a cap hit of $4.875 million and is reportedly going to be traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Pactric Hornqvist. This deal is all but done except that it seems that Hornqvist is ducking Pens’ GM Jim Rutherford’s calls. Oh, and he has a full no trade clause, so this will be interesting.

Now you may ask yourself, what does that have to do with the Bruins? Well, Hornqvist has nothing to do with them. All that was for shits and giggles. As for the other names, Evgeni Dadonov is the one that has been linked to the Bruins. At 31, he’s at an age that’s right between the veteran core and the young guys. He has the ability to play either wing, which is a plus. In 69 (nice!) games last season, he had decent numbers (22,25,47). However, he’s probably looking for a raise from his $4 million. With only under $15 million in cap space, can the Bruins afford another middle six player at $4M+? I don’t think that’s where they should spend it. Plus, I don’t want them to pay the guy who concussed My Boyest of Boys.

One thing’s for sure: this free agency period is going to be very interesting to see how teams maneuver to get under and stay under the cap.

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Morning all. Another good thing about Work from Home: Nobody can see me when I’m walking around with peanut butter on my chin.
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All of America in the time of coronavirus:comment image

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Trying to remember social graces if/when we’re back in the office is going to be hard!!

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^me, pandemic or not^

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Hmmm… interesting stuff. Will be interesting to see how it all shakes out. Believe in Sweenius!

I was up early this morning, making pickled chillies before taking Leah to school!

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Pickled chiles sound amazing!!

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Hey All!!
Mike Hoffman, please. That cat (pun intended) can score! The Bruins need a sniper for first or second line, depending on where you slot Pasta. Assuming Pasta with Bergy and B rad, Hoffman with Kase and Krejci….. That’s two tough lines to play against. That and sign Petrovic – Boom! What a team… and probably well over the cap, but I’m a dreamer. Let Sweenius figure it out from there.
I made beef stew last night!! Used left over shishkabob stuff, came out great….
Why does autofotch change shishkabob to lots of other things, even though I shut it off?? Jaysus!

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During lockdown we’ve got into the habit of food shopping once a week. Dinner the night before shopping day is often “whatever’s left in the fridge thrown in a frying pan”. It’s usually superb!

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“whatever’s left in the fridge thrown in a frying pan”

Italians call it giambot. Not sure if that’s how to spell it, but I remember a childhood neighbor whose mom made “giambot” .

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Mmmm…. yeah on Hoffman. The Bruins need a bigger 5-on-5 scoring threat on the 2nd line, and I’m not sure that simply bouncing Pasta to skate with Krejci has been a net plus. The middle 6 are my greatest discomfort with the Bruins roster. (Really my only discomfort aside from a lack of physicality).

Was glancing at CapFriendly last night – I think the Bruins have something like $14M to sign DeBrusk, Nordstrom, Krug, Grzelcyk, Chara. So it’s not too bad assuming that the cap doesn’t shrink.
I’d guess that Nordy is allowed to walk and one of the kids is brought up.
They still can’t overspend on Krug & DeBrusk. I don’t have a good feel for what they do about Krug’s roster spot – someone gets paid something there. Is it Grizz+$ + Clifton or do they bring in a UFA?
Not sure Hoffman fits in what’s left – though money will be tight across the league, and there’s gonna be a lot of unsatisfied free agents.

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UFA, UFA!!!