Morning Free Association: The Front Office

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In the past week, various writers at The Athletic have been taking different looks at NHL teams. One article looks at each team’s contract situations including looking at bargain deals for clubs. Another surveys agents on a variety of NHL items from standout players in the Bubble to overall team health. Still another compares how each team’s front office is judged from outside and within the fanbase. Surprise, surprise, the Bruins didn’t do so well with their own fanbase.

The Boston Bruins ranked 17th overall in the front office ranking with an average of the Public and Bruins fans being 3.0 out of 5 by these criteria:

  • Roster Building
  • Cap Management
  • Draft and Development
  • Trading
  • Free Agency
  • Vision

While the Bruins earned high marks from the public on several criteria (Roster Building (4.0), Cap Management (4.0), Vision (3.8)), the highest mark from the fan base was for cap management (3.9) with the lowest marks assessed for Draft and Development (2.2) and Free Agency (2.5). Coming on the heels of Torey Krug’s departure in free agency after Don Sweeney failed to negotiate beyond last fall and after the Bruins pulled the one and only offer off the table, it’s understandable that the fans would rate them so low for this year, even with the good deal they got for Craig Smith. As for D & D,
NERRRRDDD!
yeah, they haven’t hit the jackpot. Every one of this season’s draft picks were college-bound, which puts them down the pipeline for development. Recent picks like John Beecher are also developing through college play. Should Jack Studnicka make it on the big roster this season, that would be a step in the right direction and improvement.

While we’re still trying to figure out what we got from last year’s trade deadline acquisitions, one thing’s for sure: shedding most of David Backes’ remaining contract was the most important thing Sweeney could do to correct his mistakes.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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Took a look at my town’s COVID stats for yesterday. Sorta wished I hadn’t.
Infections nearly doubled in the past 5 days. Ick.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Ouch. What sort of measures are in place there?

They closed all the bars and restaurants and “non-essential” shops here a couple of weeks ago. Not sure how effective it’s been.

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Measures are pretty reasonable, but not strictly enforced. The state has been issuing the regulations, barely enforceable at the discretion of the city board of health & police dept. Really only the public event regulations are enforceable. The Governor has been complaining that large private social events (weddings, funerals, etc) have been the biggest culprit.

Actual regulations & advisories:
Beginning on Friday, November 6, 2020, all residents of Massachusetts are advised to stay home between the hours of 10pm and 5am.
Indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 25 with 6 foot distancing
Indoor gatherings at public venues are limited to 25 people and outdoor gatherings at public venues are limited to 50 for high risk area, 100 for low risk areas with 6 foot distancing
Mask advisory at all times in all public locations for persons over the age of 5.
Restaurants have outdoor service & takeout open until 9:30pm
Travellers from most other states should quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts.
Primary schools are open with distant seating but most schools are distance-learning.
95,000 COVID tests/day (statewide)
Contact tracing.

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Morning all. In my dream last night I went for a nice little drive with GH, IW, and Boomer. We stopped at a PetSmart to get presents for Boomer and Nugget but apparently PetSmart is also now a country store that sells furniture, Gritty flags, Flyers jerseys, and bourbon-scented Christmas candles.

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Sounds like heaven for S’sSister

The London Bear
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Hi folks,

Why has Ryan Reynolds bought a small English (well, Welsh) soccer club?

Gotta give front office top marks for cap management – look at the quality of players in Boston and the size of their contracts. I sometimes wonder whether they don’t concentrate too much on prospects – looking toop much to the future.

Preparing for tomorrow is all well and good but tomorrow never comes!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Yeah, their cap management has been excellent. They blew up the cap with the Iggy contract, had a couple of years where they just missed the playoffs, fired Chiarelli, refilled the prospect pool and got right back into contention again without ever tanking or missing Chara & Bergy’s cup window. And they’re still in decent cap shape. 4 out of 5 is too low.

Now if they’d only hit on more of those draft choices…

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Hi Pals!
Whew! Some wind storm Sunday night. Just got internet back about 5 this morning. Power was only out for about an hour.
Came down out of the hills during said storm on Sunday night. It was pretty wild. So, just in town for supplies, pardners. Heading north again tomorrow night or early Thursday.
The front office, yeah. I’m giving them a solid C. Great cap management, but seem to be lacking on other fronts. Let’s hope some kids can start contributing. Frederic, for sure, Studnicka, yup. How ’bout some of those young d men? This year will tell us a lot.
So, the second Covid scare at Jo’s shop turned out to be giardia, beaver fever to the layperson. Okay, dodged that bulllet, now Jo’s truck driver may have been exposed. No symptoms, but had contact with someone who has cooties, i mean covid. So we’re waiting for his test results. Mask wearing is strictly enforced at her shop, but are no guarantee. So, we wait.

The London Bear
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I guess Beaver fever is better than the Rona? Hadn’t heard of it before but doesn’t look very pleasant.
The way this thing spreads I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ve all been exposed to it. Wash hands, wear masks and hope for good luck!

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Fella went for a hike, forgot water bottle. Drank from clean looking stream, wet from hiking to running. grin

The London Bear
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Oh no! Same thing happened to Sonia and I on our honeymoon in the Slovakian mountains. God we were so ill! mrgreen

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Every spring, the dogs in town get that. It’s really gross. And since dogs like to sniff poop, it spreads. But after a week of medication, it goes away – just gotta keep the little fuzzballs away from muddy puddles & other dogs’ poop.

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So, just in town for supplies, pardners.

Ain’t that kinda dumb, after whut happen’t last time?

So, the second Covid scare at Jo’s shop turned out to be giardia,

Eeewww. Nobody steal Dave’s lunch. At least with giardia, once it’s gone, it’s gone, so I suppose that’s better than some Coronavirus thing that just won’t go away, then maybe leaves you with lung damage. Glad the bullet was dodged.
It seems like Monrovia is the safest place around right now.