Morning Free Association: The Latest on the Season

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I wish I could say that plans are running fast and furious between the NHL and NHLPA. At this point they seem to be on the same, or at least similar page, when it comes to planning when the season could start and about how many games will be played.

TSN’s Frank Seravalli broke news on Friday that the two sides have agreement on the some non-economic aspects of the upcoming season.

Apparently it seemed like there still was some doubt that the season would be played. Pierre LeBrun at The Athletic filled in some of the gaps having confirmed his information with sources in the NHL and NHLPA. It looks like the cap on games will be 56, maybe even as low as 52. Training camps would begin January 2nd for a mid-January regular season start. For the teams left out of the bubbles, voluntary training camps will begin right after Christmas.

The league has a deadline to complete the season. Since the Tokyo Olympics was pushed back to this summer, the NHL must complete their season before the Olympiad begins since NBC owns the broadcast rights for both sports. There is also the issue of having the season wrapped up in a timeframe that would allow the next season to begin on time in October. That’s the season that the Kraken will arise from Puget Sound in their awesome tri-blue uniforms.

So, no word yet on the temporary division alignments or the financial stuff. The latter might be the dealbreaker on the 2020-2021 season.

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Surprisingly, we had only about 1/2″ of snow up in Monroe.

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Morning all. No further dreams about getting murdered so I suppose that’s good.

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…or are you already dead in your dreams?

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Morning all.

I’m not convinced the Olympics are going to happen. Hopefully Covid will be under control by the summer but it will surely have a big effect on all the preparations that are needed for an event of that magnitude?

I don’t think NHL TV have billed me yet – payment usually comes out late Septmber. Good of them in a way, but I guess they’d get a few complaints if they charge people full price for three months (at least) of nothing…

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Good Morning!!
Finally, a restful weekend. We chilled all day Saturday. Yesterday was clean up and organize day.
I hope the league and the players can get this thing hammered out. I needs my hockey!

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Yesterday was “shovel the fucking planet” day for me.
Got the driveway in pretty good shape considering where stuff started.

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It’s pretty much clear, with a few bits of sanded & packed snow & ice near the street. And the Prius has a layer of ice on the hood that will not budge even though I’ve driven it 8 miles in the meantime.

Got a good look at the tree that came down – it wasn’t the whole tree – just the upper 50 feet of tree, and probably 25 feet of limb from the tree underneath it.
Did not fuck with the randomly large chunks of tree that we’d tossed to either side of the driveway in the dark on Saturday.

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Sounds like one serious tree.

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The trees ’round here ain’t playing around.

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Those big white pines?

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Oak. Probably white oak (possibly pin oak – the leaves are mostly gone). The mofos grow 70-80 foot tall.

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That’s great firewood!

The London Bear
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Do a Brian May – make a guitar out of it.

Or a Homer Simpson – make a baseball bat!