Morning Free Association: It’s Official

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Late Friday afternoon, the NHL announced that they had come to terms with the NHLPA for plans on a 56 game regular season that would begin on January 13, 2021. On Sunday, they formalized the agreement after a Board of Governors meeting.

The Athletic‘s Pierre LeBrun summed up the important dates in a tweet. Note that there is a trade deadline date (April 12th) and the last day of the regular season is my birthday (May 8th). Just another reason to celebrate that day, no?

Playoffs will entail the usual 16-team format with the top 4 teams in each division playing each other in best of seven series for the first two rounds. The top team from each division will be seeded in the semi-final round according to the amount of regular season points they amassed in the regular season.

The 31 teams will be divided into temporary divisions including one that holds all the Canadian teams.

North: Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets

East: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Washington Capitals

Central: Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, and Tampa Bay Lightning

West: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, St Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, and Vegas Golden Knights

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Originally this was the case because travel between the US-Canada border is closed to all but necessary travel. However, each Canadian province has its own Covid travel restrictions, so the Canadian teams may have to relocate to the US for the season. This has still not be determined yet as league officials are hoping that each of the 5 provinces will sign off on league protocols. As for travel, players will have strict rules to follow. Basically players are restricted to their rooms (without housekeeping), the team transports to the practice facilities, and the rink.

Training camps will start on January 3rd for all but the 7 teams left out of the bubbles last season. Training camps for the Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, and San Jose Sharks can open their camps as early as December 31. Prior to the start of the season there will be no pre-season games.

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Morning all. Guess who grabbed the bag of whole bean coffee? This girl! And guess who doesn’t have a coffee grinder? This girl!
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Fortunately I had enough from the previous bag for this morning but off to the store I go after work!

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Oh no! Is the second trip to buy a coffee grinder?

I managed to pour boiling water over my own foot this morning. Glad I decided to wear thick socks today!

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I had to clear some snow this morning, so was a tiny bit late into the shower.
The dog woke up, needing to go outside while I was only halfway thru.
Now my left side isn’t fully clean, and I had to quickly don the clothing that was nearby – my dirty socks and snow-dampened blue jeans.

Every other day for the past 2 weeks, he’s slept well beyond that time of morning and required 5-10 minutes of wheedling to get his butt out of bed, but the day I’m 15 minutes late? nope

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Oh ouch! We sure are doing well here at B2B aren’t we? lol

Saturday was a day. I went up the office after the shop because I had to mail some policies. Got them all ready to go then put on my jacket and left without taking them to the post office. While I was at the office I raided office supplies and put a thing of staples in the front pocket of my bag. When I left the grocery store I shoved my debit card into the front pocket of my bag and shoved my fingers into the staples giving myself a good gash!

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Mornin’

Ooh, some hockey to look forward to. Looks like the Bs and Buffalo have been stuck into the old Metro division, then. That could be tough. We shall see.

Greetings from the land of mutated covid! Yes, a new, super-infectious variant has developed upon me very doorstep! Sooo, most of Europe has banned travel from the UK – meaning we can’t accept cargo from Europe as the drivers wouldn’t be able to get back home! Just when you think 2020 can’t get any worse. All we need now is a light dusting of snow to shut down internal infrastructure and I expect we’ll be resorting to cannibalism by the end of the week.

Anyone seen the Great Conjunction?
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I saw it last night. A bit underwhelming. Saturn is a lot less bright when it’s peeking out from behind Jupiter.

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I did see the Great Conjunction! I`ve been watching Saturn and Jupiter get closer for awhile. Great stargazing in Monrovia. Very little light pollution!

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Oh yeah I bet the stargazing is great there! Ever seen the Northern lights?

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I have never seen the Northern lights, but they are on my list. We were hoping for a chance about the time the blizzard came through, but no.

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I saw some clips of the crowded train stations with everyone rushing to get where they planning to go to for Christmas. Because cramming on trains when there’s an new strain of COVID is a good idea!

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Yeah that was crazy. The government should have expected it. They know very well how dumb the public are – that’s how they got elected!

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Have not seen the conjunction – noticed one of the planets a week ago, but since the snow fell, my evening forays have gotten much more complicated. I can no longer just toss on a pair of track shoes or sandals when Boomer needs to go – now I need boots which take a while to lace up, and a heavy coat & gloves.
So I’ve been much more disheveled going outside – because I am rushing to make sure Boomer stays continent.

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Has the snow come early this year? The in-laws haven’t had any yet.

Mars is looking pretty good atm. High in the sky and bright orange.

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New England. We can have snow anytime from September to May….. that said, Christmas/ New Year is the normal start to snow season. BTW, 28″ of snow in Monroe! A couple years ago, we got 53 inches in March.
Anyway, the slogan here is “if you don`t like the weather, wait a minute.”

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I don’t see the difference between dumping the Canadian teams in a US city, and just gathering them all in a big Canadian hockey town. (or if one wants safety by obscurity, a small hockey town – Go Flin-flon!). Make Edmonton or Toronto or Montreal a mega-bubble, bring the families for 4 months.

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^This seems like the practical solution.^

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Good Morning!
Wow! Its really happening. Awww, Canada must play here? That would be sad. At least, we will see hockey. I very excite! The alternate divisions will give this strange season some extra juice. I am looking forward to it!
Another solid work weekend in the books. Really need the electrician now. He holds the key. He says he can start after Christmas, but wasn
t specific. I mean, March is after Christmas, but i don`t want to wait that long.

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Is this your electrician?

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Because if so, I have questions…

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My electrician….. pretty sure he`s a drunk.