Morning Free Association: Now, the Bruins

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Now that we know there will indeed be a 2021 season of 56 games and all parties have agreed to terms, we have to see how everything else shakes out. For the Bruins, that means whether or not Zdeno Chara will return, whether or not fans can be attendance at some point in the season, and whether or not top line wingers Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak will return from rehabbing surgeries sooner rather than later.

As for the return of Chara, Bruins President Cam Neely admitted that they still need to work that out with him and that Chara might need to see how the game scheduling will work out. Certainly playing roughly 2/3 of the regular schedule in a 4-month timeframe might not be optimal for a 43, soon to be 44 year old. Chara wants another championship and his time is running out.

Whether or not Chara chooses to sign, Neely is looking forward to seeing if the next group of younger left-shot defensemen are ready to make the big roster, namely Jeremy Lauzon, Jakub Zboril, Urho Vaakanainen. For Zboril and Lauzon, it’s important to see exactly what the Bruins have some 5 years since their draft year; fellow 2015 defensive draft pick Brandon Carlo has been on the roster for years now. With Lauzon, they Bruins know they have at least a bottom pairing guy on the left but can Zboril replace either Chara or Krug? It remains to be seen.

As for fan attendance at TD Garden, Neely stated that he expects some amount of attendance sometime this season and that they are preparing for all sorts of options between “no”, “limited”, and “full” attendance. They’re taking precautions to make sure people practice social distancing when entering the arena (I’ll believe it when I see it) and now concessions will be handled through online ordering. So, good luck if you don’t have a smartphone or credit/debit card.

As for Marshy and Pasta, they are both on the mend. Marchand has been on the ice a few times since his groin surgery in September. Neely didn’t have a timetable for his return but is hopeful that this final month of the projected 4-month recovery time will be all the time he needs to be ready to play. Pasta has been rehabbing away from Boston until recently after recovering from arthroscopic and labrum repair of his right shoulder. He’s due to be out through February.

Players are able to take part in voluntary workouts at Warrior Arena and Neely has noted that players are coming back to town gradually for that.

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Good morning!
Just got back from checking my trash bins – the truck came for my recyclables, but mishandled the bin a tad.

I found a trail of spilled debris next to the bin. It was stuff from when I was cleaning out my files. All of the outdated receipts from stores which largely no longer exist. As I picked up each one I’m looking a a different defunct business… “Hmm… Caldor… Tower Records… Spags… Zayre… Radio Shack… Edmund Scientific…”

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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. The “Hockey January 13th” in the next game sections gave me a chuckle.

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Hi folks,

Let’s have one more season from the big man! Surely the hectic schedule will be offset somewhat by the 30 fewer games and much less travelling. I find travelling totally exhausting!

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Good Morning!
Real hockey, real soon! I am excited to see the young defensemen (sounds like a band name, for sure). If Zboril is going to fill somebodys shoes, i feel he will be more of a Seidenberg type (hell need to do some weight lifting) than a Krug or Chara. Then again, every player is their own self. He ain`t Krug. I think Grizz and maybe Clifton have to move pucks, quarterback PP. It also remains to be seen how Miller fits into the equation.
B rad and Pasta missing will give some young forwards a chance to shine, so that will be fun to watch. A shorter season will benefit Bergy, Krejci, Chara if he comes back. And the goalies??? Who knows?

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Stripes, of course. Using Jo`s device as i left all mine in Monroe.

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I forget that Zboril is actually life-sized (as opposed to Grzelcyk) and could potentially actually do the Seidenberg role.