Morning Free Association: Moves Around the League

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First things first: the 7 team North division comprised of all the Canadian teams will be allowed to play in Canada at their own venues. The NHL gained the clearances and assurances from all 5 of the affected provinces.

This weekend was certainly a busy one for hockey clubs and the league. Well, for others not called the Boston Bruins. Some players looking for short term deals this season but still without a club just days before training camps start are turning to professional tryout deals (PTOs) to get on a team for now. Some players are being traded due to their teams’ cap problems. Still other players are just moving on.

The Tampa Bay Lighting are taking a page out of Stan Bowman’s 2015 salary cap management book. Last week, they announced that star winger Nikita Kucherov would be out for the entire regular season after having a late hip surgery, moving his $9.5 million cap hit to LTIR, getting the Lightning just under the salary cap. But, they still had one RFA to sign: centerman Anthony Cirelli. On Christmas Eve, they did just that.

So, how could they afford that? By dumping salary and taking on 2 more LTIR contracts. Yesterday, the team dealt forward Cedric Paquette and 35 year-old defenseman Braydon Coburn to the Ottawa Senators for the forward Marian Gaborik and goalie Anders Nilsson. Tampa also will give Ottawa their 2022 2nd-round draft pick.

Marian Gaborik has been all but retired since having surgery on a herniated disc in April 2018. Anders Nilsson has been experiencing lasting concussion symptoms since December 2019. The Lightning have already announced that both players will not play for the team in 2021.

Coburn and Paquette’s contracts totaled $3.35 million for this season, after which both players would be UFAs. The contracts they took are worth $7.475 million they can use for LTIR. Right now, they have a projected cap hit of $97,316,666 with projected LTIR of $15,816,666 according to CapFriendly.

Are you a little frustrated by this? I am.

Another team using some legal loopholes to get under the cap to sign players is St Louis. With Vladimir Tarasenko (left shoulder surgery in late October) and Alexander Steen (injury-retired) on LTIR, they have enough room to take on a PTO of Mike Hoffman. Hoffman was linked to many teams due to his goal scoring prowess but he still remained unsigned until Sunday when the Blues offered the PTO. Elliotte Friedman seemed to think he didn’t find the right fit because the market was bad due to a influx of talented forwards and a terrible cap crunch.

Capn Crunch

Former Senators goalie Craig Anderson has signed a PTO with the Washington Capitals. You may remember that the Caps had Henrik Lundqvist as a backup to their young starter Ilya Samsonov until Hank was forced to take the year off due to a heart condition.

Finally, two years after coming back to the NHL, Ilya Kovalchuk has decided to return to the KHL. After spending last season with the Kings, the Canadiens, and the Caps, he couldn’t find a home this season.

As a Bruins fan, this is a bit frustrating. The B’s need an extra piece or two in their forward group to really make a run. To see players pass them by for other teams, and to see those other teams navigate the cap the way they do is annoying. I’m sure Bruins GM Don Sweeney has his principles but they don’t bring home the cup. Stanley Cup champion GMs make bold moves — just look at the last 2, St Louis and Tampa Bay. They’re still making those moves. When is Donny going to?

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Morning all. I accidentally caused some family drama with my Christmas gift for my parents’ SatanKitten. I got him a catnip fish and SatanDog has claimed it as hers. She’ll growl and bark at SatanKitten if he tries to take it back.

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Does she really want it or is she just doing it to spite SatanCat? Did Nugget get one too?

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A little from column A and a little from column B. She has been a little resentful of the new kid in town.

Nugget did get some new catnip toys. And a food mat so she’ll stop making a mess on the floor.

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Stripes still being anonymous. Im on one of Jos devices as i left mine in the northland.

The cap management doesnt bother me, except that Kucherov can return for the playoffs all prorated.... the Bruins could be more creative. I mean, Donnie, you went to Harvard, right?

Kayaked some really big water Christmas Day, after all the rain and snowmelt. Wild! On the 26th i went to look at a rare New England gem called Sandy Brook. Its in a narrow gorge and parts were choked with fallen trees – a real hazard. I didnt like the odds of getting out of my boat and climbing an icy wall to avoid trees so headed to an old favorite and just had fun. At 24 degrees F, i didnt want all that risk. Other than that Jo and i have been chillin`. Her first long work free spell in ages. Loving it!

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Oh wow, that’s cold to be playing in water! Can moving water get below 32 without freezing? Seems like it should.

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Can moving water get below 32 without freezing?

I’m not sure about that. It seems possible. I was pretty comfortable for the 2+ hours on the river. Keeping the hands and feet warm is key. Often, one is too warm. I removed my neoprene skull cap too cool down after the first 20 minutes.
A little research shows that, no, moving water cannot go below 32 without freezing. However, all of the water has to reach 32 at the same time to freeze.

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It’s quite an interesting google rabbit-hole that!

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And now I’ve become anonymous! It must be catching …

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I am told that ocean water can get as cold as -4C, but it has a lot of stuff dissolved in it, so that changes the freezing point. But when it gets cold enough, most of the solids fall out of solution & it freezes (& floats).

This is from memories of high-school science class combined with watching hundreds of hours of Bering Sea crab fishing on “The Deadliest Catch

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Yeah – just came back from a hike through the local forest, and was impressed with how much recent dead-fall is out there. Some impressive trees had crashed through the trail and been crudely chopped up.

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Hi folks,

Are you a little frustrated by this? I am.

Nah, not really. The rule is the same for everyone – they’d be daft not to use it. Plus Tampa and STL have to go thru the season missing one of their best players. I should think Bs fans would be pretty irate with management if they decided to put Bergy on LTIR to get under the cap?

Everyone have a good Christmas?

Lots of snow in Worcester today (by UK standards!). Dad was supposed to be coming down tomorrow but all the roads up there are closed. I’m getting used to plans being scuppered, though.

There’s a soccer player named Gabriel Jesus – he tested positive for C19 on Christmas Day! That is peak 2020.

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So, Jesus gets Covid on Christmas Day? Wow! True 2020.

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It’s the little known fact about the Bible. There was actually a fourth wise man who brought the gift of Covid.

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Worst.
Gift.
Ever.
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