Morning Free Association: New Lines, Who Dis?

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When Brad Marchand took the ice on Monday, he was roughly four months removed from having a double hernia surgery and was dressed in a red no contact jersey. A day later, Marchand wore a regular black practice jersey signifying that he could take and give contact.

Marchy was split up from his usual liney and BBF, Patrice Bergeron, this practice as Bruce Cassidy would like to see all sorts of players play alongside the veterans. No preseason games mean that battles need to be won in camp. Bergy centered two of the wings that will be competing for the temporary right wing position that has opened up with David Pastrnak’s rehabilitation from shoulder surgery. Bjork has played there before but I have to imagine everyone’s excited to see Jack Studnicka vie for that spot.

The line that many on the Bruins beat are excited about is the new look fourth line of Trent Frederic, Sean Kuraly, and Chris Wagner. After a couple of years playing together with the now departed Joakim Nordstrom, Kuraly and Wagner have some amount of chemistry and now they’re hoping to build that with the younger left shooter. At 6’2″ and 203, Frederic is a beefy kid who likes to play heavy. If Kuraly’s speed is back after dealing with a groin injury for much of last season and Wagner could have some of that down and dirty goal scoring luck of two seasons ago, this line could be really fun if it makes it out of camp.

The team will continue to break into groups for drilled today and will scrimmage on Thursday and Friday.


Since the NHL has some new divisions for this year only and they have some financial issues without gate receipts, the league has adopted a couple of new advertising revenues. First, teams will wear stickers advertising a main sponsor on their helmets.

The second is that four corporations have co-opted the naming rights for the four divisions. That’s right, we’re rooting for our team the Boston Bruins to win the Mass Mutual Division.

So, people are up in arms about this and it’s pretty stupid. Honestly, this is the most tasteful way they could add ad revenue without making the team look like skating billboards. If they continue with the helmet sticker ad, that would be fine. Really.

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Oh boy! The world is going crazy

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Yup. And SatanOtherBrother lives near the shitstorm and just hoping he’s stays safe.

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Uggghhh…. this nonsense just refuses to end.
Ironically, the aggressiveness of the mob may actually accelerate the certification of the electoral result.

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Ok, yes, the Frederic-Kuraly-Wagner line does sound fun (reminiscent of the Acciari-Kuraly-Wags line).

I’m a bit unsure as to how this group fits together. McKegg is being run as a center – not sure that’s a role they’re going to need very often. I keep forgetting Smith is a righty. So now on the right side we’ve got Pasta (he owns that shit, obv), then… Kase, Smith, Studnika/Kuhlman, Wags
I don’t see much difference between Smith and Kase other than the fact that Smith occasionally puts a puck in the net. Both are a touch less than I’d like on Krejci’s right, but overqualified as 3rd-liners. Where does Studnika/etc. even fit? It seems like he has zero % chance to make the squad, especially if McKegg or Ritchie or Blidh (all of whom are already on the cap roster) is the 13th forward

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Not Ritchie, please!

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Morning all. Yeah, a sticker on the helmet is the least of concerns. Wish people could direct that outrage at more important things like, say, making hockey more inclusive and making all fans feel welcome. But I digress…

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Hi folks.

Stickers on helmets – fine. Some of the European league’s jerseys look ridiculous tho, let’s not go that route.

That does sound like a fun fourth line. It’s not the fourth line I’m worried about though….

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Yeah, I’m ok with a sticker on a helmet or a single shoulder patch or the like, but I worry about the possibility of creeping ad presence on uniforms. I don’t want uniforms to look like the euro ones or a NASCAR jumpsuit, absolutely littered with advertisements.

Or for that matter nor do I want to see the situation with many pro soccer uniforms, where the primary sponsor’s logo obliterates the team identity (I’m looking at you, “Fly Emirates” FC). I shouldn’t have to wear a Dunkins shirt to indicate that I’m a Bruins fan.

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That was me, not Stripes.

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Good Morning!
I used to be opposed to ads on players and on the boards. I dont really care anymore. Cant wait to see some hockey. Some lucky team will win the Kraft Stanley Cup this year

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Stripes….. i need a new tablet!

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Ha! Winning team gets a lifetime supply of mac and cheese! (Note to self: Win the Kraft Stanley Cup.)

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I’m still confused as to what sort of car I’m supposed to buy during which segment of the game.

If I buy a Ford F150, does that mean that I can only watch the last 5 minutes of the 3rd period?
Or does it mean I can watch other segments, but only ones sponsored by Berkshire Bank and not Nissan?

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The Ford Final Five is everything!