Morning Free Association: The Looming Trade Deadline

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With the trade deadline fast approaching on Monday at 3pm ET, Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney has some decisions to make regarding his team. His team currently is at nearly full-capacity with regards to forwards (excepting Ondrej Kase) who are mostly underperforming. His defense is currently lacking 2 of the top 4 and is dipping into the depth of the taxi squad. As for goalies, at this moment he has 2 well-performing first year NHL players. They currently reside at 4th in the Mass Mutual East with multiple games in hand due to their Covid break and other rescheduled games. Fourth place will get them a playoff spot but not a great one. Something needs to change but will Donny be a buyer or a seller?

Reportedly, Sweeney had been making calls but he isn’t talking about them. The Bruins have been linked to reports tying them to Mattias Ekholm (LD, Nashville) but the price is high with multiple high end prospects and draft picks as compensation. Ekholm wouldn’t be a rental either; he has one more season on his deal at a very affordable $3.7 million. With Nashville back in the playoff picture, chances are that Ekholm will stay put.

Then there’s the perennial Kyle Palmieri talk. He’s been the guy that most savvy Bruins fans have eyed for years now since his deal is not so bad and he has a scoring touch. This season, he’s been a real Bruins killer. With other teams though, he hasn’t been so dangerous.

And of course, there’s Taylor Hall, who is willing to leave the Buffalo Sabres team that he hasn’t made a dent in.

Sportsnet NHL insider Elliotte Friedman had this to say about the Bruins on his 31 Thoughts column:

10. I still don’t know what to make of the Bruins. Tuukka Rask is on their road trip, and they know his health better than anyone else. There’s a loyalty to their veterans, and a realization there aren’t many more years for this core. I hear them linked to Palmieri and Hall, but I’ve also heard they don’t think a rental is a good idea for the cost. Now, if they can extend someone or get someone with term, it makes more sense to me. We’ll see.

After the game on Saturday, Bruce Cassidy stated that Tuukka wasn’t responding to treatment. Whether that means at all or as quickly as they would like, I can’t say. But, I can’t imagine that the B’s would bring in another goalie through trade.

As of last night though, Kyle Palmieri is off the market. He and Travis Zajac were traded to the New York Islanders.

Better say goodbye to your beard, Kyle.

I have no idea what the B’s should do. I expect that Sweeney will make some sort of low key deal for a player that isn’t on anyone’s radar and that won’t be enough to sustain a playoff run. That seems to be the Sweeney Way.

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Good morning!
Back in Monrovia after a crazy day. Went to play the disc golf, kid drove. After thoroughly trouncing me at golf, found that his car wouldn’t start. We were stranded at a brewery (clever bastards have a disc golf course)….. for hours! Jo came to our rescue (ship too late to save two drunken mensches?) , eventually.
An Ekholm type would be great, but it might not be worth the effort now that the Islanders have made the big move. Jesus, they didn’t have enough grit in their game? Now more grit and scoring, as well. They are winning this division.

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There are worse places to get stranded! Hope the repair bill isn’t too hefty.

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Morning all. Doby the IT Guy was very nice and helpful even if he’s not a zany Kazak goalie.comment image?ts=1419264895

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Morning folks

I expect that Sweeney will make some sort of low key deal for a player that isn’t on anyone’s radar and that won’t be enough to sustain a playoff run

Hahaha – that’s exactly what I was thinking!

If the Bs win all their games in hand, they would actually be above the Pens, although I think keeping the Rangers at bay is a more realistic aim.

That doesn’t sound good about Tuukka. Hopefully he picks up soon.

Made a fish taco recipe yesterday, which Sonia found on an American website. Nowhere do British English and US English vary more than in the kitchen! “How much is a cup?” “What does broil mean?”. The dish was really good though. Needless to say I left out the cilantro …

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Ha! What’s the saying? Two countries divided by a common language? Jumper confused me for the longest time. Things made a lot more sense when I realized a jumper is a sweater over there. Here it’s a type of dress.

Needless to say I left out the cilantro …

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! lol

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Cilantro …. Not a term used in English kitchens, is it? I know the Irish call it coriander…

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Yes, we call it coriander, too, but luckily I already knew the “translation” of that one smile
The most divisive of herbs, it seems!

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Snatch! Love that film. It was on TV a couple of weeks ago. One of Brad Pitt’s best performances

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If the Bs win all their games in hand, they would actually be above the Pens, although I think keeping the Rangers at bay is a more realistic aim.

During the recent back-to-back with Philly, the various pundits kept talking about Philly needing to beat the Bruins to get into the playoffs. “This IS their season”, Brick or Billy Jaffe would say. And I kept looking at their standings, their recent performances & their sub-par points percentage thinking “Ha ha ha, that’s cute.”
I agree with your implied thought – the Rangers probably have a better shot to go on a run. The Bruins are obviously in a much stronger position than either of those teams – as the saying goes, their destiny is in their own hands. I’d rather see the B’s face the Caps than the Isles considering how recent games have gone, though I think they’d have to squeak into 3rd place to do so.

Nowhere do British English and US English vary more than in the kitchen! “How much is a cup?” “What does broil mean?”.

GH got a fancy set of measuring cups from someplace, and I felt like the measurements might be off. There were two cups in the set that each said “1/2c.” but were clearly different sizes.
The best place to get kitchen gear in the ‘States is probably a home goods store like Bed Bath & Beyond, but many supermarkets carry small amounts of that sort of thing. The measuring cups I had been using for years were a set I’d gotten from a supermarket. I compared the two, and lo & behold, my old set were larger than the new set.

A cup is supposed to be 8 fluid ounces or ~237mL. I measured with some water and a food scale – the new set was based on 238mL, the smaller “1/2c.” was actually “1/3c.” but embossed incorrectly. The old set was based off of 250mL. I’d been under-spicing and under-leavening my baked goods for years because my flour & sugar measurements were 5% bigger than they were supposed to be! lol

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I think we settled on 250ml so that’s not bad. It was for the sauce to spoon on the tacos and with that kind of thing my approach is usually “a dollop of this, a handful of that”. It was good, anyway! Sour cream, lime and some spices, basically.