Morning Free Association: A Few Days of Rest

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With the Boston Bruins eliminating the Washington Capitals in 5 games, the B’s have a cleared schedule for now. They await the winner of the best of 7 series between the New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins, which will require at least 1 more game to wrap up and possibly 2. Seeing that the NHL likes to play by the seat of their pants with regards to scheduling, the Bruins could be playing in a matter of days or even a week from now.

Yesterday, Bruins GM Don Sweeney addressed the media after the team’s first round win, mostly with regards to injury updates.

First year defensemen Jeremy Lauzon and Jakub Zboril hope to ready to return in the second round. Even though that will be a bonus for the B’s, can they really justify moving Connor Clifton out to have one of these guys back in? It seems to me, Cliffy would have to demonstrate that he’s having a difficult time in a game situation to allow for that swap. There’s no sense in changing anything if you’re getting results.

Kevan Miller is still recuperating from an upper body injury that occurred when he was hit by Washington’s Dmitry Orlov, who launched himself into Kevan Miller, hitting Miller high and knocking him down to the ice where his head came down hard. He had to be transported to Mass General. He was released after tests the following day.

Who knew until Sunday that Kampfer had an injury? Apparently it was significant enough to require surgery meaning his season is likely done.

Finally, Ondrej Kase has been shut down for the season. He made appearance in 3 games this season; 2 early on when he was concussed by Miles Wood and then a third just a couple of weeks ago against the Islanders, a game from which he had to leave early. Kase is an RFA after this season and it remains to be seen what the Bruins will do about his contract situation.

 

Rest up Bruins fans for we do not know when that second round will begin.

 

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GB gets a loser point against Denmark at the Worlds. Three games in, we’re doing better than Canada! lol

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This is a really great read from Al Montoya.
https://twitter.com/PlayersTribune/status/1397175620623212550?s=20

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Love his message at the end:

Now it’s up to all of us who love this game to make sure that, going forward, every little kid out there who thinks they may want to play, watch, or be a fan of hockey feels like — no matter what their background, no matter what their unique story — she or he can have that same sort of connection between our sport and who they are as a person.

We owe that to the game of hockey, and we owe it to each other.

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Quick embed of the above:

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And I anonymous good.

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A/C never needed in Monrovia. It cools to the high 50’s at night even in high summer. I still plan to construct a passive solar heating/ cooling system once I make the house luvable

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It’s change your clothes five times a day weather here… Hoodie in the morn, t shirt late morn, shorts in the early afternoon…. reverse process as it cools off. grin

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Morning all. Nice to have some pleasant weather after the heat wave!

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We’re due a heatwave at the end of the week. If you can call 24C a heatwave!

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I do not. smile

Was mentally prepared for a small heatwave. Thinking about air conditioning, wearing shorts & T-shirts. Aside from Sat & Sun, am not seeing it yet.

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I did end up putting the ac in. Figured it had to go in eventually and I needed something to do on my lunch break anyway.

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I’d call that more of a warmishwave. lol

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I thought it was going to be cold based on the overnight temps, but forgot my hoodie when taking Boomer out – it is quite nice. And I’m not worried about my new plantings getting burned.

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Yesterday was my ideal weather. Upper 60’s and sunny. Crazy on Sunday afternoon when the temp dropped from 80 and sticky to 60 and windy.

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Good morning!!
Everything is right! All is good! The world is in harmony (as long as the Bs are winning!!). I can’t see Lauzon or Zboril cracking the line-up right now. Tinordi is an adequate sub for Miller and everything else should be left well enough alone. Cliffy hockey is integral to this team. His enthusiasm and drive! I believe others feed off of it…. although, if you need motivation to give your all on this team, you’re not on this team.
A quiet morning in the hill towns. Jo is gone for two weeks…. I have lots to do
Hoping the Icelanders and ‘guins can beat the snot out of each other a lil longer.

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Hoping the Icelanders and ‘guins can beat the snot out of each other a lil longer.

Oh yeah – 3OT we like to see!

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Agree on the defense. Lauzon & Zboril are afterthoughts right now. Cliffy was a good fit vs the Caps. 4 games, 1 minor penalty (offset by an embellishment!), +3, 11 attempts, 4 SOG, 3 takeaways, gave a few solid hits. Am curious to see what Butch decides to match vs the Pens.

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Lauzon has proven his worth. But for an injury, he might never have left the line-up. I feel that Zboril is still in need of improvement. He has a lot of potential, but has to be better… just my opinion

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Yeah. Zboril gets flustered. Makes mistakes handling the puck, gets hemmed in to the D zone too easily. Fine in a pinch, but not a good choice for an everyday D-man for the playoffs. I’ve generally preferred Lauzon over Clifton, but I can’t argue with the recent results. Unless there is a specific matchup to exploit, I say play the hot hand.