Morning Free Association: Kampfer to the KHL

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As a result of the salary cap being stagnant at $81.5 million and the Expansion Draft for the Seattle Kraken, the Boston Bruins have decided to wait on signing any of their UFAs. Unfortunately, one of them has made a decision for himself without waiting.

Late in the spring, rumours about Steven Kampfer signing a deal with a KHL club swirled around the defenseman. On breakup day, Kampfer stated he had received offers but denied that he had signed a deal with a KHL club.

Kampfer at the time was still recovering from surgery from surgery from a broken arm. Presumably he’s all healed up now because he is now officially taking his talents to the KHL, to Ak Bars Kazan specifically.

I get it. If he stayed in the NHL he was going to be limited in his role, most likely as a depth defenseman. He was great at the role. But if he wanted a chance to prove that he can play in every game with substantial minutes, it wasn’t going to happen with the Boston Bruins or even likely in the NHL.

Good luck, Steven!

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The London Bear
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Morning,

Could be a good move for Kampfer. He’ll get big minutes I’d have thought and he’s still with a contending team.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Much easier going to bed when you don’t injure body parts!

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Dreams are also better without injuries! Seems every time I’m hurt, I dream about how it happened.

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Good morning!
Kampfer to the K! I get it. Mo money, mo playing time, mo money most likely. BUT….. you also get, (read with Russian accent) train ride through frozen tundra, third world accommodations, and a higher chance that your plane will crash! (stop Russian accent). If there is a shortage of dmen, look for Kampfer to return in late February.
Finally got back on the river yesterday afternoon! Using a different boat. Been working on the outfitting. Swollen river, big water, no problems. Been working on my go to boat. It’s patched and I am reassembling the outfitting. This other boat surfs really well, though. Might have a new favorite. I’m down to my last ten boats. Might be time for a new one!

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I only buy used boats. A new whitewater kayak is nearly $1,500! The “new” boat I’m using is 17 years old and cost $150. A lot of new boats are old designs reimagined. So…..

The London Bear
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Haha! I think you and your boats is similar to me and my guitars! I’ve been capped at 7. When I proudly told Sonia a few weeks ago I’d sold a guitar she said “so that means you’re buying a new one”. She knows me so well!

I’d like to but second hand – I think second hand ones have more character, but I’ve usually got a very specific idea of what I’m after and too impatient to wait for one to come up on the SH market.

A lot of new boats are old designs reimagined. So…..

My latest one is brand new but is the latest incarnation of a 1955 design!

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My latest one is brand new but is the latest incarnation of a 1955 design!

Seems to be the way in many things! Blame us baby boomers. We have buying power (collectively, not personally) and want to see things look like they did when we were young. Makes us feel younger…. somehow.

The London Bear
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My Dad hates that he cant go into a coffee shop and just order ‘a coffee’. It doesnt stop him trying though!

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Ha! Can’t get anything past Sonia, can you!

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I sold a guitar definitely means I’m buying a new one! smile i’ll have to look up what it was called, but a couple guys bought a guitar at a second hand store, recorded with it, then sent it to their friends around the world to do the same. They just loved the fuzzy sound of the ol’ thing and turned out an interesting, not spectacular, but interesting collection of songs from one guitar and one old amp.

The London Bear
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Oh wow that sounds great! Forward me a link of you find it.

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1955? That sounds like the heyday of the Gibsons

The London Bear
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It’s a hollow-body Gretsch. Even the top-line ones are made in Japan now. Mine’s the intermediate range – Korean made. Looks and sounds the part though. I’ve been playing along to Reverend Horton Heat all morning.

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Love Revered Horton Heat! Always a fun show to go to! I even got to shake Jimbo’s hand once!

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! I even got to shake Jimbo’s hand once!

Ah fantastic! I see they’re playing in Boston later this year. Theres some good stuff on YouTube.

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I’ve got a closet full of musical instruments – most of which I haven’t even played in years. Of course, they aren’t all just variants of the same type, so not quite the same. I think I got rid of the clarinet – gifted it to an actually gifted clarinetist. I want an oboe and a bassoon, but since I never play or even display the instruments I’ve got, I can’t justify it.

Interesting woodwind fact: Flutes & Saxophones have one fingering (e.g. all 6 primary holes closed is a D) while Bassoons have a different fingering (all 6 primary holes closed is a G), but a clarinet switches between two fingering sets between octaves

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Hmmm, so if you can play a flute you can theoretically play a sax?

I’ve never tried a wind I instrument apart from harmonica – which is trickier than it should be considering all the notes it plays are in the same key.

Sonia has hidden my harmonicas …

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Hmmm, so if you can play a flute you can theoretically play a sax?

Pretty much. (the normal modern flutes with all the mechanical buttons for the thumb & pinky fingers. Six-hole flutes & ocarina are slightly different animals)
The embouchure is obviously different, but I found it common for student players of one or the other to jump between the two as their first attempt to learn a 2nd instrument.

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Must of been nice to get out on the river! Always good for the soul!

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So much this. If I get cranky(me, never!), Jo tells me I need to go boating.