Morning Free Association: Yeah, Whatever

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So, the Tampa Bay Lightning stomped all over the 18th overall team, the Montreal Canadiens, while they used loopholes in the NHL rules to be $18 million over the cap but in “compliance” to win the Stanley Cup. And now they’re being placed in the pantheon of the NHL’s greatest teams. Uh-huh, sure. If they were so great, maybe they should have had Nikita Kucherov have his surgery earlier and then try to be really cap compliant during the regular season? Were that the case, thhe we’d talk about that. In the meantime, no they aren’t and they can go screw.

Does this mean that I feel bad for the Habs? NO. I never feel bad for them especially since I coined the whole “It’s always a glorious day to hate the Habs!”, once upon a time i a different space.

In my mind, there was no winner of the Stanley Cup this year. Either that or it was the Seattle Kraken, a team who did not play during the shortened 2021 season.

What this whole season taught us is that every GM should replicate tis formula: take on all of the contracts of the LTIRetired; wait for a key, expensive player to have his surgery so that he conveniently cannot play in the regular season but will be ready for the playoffs; and load up on any available talent because of the cap room created by those first two moves. Granted, the New York Islanders were only able to sign Mathew Barzal after shedding a couple of players and once blueliner Johnny Boychuk was placed on LTIR for the remainder of his contract due to his eye injury.

Another thing this whole Stanley Cup Farce shows is that the regular season means nothing. If we’re not forcing a rostered player to play at least one game during the regular season and then allowing him to come back for the playoffs the what was that whole 82 game, or in this case 56 games, all about? I know, this happens all the time when teams bring in players from the AHL or freshly off their signing a deal, ala Charlie McAvoy, but Kucherov is a different deal.

Anyway, the playing season is over and now it’s time to focus on a different part of the 2021 season: drafts. Both the Seattle Expansion Draft (SED) and the Entry Draft (NHLED) will occur within the next couple of weeks with the SED on July 21st and the NHLED on July 23-24. The SED will be broadcast at 8pm on ESPN2 while the other draft will be split between ESPN and NHL Network.

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The SED will be broadcast at 8pm on ESPN2 while the other draft will be split between ESPN and NHL Network.

NHL Hockey – it’s exciting, IF you can find it.

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Morning all. In even more Ellen is a Klutz news: Cut off a chunk of nail last night chopping cilantro. I need to be wrapped in bubble wrap.

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Fingernail, if prepared properly, adds a unique flavor to everything!!

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Anything is good if you saute it in enough butter and garlic! lol

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Probably better than the cilantro to be fair … wink

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Morning all.

Yeah everyone needs to exploit this loophole then they might change it.

I agree about destroying the relevance of the regular season. I’d like to see them go back to reseeding teams after each round of the playoffs. Then if you scrape through into the postseason you know you’re always going to have to play the best team still in. Dont like it? Tough – you had 82 games to get yourself together.

About to go off to watch Leah’s school sports day. The first event parents have been allowed to go to since March 2020!

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I’m all for reseeding! Yes, I believe a team should have to prove itself in the postseason. Especially if they squeaked in!
Aw, the sports days were always one of the highlights of the school year for me. I had a kid on both ends of the spectrum…. one who could easily compete with the best, one who fought like mad to not be “last kid”. I loved watching both of ’em. It’s more about how they interact with their classmates, to me.
I hope you have great weather and enjoy it thoroughly!!!!

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It’s more about how they interact with their classmates, to me.

Yes, it’s a unique opportunity to see that, and it’s great.

Leah’s somewhere in the middle ability-wise, which is considerably higher than I ever was! She was a regular swimmer up until, yknow, all this but she still does dance class three times a week.

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^^I managed to do the quote thing backwards somehow!

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How did you even manage that! lol

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Awesome! Hope you all have fun!

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Good morning!
All wet on the western front. A little leakage in the tent last night. I found half still dry, so I stayed to sleep there. No biggie.
Tampa, yeah. I can’t blame them for taking advantage of the loopholes. Very NE Patriots of them. I suppose the league will look at the laws, but someone will find the next loophole. It’s what teams do.

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Kucherov’s press conference…. WTF? Thanks for giving us a drunk athlete’s opinion.

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I should have skipped “athlete”. Once we’re drunk, we’re just drunks (voice of experience talkin’ here).

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Booze is the great equalizer!