Morning Free Association: Six More Years of Carlo

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The Boston Bruins have one less contract to worry about. On Wednesday, the Boston Bruins announced that they had to come to terms with impending RFA Brandon Carlo on a six-year $24.6 million deal.

The deal was announced just hours after fellow blueliner Kevan Miller had announced his retirement. In his media availability via Zoom, Carlo cited Kevan Miller as not only a mentor to him but also as a lifelong friend. The two players bonded over their shared Christian faith and used to often spend time together off the ice since they lived close to each other in Charlestown. Carlo thanked him among many others and stated that he had had the ability to play with Miller for years to come.

Many fans are excited about the new deal since Carlo is a fierce penalty killer and a great stay at home defenseman. But others cite his injury history and worry that the term of 6 years is too much given that much of his missed time has been due to head injuries. He missed his first playoff opportunity in 2017 due to a high hit from Alexander Ovechkin into the glass and more time similarly this season with the headshot by Tom Wilson and a routine hit (that ended poorly) from Cal Clutterbuck in the second round of the playoffs. Sometimes longer term is what is needed to get the cap number to be a bearable number.

Carlo Contract

Taking a closer look at the deal shows that while his cap hit is $4.1 per season, his actual salary is much lower for the first two seasons ($2.5M and $3.5M respectively). His salary becomes greater once his his modified no trade clause kicks in (10 team no trade (2023-25), 8 team no trade (2025-2026), and 3 team no trade (2026-2027)). Of course, if something should happen to him in the later years, it may be harder to offload his contract but he could be either moved to the Providence Bruins, traded to a specific team, or if worse comes to worst, be placed on LTIR.

All in all, having one more piece of the defensive puzzle solved is great. He’ll have to be protected for the expansion draft but it was a foregone conclusion that he would be. As of right now, the Bruins have a projected cap space of $26,156,611.

And I am happy. Everyone wants me to be happy, right? My Boyest of Boys is here for the long term.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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It’s good to see Carlo locked up for a few more years. Six is a little long for a guy who misses as much time as he does, but that’s the price of business for guys entering into a 3rd contract, though I think he was still an RFA.

Bleah. Another gross, sticky day.

I got into the shower later than I had been lately, but the house was still quiet and dark, and when I got out, GH was already dressed, walking around the living room and had the TV on, and I hadn’t noticed any of the sounds (I had the bathroom fan running).
I opened the bathroom door, and she was walking briskly right towards me, startling the heck out of me – I must have jumped a mile!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

It’s finally brightened up here after about a month of grey skies. No doubt by Monday everyone will be moaning about the heat!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Special day today: One year ago today I adopted Nugget! (I seem more excited about this than she does. lol )

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Yay! Happy adoption day!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Cats are so sentimental.

Cat sees owner get mugged, lying bruised and insensate on the ground.
Cat: “So it’s about time for dinner and there’s nothing in my bowl…”
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IntentionallyWidenberg
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(congrats on catdoptionversary)

The London Bear
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Hiya,

Great deal for now, further down the line maybe not so great but a lot can change between now and then. Concussion issues are a bit worrying but Bergy had a bit of a concussion history earlier in his career didn’t he? Hopefully Carlo will enjoy a run of health now.

Ordinarily I would be at Silverstone right now, as it’s British Grand Prix weekend. There’s a full crowd but only journalists with a full-season permit are allowed to go. So, not me! Ah well, maybe next year.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

only journalists with a full-season permit are allowed to go

*Sniff* “Well we can’t let just anybody in, now can we?”

Welcome to the hoi polloi!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I might’ve bought a ticket if I’d found out sooner. That would really be slumming it!
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IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Meanwhile:

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Ha! Is it some kind of protest?

That’ll stop spectators from causing carnage with cardboard signs I suppose

https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1409620133916688386?s=20

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

So if I’m understanding this right: Today’s sprint race decides the grid for tomorrow’s sprint race which decides the grid for the actual race?

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Not quite as daft as that but close! There’s a normal qualifying session this evening (lunchtime for you) to decide the grid for tomorrow’s sprint, which decides the grid for the real race. Because motorsport wasn’t complicated enough already.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Ah, that makes a bit more sense!