Morning Free Association: The Captain’s Future

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With the season inching closer, more and more Bruins players are trickling back into town. Some have shown up to skate at Warrior in the traditional Captains practices including new Bruin Nick Foligno and the captain himself.

Being September and all, it was time for the Bruins players to unite for a charity golf tournament in Plymouth. Prior to the event, some Bruins players had media availability in person with the media for the first time in 18 months.

But it was Patrice Bergeron’s comments that didn’t make the video that caused Bruins fans to pause and freak out a little bit.

Bergy’s not committing to signing an extension right now and would rather focus on the season.

I get it; distractions hurt a players’ game and work against the ultimate goal. But the thought of Bergeron not playing beyond this season, his 18th, is just unfathomable. There is zero chance that he would play for another team, we know that. Unless the Avalanche moved back to Quebec City and reverse-aged their players from when Patrice was a boy, there’s no other team he would play for. The Habs might covet him but he wouldn’t betray his hometown nor his adopted hometown. But, it would truly be the end of an era if he hung up his skates after this season.

Then it would be Captain Brad time and while I am here for that, I want Bergy to play forever first.


In other news, David Backes signed a one-day deal with the St. Louis Blues to retire with the team with which he played most of his career.

Even though the deal he signed with the Bruins was a bit too long and maybe too expensive, he was still a good team player and a mentor to many young Bruins players.

Stick taps to Backes.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Wooo Friday!

The London Bear
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Hiya,

Nice touch St Louis giving Backes a one-day contract so he can retire with them no doubt his number will go in the rafters.

It’s sad to think Bergy may be considering retirement. He has nothing to prove though, and owes no-one anything. I’m sure there comes a time when flying all over the country for eight or nine months of the year and playing with a separated shoulder or punctured lung (or both!) begins to lose its appeal.

Britain is abuzz at the moment over our new tennis star – an 18-year-old who has only played in four tournaments but is favourite to win the US Open final tomorrow! And thanks to the fact I accidentally signed up for a free trial of Amazon Prime last week I’ve been able to watch all her matches. A great feelgood story, and much needed, whether she wins the final or not.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Free Amazon Prime is a feelgood story, but what about this kid? Wow! grin

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I saw that this morning. Good on her!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good morning!
Oh Bergy, just stay a Bruin forever! What? You’ve already been a Bruin forever? That’s crazy! Why it was just the other day when young Patrice was riding to the rink on a Zambian! Time flies, eh?
Got my first shower in last night… actually just got out as we have instant, endless hot water!!
My brother is on his way from Virginia!! Rumors of an APB describing Dan are exaggerated, however, everything breakable has been stored, neighbors and friends warned, and hatches battened down.. I can’t wait to see him!!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Riding on a Zambian? Must be nice… I recall it being a Zamboni!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hope you have a great weekend!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

It’s also Riverfest weekend, though much reduced. Outdoor events and fun on the river, including Beatercross!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Ah the Beatercross is back! Are you racing?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I will race if my brother can get his lame ass down to the viewing spot…. it ain’t easy. His knees may be worse than mine and fitness? smile