Morning Free Association: First Day Down

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Wow, it seemed like a lot of stuff happened yesterday. The first day of camp saw the guys getting in, testing, training, and hanging out.

Also, they did some very important photo shoots with very good boys and girls.

Yep, there’s Winnie and Emmy Lou being the best big sisters to baby Wren.

Bob and Barry Ullmark

Let’s not forget Bob and Barry Ullmark!

There was also media availability with Bruce Cassidy and Patrice Bergeron. Cassidy is looking beyond Bergeron and Brad Marchand for leadership in the room. He expects that Brandon Carlo, Charlie McAvoy, and Matt Grzelcyk will speak up in the room as well as Charlie Coyle. He has no doubts about Nick Foligno’s leadership ability. But he wonders if it might be time for David Pastrnak to flex a little more.

As for line combinations: Cassidy knows what he’s looking for and will see what happens in camp to determine opening lines for the season. We know he likes a blender, so everything will be based upon performance at that time.

Cassidy also said that he spoke with winger Jake DeBrusk to see how they can work to make Jake’s season better and stronger than last season. He acknowledges that Jake seemed to have issues with all the Covid protocols; it seemed that the isolation really adversely affected the younger, single players.

As for Bergy, he seems happy that the protocols are different this year so that life will be closer to normal on the road.

This season, the TD Garden has a new policy regarding admission: guests have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test prior to entry. If you’re attending a game or a show, make sure you get there early.

And finally, the Bruins preseason game broadcast schedule has been released. Apparently, no one cares about the first one against the Capitals so the schedule picks up with the next game against the Rags.

Tuesday, September 28: Boston Bruins at New York Rangers, 7 p.m. (98.5 The Sports Hub)

Thursday, September 30: Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (TNT, 98.5 The Sports Hub)

Saturday, October 2: New York Rangers at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN+, 98.5 The Sports Hub)

Monday, October 4: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. (NESN)

Wednesday, October 6: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub)

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I need to update the site calendar with game schedules.
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The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi folks.

Never heard of TNT.

That looks a busy preseason schedule. Are the games usually that close together? I guess they must be.

Busy day – Sonia volunteered me to help at the charity she works at. Envelope stuffing. I doubt mind tasks like that and it only took a couple of hours.

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TNT is ‘Turner Network Television’, the pop & sports channel spinoff of TBS. They are owned by Warner Media, the parent of CNN & HBO. They are new to the hockey market, but have been broadcasting Major League Baseball and NBA games for many years. It should be a good partner for the NHL.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Not every player plays in every game, so games can be packed in. Star players often skip preseason road games

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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Glad to hear the Bruins are fully vaxxed. (side eyeing you, Red Sox.)

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hockey players are just smarter!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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There were a few exceptions around the league though. Apparently Mike Smith & Duncan Keith needed extra pressure applied to get the shot, but they did get it.
Some prospect (for the Devils, I think?) isn’t going to attend camp because he won’t get the shot. So dumb – that’s your career you’re throwing away, kid!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Zac Rinaldo uninvited to Blue Jackets camp as he is antivax

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good morning!
Good to hear hockey news! I have a friend who immediately protested the new Covid requirements… Hey, if you don’t want to vax, stay home! It’s not an unreasonable requirement.
We have real stairs! Been waiting to put the treads on so they wouldn’t get ruined. Nice to not run an obstacle course every time I go upstairs!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

TBH, the thought of being indoors with a lot of people is not high on my list right now… even with vax.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

My mom had covid despite being vaxxed and she was quite ill- although no hospital needed and she made a full recovery (ie no long Covid).

I was a bit iffy when we went to the theatre first time but soon settled and was fine. Plus I spent ten days cooped up with a covid-positive child and didnt catch it!