Morning Free Association: Men’s Olympic Hockey Teams

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While we’re waiting for the season to start for the Boston Bruins, there are other subjects about which we can talk. For instance, ESPN broadcasted the first two games of the season last night starting with Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning. If you had Danton Heinen scoring the first goal of the new season, take a bow.

What makes phony’s guess even more mind blowing is that Danton Heinen is just a random player not a powerhouse on a team that still retains some decent talent. Heinen also received the first minor penalty on the season after tripping Alex Killorn.

The announcing crew of Sean McDonough (a local legend) and Ray Ferraro weren’t annoying while still giving pertinent information, Emily Kaplan seemed psyched to be at ice level, and the studio crew was pretty good with Mark Messier and Chris Chelios as the analysts who seemed natural and Barry Melrose trying to fit in.

The late game on ESPN was the first ever game featuring the Seattle Kraken playing against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Catching a game in Vegas is worth it just for the pregame show.

But that isn’t what I wanted to talk about. The various national teams have started to mete out their top three men’s team players for the Beijing Winter Olympics. The full reveals will take place on October 15th but the NHL and NHLPA wanted each national team to announced their first three NHL players, or in some cases, AHL players.

Canada: Sidney Crosby (PIT), Connor McDavid (EDM), Alex Pietrangelo (VGK)

USA: Patrick Kane (CHI), Auston Matthews (TOR), Seth Jones (CHI)

Sweden: Victor Hedman (TBL), Gabriel Landeskog (COL), Mika Zibanejad (NYR)

Finland: Aleksander Barkov (FLA), Sebastian Aho (CAR), Mikko Rantanen (COL)

Czech Republic: David Pastrnak (BOS), Ondrej Palat (TBL), Jakub Voracek (CBJ)

Germany: Leon Draisaitl (EDM), Phillipp Grubauer (SEA), Moritz Seider (DET)

Slovakia: Jaroslav Halak (VAN), Erik Cernak (TBL), Andrej Sekera (DAL)

Switzerland: Roman Josi (NSH), Timo Meier (SJS), Nico Hischier (NJD)

Latvia: Rudolfs Balcers (SJS), Zemgus Girgensons (BUF), Kristians Rubins (TOR /Marlies)

Denmark: Oliver Bjorkstrand (CBJ), Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG), Alexander True (SEA)

I wonder if David Krejci would have been announced had he stayed with the Bruins this season. I mean, he has won the Golden Stick numerous times before he was upstaged by Pasta.

One has to imagine that Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand will join the star studded Team Canada, forming a line with Sidney Crosby as in the World Cup of Hockey a few years back.

I feel bad for Jack Eichel because of the way his neck injury has been managed/ mismanaged, he won’t be able to play in the Olympics this time around.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

My brain’s been so mushy I just noticed there’s actual games now in the Next Game box!

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My brain’s been so mushy, I didn’t put any actual games into the Next Game box until the season started.
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I think it’s air borne mold. Everyone i know feels fatigued… a la “je suis fatigue”

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Moring all. If that’s not peak Phony, I don’t know what is!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Morning.

Well done Phoney. I wish I could predict sports like that, and it’s my bloody job! I miss her being a regular on here.

Had a dental procedure thos morning that involved both sides of my mouth being numbed. So I’ve come to the pub to finish my book and help me gauge when I’ll be fit to eat. Luckily it’s the kind of pub where dribbling and slurring in the middle of the day doesn’t make me stand out from the rest of the clientele. Ha!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Hahaha! At least you’ll fit right in! And how was the locker yesterday?

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Oh that’s tomorrow. The anticipation is building …

I went to library today for the first time in nearly two years. It hasn’t changed much. But there was a new Stephen King I didnt even know about!

And I went too soon on the food and chewed my lip. Ah well, I’ll know next time!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I miss my library!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

That was a pretty bold prediction by Phoney. I’m impressed.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good morning!
The Olympics are always fun, especially the hockey. I feel that Canada should have two teams… Either Eastern and Western Canada, or Canada and Quebec. What the heck, they broke up the Soviets, nyet?
Oh, and the Kraken’s first goal?….. Ryan Donato!
Beautiful days here! Casual working day with some backyard disc golf practice!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Love the winter Olympics. I always rated Donato, though he did nothing really after leaving Boston. Maybe he finds a new lease of life in Seattle.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I love watching the snowboard cross. Such insanity!