Morning Free Association: The Trifecta of Suck

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Yesterday was a terrible, very bad, no good day. I woke up and chose violence.

(But not you, you’re good people)

As the day persisted, everything got worse and it became the Trifecta of Suck.

Patrice Bergeron has an UBI (concussion) and is out for an unknown amount of time.

Korra

Brad Marchand was “granted” an in-person hearing via Zoom for his intent to injure Tristan Jarry.

It didn’t go well.

i hate everything

The suspension is just long enough to appeal and also just long enough that he’ll serve it before an appeal will be heard.

Don’t get me wrong: I can’t condone this behaviour but I do understand it. Were I in the same situation having just lost Bergy, witnessing Jarry hitting Coyle with his stick, and just be frustrated with officiating in general, I would lose it, too.

But wait, there’s more. And this last one I was un prepared for because I thought I’d at least have one or two more days to let it sink in.

Tuukka Rask has officially retired from the NHL and more importantly, the Boston Bruins.

He leaves the Bruins as the all-time leader in wins with 308 and with an all-time save percentage of .921.

bubbles

So, there you go.

tl;dr

Patrice is out for the foreseeable future.

Brad is out until the Kraken game in Seattle on the 24th.

Tuukka is gone forever.

Goodbye to the Flying Finnish King, that Sparkly BAMF.

Sparkly bamf

I’m going to take a few days off.

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Morning all. I have Queens of the Stone Age’s “Little Sister” stuck in my head because not only did we play it on our show, the programmers after us played it at the beginning of their show! lol

My cohost and I had a good laugh on the drive home about that one.

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What a tune!

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So nice you have to play it twice! lol

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Morning folks,

Always sad when a great calls it a day in whatever field. We were lucky to have him for so many years. I wonder what he’ll do next.

Not really surprised by six games for Marchy. Ah well.

On Slovakian radio the host is very excited about the start of the Olympic men’s hockey. Slovakia lost 6-2 to Finland this morning, but both SVK goals were scored by 17-year-old Juraj Slafkovsky. He’s projected to be a top-ten draft pick. One to keep an eye on.

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Not really surprised by six games for Marchy. Ah well.

Yeah, at first I thought it would b 2-3 games, then when I heard he was getting the in-person hearing, I realized that he was going to get special Marchand disciplinary treatment, and figured on 5-7. So 6 games is actually 1 fewer than I was beginning to expect.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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The London Bear
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They had a bunch of decent players about ten years ago or so – Hossa, Gaborik, Satan, Chara of course. Been in a bit of a wilderness more recently.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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North American prospects link There are several New England Prep School kids in the top 200. Most will play college hockey somewhere in New England

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Oh, awesome guy Martin St Louis will take over behind the bench of le Club de Hockey. Met him in Tampa when i went to play in the over 50 Nationals. He came into the rink, talked to every guy he met, asked them how their tournament was going. He was there for maintenance on some body part prior to a playoff game, but took the time, eh? Cool guy.

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That’s great! What a guy.

Did you see Claude Julien was supposed to be coaching Canada at the Olympics, but he slipped on the ice and broke a rib! Poor Clode.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Poor Clode.
I did see that. I will always have a soft spot him.

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I find it odd that he went to Montreal. AFAIK he has no connection to the team. If he was going to be part of Tampa or Columbus I’d get it.

And of course Les Habs always gotta hire a Quebecois Francophone rolleyes
It seems pretty pointless to fire Ducharme and replace him with a guy who has so little professional coaching experience.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Ugh.
Hard to be any kind of optimistic this morning. The Core out… some longer than others. Hopefully, others can step up. A lot of stepping up will be needed. Carolina tonight, maybe young guys from Providence can keep up with them.
Broke 4 miles yesterday. There were some rather large cat tracks out there where no other people have gone. I first thought coyote, but no claws. Cats retract their claws when not needed, dogs can’t. There is a large fancy cat living across the river… it finds our path convenient.

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You mean like a bobcat? Seen videos of them chasing hikers in the mountains. Scary af! They look like they’d give you a good clawing just for the fun of it.
Maybe that was mountain lions – or are they the same thing?!

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I think you may be thinking about mountain lions? Those suckers can get pretty big. They’re really only a west coast species. Bobcats are smaller and avoid people.
But that would be the most likely candidate – they’re the only wild cat that I’m sure is found in the region. Even so, I’ve only seen one in the wild one time.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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DEP has maintained that there are no mountain lions in New England, but they are here. I have actually seen them twice in Connecticut and almost everyone here has seen one at some point in their life.

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We are thinking mountain lion. I’ve seen bobcat and these tracks are twice the size of a bobcat’s