Morning Free Association: The Windy City and a New Signing

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Tonight the Bruins take on the Chicago Blackhawks for their final game against each other tonight. The B’s arrived in town early and were able to get in a practice on Monday morning.

Yesterday, management announced the signing of defenseman Mike Callahan to a two-year entry level deal starting in 2022-23. His two-way deal has an annual cap hit of $883,750 at the NHL level and $80,000 at the AHL level. You might remember that Boston acquired his rights last month from Arizona in exchange for a 7th round pick in 2024. His trade was necessitated by his rights expiring soon in 2022; he was drafted in 2018.

Callahan played for Providence College, appearing in every game this season.

Tonight, the B’s game starts at 8:30 EDT on NESN.

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OMG, it actually felt like spring today. Most of the snow piles are gone and I can hear bird song.
I still don’t trust March, but we’re close to Spring.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Southern exposures are free of snow here! Woo hoo!

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Never trust March. It loves to stab you in the back.

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The Ides of Marchy

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Morning all. No kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit last night. Just a cat who tried to convince me that I always give her breakfast at 3am.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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a cat who tried to convince me that I always give her breakfast at 3am.

I appreciate reminders of why i don’t want a pet! Jo has been overexposed to granddaughter and puppy cuteness and may be weak! grin

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Start waking Jo up at 3am and she’ll get over any urges pretty quickly! lol

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Noticed Craig Smith’s mouthguard wound up on the ice in the ‘yotes game… i can’t tell you how many times a player or coach on the bench would say “hey ref, there’s a mouthguard on the ice”…. me: yes, there is. And if you think i’m going to touch it, you are out of your mind.. and that was pre covid..

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Tell ’em “Your captain has a stick, doesn’t he?”
Let the dry scrape handle it. Ick.

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Along a similar vein, we give Boomer a frozen treat virtually every night. A hoodsie-cup sized doggie ice cream or frozen pumpkin puree. Then we gotta pick up the cup after he’s done. The amount of hidden slobber is impressive. While it is not frozen, it’s like “black ice” – you can’t see it, but it’s there, and you gotta wash your hands twice after you touch it. We have one of those can-grabber/garbage-picker arms, and sometimes I resort to using that to move the cup because I just can’t deal.

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SatanParents have two peanut butter jars. One for SatanDog and one for SatanHumans. They are now clearly labeled after a Satan81 visit and he used the wrong jar.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Back in the caretaking days, Jo was asked to serve at a dinner party… she walked into the kitchen and found one of the hounds on the counter eyebrow deep in pate…. the Mrs smoothed it over and served it to her guests! Yuck!’

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Slicker than Boomer slobber is really friggin’ slick!

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I have borrowed a stick from the bench, scooped up the offending mouthguard, and deposited it to one of the benches.

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I always thought he didn’t wear one. Whenever he scores he immediately flashes that gappy grin.

I did wonder why he didn’t pick it up himself. Just didn’t get a chance I guess.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Yeah, they can get kicked or shot around by other players… sometimes as a player is trying to pick it up. Technically unsportsmanlike, but funny… and …. don’t drop your mouthguard!

The London Bear
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Morning all,

Lovely sunny day here. Does wonders for the mood.

Despite the temporarily decreased time difference, tonight’s game is still too late for me to consider catching any of it live. I’ve been enjoying sleep a lot more than I used to. Get nine hours most nights. Maybe that’s too much.

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Enjoy that sleep thing! I sleep an hour and a half or two hours at a time… i’m usually up at 5 or 5:30…

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I do like waking up early and enjoying the quiet morning. It’s when I feel most relaxed.

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I did do that for quite a while, and enjoyed it too, but that was when I used to do the school run. Now, if I get up early I’ll just be getting in Leah’s way as she prepares for school!

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Yup, i am up long before Jo and it is super quiet here. There is one pick up that drives by at 5:55 monday – friday… that’s about it. Love those quiet hours.

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Good morning!
I was hoping that Callahan would be blue line insurance for this year. Maybe it’s too big a jump at defense. Josh Manson has been traded to the Avs by the Ducks.. The pieces available will start falling into place…
Watched the game vs the ‘yotes last night.. The Bs have had worse games, but need to do like Archie Bell and the Drells!
Clean up day as Jo flies home tomorrow night. Didn’t get as much done as planned. Yesterday I was useless, recovering from hockey.

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Apparently Chychrun is damaged goods – he’s nursing an LBI after a hit from Forbert. So the equation has changed on that potential acquisition.

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I think Chychrun will be too costly.. wouldn’t mind Gostisbehere or Strahlman from the ‘yotes.. at the right price, of course.