Morning Free Association: Sweeney Speaks

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All week long the Bruins have been meting out availabilities of players, the head coach, and now the GM. Team President Cam Neely will be speaking later today. Yesterdays media scrums centered around players like Brandon Carlo, Hampus Lindholm, and Erik Haula. Maybe we can save what they said for later because some of what the general manager said was interesting.

He started off acknowledging that the team from top down failed to meet their shared goal. On the one hand, having one of your top two centers opt to leave the team and the league set Sweeney at a distinct disadvantage. Speaking of David Krejci, he stated that he had been in contact with the Czechian center but not recently.

An aside: Pasta is in Finland playing with Team Czechia so maybe they’ll have some talks?

As for his top center, there is no timetable for his decision. Sweeney like everyone else is allowing Patrice the time and space to make the decision that is best for him and his family. But make no mistake, if Bergeron decides to retire, this team is screwed in the immediate future and for some time after.

Talk turned to extending Pasta, which Sweeney indicated he absolutely wants to do.

Pasta has one year remaining on his six-year deal and cannot be extended until July 1st, the start of free agency. Wrapping him up now is muy importante since Pasta is due to be an UFA in 2023.

The other day, Brad Marchand was not only unsure as to who the Ramones were (as he wore a band tee), he was pretty noncommittal as whether or not he’d need some surgery. Don Sweeney clarified yesterday that Marchy may be due for a hip procedure. Poor Marchy was banged up this year which may have explained some of his goal droughts and uncertainty in games.

Finally Donny said that he currently has no contract as of now, having worked this season without a new deal in place. He said that information on that will come shortly.

That makes Cam Neely’s remarks later today all that more interesting.

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USA v GB on now. 1-0 USA after 2 periods. Swayman in goal for you guys!

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Where can we watch that?

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Possibly on YouTube – iihf channel. All the games that aren’t broadcast on TV here are live on there, plus full replays of all games.

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Swayman!!

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Morning all.

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Good morning,
The Bruins are a mess. Maybd they need to really suck for a couple years, get some draft picks. Maybe a new GM.
Watching Flames/Oilers. Wow, what a game.
62 and rainy today… 90 on Saturday and Sunday? Mother Nature drunk again.

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I only caught a recap but that Calgary game looked crazy!

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I ended up turning the heat back on last night because it got pretty chilly.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Thinking of doing the same. Bundled up now.

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We had a storm overnight. Pouring rain this morning. Roasting and not a cloud in the sky by lunchtime!

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Maybd they need to really suck for a couple years, get some draft picks.

Ooof. That may be hard – with a core of Marchand, Pastrnak, McAvoy, they may not be able to hit rock bottom but might not be strong enough down the middle to compete. They aren’t in a great spot right now.

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Marchand and Pasta to LTIR list,….. Bruins suck