Morning Free Association: Our King

Everything is wonderful, perfect, and as it should be*. Patrice Bergeron has finally overcome the final hurdle to be known as the greatest two-way forward in NHL history. No, it wasn’t merely being nominated for the award for 11th straight seasons, although that should tell you something right there. It was that final win that would break the tie he’s had for years with Bob Gainey for his fifth Selke trophy.

Bergy placed first on 160 (maybe even 161) ballots in a landslide victory, which quite frankly he deserved.

Now there is some controversy about the ballots: apparently according to the final tally by the PHWA one voter left Bergeron off his. He says that his vote was listed incorrectly.

Regardless, he deserved this win.

Stats analyst Shayna Goldman of The Athletic pointed out how Patrice Bergeron won by almost all criteria. Now of course, not every writer looks at all of this information but it’s clear that by looking at his faceoff percentage, just one aspect of a defensively responsible forward, he was having a year for the ages: 61.9%. But really, he’s just so good and his game is still on.

Bergeron was spotted in Plymouth last night at a MMA fight with Craig Smith and John Moore. He looked a little different and I can’t put my finger on it.

As it turns out, he had a nagging tendon issue and opted to get that repaired. He had the surgery on May 31st and he knows the recovery will be 10-12 weeks, although he hopes that it will be 10 weeks. That would allow him to be ready for training camp. However, it is not wise to read into this at all regarding his future: he’s taking all the time he needs to make a decision and says that evaluating whether to have surgery and when took some time away from his decision process at this time.


Tomorrow I’ll get into some injury/ surgery reports on others, including a surprise one.


* Not really but let’s not spoil our joy

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Morning all. Finished reading Dave Grohl’s memoir this weekend. Really good read though bittersweet to read it after Taylor Hawkins’ passing.

Had a fun dream last night: We all got together for a big bbq party. Even more fun, Baltimora’s Tarzan Boy was playing in the background. It’s now stuck in my head this morning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r0n9Dv6XnY

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Baltimora’s Tarzan Boy was playing in the background

Hear that one quite a lot on Slovakian radio!

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Congrats to Bergy for the 5th Selke Award!

The Lysowski Selke ballot is even more interesting:

The dude had Bergy AND Marchy on there. That’s bold. Granted, I’ve said for years that Marchand was under-represented in Selke voting.

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Totally agree. He’s great at puck retrieval and keeping possession, though I guess there aren’t many stats that reflect that and the lack of face-offs is always going to count against him with voters who don’t watch many Bs games.

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Morning all,

Congrats Bergy. Well deserved. Was there ever any doubt?

However, it is not wise to read into this at all regarding his future

But I WANT to read into this regarding his future! There’s something admirable about quitting at the top of your game, but please don’t!

Greetings from rainy London! Arrived back last night, by way of Copenhagen. Not entirely comfortable with deepening my carbon footprint in such a way, but by taking two flights to get home instead of a direct one we saved £300! Ridiculous situation. Got a fabulous view of the Oresund bridge from the plane, which is something I’ve wanted to see for a long time.

Now just left with itchy sunburn and some excess pounds (lb, not £)!

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taking two flights to get home instead of a direct one

I don’t know how national boundaries affect it, especially since Brexit, but I’d have to expect airlines in Europe to be doing the same spoke & hub system as in the U.S. It can be pretty difficult & expensive to find direct flights unless you’re flying into or out of one of an airlines’ hub airports. And if you do, you’ll have to pay more. I guess it’s so they can keep their planes fuller. Need to travel from the East Coast to somewhere else? Expect to go through ATL or ORD (Atlanta-Hartsfield or Chicago-O’Hare).
I used to regularly travel from Boston to Denver . A direct flight would get me there in under 4 hours, so I could get into town, hop on a plane, and make my 11AM meeting (leveraging the 2hr time zone difference). But then they started cancelling flights and I had to go through O’Hare or Midway, which meant that it became an overnight stay. And I got stranded in O’Hare a couple of times because my connecting flight was delayed.
I have a bit of resentment vs the airlines because of that. I finally got pissed off enough to pay more, and take a direct flight that would get me there 1/2 hr late.
Screw the airlines.

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You could be on to something there because it WAS a Scandinavian airline that took us both legs.

There were plenty of direct flights home, but even the budget airlines were charging outrageous prices. Mallorca is very popular with Brits and with the school holiday last week, families who wanted to go there had to go then (or wait until the summer), so they knew there would be demand whatever they were charging …

Brexit didn’t seem to make any difference apart from that we now get a stamp in our passports!

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just left with itchy sunburn

Am also sporting a sunburn – not itchy though. I was working outside, mostly in the garden all weekend. I got started late this year because my current project + remote work results in an inability to manage my time. So I didn’t get out to the garden shop until after the rush. Selection of seedlings was slim and I really only had one weekend to get them into the ground. Still, I’m quite pleased with myself. I got a 20′ x 24′ plot roto-tilled, 10 gallons of compost screened. >40 plants newly in the earth, and transplanted the oregano that had been growing wild into a planter box.

I’m trying cabbage this year. It’s just a whim, and I don’t know what we’re gonna do with it if we can harvest it, But not everything out there is there just because I want to eat it. I’ve got a sage plant out there that’s > 20 years old because I found myself planting parsley, rosemary & thyme and figured I’d round out the Scarborough Faire quartet. We rarely use sage, but the thing is resilient, and not aggressive like chives or oregano, so I keep it.

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I found myself planting parsley, rosemary & thyme and figured I’d round out the Scarborough Faire quartet

Love it!

Maybe saurkraut for the cabbage? Just need a wooden barrel.

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Good morning,
Yay, Bergy! I was a little surprised at how overwhelming the vote was. I thought Barkov would be second, as well. I guess some folks looked at the stats this time.
Tampa finally had some success against the Rags. I have to adjust my prediction, though. Is it still a prediction after the event has begun, or is it just diction now? Maybe just the ramblings of an old man… most likely. Bolts in 6!
Absolutely perfect days and nights here… even if the nights are a bit cool. Nice fire in our fire pit last night. A little wine… back to the theme of the day – Perfection!

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Looks like the Avs have got one hand on the Cup already. Can’t really see Tampa or the Rags laying a finger on them.

Carpentry jobs all done?

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More carpentry today! Did some fussy stuff yesterday. Rehabbing our front door today!

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My gut said that Bergy would get a big vote – the PHWA is subject to a lot of group-think, and Bergeron is on retirement watch, but it is impressive to see. Also expected Barkov to be 2nd. Didn’t see enough of Lindholm for him to be on my radar. Eriksson-Ek is a solid choice by some folks – but that’s based on my eye-test, not stats.

Absolutely perfect days and nights here… even if the nights are a bit cool. Nice fire in our fire pit last night. A little wine… back to the theme of the day – Perfection!

Nice! Do you have a fancy metal thingy or do you dig an actual pit?

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I have an old dryer drum that sits on bricks and is surrounded by bricks. We’re cautious as it has been dry

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I started watching Grace & Frankie. Really funny! Definitely enjoying this binge.

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Lily Tomlinson is my fave in Frankie and Grace. Did I ever tell that Sam Waters ton was my neighbor in Cornwall, CT? He was okay. His wife is from South Africa and her accent and voice were sublime. Super nice lady.