Morning Free Association: Injury Updates

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Yesterday saw the return of Torey Krug and Noel Acciari to full practice, marking the first time this training camp that each of the two injured players were back without non-contact jerseys. Joe Sacco told the press that the first part of practice was mostly skating drills to get players back into the flow of skating and that Krug and Acciari looked good. Anders Bjork was also on the ice to skate but hasn’t been cleared for contact yet. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Roster Trimming

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Did you know the final Bruins-Flames game in Beijing was being broadcast yesterday morning on NBCSNPDQETC and on The Sports Hub? I didn’t until I got in the car to take my dog to the park. It seems that NHL preseason game broadcast schedules need to be determined by reading tea leaves or some other divination tool. Continue reading

Six Bells Abaft: Green Horns Be A Scorin’

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Ahoy, B-to-B-ers! Last night, the Bruins’ land-lubber squad faced off once again against that red scourge, the Washington Capitals, this time in the nation’s capital and without old salts like Zdeno Chara and David Krejci. This time the Caps had regular scalawags Braden Holtby, Matt Niskanen, TJ Oshie, and Nicklaus Backstrom playing to get in ship-shape. T’would be a much higher scoring affair than Saturday’s game, no shootout needed. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Newsy News News

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Yesterday, Torey Krug started skating again after spending much of the summer in a walking boot and ambulating with crutches. He joins Noel Acciari in the red no-contact jerseys performing various drills. While Krug is hoping too be back for the start of the season, he revealed that he spent more time in the boot than he expected so it will take him time to get back to game shape. Acciari expects to be able to play a pre-season game and be ready for season opener. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Squad Goals

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The Boston Bruins training camp roster is split between two continents and have already played two games in this young preseason, winning both in shootouts. This is all great and good, but what we all need to pay attention to is what the players in China are doing: they’re visiting the Great Wall of China. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Win-Win-Win

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Well, Eugene Melnyck did it, he traded superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson. After all the speculation that started when Karlsson collected what was presumed to be his last game puck from Ottawa in the spring, the harassment drama between Mike Hoffman’s girlfriend and Karlsson’s wife which resulted in Hoffman being traded to San Jose, then to Florida, and the fact that the two sides were not on the same page in extension talks, Karlsson was traded to San Jose for a bag of pucks for Chris Tierney (C), Dylan DeMelo (D), prospects Josh Norris (C) and Rudolfs Balcers (F), 2020 1st round pick, 2019 2nd round pick, and two conditional picks. Continue reading