Morning Free Association: Twenty-Four

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Late last week, the NHLPA voted to approve the twenty-four team playoff scenario that would welcome players back to NHL play. Since the league has determined that they wouldn’t play any more regular season games, they devised a plan that would include all the teams that were in the playoffs for sure, others that were on the playoff bubble, and several teams that have no business being in the playoffs at all (Hello, Montreal!). Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Trent Frederic Zooms

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Trent Frederic has completed his second professional year with the Providence Bruins. It came to an end suddenly last week when the AHL announced that they their season was over due to the Coronavirus outbreak. On a Zoom call with Bruins season ticket holders, Frederic discussed being disappointed about the pandemic ruining what was shaping up to be a good, deep playoff run. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Urho Gives a Lesson

Guys, it’s been quite a few days of painting, tiring of painting, moving stuff around, and realizing that we still have touchups to do. Not to mention that we have to let the paint cure a little bit before moving everything back into place. So, with all of that, let’s keep this quick and simple. The Bruins Twitter handler managed to get Bruins defensive prospect Urho Vaakanainen to give us a Finnish lesson. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Playoff Compensation

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The other day, The London Bear asked a question about player compensation during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The short answer is, yes players do receive a bonus that is dependent on where their exit in the playoffs. However the longer answer requires a closer examination. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Arenas Wanted

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Yesterday, Gary Bettman told a group of sports business leaders that the NHL is currently working on a plan that can bring teams back to play safely. This plan involves looking into 8 potential arenas, preferably ones in which the NHL already plays, locations that meet a certain set of criteria. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Playoffs? Maybe?

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It’s all but a done deal that the NHL will return without finishing up the regular season. I mean, that is fine; most teams had an average of about 12 games remaining. However, the alternative might not be as palatable. Continue reading