Morning Free Association 2/23/2016

Good morning, everyone! When do we go on the road again?

Yesterday was the 36th anniversary of the Miracle On Ice game. While everyone knows Al Michaels’ famous game call in the final moments, there’s an interesting play-by-play by Curt Chaplin, one of ABC’s reporters. Cool story, and I think Chaplin did a better job overall of covering the game. You can go straight to the YouTube video here.

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Morning Free Association 2/22/2016

Good morning, everyone! The Bruins are back home tonight against the Blue Jackets after a successful road trip. Here’s hoping they can start converting some of that road success onto home ice!

NBC Sports had a couple of nice pieces during their Hockey Day In America coverage night. One is an interview with Denna Laing and her return to the ice in a wheelchair. The other is about Doc Emrick’s visit with his hockey broadcasting mentor. I highly recommend watching both.

The Maple Leafs got an early start to their fire sale, trading Shawn Matthias to Colorado for a fourth round pick and a minor league prospect. The Leafs currently have 12 draft picks in the 2016 Entry Draft, and the record is 13 in a 7-round draft. With plenty of pieces still for sale, expect the Leafs to blow past that record by the trade deadline.

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Morning Free Association 2/18/2016

Good morning, everyone!

Dennis Wideman’s 20-game suspension was upheld by Gary Bettman yesterday. The NHLPA plans to file an appeal. Central to the decision was a text message from Wideman to a teammate saying, “the only problem and the only reason I’m here is cause the stupid refs and stupid media.” The upheld suspension might make Wideman a cheaper option at the trade deadline for a team that feels confident about making the playoffs already.

The Bruins are in Nashville tonight to face the Toothcats, a possible trade partner at the deadline. Nashville’s still looking for offense, so it would be nice to score lots of goals on them to show them things they would like to trade for. But if we score lots of goals on them, maybe they will think they need to improve their defense, which is what we want to do, too. Hrm…

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Morning Free Association 2/16/16

Good morning, everyone! While you were sleeping…

A banker in Arizona was bathing his twin daughters when he got a phone call saying he won an amazing rinkside ticket and free Coyotes jersey. Soon afterward, the Yotes devoured the Habs 6-2.

Kirk Luedeke posted his pre-trade-deadline podcast, which has good insight as to what we can expect from the Bruins at the trade deadline plus commentary on Bruins prospects and prospects from around the league.

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