Morning Free Association: Cassidy Speaks

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Bruce Cassidy held a media scrum via Zoom yesterday. It seems like old times, just a little bit different. Butch clearly misses the press because he loves talking to them. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Black Aces?

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Phase 3 of the NHL’s plan to reopen the season with postseason play will begin on July 10th when teams will start their training camps. At that time, teams are allowed to bring 30 skaters to camp and unlimited goaltenders. Yep, goaltenders are being treated like salad and breadsticks at Olive Garden. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Tuukka Week

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Turns out this week is a memorable one for one Tuukka Rask.

On June 24, 2006 the Toronto Maple Leafs traded him for Andrew Raycroft. After deciding that Justin Pogge was the goalie of the future, the Leafs decided that Rask was an asset that could be traded away in what is considered the worst deal in Maple Leaf history. Raycroft, winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy just a couple of seasons prior, was due to be released by the Bruins. Had the Leafs waited, they could have had him for nothing. Instead they traded away a goalie who – so far – has won 291 games in the NHL, all with the Boston Bruins. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Hockey Hall of Fame

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The Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020 was announced yesterday in Toronto. Former NHL players Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Kevin Lowe, and Doug Wilson made the cut along with Hockey Canada goaltender Kim St. Pierre. Longtime GM Ken Holland will be inducted in the Builder category. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Back to the Grz-ind

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I can hardly believe that we’re more than halfway through this hellyear, this latest annual edition of the dumbest, darkest timelime. Yep, we’re almost at the seventh month and we’re trying to figure out if the NHL can award the Stanley Cup this season. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: More Skating

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For a little over 2 weeks, the NHL has been in Phase 2 of it’s plan to re-open the league. At first, the league was only allowing a small amount of players to skate with each other in small practice groups. For the Bruins, that meant Brad and Bergy, then Chara with Moore and Lindholm. Torey Krug, Matt Grzelcyk, and Sean Kuraly joined the two top liners last week. As of today, both groups of players could get together to practice as the NHL allows for additional players to skate together. Continue reading