Morning Free Association: Tuesday, November Something

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I’ll be honest, it’s hard to say anything about this team right now without being pretty negative. The Bruins have only played 15 games, winning 60% of them. They haven’t even lost in a game in overtime for any loser points. They win, either in regulation, overtime, or the shootout, or they just lose. I know that the long delays in their schedule have contributed to lackluster performances so far because it’s hard to build chemistry when you aren’t playing games. And then when they are playing, Bruce Cassidy is so quick to start up his blender that you hardly know who is on what line. Somehow or another, Boston managed to piece together a win-streak of 3 games before Calgary shut them out on Sunday night. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Mixed Bag

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After what seemed like a few years in between games, the Boston Bruins played two games this weekend back-to-back. This lull in the schedule is the last we’ll see for a while.

On Saturday, the Bruins fully beat the stuffing out of the Flyers 5-2 in Philly, including 2 goals from offensive powerhouse Derek Forbort. Charlie McAvoy fought! These two teams hate each other. Linus Ullmark finally looked great.

Then back home on Sunday, the Flames had their way with the B’s, 4-0. Jeremy Swayman got little help from his seemingly befuddled teammates, especially in a sequence that saw him give up a SHG and shortly after, another goal when in each instance his team served up the puck to a Flames player in their own zone. At least old pal Dan Vladar had himself a game and a shutout.

The Bruins are back in action the day before and after Thanksgiving this week.

Morning Free Association: Thank Gord it’s Friday

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It’s the last Friday before we slip into the holiday season so let’s take a break, sip some coffee and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Boston Bruins holiday shopping for their upcoming children’s hospital visit. In the words of a young up-and-comer, “Baby Yodas for everyone!” Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Jakub Zboril Gets His Shot

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Back in 2015, the Boston Bruins had 3 draft picks in a row — 13th, 14th and 15th overall — in the middle of the first round thanks in part to a pre-draft trade of RFA Dougie Hamilton to Calgary. Each of those 3 picks were controversial in their own way, mostly due to the fact that each player was drafted higher than where experts had predicted. In his first draft after the dismissal of Peter Chiarelli, Don Sweeney chose a Czech defenseman, Jakub Zboril, with the first of those picks. The middle pick, Jake DeBrusk, made the roster during training camp in 2017 after spending his 2015-16 season in the WHL and a season in Providence in 2016-17. The last of the 3, Zach Senyshyn, has yet to establish himself even as a part-time NHLer. At this point, the 2015 draft has had the ire of many Bruins fans, especially since the 16th pick for the Islanders was Mathew Barzal. One of the players that also caught the wrath of fans is Jakub Zboril. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Uh, I Got Nothing

So we went to a show last night and returned later than we expected.

Then I had to take care of Boomer’s various needs (meatballs (with pills), ice cream (frozen pumpkin) and bedtime routine (he must be tucked in and have his belly rubbed)) . By the time I did all of that, I realised I had nothing for today. So maybe we can kind of air our various grievances with the team, the league, and life in general. Think of it as preparing for Festivus.

Have at it

Morning Free Association: The Goalie Situation

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Last week saw the return of free agent goalie Tuukka Rask to the ice at Warrior Arena prior to Bruins practice. The 34 year old Finn is recovering from hip surgery to repair a torn labrum that occurred sometime in the 2019-20 season and currently is skating without the bulk of his equipment and isn’t taking shots in net. Rask is hoping for a mid-season return to the Boston Bruins and potentially a spot on the Finnish men’s national team for the Olympics. Continue reading