Morning Free Association: Dobby!

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Truthfully, I’m only peripherally paying attention to the Stanley Cup Playoffs right now. I haven’t been watching full games but rather getting some glimpses from time to time, checking on scores more than actually watching. But one thing that might make me perk up in the next couple of weeks is this: Anton Khudobin is going to be the starting goalie in the Stanley Cup Final. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Tough Look at the Roster

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As I mentioned on Friday, Cam Neely spoke to the media regarding the Boston Bruins roster. Maybe both he and Don Sweeney have a bee in their respective bonnets, but both executives seem to be talking about the team with a fire that suggests that their seats are getting a little too hot for their britches. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Changes are Coming

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Bruins GM Don Sweeney spoke with the media via Zoom yesterday. He touched on a variety of subjects regarding improving and retooling the roster for next season. One theme that came through loud and clear was that changes are coming. They’re coming with additions from within the system and deals and from subtractions through the UFA market and trades. Sweeney knows that this team will have to battle in a crowded Eastern Conference, which seems to be more weighted towards the Metropolitan Division, and that any road to the Stanley Cup will have to be won through Tampa Bay. In fact the recent playoff loss to the Lightning seemed to spur the notion that the team does some things well but is lacking in many areas. Comparing the team up close to that of the Lightning makes the need for improvement more notable. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: 2020 NHL Awards, Part 1

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One of these days I will actually do what I said I would do: viewing all the Bruins media Zoom calls and summing them up and  giving my impressions. It wouldn’t take long but I really have to be in the right mindset to absorb it, to have an attention span that is longer than that of a fly, and to be able to get past the screenshot of Sean Kuraly looking extra fine on his call. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Conference Finals

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Both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals have begun! The Eastern Conference teams, the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders, have moved three provinces over from the comfort of the Toronto bubble to Edmonton. Each series has one game down, with the Dallas Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning striking first. The two series after the first game couldn’t be any different. Continue reading