Morning Free Association: Bruins Media Day, Transactions, and a Store Opening

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The Bruins held their annual media day ahead of the start of the 2019-20 season. Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask were on hand to talk about recovering from the Game 7 loss and how the team seems ready to go, without much need to develop chemistry. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: How Awesome is Patrice Bergeron?

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With the season due to start in a mere 3 days, the Boston Bruins have made their final roster cuts with players being sent down to Providence through waivers or just assignment to the Providence Bruins. Maxime Lagace cleared waivers today but couldn’t take the ice for practice in Providence until he officially did. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: The End of Preseason

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That’s it, it’s a wrap! The 2019 Boston Bruins preseason is done and the team is taking shape. This weekend only one additional player was placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Providence and that was goalie Maxim Lagace. He should clear waivers right around noontime. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Friday, September 27, 2019

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Yesterday, the Bruins made more roster moves in preparation for the final preseason game on Saturday night and the start of their season on the road.

First, defenseman Alex Petrovic proved himself in camp enough to turn his PTO into a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000 at the NHL level. At the AHL level, he is being generously compensated at $375,000. After being signed, he was placed on waivers to Providence.

Other transactions:

Waivers of Purpose of Assignment to Providence

Paul Carey (F)
Brendan Gaunce (F)
Alex Petrovic (D)

Assigned to Providence

Ryan Fitzgerald (F)
Kyle Keyser (G)
Joona Koppanen (F)
Jeremy Lauzon (D)
Zach Senyshyn (F)
Pavel Shen (F)
Oskar Steen (F)
Urho Vaakanainen (D)

Reporting to Providence

Robert Lantosi (F)

Patrice Bergeron hasn’t seen any game action this preseason as he continues to heal from his groin injury, said injury that prompted IW to say to me, “You always worry about Bergy’s groin.” I would say I’m not alone in that at all.

As we all know, Bergeron opted to not have a groin surgery after the extended postseason. On Wednesday night during the NESN+ broadcast, word broke that Patrice Bergeron had been using a cutting edge approach to healing, platelet-rich plasma injections. This technique involves using the person’s own plasma to accelerate healing to ligaments, tendons, and muscles, without surgery.

Obviously with this therapy, Bergy wants to take his time getting back into game shape. After roughly 15 years of training camps and preseasons, he doesn’t need to prove himself, especially when he’s playing with the same line mates from the past couple of seasons. Hopefully this treatment will help Bergy last long into the postseason.

Morning Free Association: Deviled Goose Egg

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Last night’s preseason matchup with the New Jersey Devils was not a thrilling affair. Sure, the top draft pick of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft made his first appearance at the Garden but the Devils looked mostly flat throughout the night. On the other side of the puck, the Bruins looked almost ready for the season with their roster of mostly young guns. However the player of the night wasn’t the youngest or even young for that matter. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Updates

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Yesterday, the Boston Bruins announced that Anton Blidh had a successful surgery at MGH on a ligament in his right shoulder. His recovery time is estimated to be four months. So, we’ll be seeing him in Providence in the new year. Continue reading