Morning Free Association: Big Hockey News Day

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News broke yesterday that longtime Bruins defenseman, and guaranteed producer of a delay of game penalty, Adam McQuaid was traded to the New York Rangers for another former Bruins defenseman, Steve Kampfer, and a 2019 4th-round draft picks and a conditional 2019 7th-round draft pick. With this transaction, the team gained $2.1 by shedding McQuaid’s contract. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Dog Days of Free Agency

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On July 1st, there is a flurry of activity with regards to signings in the NHL. This makes sense as it is the start of the NHL year. By the middle of the month, signings only trickle in. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Free Agents No More

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On Tuesday afternoon, word came down that the Bruins and center Sean Kuraly had agreed to a three-year deal.

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Morning Free Association: Happy Day After Canada Day

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Well, that kinda hurt.

After taking the better part of a week taking pitches and considering offers, John Tavares decided to “fulfill a lifelong dream” of being a jerkwad dingbatcenter for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Bruins Old and Newish

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Sixty years after breaking the color barrier in the NHL, former Bruin Willie O’Ree is heading for the Hall of Fame. Still active with the NHL through their community outreach initiatives to grow the sport of hockey, O’Ree will be inducted as a builder, the seventh Bruin to join the Hall of Fame in that category.

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Morning Free Association: A Gryzly Signing

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Matt Grzelcyk is back with the Boston Bruins. Technically, he was never gone as he was due to be an RFA and the new NHL year has yet to begin. Still, getting a deal done before July 1 is something for which to commend Don Sweeney.

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Gryz’s new deal is basically a one-way contract, a bridge-deal for 2 years at $1.4 million per and will expire at the same time that Torey Krug’s deal is set to be completed. It’s a good deal for both parties. Signing Grzelcyk for the next two seasons also assures that his contract is one less worry for Sweeney next season with two-thirds of the right side of the defense being RFA and looking for raises. Continue reading