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.


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

Morning Free Association: Some Guy and Some Other Guys

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Yesterday, the Bruins signed some guy named Martin Bakos from Slovakia. He’s a forward who last played in the Czech Hockey League last season. Apparently, he’s comparable to Kenny Agostino, but maybe better. We do know he has some mad shootout skills. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: The Vaakanainening

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Good news, everyone!

Who likes good news?

Yesterday the Boston Bruins announced that they signed 2017 first-round draft pick Urho Vaakanainen to his entry level contract. The contract is a three year deal worth $4 million. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: That Long UFA/ RFA Talk We’ve Been Wanting to Have

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Don Sweeney has a lot of things to juggle right now: the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, unrestricted free agents, laughing at how Garth Snow got canned by Lou Lamoriello, Twitter burner accounts, disenfranchised players whose NHL rights he controls, and restricted free agents. Like I said, that’s a lot. Today, we’re going to take a look at a few of these things. Continue reading