Morning Free Association: Meal Prep

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Many people like hockey and they are right. Some of those people just like the players and the game and never want a peek behind the scenes. That’s fine. None of those people are me. I am fascinated by the mundane. No, that’s not right; it sounds far too boring. I am interested in the quotidian, the day-to-day, the workings in front and behind the curtain. I like going to practices to watch drills and I also like to read about the silly and funny things the players do when they get on the plane, the train, the bus. I want to know all about the players’ dogs. I just want to know. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Torey Krug and the Impending Free Agency

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Torey Krug will be a free agent once the season is officially over sometime in October. Not having a contract locked up before the pause has certainly placed a lot of pressure on both the Bruins and on Krug. In the Beforetimes, the NHL salary cap was projected to be at least $84.5 million next season. After the league shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the salary cap will remain flat at $81.5 million and will only increase by $1 million the following season. That limited salary cap space will affect how the Bruins will handle contracts, including an offer for Torey Krug. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Back in Action for Summer

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Yesterday, NHL training camps opened. After four months off, the Bruins players seemed to be happy to be back together. Whether it was Bruce Cassidy weighing in on the general mood,

“I really liked it. And I think guys are happy to be back together. They enjoy each other and are obviously looking forward to be back to work.”

or Patrice Bergeron talking about what it was like to be back,

“Normalcy is something that we were all kind of seeking throughout this whole pandemic. It was hard for everyone. I’m talking about just life in general, it was hard for everyone. It affected a lot of people in different ways. It’s one step towards a little bit more normalcy.”

it seems like the team will function just about as well as they did before the pause. Of course, everyone has to get used to new personal protective equipment and the many ways they need to test in order to stay healthy. However, those skaters who returned for Phase 2 are used to it and can focus on their conditioning and practicing. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: On to Phase 3

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Late Friday, the NHL announced that the CBA extension through 2025-2026 was ratified by the players and the NHL. The players voted 78% for, 22% against while the owners unanimously voted for it. With a simple majority of each it would pass. Apparently the new labor agreement entails a return to Olympic play among other things but ensures some real austerity is coming to the NHL and especially to its players. We’ll discuss that further this week. Continue reading