Morning Free Association: One Down, None to Go

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Brad Marchand predicted that the hockey would be sloppy this summer. After four months of no hockey, the Bruins faced the Blue Jackets in their one and only exhibition game. Based on how they looked, perhaps the B’s should have asked for another game. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Hockey Is Tonight!

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Today is the day, the day that the Bruins return to gameday action 4 1/2 months after the NHL suspended the regular season. Of course, tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets is only an exhibition game and it means nothing in the scheme of the round robin play or qualifiers. However, it is a game and we should be happy. Stateside, the game will be on NESN and NHL Network for your viewing pleasure starting at 7pm. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: In the Bubble

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The Boston Bruins, like all the other 11 teams from the Eastern Conference vying for a shot at the Stanley Cup, are in the bubble in Toronto. They’ve been settling in. They’ve been doing media availability. They’ve been exploring the spaces, accommodations, and amenities in their home for the foreseeable future. The NHL worked to create a secure zone around the hotels and other facilities that are being used for the return to play in Phase 4. One thing we’ve found out: the hotels are fenced off from other public places. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: On to Toronto

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The Bruins left the relative safety of their bubble in Boston, Warrior Ice Arena, and traveled by bus, then by plane on to the bubble city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Morning Free Association: Release the…

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The Bruins are nearly at full strength and it’s about time. Yesterday, Charlie McAvoy and Joakim Nordstrom both returned to practice. Even Tuukka reportedly practiced even though he is not expected to play in the round robin. Now the Unfit to Participate list is populated by David Pastrnak, Ondrej Kase, and Nick Ritchie. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Unfit to Participate Updates

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So, when last we left the list of players on the Unfit to Particpate (UTP) list we had many Bruins players designated as such: Torey Krug, David Krejci, Charlie Coyle, Sean Kuraly, Nick Ritchie, Chris Wagner, Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak, and Ondrej Kase. On Monday, Coyle, Kuraly, Krug, and Ritchie returned to practice. However, Charlie McAvoy and Anton Blidh joined Pasta and Kase on the UTP list. Continue reading