Morning Free Association: It’s Over

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I’m writing this just after 9pm on Wednesday night while the Bruins are currently losing to the Islanders. The Islanders have just gone up 4-1 after I made some private remarks to friends that Tuukka wasn’t moving right. I hope he’s pulled for the third period. At this point we’ve turned off the game, IW has retreated to the basement to get away from this misery, and I’m wondering if I want to try again in the third. I watched the last goal that went in against by Kyle Palmieri without commentary thinking that it would be better. It wasn’t. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: The Looming Trade Deadline

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With the trade deadline fast approaching on Monday at 3pm ET, Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney has some decisions to make regarding his team. His team currently is at nearly full-capacity with regards to forwards (excepting Ondrej Kase) who are mostly underperforming. His defense is currently lacking 2 of the top 4 and is dipping into the depth of the taxi squad. As for goalies, at this moment he has 2 well-performing first year NHL players. They currently reside at 4th in the Mass Mutual East with multiple games in hand due to their Covid break and other rescheduled games. Fourth place will get them a playoff spot but not a great one. Something needs to change but will Donny be a buyer or a seller? Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Free Agency Begins!

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Today at noon, NHL free agency begins. Since there was no permitted “legal tampering” period this year due to the new CBA which nixed it, it’ll be interesting to see if anyone signs immediately at 12:01.

It looks like the Bruins are not in on OEL or they are taking all the time right up to Ekman-Larsson’s self-imposed trade deadline. Or they really are out due to the asking price. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Two Games, Two Wins, Four Points

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It was another back-to-back weekend with games on Saturday afternoon at home and Sunday afternoon away. Somehow the Bruins managed to win both games pretty handily. We can all rest assured that while the Bruins lost the season series to the Detroit Red Wings, they at least won the last game. They needed to as the Tampa Bay Lightning are still breathing down their necks in the standings. It won’t get any easier either since the Tampa Bay Lightning have traded for versatile forward Blake Coleman, formerly of the New Jersey Devils. Continue reading