Morning Free Association, July 1 – NHL Free Agency 12:00 ET

It’s the calm before the storm of NHL free agency. At 12:00 ET today, teams are allowed to sign UFAs and offer sheet RFAs. Will the Bruins re-sign Loui? Will they sign Jimmy Vesey? Will they finally acquire some defense? Please? I mean, like, y’know, the good ones? Strap on your helmets and get your drinks ready!

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BOOM. Bruins win.

The Bruins won in St. Louis tonight.

It was the best of games, it was the worst of games. It was a game of defense, it was a game of offense. It was a contest of hope. It was a contest of despair. We had a win before us. We had a loss before us. It was an excellent game, it was a terrible game.

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OK, enough from you, Dickens!

There were a few milestones: Ken Hitchcock coached his 1400th game. Claude Julien coached his 700th for the Bruins. Patrice Bergeron notched his 30th goal, for the third 30-goal season of his career. The Bruins scored their first powerplay goal against the Blues since 2009. There was a lot going on.

But, don’t let the milestones fool you: It was ugly.

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9th Annual Cuts for a Cause

Tuukka Rask had his hair shaved off ath the 8th Annual Cuts for a Cause at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. (Photo Credit: Kenneth So)


Patrice Bergeron, 98.5 The Sports Hub and the entire team Bruins roster joined together for the 8th Annual Cuts for a Cause at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, having their heads shaved by auction winners to show their support and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. (Photo Credit: Kenneth So)
No Tuukka will NOT shave his head this year… but keep reading.

Patrice Bergeron and local radio station 98.5 the Sports Hub are holding the 9th annual Cuts for a Cause fundraiser at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston on March 30th.

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