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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Around the Rink: Happy Birthday, Stanley Cup!

We’ll be bringing you Around the Rink link updates twice a week – keep an eye out on Tuesdays and Fridays!

This week, we’ve had a retirement, a ” pretty much never retiring”, and another scoring streak from a usual suspect. What else is happening in the hockey world?

Second period thread. Kings v Bruins 2/9/2016

A great Lucic tribute. A goal by top 10 in goals scored Brad Marchand. Three posts for the Bruins. Two goals in under two minutes with less than two minutes to go by the Kings. Some shoddy defense by Kevan Miller. Some quality defense by Joe Morrow. Not to ramble on but Patrice is perfect.

What did you all think of the Looch tribute?

Game thread: LA Kings vs Boston Bruins (2/9/2016)

The Boston Bruins kick off this week against old friend Milan Lucic and the Los Angeles Kings tonight at the TD Garden at 7:00pm. Boston sits tied for 2nd in the Atlantic division with Tampa Bay and Detroit with 62 points (28-18-6). The LA Kings lead the Pacific division with 65 points (31-17-3). Despite taking 5 out of 6 points against the bottom of the Atlantic division, the Bruins should be looking for more energy and effort going into tonight’s game.

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