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: Something, Something, Something

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The Oliver Ekman-Larsson trade saga took a turn yesterday. The new twist is Ekman-Larsson stating through his agent that he unless he is traded by Friday at 11:59am, he will remain a Coyote. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Bleh

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Here we are again on a Monday. Last week, we were on Krugwatch and nothing has happened on that front at all. Then came the OEL rumors and again nothing happened. Finally, the weekend brought Tuukka Rask trade rumors, which we’ll dub the incredibly creative term Tuukkawatch, which there is some news but nothing substantial. All of this is leading up to the NHL Draft that occurs tomorrow and Wednesday, the end of the buyout period which ends Thursday, and finally free agency on Friday. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Trade Talks

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We know that the Bruins have been asking about Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. We also know that his contract is an absolute bear. What we don’t know is what the Yotes want in return. Well, maybe we do. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Other News

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While we’re waiting for word on Krugwatch, lets turn our attention to a couple of other stories, one involving the Bruins and one not.

Apparently, the Bruins have shown interest in obtaining the services of Arizona Coyotes defenseman and captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson. It’s not surprising that OEL is garnering interest from Boston as he’s a highly regarded left shot defensemen. It’s also not surprising that the Coyotes are looking to offload his contract: he’s signed for 7 more seasons at $8.25 million per and the Yotes are seriously cap-impaired with a measly $1 million left with players to sign. Since the B’s could be letting Krug walk and have yet to re-sign an aging Zdeno Chara, the B’s could technically take on that deal if they make some other moves. Continue reading