Morning Free Association: Move it or Lose it

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The Boston Bruins find themsleves in a bit of a predicament. My favorite phrases for this are: “I’m up a tree” or “I’m in a pitcher of water here”. Both of those came a from a dear friend’s Gram and while I thought they were charming and funny then, I find them to be completely relatable now. Grandma Neal was prescient and kind. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Tuukka Opts Out

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We might as well rip off the Band-Aid on this fine and hopefully cooler-than-seasonal morning: Tuukka Rask opted out of playing in the playoffs on Saturday morning, choosing to go home to his family. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Ch-ch-ch-changes

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It looks like Bruce Cassidy has decided to change things up. This is a good idea.

Given that the team has scored a whole 2 goals in 2 games in the bubble, it’s time to try something new. Now that trade dealine acquisitions and former Ducks’ teammates Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie are back at practice and cleared to play, let’s see if they can do something to get the B’s on the scoreboard. Continue reading

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: 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: 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