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

Morning Free Association: Deep Breaths

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I no longer believe I cursed David Pastrnak or Ondrej Kase. And I refuse to accept responsibility for the other 5000 Bruins players that were deemed “unfit for play” on Saturday. Nope, this is not my fault. I won’t place blame anywhere else either because we have no idea what’s going on. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Back in Action for Summer

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Yesterday, NHL training camps opened. After four months off, the Bruins players seemed to be happy to be back together. Whether it was Bruce Cassidy weighing in on the general mood,

“I really liked it. And I think guys are happy to be back together. They enjoy each other and are obviously looking forward to be back to work.”

or Patrice Bergeron talking about what it was like to be back,

“Normalcy is something that we were all kind of seeking throughout this whole pandemic. It was hard for everyone. I’m talking about just life in general, it was hard for everyone. It affected a lot of people in different ways. It’s one step towards a little bit more normalcy.”

it seems like the team will function just about as well as they did before the pause. Of course, everyone has to get used to new personal protective equipment and the many ways they need to test in order to stay healthy. However, those skaters who returned for Phase 2 are used to it and can focus on their conditioning and practicing. Continue reading