Morning Free Association: Tough Look at the Roster

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As I mentioned on Friday, Cam Neely spoke to the media regarding the Boston Bruins roster. Maybe both he and Don Sweeney have a bee in their respective bonnets, but both executives seem to be talking about the team with a fire that suggests that their seats are getting a little too hot for their britches. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Changes are Coming

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Bruins GM Don Sweeney spoke with the media via Zoom yesterday. He touched on a variety of subjects regarding improving and retooling the roster for next season. One theme that came through loud and clear was that changes are coming. They’re coming with additions from within the system and deals and from subtractions through the UFA market and trades. Sweeney knows that this team will have to battle in a crowded Eastern Conference, which seems to be more weighted towards the Metropolitan Division, and that any road to the Stanley Cup will have to be won through Tampa Bay. In fact the recent playoff loss to the Lightning seemed to spur the notion that the team does some things well but is lacking in many areas. Comparing the team up close to that of the Lightning makes the need for improvement more notable. 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: Carb Free Bruins

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David Pastrnak was deemed unfit to play and was declared out for Game 2 of the Bruins series against the Hurricanes.

Unfortunately, we’re not sure if it’s test related or if it’s an injury. Conor Ryan suggests that if it’s an injury, this might be when it happened in yesterday’s game.

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Morning Free Association: How Many Overtimes Does it Take For the Bruins to Win

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After being delayed in playing their first game of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Boston Bruins required extra time to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes. Twenty-one minutes and 13 seconds of overtime to be exact.

With each game the Bruins have played within the bubble in Toronto their play has improved and the rust — a word that Bruce Cassidy declined to say was an accurate term — has gradually shaken off. It’s a good thing too, since the Hurricanes are a dangerous team. You wouldn’t know by just looking at the shot totals for the Canes through 4+ periods: 4-4-6-12-1 (28) to the Bruins 9-12-7-11-1 (40). However, looking at Tuukka Rask’s sub .900 save percentage (.893 in 80:52 TOI), one can understand how potent those shots were. Three goals on 28 shots, hell, more like 21 shots or so. Were it not for goal support, we may be talking about a loss. Continue reading