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: Scratch That

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We no longer have to wait on a trade for Tyler Toffoli for he’s been dealt to Vancouver. The return does have something to do with a former Bruin, Tim Schaller, who was a salary dump in this deal; Schaller hasn’t had a great season, being scratched many games. In return the Los Angeles Kings receive a big deal prospect named Tyler Madden, the aforementioned Schaller, a 2020 second-round pick, and a conditional 4th in 2022. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Trade Targets

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With the trade deadline less than 3 weeks away, Bruins fans are hoping that GM Don Sweeney will make a deal for a valid second line right wing to strengthen the team. It seems just like yesterday when we were waiting most of the season to solve for 3C and this year has felt about the same. Of course, finding a team as a trading partner who can take on the Backes contract with the Bruins eating up to half of the remaining salary would be ideal. Continue reading