Morning Free Association: The D

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The other day I had a chat with a friend. We wondered about about what the plan for the defense this season. With nine potential players between the NHL and AHL rosters and possibly a free agent signing in Zdeno Chara, the Bruins defense is at a crossroads: Do they commit to a youth rebuild on the fly and move on from Chara or do they re-sign him and adjust him to a lesser defensive role while using his skills to coach younger players? 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: Urho Gives a Lesson

Guys, it’s been quite a few days of painting, tiring of painting, moving stuff around, and realizing that we still have touchups to do. Not to mention that we have to let the paint cure a little bit before moving everything back into place. So, with all of that, let’s keep this quick and simple. The Bruins Twitter handler managed to get Bruins defensive prospect Urho Vaakanainen to give us a Finnish lesson. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: WTF?

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I’d like to know what Mark Borowiecki has on the Department of Player Safety. Is it compromising photos? Pee tapes? Information on crimes committed by the NHL DOPS crew? Whatever it is, Borowiecki got off easy, with only a one game suspension. Continue reading