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: Busy Week for the Sweenius

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While preparing for the two day draft event, Don Sweeney took some time to speak with Boston Bruins media via Zoom. During tonight and tomorrow’s draft, the Bruins have picks in all but the first and fourth rounds; this year’s first was dealt to Anaheim to assist in unloading most of David Backes’ contract and to bring back winger Ondrej Kase. Anyway, Sweeney doesn’t anticipate making any moves into the first round since he described this action as being “expensive” this time of year. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Krug and Chara

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The other day, or last week, last month, or sometime in this decade that’s passed since March, the Bruins in-house media put out a handy primer on the impending free agents, both restricted and unrestricted. Today, let’s talk about the big two, from the perspective of their media chats since the B’s were ousted from the playoffs. Continue reading

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