Recent content by RIFan

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    Tuukka or not Tuukka. That is that question

    They still need a vet for depth. If Swayman and Vladar are lights out in camp, they only have Keyser in Providence. It is roster malpractice if they go into camp with 3 goalies with a combined 16 games of NHL experience.
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    Tuukka or not Tuukka. That is that question

    Any goalie who's first concern is getting cut mid season is not a guy you want anyway. I think the opportunity to work with Goalie Bob, be on a winning team with decent team defense, and potentially get 10-15 starts is not a bad opportunity for a goalie who figures he just needs a chance to...
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    NEWS - The Semis

    No, they should wait the approximately 30-35 years I did from when I first started watching the Bruins. Once they do that I will feel they have paid their fan dues and earned my respect which I know the entire state of Nevada is so anxious to receive.
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    NEWS - The Semis

    I don't know, why is Original Six still a thing? Maybe it's because I'm a jerk that wants other fans to go through multiple years of heartbreak before they can experience a championship. Actually, that isn't a maybe.
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    Offseason Game Thread

    Ray Bourque wanted a chance to have his name on the Cup. They were years away from contention and almost no chance they'd be competitive by the time he was going to be retired. They got a 1st from a team at the deadline that was on the cusp and needed someone like Bourque to push them over the...
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    Bruins Offseason Thread

    Curtis Lazar is signed for $800K. I suppose he could be traded back in an Eichel deal, but Buffalo gave him away for basically nothing so I don't think he moves the needle on a package to get Eichel. They could possibly move him to RW, but he's going to be in the lineup.
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    Bruins Offseason Thread

    I'm sure Rask's agent loved that press conference. Good for the Bruins. If they can sign him for around $4.5M and LTIR for half the season they can pickup $5M or more in cap space. Depending on the market for Halak they could bring him back as a camp invite as insurance. I think Halak will...
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    NEWS - The Semis

    I'm with you. As hard as it is to believe, the Canadiens might be the most likeable team left in the draw. Islanders fan base is insufferable (as is obviously the Canadiens base). They might have been a decent choice, but I'm too salty from the loss and knowing that NBC is going to pound the...
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    Offseason Game Thread

    Are you assuming they are out of playoff contention? Because there is seemingly no way in hell they are trading their captain for a lottery ticket and punting on making the playoffs. If Rask, Krejci, and Hall all sign elsewhere and they don’t spend anything on FA replacements being well out of...
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    Offseason Game Thread

    It wasn't the Bruins choice to not bring back Z in a reduced role. All indications were that they offered him a contract but would not guarantee that he would be an every game player. They were set on Grzelcyk on the left and wanted 2 out of the Lauzon, Zboril, Vaak group to get sufficient...
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    Bruins Offseason Thread

    I'd start by seeing if I can move Coyle and Debrusk. I don't think you can get full value, but there is too much salary tied up in guys you can't rely on every night. I hate the old way of thinking that you have to add "grit", but we've seen over the last few years that the Bruins are built to...
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    Tuukka or not Tuukka. That is that question

    I don't think it would be the end of the world for Swayman to spend a full year in the AHL. He only played 19 games plus the 3rd period cameo this year. See how he holds up with a 45-50 game workload. You can also put feelers out on Vladar. Maybe somebody thinks highly of him and will hand...
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    Tuukka or not Tuukka. That is that question

    This league is littered with young goaltenders who flashed at 20-22 and flamed out. Swayman may be the real deal but there is no way in hell I would hand over the net of a cup contender to a pair of goalies with a total of 15 games played in the NHL. Your goalie depth becomes Kyle Keyser and...
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    Bruins Round 2 Thread- New York Islanders

    The public image problem is that Tuukka is so damn good he makes it look easy very often. He positions himself exceptionally and moves post to post so smoothly that it doesn't look like he is making much effort. Thomas would bail himself from being out of position out by throwing himself at...
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    6/3 - Y'Hall Ready for This?

    Crowd is cracking me up. Shots 5 feet wide ”OOOOHHHHHH!!!!” Sounds like a crowd that hasn’t seen a hockey game in several years.