In what is becoming an annual rite for Bs fans, expectations (whether warranted or not) of a major deal once again went unfulfilled and the GM instead did some minor tinkering to a roster that needed depth on both offense AND defense. With prices for even rentals pretty steep, the conservative Chiarelli again opted to not pay them and instead played his cards like a guy who will be around here for awhile—not a guy who might be trying to save his job.
Early this morning, the Bruins acquired RW Brett Connolly from the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Bs 2nd round picks in 2015 and 2016. The 22-year-old was taken 6th overall in the 2010 draft and has 18-14–32 totals in 134 NHL games spread over four seasons. After playing a career-high 68 games in 2011-12, he spent most of the next two seasons in the AHL but did stick with the big club this season. In 50 games with the Lightning, he scored 12 goals and added three assists to go along with 38 penalty minutes while averaging 11:55 on ice per game. Connolly is set to become a restricted free agent after the season.
This is a deal that obviously hinges on Connolly’s potential upside. He got picked pretty high in a talented draft class but hadn’t yet made a significant impact in Tampa. With the Lightning having a lot of young talent champing at the bit, Stevie Y apparently felt Connolly was the most expendable and decided to turn a #6 overall pick into two second-rounders.
Once again, Chiarelli went out and got a player that nobody had coming here. Instead of a rental, the GM got somebody that can potentially help beyond this season (assuming the RFA stays here). But this is a rather intriguing trade. If Connolly realizes the potential that saw him get picked so high, it could end up being a savvy move by the GM. And if he doesn’t pan out, the trade will just become more fodder for the “Fire Chiarelli” crowd. One positive is that the trade didn’t cost any current roster players.
The second deal by Chiarelli was sending the much-maligned Jordan Caron to Colorado for Maxime Talbot. Talbot is a battle-hardened forward who should help solidify the Bruins’ bottom six forwards. He won a Cup with the Penguins in 2009 and scored a career-high 19 goals for the Flyers in 2011-12. He’ll bring grit and veteran leadership to a room that never quite replaced all of the experience it lost over the summer. He’s signed through 2015-16. And he’s certainly an upgrade over Caron, who re-signed before the season to the chagrin of many. But at least Chiarelli got something for Caron, unlike losing Matt Fraser and Craig Cunningham for nothing.
This one just came in: Bs traded Jared Knight to Minnesota for Zack Phillips in what looks to be an organizational depth move (neither guy has played an NHL game yet). Time to recalibrate that “Phil Kessel Trade Evaluator” machine.
So are the Bruins a better team than they were yesterday? Yeah…but barely. The D is still going to have depth issues. Scoring will likely continue to be an issue. But this is it—this is the squad the Bs will (hopefully) enter the post-season with. If they flame out, they just may take their GM down with them (not because of today but the many decisions that preceded it).
I went into today with tempered expectations given Chiarelli’s deadline history. I wasn’t expecting a huge move but I was expecting more from a team that considers itself a contender (and has holes on D). That didn’t happen so today was yet another disappointment in a season chock full of them thus far.
Introducing Mariah from Boston who now lives the dream in Hawaii. Eyes on fire. Body on fire. A ten to start the week.
Fire. End of story. Buy or Die.
I get that Potluck was trying to do here, and I appreciate it. I really do. Anyone who seeks to honor da gawd TB12 is usually ok in my book. Except in this case. I’ll admit the song is kind of hot, but every other thing does the exact opposite of pay tribute to Tom. It insults him. Like what is this shit?
Tom wouldn’t be caught dead in that shitty prom rental from Mr. Tux. He wouldn’t be caught dead with those girls. He wouldn’t be caught dead associating with people with eyebrow rings and just knowing that someone with one has said “Tom Brady” probably makes Tom cringe. So the idea is nice but it’s kind of like when the Rays gave Mariano Rivera a sand castle as a retirement gift… if that’s the weak shit you’re bringing it’s better to just say congrats and not do anything at all.
PS – Don’t you dare say Tom cheats on Gisele. That’s fucking idiotic. They’re the perfect couple and they’re madly in love. Probably don’t even watch porn because they only have eyes for each other.
Came across this homeless threeway at the Harvard Square stop last night. I’ll send the other video in the next email. Enjoy.
When we got this email I opened it and prepared for the worst. Expected some grotesque footage of Dirty Mike and the Boyz doing some nasty stuff in their Soup Kitchen F shack. But, when that video started playing I fucking lost it. I mean who hasn’t been in that position before? Emotions start running high, you know you can get it in, but you’ve got nowhere to get some privacy. It’s freshman dorm all over again. So what do you do? Throw some blankets over yourself and get to work. No one can possibly know what’s going on if there’s a sleeping bag giving you cover. Sheets are an invisibility cloak when you’re fucking, everyone knows that. Doesn’t matter if you’re in your parents basement, your dorm, or the Harvard Square T stop, as long as you’ve got sheets over you then you might as well be on the most remote and romantic deserted island in the world.
PS – I’m pretty sure that’s a dude under the green blanket just tugging his dirty pecker, right? Disgusting, but also hilarious, but definitely disgusting. But more hilarious.
I like this plan by Reece. However, how about some tips as to what works best? You know what I mean? Trust me, we’ve thought of all the different angles to take pictures of our dicks. We’ve gotten in the lab and experimented a million separate ways. So you don’t really need to tell us all the ways to possibly do it, you need to tell us which ones chicks like. Anyway here’s her list…
Never go under. You ever seen the bottom of your dick? It’s disgusting. Got that weird piece of skin connecting the head to the shaft. Plus when you go from the bottom your face is in it and you for sure have a double chin. Nothing redeeming about that angle.
Another dumb one. You take all the personality out of your dick with a profile shot. No pubes, no balls, just a shaft standing in the middle of nowhere.
“Let me hold my camera as far away as possible and see how small I can make my dick look.” Don’t be a fucking idiot.
One of the only two ways to send a dick pic. No nonsense, straight on. It’s an HB dive. That’s how real football is played and that’s how real dick pics are sent. Plus you can crop the hell out of it this way. Zoom and enhance all over the place like you’re on CSI.
I guess chicks probably appreciate you hiding your sack but you’re still getting underdick and no one likes that.
The second acceptable way to fire off a shot. The flop works because you can chub it up and imply that it’s big enough for a flop. Chicks won’t say no to that because of the implication.
PS – Did somebody take that “selfie” for Bron Bron? Where the hell is the camera?