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Thank you for all those that are staying patient with me here.
Uh, a bunch of hockey news since the last time we talked here.
And that is Ah, I mean, all Samuelson.
Obviously, if you were in the stream earlier, he got hired by the Florida Panthers.
Not too happy about that with his career and what he did to Cam Neely.
And I don't think that there's any place Ralph Samos and in the NHL.
Uh, but also a lot more has happened.
The Bruins sign Jake DeBrusk.
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed McAlister got Kev and the Tampa got mud.
Cal circuits Havat.
Why did bang for their buck? Uh, I think it's three years, and I think about 4.8 million.
I thought he might get off appreciated for for around seven million.
So McKell circuits.
That was a complete deal for them at 4.
An absolute steal, it seems like the rich just get richer.
Tampa Bay won the Stanley Cup, and now they they get a prime player like that for that little bit of cost, which is 4.8 million.
And now they think they're around two million.
I think they're little shy that, like 1.
9 million over the cap right now.
And they still got to restricted free agents to sign.
But it looks like they're trying to move out. Tyler Johnson.
And if they are able to do that, they're gonna be cup contenders right all over again.
The management there is just so good it zits.
Uh, so Tampa Bay looks like they could be a contender yet again for the Stanley Cup after just winning it in the previous year.
Uh, there we go, Marky Marks in the chat market.
Looks like I lost Germano and Mancuso.
So if you wanna hop in here, you're more than welcome.
But the Bruins The Bruins get Jake DeBrusk in contrary to the circuit, Kev, And and it looks like Deborah Steel is really good for the Bruins as well.
Like like circuit.
Jeff Steele is good for Tampa.
Deborah Steal is unbelievable for Boston.
I mean, he comes in it under four million.
You heard the rumors of his agent wanting five million plus in the off season.
And then Debra's comes in for for this money, and he's a great piece, and the Bruins are left with $3 million per, like cap room after DeBrusk.
So what I would do if I'm the Bruins, I wouldn't sign chart.
And I take that three million to the trade deadline and then see what you got there.
Mark, don't you worry about it.
But I If I'm the Bruins, I take that money to the deadline.
I don't try to go.
And Insigne Ah, Mike Hoffman and Anthony declare anything like that.
I see what I have in this because right now you have kasha and Smith on your 2nd and 3rd line.
Like you gotta figure out what's what they're I think it ends up being Smith on the third line.
And I hate to say it, but I don't think Kasha works out in the second line.
And then maybe you go and you get your Kyle Palmeri of the deadline.
Maybe you give up a piece like Kasha or or maybe even something bigger, and and you give up a John Moore and you find that space friend of the defense because that's what the Bruins truly need.
They truly need one more right wing and they one more defenseman Shang Goff's spear.
He's a guy in a low contract.
No, Hanifen, he's a guy on a whoa contracts.
You need to grab one of these guys.
You can't grab somebody that like an Oliver Ekman Larsson per se like the Bruins air.
What looking at supposedly in the off season, he's gonna cost too much money.
So you got to do something cheaper.
You gotta grab a Noah Hanifin or Shane gossips here, someone that isn't going to break the bank but can play those top line minutes right next to Charlie McAvoy.
Because Griz, sic and Karwell would be a deadly defensive pair on the second line.
That would be the best second line deep pair in hockey, possibly, and I think people are so leaping on Carlo because he played with Torey Krug last year and Tory Crew.
He's a great offensive defenseman.
He's a class act off the ice.
He's a great person.
However, he's not so great in his defensive zone, and I think Brennan Car was gonna excel this year.
I think this is the year of car.
Well, as have been saying so I think I think the Bruins will be better off with Carlo anchors like as a second line deep here.
But they got to go out and get that demand either early in season if they see how things were going or the trade that one, they still need to add a piece on the defense and signing Kevin Miller did not do them any good.
Kevin Miller is just because the Bruins also this pipeline of young defenseman, young defenseman like back in 19, who had a troublesome year in in Providence but also the borrow who they're getting contract.
Approve it deal, and they're going to see if this kid can make it to the NHL level.
They've got ah, woes on that played ah lot of NHL minutes last year, and Cassie couldn't take him out of the lineup because it was so consistent.
And then they've got quipped in who was injured a lot at the end of the year But then he came into the playoffs and used to complete passed out there, and and Cassie did take him to the line up.
And it proved to be a mistake because he's a spark plug for that team because he will get in there with Pat Maroon and he'll mix it up with anybody.
I mean, I don't know if you had the chance to go back and listen toe any of the miked up from the NHL blast, but Clifton was getting in everybody's ear.
He is a passed out there and he's willing to fight anybody regardless of the size.
So he's a guy that's definitely in the mix.
The Bruins have a lot of young D guys in Kevin Miller.
I don't see where he fits in the equation.
If you're putting the best, the best, I don't think he fits into the equation.
I think you just block some of these young guys so that signing doesn't make sense to me.
If it's char, I get it.
If it's charged because he does have that leadership, he has all those intangibles.
He would be a great third line deep pair at this point in his career, But I just don't think you can keep both Miller and Ciara.
So maybe maybe that's him pretty well.
Maybe they think Char is done, and maybe that's why they signed Kevin Millar.
However, they go back and they said Bench are too than that Kevin Miller deal that I already believe makes no sense.
Makes less sense if Design Ciara So that's one aspect that the Bruins have to figure out was their defense.
And I still do believe they do need that second line right wing because cautions the top nine and Craig Smith is a top nine.
We don't have a top six right winger.
Still, and that's been the story of crazies career here.
Mark, What do you think about that? You think we still need Ah, top six right winger? Do you think Craig Smith and cautious enough? I know how you feel about the defense.
I believe you're right with me there.
We can't we can't resign both Char and Kevin Miller, and we shouldn't have signed Kevin Miller.
Yep, still need a right wing in a D, and that's right where I am.
We still need one more defenseman.
And honestly, I love Gresik.
He's a buche ID.
I'm a big BU guy.
I tend toe favor BU prospects as a fault.
However, even I can't say Gresik is a is a top to defenseman.
He's it's just not who he is.
It's not how he's built.
He's a he's a top four defenseman, for sure.
He'd look beautiful next to car.
Well in the second line and their style of play complement each other extremely well.
However, Charlie McAvoy needs that stay at home defenseman or the maybe even in No Hanifen, that is just a game changer on on that top line with him.
I I think Gossip Sphere would would do pretty well, too.
I think he gets a lot of slack in Ah, Philadelphia for his defensive play, and I don't think a lot of that really is his fault.
I think he's a lot better of ah, defenseman than he gets made out to be, but I think he would even be a great guy next to Mac.
What? And I don't think that shut down D guy for ah whoa! Salary is out there right now, and And that's why Brandon Carlo is so valuable and you can't trade him.
Those defensive defenseman that don't put the numbers up, but they really shut down.
Opponents are so valuable, none are available.
There's a reason none of those guys are available, so the Bruins should not trade Brandon Carlo for basically anything.
Unless maybe it's Noah Hanifin, and that's only because it is the left shot defenseman and on the right shot.
But then you have to plug a hole on the right side.
So you're fixing one problem with another.
I mean, yes, it's an upgrade.
Yes, If the Calgary Flames offered the Boston Bruins Noah Hanifin straight up for Brennan Carl, I would take it.
But then you're still right back here.
It's square one, where you have another hold of Phil.
It's It's definitely complicated mess right now for the for the Bruins, and I'm not really sure you fix it.
And then then we look over in the division thio Tampa Bay.
So they just signed search of they've got a little less than $2 million in cap space they sell to restricted free agents to sign, one of which is sorely the other, which is Sonic.
Those guys aren't going to go for a week minimum.
They have to move Tower Johnson.
It seems like he's the player they wanna move.
So that being said, Tower, Johnson has no movement cause.
And the issue with that is, is you have the Seattle cracking coming in next season.
Tyler Johnson is a Seattle native.
It's been pretty known he wants to go to that team.
So if you're gonna move Tyler Johnson, you're going to have to move him to a team that's not going to protect them.
The expanse draft.
Which means you can get basically nothing for him.
And he's already been on waivers, so he's already been free to claim Tampa Bay.
It seems like at this point would have to give up a draft pick to move Tower Johnson.
He's a great player.
Does some team take that deal and who would it be? Well, Montreal would have been my guests before they filled out their salary cap because they need a center and now it gets a lot tougher because now some of these teams have already plugged this hole.
They already have their center.
It's gonna be interesting to see what happens with Howard Johnson because one, I think Mantra is gonna have to give up a draft pick instead of get one back for a great player to keep their young kids.
And who really needs a center At this point, Maybe the Minnesota Wild are still in on this, and maybe maybe they are trying to win.
That's to be determined.
I mean, it works like they might be rebuilding, but maybe they decided to go on entire Johnson.
Don't get me wrong key.
He's for the right team.
Is an all in move.
I don't think he's the right move for Minnesota.
New Jersey is another team in the reason I say New Jersey is because maybe then Tower Johnson doesn't want to leave New Jersey.
Maybe, maybe Jack Hughes finds this game.
And maybe he thinks that could be a Stanley Cup contending team in the future.
Because these things you got to think about because I'm not sure that Tampa Bay and Tyler Johnson are both going to get their wish here.
I think there's a possible that Tower Johnson does agree to go to a team that he thinks could be contended down the stretch, and that could one of the Stanley Cup, although I do know that his first choice would be to go to a team that can't protect him and he wants to understand the Cup, so maybe Colorado could possibly be an option.
But that seems very far fetched.
Colorado does have the cap space.
Sakic doesn't seem willing to give up assets, though, and and maybe maybe he doesn't have to.
Maybe he gets Tower Johnson for free, and that would be just another Joe Sakic type move.
Because he seemed to be able to get all these players without giving up assets.
They seem to be able to gain assets in the process and in that could be 10 days.
Onley option here is to give up an asset to get rid of Tyler Johnson and keep Sonic and keeps a really because those Air two young kids that they definitely want to keep on their roster.
And, uh, it's going to be interesting, but thank you.
I appreciate that.
Appreciate the tip there, but that that's mostly my, uh, NHL update.
Does anybody have any questions or anything or usually got some co host here.
Thio bounce, um, questions off of, but I'm by myself tonight.
So So if anybody's got anything, I'd love to stay here and talk to you.
I'll leave it up for like, for, like, a minute here.
And if I, uh, I don't get anything, I might bounce here because it's a little tough by yourself here with no game on and nothing going on and just tryingto kind of talk because that's mostly what I had for an agenda tonight.
But thought I was gonna be bounces more stuff off people.
Okay, Mark has a good question here.
So thoughts on realistic return to play Bettman seems to think that early January is a target, and you know, that brings up a whole lot more questions.
So from what I've heard is that conversation of knock on well between the NHL players union and the owners dash Bettman.
And he's taken him with that because he is really just the voice for the owners and I I get that people either like to blame it all on Bettman or all in the owners, and for some reason, people like, oh, it's on the owners.
Bettman and and they can't figure out for some reason that it's on both of them.
They work together.
Any of this is on Bettman.
Any of this is on the owners.
However, it's not on the players, so I'm not.
That target date is getting less and less realistic because the NHL in NHL p A have to figure out a deal here because it seems like the owners Embedment are going back on their word that they made four months ago.
Four months ago, they made a deal and they signed the C B A.
And now all the sudden, the owners and NHL and Bettman want to not honor that deal, and they want to increase the deferred salary.
And they want toe increase the escrow cap, which has already been ridiculous in the NHL for so many years.
And I also don't think people understand that Bruins fans should understand it better than anyone because the players that get screwed by this more than anyone are are Patrice Bergeron.
They are David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, These players that took hometown discounts to help their club.
They get screwed by this escrow more than anybody because it's a percentage of their salary that now they're also losing.
So when the escrow increases, their salary goes down.
And if you're already taking a hometown discount, what the hell, like players like Patrice Bergeron, especially the that have done so much in this league and are so good, they deserve that money.
So people are being like, Oh, like the players have to understand This is a pandemic and everybody has to take less know the players have already taken less, the players already taken less for years.
Honestly, this is the time to say, You know what, Screw you, and it has nothing to do with the pandemic.
Wash the pandemic out of it because it would have something to if if the owners have been there to the players for years.
But they have been unfair to the players and and screw a pandemic, the players should not give a ****.
The players, the players need to stand their ground at some point and they affect future players.
They have to stand their ground.
They can't let the owners changes anymore.
Esseker has been bull**** for years.
You don't see NFL players in MBA players and all of them doing with this.
They're all paid way iron.
And honestly, we've the NFL out of it because their job is Justus dangerous.
The NHL NHL players get hurt all the time.
MBA players and they'll be players.
They don't have the same risk.
And yet they get paid Ah, lot higher than NHL players.
It's time Brendan shelled players to take a stand, and I really hope they don't cave into the owners here.
And if there's a lockout, so be it, because these players deserve to get aid more.
They do deserve this, and it's ridiculous what they get paid for what they dio.
Answer your question.
It all mark about when I think the season starts up.
But I think that's a more pressing matters that C b A in these NHL players should not cave image.
The NHL agreed to that deal they should honor in the NHL.
Worked for that deal to get escrow out of the game and they accomplish it.
And now you're gonna tell them No, screw that.
I'm with the players here, 1000%.
Not a full day of drinking.
Mark, I actually I started weight but I've been on it since about eight o'clock, so cheers might have been, like, 7.
But around there? Yeah.
Yeah, I was playing with the niece and nephew all day, so I don't drink with little kids.
No, You after a full day drinking it sounds good for Mark.
And honestly, I I just wanna reiterate that I'm taking the players back.
1000% in the owners and Gary Bettman are 1000% in the wrong here.
And if you don't think that or you think I'm wrong, I ask you to look more in tow. Escrow.
I know Brad Marchand has been a big advocate against escrow for ah.
Ah, lot of years here as a Boston Bruins fan.
And for good reason, because he did take a hometown discount and these guys get screwed with that.
So I mean, it is what it is, and I just don't think these players should should take any more of a hit for this.
This is this is on the owners.
This is on Gary Bettman.
I mean, they agreed to this deal.
They agreed to this, and I think in part, the greatest because they knew they had been screwing the players for years.
And also the pandemic was already going on.
One this started.
So those people saying, Oh, well, the pandemic happened in the players need to give more.
When this deal happened was in between the season, the bubble, the pandemic was already going on.
It's just absolute bull****.
It's absolute horse crap.
And I honestly don't want to hear it like, yeah, these owners are making billions of dollars and yes, yeah, I've heard it in the Facebook comments.
I've heard it everywhere.
Thes players are making millions of dollars.
Yeah, well, guess what.
They're also putting their health on the line for you every single night and you see it with Johnny Boychuk.
Look what happened to Johnny Boychuk.
He got Ah, I injury.
He can't play anymore.
And he's never gonna be able to see the same for the for the rest of his life for the rest of his god**** life.
He's never gonna be able to see the same.
This is what these players risk.
This is why they get paid that money.
So honestly, no offensive.
You're listening to this.
You disagree with me.
But screw you because the players deserve that money.
They've earned it and for them to get short changed.
Absolutely not, because you don't see MBA players getting short changed.
You don't see MLB players getting short changed.
The owners and hockey are cheap mother****ers, and they keep screwing these players, and I'm sick of it.
In Astro is an absolute joke.
Absolute joke, especially how high it is. The NHL.
I think Patrice Bergeron, that played with broken ribs and a punctured Wang, deserves his paycheck.
I think David Posh knock that played through in during the playoffs deserves his paycheck, and if you say otherwise, so be it.
But that's my two cents for god****.
Sure, and I have looked into escrow.
It's it's my mother makes fun of me because I've been making a stink out of it for for years.
And now it came to the point where that's the big thing.
And I've always thought this would eventually be a line in the sand in a fight, and now it is a fight.
And you know what? I had the players back before this was ever a fight, and I'll still have the players back because NHL players deserve more, and the owners don't want to give it to him and not screw them.
Yeah, Mark, I do have to watch network on Netflix.
I'm pretty fired up about this topic, as you can see and e feel like that would be a good, uh, do***entary for me to watch, because I I can't say for how the players have gotten screwed before my lifetime, But I certainly can speak for how they're getting screwed now.
Or YouTube YouTube.
I certainly can speak for how they're getting screwed now.
And you've heard my thoughts on it.
And you know how I feel about it.
I feel very strongly and honestly come at me on Twitter at Jackass O J a c k g o t s e l l.
I think if you if you decide to attack me, you'll wearing I know a lot more about this then I've even went on here.
I've been following this for years.
Uh, it's something that really angers me, and I already know the numbers of what's been taken out of all of the contracts of some of the highest paid player in the NHL, and it's sickening.
It's absolutely sickening.
And now the NHL owners, they're trying to make it worse because there's a pandemic.
Well, guess what? You already took too much before the pandemic.
So you're gonna have to suck this one up.
**** sucks that there's a pandemic.
Maybe you shouldn't have robbed your players before it.
I I just cannot feel bad for these NHL owners that have robbed their players and underpaid them for years.
And you want you want the players to give you a break? Give me a break.
That's a ridiculous joke.
And, uh, on that note, I think I'm going to sign out.
And, uh, if you still think this is on the players and not the owners or Gary Bettman, please.
My Twitter is at Jack Aczel J A c k g o T s e l l Please tweet at me.
If you really don't think that this is on the owners and the GM and I'd love to educate, you have a good one