For the NINTH straight year, Patrice Bergeron has been named a finalist for the Selke Trophy (league's best two way forward). He's looking to win his 5th Selke (would be an NHL record, right now he's tied with Bob Gainey at 4). If he wins quite frankly they should rename it to the Patrice Bergeron Trophy. I think a lot of people have fatigue of Bergeron being nominated every year but it is 100% deserved. I really think it's down to him and Couturier (O'Reilly who won last year is also nominated). Bergeron hasn't won since 2017 and I can see voters picking Couturier simply because he's "due" (doesn't mean he's not deserving, he is as well). Wouldn't be surprised if either won. Bergeron so he has my vote (definitely, absolutely, positively not biased at all).
p.s remember when someone said Father Time was creeping up on Bergy?
Other B's news:
- On Friday Fluto Shinzawa from The Athletic reported that David Pastrnak is in fact under quarantine after being exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID. He tested negative according to his agent. This explains his absences from practice. TBD on when Pasta will return to practice. B's head out to Toronto on Sunday.
- Charlie Coyle was held out of practice on Saturday, his agent has also come out to say (via Fluto/The Athletic, once again) that he had an inconclusive COVID test, feels fine. He was on the ice for practice today so all is well in that regard.
- A ton of players were held out on Saturday, several of those guys (not all) returned to practice today. McAvoy was a first time absentee today. The whole "unfit to practice" has caused so much speculation with players that are in and out of practices different days. They could be injured, they could have COVID, they could not have COVID, they could just be taking a maintenance day. It's kind of a mess. The team flies to Toronto on Sunday. We'll see what happens, fingers crossed Pasta and Kase skate with the team before the end of the week.
- Anders Bjork has been skating in Pastrnak's spot during practice, Kuhlman has been with Krejci and DeBrusk. Charlie Coyle has been flanked by Nick Ritchie and Sean Kuraly. Obviously the B's are missing some bodies but I think Kuraly is best suited at C. The B's depth down the middle is one of their strengths. I like that line on paper but I think once games roll around we'll see differently.
- Breaking: JD bringing the vibes (and maybe a guitar) to Toronto.
p.p.s if you have some free time in your day here is 44 minutes of straight defensive porn.