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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I wonder if Don Sweeney went on an early vacation...

  • While you were sleeping, the Senators appear to be on the verge of trading All-World defenseman Erik Karlsson to ... the Tampa Lightning, according to two reports.
  • Previously, the Toronto Maple Leafs landed All-World center John Tavares.
  • So the Bruins' divisional rivals, one of whom took them to seven games and the other whom ended their season with ease, have both landed franchise players.
  • A defensive pairing of Victor Hedman and Karlsson? How about these top two lines for the Leafs: Zach Hyman/Tavares/Mitch Marner; Patrick Marleau/Auston Matthews/William Nylander? Oh, and Nazem Kadri is the third-line center.
  • YIKES.
  • The Bruins, to this point, have signed depth pieces at goalie (Jaroslav Halak), defense (John Moore) and forward (Chris Wagner, Joakim Nordstrom).
  • YAWN.
  • So what exactly is the plan here? Are there any logical counter moves the Bruins can make? We'll be taking a look at that later today.
  • In the meantime, if the Karlsson deal goes through, there's no doubt the Bruins' biggest threats have gotten a lot better. The Bruins may have regressed.
  • This should be an interesting offseason.

Time to hit to the links...

PATRIOTS

Counting down the most valuable Patriots — No. 63 to No. 55
Live Q&A: Bedard on Patriots and everything else, 2 p.m.

RED SOX

Bedard: Getting Eduardo Rodriguez back on track a team effort for Sox

CELTICS

Five things to watch during Celtics summer league
Podcast: B-Robb talks Kyrie rumors, DeMarcus Cousins and free agency on Toucher and Rich
Completed Q&A: B-Robb on Celtics, free agency, summer league (07.05.18)

BRUINS

Bruins opted for more experience with backup goaltender Halak

REVOLUTION

World Cup Notes: Eight remain, and more from Russia
Completed Q&A: Revolution/World Cup chat with Sean Sweeney

ON TAP

Friday

10 a.m.: World Cup — Uruguay vs. France (FS1)
2 p.m.: World Cup — Brazil vs. Belgium (FS1)
2 p.m.: Daily Live Q&A — Bedard on Patriots and everything else
7:30 p.m.: NBA Summer League - Celtics vs. 76ers, ESPN (Robb)
8:15 p.m.: MLB — Red Sox at Royals (NESN)

Saturday

10 a.m.: World Cup — Sweden vs. England (Fox)
2 p.m.: World Cup — Russia vs. Croatia (Fox)
11 p.m.: NBA Summer League - Celtics vs. Nuggets, NBA TV (Robb)
7:15 p.m.: MLB — Red Sox at Royals (Fox)
7:30 p.m.: MLS — Seattle at Revolution, NBCSB (Sweeney)

Sunday

2 p.m.: MLB — Red Sox at Royals (NESN)

PARTING THOUGHT

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