Hitting The Links: Broken Record Edition

UNIONDALE, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Ryan Spooner #51 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New York Islanders during a rookie game exhibition at Nassau Coliseum on September 12, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Bruins defeated the Islanders 8-5. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Bruins' perfect rookie game record against the Islanders came to an end last night as the baby Isles walloped our boys 7-2. Whatever, it's a learning experience - it stings a little but hopefully the rookies can take just as much out of that loss as they did their 8-5 win.

Elsewhere, the Stanley Cup is en route to Montreal (should we start placing bets on 'accidental' typos now?) to be engraved, Brad Marchand still has no contract, and rookie camps around the league are in full swing.

Let's have some links!

Bruins News:
  • Game recap of the 7-2 loss to the Islanders. They effectively shut down Ryan Spooner, and Michael Hutchinson looked awful. [NESN]
  • Peter Chiarelli missed Dougie Hamilton's first game; regardless, despite how happy everyone seems with the Bruins' top defensive prospect, Chiarelli is preaching patience, patience. And for good reason. [NESN]
  • Marchand might be allowed to participate in training camp despite not being signed yet; it's up to Chiarelli. [Hockey Journal]
  • The 'State of the Bruins' was a much more....shall we say, optimistic? event than usual this year. [NHL]
  • A look ahead to the coming season. [Herald]
  • If you're planning to follow the baby B's this season, heres a preview of their blueline for the coming season. [Something's Bruin]
  • Local kid Josh Hennessy is coming off ACL surgery, but he feels pretty good about his chances with the Bruins this year. [Globe]

NHL News:

  • If you read one more thing on the depression-related tragedies this summer, read this - Michael Landsberg, who also suffers from depression, was incredibly close with Wade Belak. [TSN]
  • Okay NHL can you STOP with the ownership crises. Now that the Blues and Stars are close to resolving theirs, the Devils have suddenly had a bankruptcy problem emerge. Wonderful. [Globe and Mail]
  • Jeff Skinner, like the Bruins' own Tyler Seguin, is looking to build on a successful rookie campaign. Will he be able to prevent the dreaded sophomore slump? [News Observer]
  • The Flyers' GM says Chris Pronger might be good to go for the season opener. [Delaware Online]
  • Nikolai Khabibulin's jail stint is over, and he's eager to join the rush of optimism for the Oilers and put his offseason behind him. [TSN]
  • According to Bob McKenzie, John Tavares and Tyler Myers are on the brink of big contract extensions. [TSN]
  • The WHL's Portland Winterhawks have too many NHL prospects - so many, in fact, that they had to cancel their preseason due to lack of bodies. [Buzzing the Net]
  • This Flames prospect is doing it wrong. It'd be like Ryan Spooner admitting love for the Canadiens. No, son. (for the record, Ryan Spooner does NOT like the Habs, as far as I know.)  [Sun]

Non hockey link of the day:

  • Tim Wakefield got his 200th win last night! [USA Today]
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