Fresh Links: The Wait Begins Weekend Edition

Awkward.

We're in that awkward phase now where the Bruins are done but the playoffs are still going on. Player movement can't start yet and other than talking about the teams still left in it there isn't much to talk about except what went wrong for the Bruins.

To pass the time before the offseason I like to jump on the bandwagon of a team still in it. Nashville has been my Western team for a while, so I'm rooting for them. They're well-coached, they play a tight defensive system, their goalie is insane, and they get scoring from all over the lineup. In other words, they resemble the Bruins a lot. Plus they play a lot of country music, which makes a cool atmosphere. It's good to see hockey succeed there. So go Preds!

Bruins News

  • Turns out Bergeron didn't get hurt in Game 5, but way back in Game 3. With all the injuries that are being revealed now it reminds me of the aftermath of the Carolina series, where it seemed the whole team had surgery. It just shows how lucky the Bruins were to be healthy last year and why it's so hard to repeat. [WEEI]
  • Andrew Ference with some words in support of Tim Thomas. He thinks Alex Ovechkin has dropped off, though, which is just scary to think about. He's still terrifying to watch, but it was even worse a few years ago. [WEEI]
  • It does not look like Joe Corvo will return. How sad. [ESPN]
  • Peter Chiarelli does not plan on breaking up the Bruins' core and instead will look to add a piece or two during the offseason. He is in negotiations with Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell. He also expects Nathan Horton to be back, which would be really, really nice. [ESPN]
  • On that note, it was surprising to see the Caps' depth players make the difference in the series after the Bruins' depth players were so important last season. [Globe]

NHL News

  • This Chris Kreider kid, he's pretty good, huh? [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Ken Dryden, I mean Braden Holtby, only faced 14 shots in the Caps' 3-1 Game 1 loss to the Rangers yesterday. After getting a ton of shots against the Bruins it apparently confused him because he didn't play too well. The first Rangers goal was very very stoppable. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Ovechkin was serenaded by an "Ovi sucks" chant at the 8-minute mark of each period. Pretty funny. [Puck Daddy]
  • Brooks Laich gave Brad Richards a Hunter-esque crosscheck after Richards made it 3-1. Richards had a pretty awesome response when asked about it. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Jonathan Quick was amazing again and the Kings took a 1-0 lead over the Blues with a 3-1 win last night, in St. Louis. [TSN]
  • Jaromir Jagr and Martin Brodeur meet as old, old men. [TSN]
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