Fresh Links: Downtime Edition

An appropriately dressed Bruins fan - Jared Wickerham

There is news today, and a bit of lonelyhearts advice, too.

 The Bruins ready themselves for the Thursday's 7pm tilt against the Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Now the third-longest tenured coach in the NHL, Claude Julien spend 13 years in the minors, where one takeaway is the forthright way he treats his players. [ESPN]
  • The fourth episode of  "Behind the B" allows a peek between periods in the Bruins' dressing room as Julien, Chris Kelly, and Patrice Bergeron address the team between periods in a tie game. [Boston.CBSLocal]
  • It is understandable that Gregory Campbell has had a slow start after last season's injury, but his and the fourth line's fortunes are turning. [BostonHerald]
  • Dougie Hamilton is flourishing, thankfully, as the Bruins adjust to the loss of Adam McQuaid.  Hamilton was sobered by the injury to Steven Stamkos. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • C'Mon, Ref! Kerry Fraser believes that the contact between Hamilton and Stamkos just prior to the injury was incidental. [TSN]
  • Let's call the whole thing off! Shawn Thornton explains the Brad Marchand name pronunciation kerfuffle, and comments on the Malcolm Subban goalie fight. (Video, 2:50) [CSNNE]
  • Dear Matty/Torey? Bruins Matt Bartkowski and newlywed Torey Krug give surprisingly insightful personal advice to the lovelorn. [NESN]
  • Hockey players with dogs... the 2014 Pucks & Paws calendar is now available to benefit the Bruins Foundation and MSPCA Angell. [Bruins.NHL]

Elsewhere around the rink: 

  • The NHL General Managers are tackling issues such as the overtime format, fighting, and the new playoff structure. [CBCSports]
  • The Buffalo Sabres housecleaning, part deux. Darcy Regier and Ron Rolston are out. Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan are in. [TSN]
  • It has been an odd week in Buffalo, as their TV crew had to call Tuesday's game from ice level! [SBNation]
  • The rink was filled with rats as the Panthers came from down 2 goals to beat the high-flying Ducks. A number of former Bruins had a hand in the victory. [LitterboxCats]
  • It's never to early to speculate... who's likely to be in on the next round of Hockey Hall of Fame inductions? [Grantland]
  • And in IMPORTANT news, here're the facts on beer pricing around the NHL.  You're welcome! [LastWordOnSports]

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