Fresh Links: The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Eight more years of this? I'm OK with that. - Bruce Bennett

Patrice Bergeron's signed. Tuukka Rask is signed. Peter Chiarelli says he is good for now after acquiring Jarome Iginla. The release of the NHL's 2013-14 schedule is tentatively set for July 17, a whole 4 days away. How can hockey fans distract themselves until the regular season starts again (or at least until the 17th)?

This should keep you busy...

  • Get to know more about the new Bruins prospects. [Bruins.NHL.com]
  • Grantland wonders who will be the next captains of the eight teams that currently have a vacancy for that position. [Grantland.com]
  • A pretty interesting Tumblr that showcases various references to NHL (and sometimes AHL) teams in movies, music, and TV. [F--k Yeah NHL in Pop Culture]
  • If you're looking for something to do now that there's no more hockey until the fall, check out these books about hockey to tide you over until then. [Bleacher Report]

    From around the NHL...
  • An Edmonton newspaper weighs in on the impact new Oiler Andrew Ference might have on his team. [Edmonton Journal]
  • An editor for the Columbus Dispatch is tired of people calling his city Hicksville, and defends Nathan Horton's choice to sign with the Columbus Blue Jackets. [Columbus Dispatch]
  • Did Tyler Seguin's mother set a precedent? Ilya Kovalchuk's mother speaks about her son's retirement from the NHL to play in the KHL. [NJ.com]
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