Fresh Links: Looch Days Edition

Milan Lucic reminds you... seventeen days to puck drop on the regular season. - Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Seventeen days until the season opener! To tide you over, we have a preseason date with the HABS ce soir.

Are YOU ready for the Boston Bruins preseason tilt against the Montreal Canadiens tonight? Coverage is on NHL Network and  98.5 The Sports Hub.

  • Shhhhh! Have a stealthy peek at the competition's pregame assessment of tonight's tilt at the Centre Bell... [HabsEyesOnThePrize]
  • David Krejci, Milan Lucic spoke about losing Nathan Horton, and gaining Jarome Iginla. (Video 2:14) [NESN]
  • Tonight Chad Johnson and Malcolm Subban will man the net. [@NHLBruins]
  • The anticipated lines will offer an interesting look at some fresh faces, and a first look at the new KIL line. [@NHLBruins]
  • Patrice Bergeron is keeping a diary for ESPN. In his inaugural entry he discussed his wedding, his tattoo, Olympics camp, and his teammates Brad Marchand, Loui Eriksson, and Jarome Iginla. [ESPN]
  • After sending a bunch of rookies home, the Bruins intend to sit tight on their roster until after the Canadiens and Capitals preseason games. [CausewayCrowd]
  • Focus on: Brad Marchand. [NewEnglandHockeyJournal]
  • Poor Chris Kelly is uncertain who will be on his line- it seems to be the story of his career. Now the question may also be will he play wing or center? [WEEI]
  • Zdeno Chara may have a new power play role... as a screen. [Boston Herald]
  • In Claude Julien's estimation, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser, the other pieces of the Dallas Stars trade, are likely to be NHLers. [BostonHerald]
  • Rookies vie for roster spots as vets will protect theirs, meanwhile all will be assessed by coaching staff in the preseason games. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Zach Trotman, paired with Zdeno Chara, has worked past concussions and is now impressing Claude Julien. Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid are developing into a comfy duo. [BostonHerald]
  • Speaking of McQuaid, he has worked hard on his conditioning, and feels the best he has in his career after last year's health issues. [ESPN]
  • Hybrid icing is on trial for the preseason- it may reduce injuries, but it does put a lot of pressure on the decisions of linsemen. The Bruins had been able to use to old rule to advantage thanks to speedy forwards. [MetroWestDailyNews]
  • It appears Tim Thomas will take the professional tryout with the Panthers. Witty wags have a field day with the news. [PuckDaddy]
  • Bad news: it was an 'a-fib' that caused Rich Peverly 's EKG "blip." Good news: it was treated, and his prognosis is excellent. He'll miss three weeks. [DefendingBigD]
  • Elliotte Friedman offers his 30 thoughts as Alex Ovechkin offers his own opinion on the NHL dress code- listen up, Patrice Bergeron! [

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