Fresh Links: Farewell Edition

"Hey, we can play..." - Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins decline to re-sign Shawn Thornton, and hockey writer Kirk Luedeke answers the call to serve our country.

The Bruins bade farewell to Shawn Thornton after seven years and a Stanley Cup.

  • There won't be a dry eye in the house (unless someone hides Thornton's water bottle.) [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Thornton brought the grit and gravitas that helped mold the Bruins team that Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien envisioned.  There are teams in the NHL that would find him useful. [BostonHerald]
  • He spoke about his meeting with Peter Chiarelli on the Hill Man Morning Show on WAAF this morning. (Audio, 18:22) [WAAF]
  • Thornton is committed to the Boston community, and despite a lapse or two, maintains a good legacy both on and off ice. [SouthCoastToday]
  • There are teams that could use a player like Thornton. Trevor Linden has mentioned his name. [Sportsnet]
  • Meanwhile, Tuukka Rask and family are spending the summer in Tampere, Finland. (Google translation, with video in Finnish) [aamulehti]

 Real life intrudes as hockey writer Kirk Luedeke is being deployed to Afghanistan very soon.

  • We've enjoyed his Bruins prospect reports and his column, Kirk's Call, in the New England Hockey Journal. Thank you sir, and we will hold your seat until your safe return. [@kluedeke29]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • An orange "look up line" has been added around the perimeter of rinks at Phillips Academy Andover and at the Pingree School, to act as a sort of warning track in an effort to cut down dangerous crashes into the boards. More schools will follow suit soon. [Boston.CBSLocal]
  • Compliance buyouts have begun, here's the score so far. [Sportsnet]
  • Here are five likely candidates for buyout. [TheHockeyNews]
  • The Panthers are still prowling for a new head coach, and have narrowed the list of targets [PuckDaddy] as the Pittsburgh Penguins' search likewise continues. [Post-Gazette]
  • Advocates are pushing for CPR training as Nova Scotia lost 8 young hockey players to sudden cardiac arrest in 9 years. [CBC]
  • Meet a young NHL hopeful with impeccable pedigree, he's Johnny Boychuk's nephew! [BuzzingTheNet]
  • From the mouths of babes... Trevor Linden of the Canucks receives advice (and illustrations) from schoolchildren. [HuffingtonPost]
  • Apparently there is some confusion about how the NHL works at Target... FAIL. [Imgur,Reddit]

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