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Geoff Ward siezes the opportunity to be a head coach. - Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

First Jim Benning, and now Geoff Ward...

The price of the Bruins' success is that even the coaches and staff have become desirable commodities.

  • Viel Erfolg! Geoff Ward is leaving to become the head coach of the Adler Mannheim (Dennis Seidenberg 's team during the last lockout.) [Boston.CBSLocal]
  • Take a step back from the ledge! Shawn Thornton will be missed, but let's keep this in perspective. [Boston.CBSLocal]
  • There's a Bruin on this list of NHLers likely to be traded. [BleacherReport]
  • Peter Chiarelli's offseason headache will be bonus overages. [TheScore]
  • Adam McQuaid and Ryan McKinnon will be special guests at the 25th anniversary Special Olympics Festival in Cornwall, PEI on June 24th. [JournalPioneer]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • There'll be a Bruins reunion at the NHL Awards, as Captain Planet, Andrew Ference, will be presented the King Clancy Memorial Trophy... (Patrice Bergeron was last year's winner.) [CBSSports]
  • ... and we look forward to seeing Rich Peverely there as well to present the Masterton Trophy. He continues to work toward a return to the Stars. [DallasNews]
  • It's Wheel of Backup Goalies for the Capitals, and the short list includes Tim Thomas as well as Chad Johnson, whose solid numbers and reasonable price make him quite attractive. [JapersRink]
  • And on the coaching side, per Pierre McGuire, the Panthers have made an offer, and await a decision. The Penguins appear to be down to two candidates. [MyHockeyRumors]
  • Former Bruins Black Ace Andrew Bodnarchuk is superstitious, finally touching the Stanley Cup only after the Kings victory, and he looks forward to a great season ahead. [ChronicleHerald]
  • Former Providence Bruin Michael Hutchinson was among a handful of participants that turned a lot of heads in the Calder Cup final... [CBCSports]
  • ...and now winning Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins is reported to have his pick of two NHL head coaching jobs. [TheScore]
  • Caveat emptor- here's a list of free agents that may be risky business. [SpectorsHockey]
  • Here's brief look at how goaltending has changed, and the goaltenders along with it. [TwoPadStack]
  • Hockey participation numbers are up overall in the US, increases were notable in Hawaii (+58.3%) and Arizona (+17.8%,) while both Maine (+10.9%) and Oregon (+60.2) rose on the strength of adult registrations. Oklahoma plummeted (-32.2%.) [UnitedStatesOfHockey]
  • This sweet goodbye to HNIC is a charming personal reminiscence. [BallastMag]
  • This meditation spins Twitter, media, passion, and cold fancystats into an ode to watching the game of hockey for its own sake. (Surprise special guest references to Mike Milbury and a certain Bruins Insider ice this cake.) [HockeyBrunch]
  • A chance viewing of the Today show saved NHL referee Paul Stewart's life. And he would like you to know about his debt of gratitude to Gary Bettman, who stepped up in a big way to help. [HuffingtonPost]


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