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Is this Brad Marchand's new friend? - Scott Halleran

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Bruins are spending their off seasons in amusing ways.

  • Brad Marchand  has a new friend, and it is Torey Krug for the win in his Twitter chirp in reply. [NESN]
  • There's just one more thing about the David Pastrnak signing, it hints that there may be surprises in store for current players at training camp. []
  • Can you stand just one more charming Pastrnak interview, now that he has been signed? [Bruins.NHL]
  • Meanwhile, Zane Gothberg, Colton Horgrove, and Cole Bardreau really, REALLY get into belaying. [Bruins.NHL]
  • Pastrnak has one thing in common with David Krejci, and that is his enthusiasm at now being able to play with a player that he idolized growing up. Remember when Krejci and Jaromir Jagr sat for their HNIC Player Cards interviews? [Boston.CBSLocal]
  • There is precedent for the Bruins integrating teenagers into the lineup, but beware the obvious PR benefit to hyping Pastrnak's surprising ascent. [Boston.CBSLocal]
  • "He is young, he is fast and he is offensively gifted." This does not bode well for Pastrnak in the Claude Julien system. [CausewayCrowd]
  • If the Bruins address their dearth of wingers by using their surplus of centers, Alexander Khokhlachev and Ryan Spooner have potential, here's a look at the adjustments that they would need to make. [NESN]
  • As happy as he may be to have a contract, Matt Bartkowski now has to block out thoughts of being traded. [NESN]
  • Is the underwhelming summer trapped at the cap an indication of the Bruins will settle for being "just good enough" and that they are at the end of this Stanley Cup window of opportunity? [SportsIllustrated]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • NHL Free Agency in historical perspective: Ten years of deals, best and worst. [Grantland]
  • Pouty Vladimir Putin has put his Olympic disappointment behind him and celebrated the Russian IIHF gold by bestowing a Mercedes Benz and cash to each of the players, including Anton Khudobin... [PuckDaddy]
  • ... who has taking up diving. No, not THAT kind! [Instagram]

  • And it is Metro Division for the win, in this assessment of the weakest NHL division. [TheHockeyNews

  • Tony Granato will now join forces with Mike Babcock behind the bench for the Red Wings. [DetroitFreePress]
  • Former Bruin Mike Knuble has been named to the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame. [MLive]
  • Healing wishes to Sabres goalie Matt Hackett, who was seriously injured in a collision with Torey Krug [YouTube] in April. His return to the ice is unlikely before December. [@BNHarrington]
  • Warning to hockey parents: In spite of your expensive and overbearing efforts to advance your midget or peewee player, your bad behavior will hinder him. [BuzzingTheNet]
  • Let's hope that he's learned his lesson, because he's baaaaaaack... [@TSeguinOfficial]
  • Meanwhile, Paul Bissonnette is facing a possible future in Europe. We'll miss his Tweets. [TheScore]
  • Hooked on Phonics seems to describe this jersey foul. [PuckDaddy]
  • Dang, it seems like FOREVER! How many days until Bruins hockey? [HowManyDaysUntilHockey]
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