Fresh Links: Geburtstag Edition

Happy birthday, Dennis Seidenberg! - Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

To call it a slow off season would be an understatement. At least we have fun!

In Bruins news:

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Ain't we got FUN? Looking back, that seemed to be the word of the season around the NHL. [ESPN]
  • Speaking of fun, Yvon Barrette has fond memories of filming Slap Shot, despite not being invited to participate in recent sequels. [PrinceAlbertDailyHerald] You may remember him portraying goalie Denis Lemieux in this entertaining scene. (Video, 2:27)  [YouTube]
  • Well wishes to Jonas Hiller, who is recovering after suffering a sudden appendicitis attack back home in Switzerland. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Former Bruin Hi, I'm Chad Johnson deserves more credit than he receives in this ranking of NHL backup goalies, but Anton Khudobin has gotten their attention! [Sportsnet]
  • Jack Eichel from Chelmsford is already receiving buzz for the 2015 draft. [WEEI]
  • Malcolm Subban's other brother, Jordan, is taking full advantage of the guidance of his brothers. [NHL]
  • The new boss of Hockey Canada has a new mandate, and both the prohibitive costs of the sport as well as attracting Canadian immigrants as players are in his sights. [CBCSports]
  • Free agents who avoid signing with the Red Wings are not likely up to Mike Babcock 's standards anyway. And don't even bring up talk about a new contract. [CBSSports]
  • Help Wanted: Calgary Flames mascot. Have YOU got what it takes? [TheHockeyNews]
  • Have a look at this list of 6 NHL teams that will be "up and comers." [TooManyMenOnTheSite]
  • Boo hoo! Here are logos of the Canadian NHL teams reimagined to reflect having not made the playoffs. [pbs.twimg,Reddit]
  • The Sharks could look to the Sochi Olympics to find a much better template than what they propose for their "Ice Girls" concept. This PR flap seems to be a red herring for deeper issues anyway. [MercuryNews]
  • Sit down and shut up, kid! Sometimes the firm hand of a veteran is better than the fists of an enforcer. [TheHockeyNews]
  • Paul Stewart has sadly been on the receiving end of abuse as an official and has found that no fists are needed to shut down some miscreants. [HuffPost] Bonus: His blog archive is well worth a  look. [HuffPost]
  • Feel my pain! It has been a decidedly dull NHL offseason for news. [SpektorsHockey]
  • Dig into this ranking of the offseason so far as ratied on the "bizarro" scale. [Grantland]
  • Here's a cautionary tale about collecting hockey cards. [TheStar]
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