Fresh Links: Core Strength Edition

Thank you and farewell, Jarome Iginla! - Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Roster tweaks only. Peter Chiarelli was as good as his word.

Both the Bruins and Jarome Iginla tried to reach an agreement, but in the end, the cap got in the way.

  • Thanks, Jarome Iginla, no hard feelings and good luck to you in Colorado. Shawn Thornton has happy landings with the Panthers, and Chad Johnson is off to the Islanders. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • It  came down to cap and core. Losing Iginla will hurt, and the Bruins now need the (cheaper) younger guys to step up going forward. [Boston.com]
  • Wheel Of Right Wingers. Here's a reminder of past fillers-in, and potential future ones. [HeraldNews]
  • The Bruins are, however, rich in defensemen now that David Warsofsky is clearly NHL ready. [HeraldNews]
  • The door isn't quite shut on potential Bruins trades, just the splashy ones. Jordan Caron has received some interest from other teams. [NESN]
  • Peter Chiarelli's legacy may be defined by the outcome of gambling on letting key players go. [Boston.CBSLocal]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The good news is that in this advanced stat analysis of Eastern Defensemen, Zdeno Chara defies his age. Then watch the numbers adding Patrice Bergeron on ice, 5 on 5. [SportingNews]
  • Meanwhile, the Canadiens are going forward with their young players, after dumping their veteran core. Can Manny Malhotra help rebuild the team's heart? [TheGlobeAndMail]
  • The Maple Leafs are giddily embracing the magic they think they had two years ago, while a closer examination of that season suggests their playoff appearance to have only been a lucky aberration. [TheGlobeAndMail]
  • The Bruins and Red Wings find themselves on the wrong side of this list of free agency winners and losers. [O.Canada]
  • Counterpoint: This Winners/Losers list asserts that the Eastern Conference as a whole lost with Iginla's departure. [SportingNews]
  • The Rangers maintained Boyle status quo: Dan Boyle was acquired as former Boston College Eagle Brian Boyle left for Tampa Bay. As an interesting footnote, former Bruins Matt Hunwick and Steven Kampfer were signed... [NorthJersey.com] ... and now are joined by Chris Bourque. [NHL]
  • So, after all the UFA dust settles, these forwards and defensemen are still available. [ExtraSkater]

  • Among other "big names" still available are goalies Martin Brodeur, Tim Thomas, Tomas Vokoun, and Ilya Bryzgalov. [NHL]
  • O, Canada Day... Claude Giroux was arrested in an incident involving a holding penalty, a police officer, and too many adult beverages. [PuckDaddy]
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