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HItting The Links: Draft Day Edition

Today's the day - the most overhyped, ridiculous popularity contest in the NHL gets underway with the NHL All-Star Draft. I can't embed this video, but here's hoping the Canadian TV show This Hour Has 22 Minutes gets a hold of some all-stars again this year. Hilarious. Any time Zdeno Chara gets to talk about eating babies, you know he's got to be having a good day.

After the links, Montreal won a game in ridiculous fashion last night; Grantland talks Zdeno Chara; and who will be in Phil Kessel's shoes this year?

Bruins News:

  • The Bruins seem to have good position at the All-Star Break, with just a few issues to correct going forward. [ESPN]
  • Specifically, they need to fix the defense. [Mass Live]
  • Mark Recchi is going to coach Team Orr in the CHL prospects game! [Buzzing the Net]
  • Remember that Lightning mascot that silly stringed a Bruins fan? Fired. Ba-zing! [Tampa Bay]
  • Do you live in/near Lowell? Go meet some Bruins at a UML game. Just go. [Lowell]
  • Ray Bourque and some other Bruins will be playing in the Oldtimer Hockey Challenge in Kingston this week. [Kingston]
  • Ladies, want a bag made out of newspapers from the Bruins championship? Look no further. [Globe]
  • "Can Zdeno Chara just start reciting lines from Rocky IV?" [Grantland]

NHL News:

  • Oh look, a fantasy draft before tonight's fantasy draft. [PHT]
  • Matt Hendricks' ear almost fell off the other day. [Dump N' Chase]
  • Mike Babcock needs a drink after the Red Wings loss last night. They could have solidified their position in the hard-fought Central division with a win over the lowly Canadiens. Whoops. [PHT]
  • John-Michael Liles signed an extension with the Maple Leafs yesterday. [The Star]
  • Nicklas Lidstrom had the flu last night, ending his streak of NHL games played at 213. [ESPN]