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Patrice Bergeron's signed. Tuukka Rask is signed. Peter Chiarelli says he is good for now after acquiring Jarome Iginla. The release of the NHL's 2013-14 schedule is tentatively set for July 17, a whole 4 days away. How can hockey fans distract themselves until the regular season starts again (or at least until the 17th)?

Eight more years of this? I'm OK with that.
Eight more years of this? I'm OK with that.
Bruce Bennett

This should keep you busy...

  • Get to know more about the new Bruins prospects. []
  • Grantland wonders who will be the next captains of the eight teams that currently have a vacancy for that position. []
  • A pretty interesting Tumblr that showcases various references to NHL (and sometimes AHL) teams in movies, music, and TV. [F--k Yeah NHL in Pop Culture]
  • If you're looking for something to do now that there's no more hockey until the fall, check out these books about hockey to tide you over until then. [Bleacher Report]

    From around the NHL...
  • An Edmonton newspaper weighs in on the impact new Oiler Andrew Ference might have on his team. [Edmonton Journal]
  • An editor for the Columbus Dispatch is tired of people calling his city Hicksville, and defends Nathan Horton's choice to sign with the Columbus Blue Jackets. [Columbus Dispatch]
  • Did Tyler Seguin's mother set a precedent? Ilya Kovalchuk's mother speaks about her son's retirement from the NHL to play in the KHL. []