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So, where were we at last count? Now it's fifty-one days until the preseason, and only one hundred and ninety-five more days until the Winter Olympics begin. Surprisingly (but happily), there's still a lot of hockey news to talk about.

Rob Zombie: Musician, filmmaker, hockey fan.
Rob Zombie: Musician, filmmaker, hockey fan.
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<li> Could Tim Thomas really come back to the NHL? Despite being now more known for his off-ice antics, some teams may actually be interested in signing him to a contract. [<a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/22887785/nhl-rumors-teams-still-interested-in-signing-tim-thomas">CBSSports.com</a>]</li>

<li>Are you surprised Brad Marchand was selected to join Hockey Canada's try-out camp for the 2014 Winter Olympics? So is he. [<a href="http://metronews.ca/news/halifax/746891/brad-marchand-ready-to-show-he-belongs-at-olympics-after-team-canada-invite/">Metro News Halifax</a>]</li>

<li> Team Canada obviously likes him. The Bruins obviously like him, and everyone else hates him, which means he is doing his job well. So why was there all this trade talk earlier for our Little Ball of Hate? Here's a list of many reasons why it would be a Bad Idea to trade Brad Marchand. [<a href="http://clnsradio.com/boston-bruins/item/7486-boston-bruins-why-trading-brad-marchand-would-make-no-sense">CLNS Radio.com</a>]</li>

<li>Three possible options to provide back up goaltender duties for Tuukka Rask, but only one spot on the team. Who looks to have the best chance of being Goalie Number Two when the 2013-14 season kicks off later this year? [<a href="http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/07/24/analyzing-the-boston-bruins-backup-goalie-situation/">RantSports.com</a>]</li>

<li>Zach Hamill, former Bruin, hopes he can bust his "bust" label and get a new lease on life with the Vancouver Canucks. [<a href="http://www.theprovince.com/sports/Chance+Hamill+bust+bust+label/8709109/story.html">The Province</a>]</li>

<li>Former Boston College Eagle Bruin Bill Guerin is one of five 2013 inductees to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.[<a href="http://www.bcinterruption.com/2013/7/25/4556056/2013-united-states-hockey-hall-of-fame-class-bill-guerin">BC Interruption</a>]</li>

<li> Northeastern Husky center Ludwig Karlsson has signed a two-year deal with the Ottawa Senators. [<a href="http://nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=678997">NHL.com</a>]</li>

<li>Did you know Haverhill native Rob Zombie is a Bruins fan? Keep that in mind while you read this article about a new movie he is writing and directing about a team some Bruins fans consider our hockey brothers from another mother. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/inside_track/the_inside_track/2013/07/rob_zombie_to_take_on_bruins_rivalry">Boston Herald</a>]</li>

<li> And this bears repeating: Don't forget to vote for the athlete Patrice Bergeron, who should be considered the "Face of Boston Sports." [<a href="http://nesn.com/2013/07/vote-which-athlete-is-the-face-of-boston-sports/">NESN.com</a>]</li>