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A s a flurry of NHL contracts are being negotiated and signed, imagine the hollow feeling of players who don't receive offers.

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<p><b> In Boston Bruins news: </b></p>

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<li>Andrew Ference bade us all farewell in a touching video. I think I spied the Ranger jacket in his duffel? [<a href="http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/07/watch-bruin-stars-emotional-six-second-goodbye-to-his-team/">USAToday</a>]</li>

<li>Patrice Bergeron is confident that Tyler Seguin "is going to learn." [<a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2013/07/02/patrice-bergeron-says-tyler-seguin-is-going-to-learn/">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Good news for us all, Bergeron is in talks for a long contract extension. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/07/patrice_bergeron_eyes_extended_stay">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Peter Chiarelli believes Tuukka Rask will be signed before free agency. [<a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2013/07/03/tuukka-rask-expected-to-sign-new-contract-soon/">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Otherwise, expect a tame free agency period for the Bruins. [<a href="http://causewaycrowd.com/2013/07/03/free-agency-frenzy-in-full-form-how-will-the-bruins-react/">CausewayCrowd</a>]</li>

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<p><b> Elsewhere around the NHL: </b></p>

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<li> Fessing up- Puck Daddy acknowledges their worst playoff predictions of 2013. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/puck-daddy-worst-playoff-predictions-2013-203225805.html#more-62994">Puck Daddy</a>]</li>

<li> Here is a rundown of teams that may find Tim Thomas attractive. [<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/tim-thomas-ex-bruins-goalie-returns-where-should-he-play-flyers-islanders-sabres-panthers-penguins-avalanche-lightning-070213">FoxSports</a>]</li>

<li> But Thomas might be more drama that the Flyers simply don't need. [<a href="http://thehockeywriters.com/signing-tim-thomas-would-only-extend-the-philadelphia-media-circus/">TheHockeyWriters</a>]</li>

<li> Vincent Lecavalier is headed to the Flyers, now that Danny Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov are off the books. Kris Letang and Pascal Dupuis re-sign with the Penguins. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/07/02/vincent-lecavalier-will-sign-with-philadelphia-flyers/AKW30HxE8vjhg4IVnn0sfK/story.html">TheBostonGLobe</a>]</li>

<li> Lane MacDermid has been re-signed by the Dallas Stars. [<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2013/07/02/stars-re-sign-23-year-old-forwards-lane-macdermid-luke-gazdic-macdermid-part/">FoxSports</a>]</li>

<li> Valtteri Filppula is likely to become available. [<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130703/SPORTS0103/307030029/Valtteri-Filppula-likely-test-free-agent-market?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">DetroitNews</a>]</li>

<li> The Phoenix Coyotes rise from the ashes again, but for how long? [<a href="http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/52653-Coyotes-to-remain-in-Glendale-but-for-how-long.html">TheHockeyNews</a>]</li>

<li> The trouble with signing bought-out players. [<a href="http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2013/07/03/the-good-and-bad-of-signing-bought-out-players/">BackhandShelf</a>]</li>

<li> Beware! Revenge of the Long Term Contracts! [<a href="http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/67639/were-any-long-term-nhl-contracts-a-good-idea-2">Grantland</a>]</li>

<li> Dig into this compendium of news from around the league. Did Tyler Seguin's early success stunt his growth? Hall Gill waived by Predators. [<a href="http://nhl.si.com/2013/07/03/top-line-unofficial-start-of-free-agency-arizona-coyotes-stay-put-more-links/#more-33210">SportsIllustrated</a>]</li>

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