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We seem to be right in the middle of the dog days of summer. The Stanley Cup Final feels like it was a million years ago now, and the pre-season is not quite here yet. So what's one of the most popular things to do when the news is slow? Compile lists and make speculations about your team, of course.

Hockey in August. (In Australia, that is)
Hockey in August. (In Australia, that is)
Rob Jefferies

<li> It's getting closer to Tuukka Time! Tuukka Rask talks about the upcoming season and what he's been doing on his summer vacation. [<a href="http://video.bruins.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=263674">BostonBruins.com</a>]</li>

<li> Staff members from The New England Hockey Journal put in their two cents about which Bruins player should be next to wear the A on his jersey, with the departure of Andrew Ference. One of their choices is a little surprising. [<a href="http://www.hockeyjournal.com/blog/blackGold/The_Great_Debate_Who_should_fill_the_Bruins-_alternate_captain_vacancy">NEHJ.com</a>]</li>

<li>Who would be on the Bruins' All-Time Team? CBS Sports has some thoughts. (Also check out the Rene Rancourt love they give.) [<a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/23067801/alltim-teams-boston-bruins">CBSSports.com</a>]</li>

<li> BruinsDaily.com is going through the top ten Bruins games of the season, and also the top ten games of the playoffs. I'm sure you already know what the top playoff game is going to be, but isn't it great to revisit it? [<a href="http://www.bruinsdaily.com/2013/08/09/bruins-top-10-games-of-2013-playoffs-no-1/">BruinsDaily.com</a>]</li>

<li>Milan Lucic talks about his recent meeting with Ray Bourque, who gave him some pointers on how to mentally approach his game. [<a href="http://www.nesn.com/2013/08/milan-lucic-motivated-by-meeting-with-ray-bourque-admits-it-was-big-for-me">NESN.com</a>]</li>

<li> Also worth noting: Greg Hawgood, former Bruin (and one of my favorite players back in the day) turns 45 today. FORTY-FIVE (!)</li>

<i>On a more personal level, I would like to use this opportunity I have to mention that as many of you know, my cat fell gravely ill a couple of weeks ago, and while the care he received saved his life, it also turned out to be quite costly, even with medical insurance. If I didn't look at most of you as friends, I wouldn't be asking this here, but I set up a webpage to accept donations which I'll use to off-set the cost of his surgery and after-care. If any of you could spare a few dollars to help him, I would be monumentally grateful, as would Mulder. Thank you.</i>