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Who might have been in the sights of a certain NHL team president and GM who were reported to be at the Flyers/Bruins matinee on Saturday?

Zdeno Chara at netfront
Zdeno Chara at netfront
Drew Hallowell

<p><b> Tonight the New York Islanders host the Boston Bruins, 7pm. </b></p>

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<li> When we left off on Saturday: QUOTA! Just the facts... [<a href="http://hockeyjournal.com/blog/blackGold/Bruins_chase_Mason-_rout_Flyers">NewEnglandHockeyJournal</a>]</li>

<li> Seen at the scene at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday... both the Oilers' president and GM. Hmmmm. [<a href="https://twitter.com/davegisaac/status/427137690765897728">@davegisaac</a>]</li>

<li> Zdeno Chara is thrilled to carry the flag of Slovakia in the Sochi opening ceremonies, and recalls life as a youth in the Soviet era. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/01/27/bruins-chara-raise-his-country-flag-sochi/8Waf0hNZplgCLjRadHK0RJ/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> A brief ode to Kevan Miller, and the posse of Providence Bruin defensemen that have served well as call-ups. [<a href="http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140126/SPORTS/401260336">SouthCoastToday</a>]</li>

<li> Dougie Hamilton was solid in his return, Ryan Spooner is at a crossroads with Chris Kelly 's return, a Flyer that the Bruins might pursue, Jordan Caron 's return, and Patrice Bergeron 's wizardry at faceoffs. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/01/26/return-dougie-hamilton-gives-bruins-balance-defense/PUI05uU0Hfy7YPIGL6EKmO/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> More than memorabilia: Way back in 1969, one seriously ill child found hope in a memorable Bruins dressing room visit and signed hockey sticks, thanks to Milt Schmidt and Bobby Orr. [<a href="http://www.timescolonist.com/boston-bruins-fan-parts-with-magic-sticks-a-legacy-of-bobby-orr-1.802279">TimesColonist</a>]</li>

<li> A long potpourri read on coaching NHL fighters, why John Tortorella missed a big chance, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith 's career paths, why the trade season may be quiet, and a quick razz at the refs for stopping a goalie fight. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/01/26/even-nhl-fighters-need-coaching/PAiehCHk4KTMmdcFk4y5ZJ/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> The good, the bad, the ugly from the Providence Bruins weekend action. [<a href="http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/bruins/content/20140127-p-bruins-weekend-plusses-and-minuses.ece">Providence Journal</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins have something to prove in facing the Islanders, who were Chara 's first team. Spooner will likely return to the lineup tonight, after recovering from the flu. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2014/01/bruins_now_take_islanders_seriously">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> John Tavares has praise for Bergeron. [<a href="http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/27/tavares-calls-bergeron-the-hardest-player-to-play-against-in-the-league/">ProHockeyTalk</a>]</li>

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

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<li> Here's the story of the NHL's longest tenured mascot, and the man behind the plush costume. [<a href="http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/nhls-first-mascot-the-flames-harvey-the-hound-still-barking-strong-30-years-later/">TheHockeyNews</a>]</li>

<li> ROOT sports' excessive and oddly timed closeups and cutaways are "ruining the viewing experience" for hockey fans. See for yourself! [<a href="http://www.thepensblog.com/2014-archives/january/case-study-how-root-sports-is-ruining-the-viewer-experience.html">PensBlog</a>]</li>

<li> What happens when a visiting team forgets their uniforms?!?! [<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/southwest/story/nahl-team-forgets-jerseys-for-away-game-wears-home-team-s-sweaters-012414">FoxSports</a>]</li>

<li> The Montreal Canadiens held a players-only meeting after their loss to the Capitals. [<a href="http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/25/canadiens-hold-players-only-meeting-after-loss-to-capitals/related/">ProHockeyTalk</a>]</li>

<li> Sit down and enjoy this compilation of the Top 10 NHL Through-the-Legs Goals. [<a href="http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2014/01/24/the-nhls-10-best-through-the-legs-goals/">BackhandShelf</a>]</li>

<li> Hooray! A gallery of Jersey Fouls! [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/stadium-series-la-costumes-jersey-fouls-023245647--nhl.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> And it is the Dallas Stars Twitter once again, for the WIN. [<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2014/1/24/5342394/dallas-stars-justin-bieber-picture-twitter">SBNation</a>]</li>

<li> In honor of outdoor games and Olde Tymey hockey, here is an 1898 film shot by Thomas Edison, the oldest filmed footage of hockey. (Video, 0:27) [<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIgeoQuAuDQ&feature=youtu.be">YouTube</a>]</li>

<li> C'mon, Ref! What do you do when an official is injured and must leave the game? [<a href="http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/kerry_fraser/?id=441990">TSN</a>]</li>

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