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Fresh Links: Chuk'd Edition

Okay, he wasn't exactly discarded like an old shoe, does that mean the Bruins can reacquire him later?

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We'll miss you, Johnny Boychuk, and don't be a stranger...
We'll miss you, Johnny Boychuk, and don't be a stranger...
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In Bruins news you can use:

  • The Johnny Boychuk trade hurt. "He was upset, I was upset; I’m still upset," Chiarelli said. [MassLive]
  • The move did not immediately improve the Bruins, and it was not a move the Bruins wanted to make. BONUS: Links at bottom of this article to the entire season preview. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • It's a roll of the dice for future gain. The short term ain't pretty, though. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Let's talk ourselves down from the precipice, here: However sad, it was the right move. [TheHockeyWriters]
  • Counterpoint: A skewed vision of who is "core" is hamstringing personnel decisions. And draft picks as a return? Historically the Bruins have not done well with those... [CausewayCrowd]
  • A return to Boston is not entirely out of the question according to Boychuk. [TheScore]
  • In any case, what's done is done, and now the pressure is on the Bruins' defensive corps to step up and fill big shoes. [HockeyBuzz]
  • And don't forget, on Saturday we got to see David Pastrnak play, and Patrice Bergeron scored a hat trick despite the Bruins' loss to the Red Wings in the skills competition (Video, 4:41) [NHL]
  • The balance of right vs. left shot players has always seemed to loom large for the Bruins. Does it even matter? [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Under Claude Julien, "the defense never rests" and offense springs forth from it. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • This Bruins' season outlook is the first I've seen since the Boychuk trade. In a weaker Eastern Conference, the Bruins can still hope for a return to the finals. [Sportsnet]
  • Simon Gagne remains in the mix, and that's good enough for him for now. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Whatever that minor issue was that took David Krejci out of Saturday's game, don't worry your pretty little heads about it. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Bergeron was named the most underrated player in the NHL by Malcolm Subban 's brother. [NESN]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • It was a tough summer for RFAs, and not just Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, as GMs appeared to be in the driver's seat. [SportsIllustrated]
  • Good news for the Jets and bad news for Michael Hutchinson, as Peter Budaj arrives in town after requesting a trade. [TSN] Wait a minute, the Jets just put Budaj on waivers, and Ilya Bryzgalov was released by the Wild?!?! [@SportsnetSpec]
  • Grit and truculence have taken a hit in the NHL: In Toronto, both Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren were placed on waivers. [Sportsnet] Meanwhile in St. Louis, Paul Bissonnette, hampered by a groin issue, was gracious after being released by the Blues. [@BizNasty2.0] The Flyers will go enforcer-free for the first time since the 70's, having waived heavyweight Jay Rosehill. [CSNPhilly]
  • Kris Letang is a fortunate man, and he's honest enough to voice some concern for his future. [PuckDaddy]
  • Give credit where due. The Bettman has has changed NHL hockey, for the better. He may be the best commish in pro sports. [Sportsnet]
  • In ...breaking... news: Malcolm Subban's brother is not beyond using guerrilla tactics to his advantage at the opponent's netfront. [TheScore]
  • Connor McDavid is now taking his sartorial clues from Don Cherry? [PuckDaddy]