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Fresh Links: Happy Returns Edition

All I want for Christmas is the full Bruins roster.

Ho, ho, hopefully David Krejci will not be far behind you, Zdeno Chara.
Ho, ho, hopefully David Krejci will not be far behind you, Zdeno Chara.
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Tonight the Bruins host the Blackhawks (who are coming off a seven game winning streak) at 7:00 PM.

  • Not everyone will be glad to see the return of  big, bearded Zdeno Chara.  [ESPN]
  • He was sorely missed by the Bruins, notably on special teams. [PatriotLedger]
  • David Krejci is close to a return, but tonight is still an "if" for him.  [NESN]
  • The Bruins were proactive against the mumps that are afflicting other teams around the NHL. [ESPN]
  • Great expectations surround Tuukka Rask, and sometimes his team has relied a bit too heavily on him. [NHL]
  • Sometimes, an owner just needs to stay out of the dressing room. Jeremy Jacobs explains. (Video, 0:29)  [Sportsnet]
  • If you missed this the first time, Providence callup Craig Cunningham is one hard working player who suffered loss at an early age. [ESPN]
  • Meanwhile, in St. John's, NL... the Providence Bruins dropped the IceCaps for a second time. [NHL]
  • Yeah, Providence Bruin Rob Flick 's sweater probably causes a lot of double-takes. [Imgur,Reddit]
  • Chris Stewart still seems to be in the Bruins' sights, the Oilers do not seem ready to move. [SportsMedia101]
  • We know this is 4 realz because he also appears on this list of five possible Bruins trade targets, along with the Newfie and a Senator. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • And it will be goodbye Ristuccia, hello Warrior Ice Arena.  [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Enjoy a flashback to Christmas past, and Bobby Orr 's efforts to collect toys for children. [BostonHerald]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • We're not the only ones missing Johnny Boychuk.  [TheHockeyWriters]
  • And it isn't just the Bruins shopping for a bit of help, here are other teams and targets. [SpectorsHockey]
  • So, if the NHL expands to Las Vegas, what should they name the team? [Sportsnet]
  • The next salvos in the NHL concussion lawsuit has been fired.  [TSN]
  • You may want to get the eye bleach for this gallery of NHL players as Santa Claus. [BarDown]
  • Look back to the dark ages of Atari hockey circa 1981 in this old commercial. You would have been THRILLED to find this under your tree at Christmas! [BarDown]
  • So, you think the goalie should have made that stop? Maybe not, because PHYSICS. [TSN]
  • Mike Babcock appears to be about to re-up with the Red Wings. [TheHockeyNews]
  • If you're in a non-traditional market, embrace it like the Lightning did with this limited edition tee shirt that began with a prank. [TheHockeyNews]
  • Paul MacLean was the Senators' patsy, and both Eugene Melnick and Bryan Murray should be embarrassed. [SBNation]