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Fresh Links: Blues Clues Edition

Peter Chiarelli and his scouts have been making the rounds

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Well, isn't that special!
Well, isn't that special!
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Tappin' our toes, waiting until Thursday evening...

  • The Bruins have been scouting St. Louis for forwards (no, not scouting Martin St. Louis.) [NicholsOnHockey]
  • Going over notes from the roadie, here are a few takeaways. [NESN]
  • Hang onto your seats, the Bruins have been merely average thus far, thankfully in a mediocre field of Eastern competition. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Patrice Bergeron will be helping to promote a health insurance enrollment fair, because Patrice Bergeron.  [BizJournal]
  • As for the Bruins' walking wounded, David Krejci 's progress has been modest. [BostonHerald]
  • Play Like Carl Soderberg has had his struggles, and in a contract year, which may be a blessing in disguise. [BleacherReport]
  • Soderberg's services will be in high demand, his agent and the Bruins are holding off talks until the NHL cap is clarified. [WEEI]
  • Meanwhile, David Pastrnak is back with the PBruins. Boston is demonstrating patience after an intriguing look  [HockeyBuzz]
  • The PBruins received a needed boost on Sunday from their fourth line, defeating the Portland Pirates. [ProvidenceJournal]
  • Paul MacLean 's dismissal only demonstrates how shrewd the Bruins were to extend Claude Julien. His challenge has been to work with whatever roster pieces Peter Chiarelli has provided. [Boston.CBSLocal]
  • The Bruins need to play to their identity, and it has been a struggle with cap issues and so many new faces rotating through. Retaining one particular player would never have been the answer. [SouthCoastToday]
  • The pieces of the Dallas trade have not added up as planned. Joe Morrow may be quietly emerging as the diamond in the rough. [MetroWestDailyNews]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The San Jose Sharks have outdone themselves. For your amusement, an Ugly Christmas Sweater rap. The lyrics are solid. [USAToday]
  • Take a look at this past weekend's NHL action. Speaking of the Sharks, they have been surprisingly bad only against bottom feeding teams. [Grantland]
  • Malcolm Subban 's brother P.K. asserts that Jordan Subban is actually the pick of the litter, despite his size disadvantage. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Good things come in small packages. Here's a ranking of the smallest NHL players. [SportingCharts]
  • The 1996 St. Louis Blues were unique, revisit the team and their moment in history. [Grantland]
  • Which growth option is better for the NHL, expansion or relocation of an existing team? [PuckDaddy]
  • Las Vegas will be testing the market to demonstrate interest. [TheGlobeAndMail]