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Fresh Links: Good Old Summertime Edition

The silver lining to the season's abrupt ending is a chance to rest and heal.

Bruins-themed flowers!
Bruins-themed flowers!
Dan Kitwood

The trees are budding, flowers are in bloom, and we reflect on the season.

  • David Krejci takes responsibility for the lack of scoring, while Milan Lucic reminds us that it is a team sport, and it was a shared failure. The silver lining will be a long rest and receovery this summer. [ESPN]
  • Peter Chiarelli takes responsibility for not shoring up the defensive corps enough, but had words of praise for Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton. Roster decisions come down to money, and things are up in the air for Shawn Thornton and Jarome Iginla. [MassLive]
  • No to Merlot? It isn't just the Bruins, the job description is changing for NHL teams' fourth lines. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • One bright spot this year has been Reilly Smith, who will join his brother in a summer of workouts. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Another has been Torey Krug. [MassLive]
  • The first of the report cards is out, guess which perfect player merited an "A." [BostonHerald]
  • As for the roster, Peter Chiarelli ain't gonna fix what ain't broken. [HeraldNews]
  • Speaking of broken, here's a recap of current Bruins player injuries. [Boston.CBSLocal]
  • When Zdeno Chara isn't on his game, neither are the Bruins, and it isn't simply because of age. [WEEI]
  • After a disappointing playoffs, Brad Marchand is hoping not to follow in a former teammate's footsteps. [WEEI]
  • Rest is not a bad thing to follow a last year's trip to the Stanley Cup Finals and the Olympic games. [SeasoastOnline]
  • C'mon, it's all in fun. The Pensblog has written the Bruins' eulogy. [PuckDaddy]
  • Peer into the looking glass and see what the future holds for the Bruins (and other teams around the NHL.) [TheHockeyNews]
  • The Providence Bruins are still alive in their series, but face elimination tonight in Pennsylvania. GO PBRUINS! [ProvidenceJournal
  • Is Bruins assistant GM Don Sweeney headed to the Capitals? [TheScore]
  • C'Mon, Ref! Did the interference call on Johnny Boychuck with 4:31 left in Game 7 decide the series? Did it pass the sniff test? [TSN]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • There's still great playoff hockey for the viewing, and here's why you should tune in to see it. [PortlandPressHerald]
  • Budaj call! It's not looking good for the Canadiens in light of a blowout loss to the Rangers and injury to Carey Price. [XNSports]
  • The New York Rangers, Steven Stamkos, and Guy Lafleur were among the mourners at the funeral services for Martin St. Louis' mother. Oh, HAI, Benoit Pouliot! [NationalPost]
  • St. Louis has extended Brian Elliott, and that means other changes for a few key Blues men. [TheSportingNews]
  • The "Miracle on Ice" gold medal belonging to Mark Pavelich has been sold at auction. [PuckDaddy]
  • Meanwhile, at the IIHF World Championship... [PuckDaddy]
  • Lies, damned lies, and statistics. Look! Correlation between violent crime and fights in the NHL! [Graphzoo.Tumblr]
  • The rigors of competition training can be particularly hazardous to an athlete's dental health. Milan Lucic's Delta Dental commercials were RIGHT! [NationalPost]
  • Communication 101 - this is how to sign the word 'hockey,' next we will learn how to ask for beer and directions to the restroom. [SigningSavvy]