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Fresh Links: Farewell Edition

The Bruins decline to re-sign Shawn Thornton, and hockey writer Kirk Luedeke answers the call to serve our country.

"Hey, we can play..."
"Hey, we can play..."
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<p><b> The Bruins bade farewell to Shawn Thornton after seven years and a Stanley Cup. </b></p>


<li> There won't be a dry eye in the house (unless someone hides Thornton's water bottle.) [<a href="">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Thornton brought the grit and gravitas that helped mold the Bruins team that Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien envisioned.  There are teams in the NHL that would find him useful. [<a href="">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> He spoke about his meeting with Peter Chiarelli on the Hill Man Morning Show on WAAF this morning. (Audio, 18:22) [<a href="">WAAF</a>]</li>

<li> Thornton is committed to the Boston community, and despite a lapse or two, maintains a good legacy both on and off ice. [<a href="">SouthCoastToday</a>]</li>

<li> There are teams that could use a player like Thornton. Trevor Linden has mentioned his name. [<a href="">Sportsnet</a>]</li>

<li> Meanwhile, Tuukka Rask and family are spending the summer in Tampere, Finland. (Google translation, with video in Finnish) [<a href="">aamulehti</a>]</li>


<p><b> Real life intrudes as hockey writer Kirk Luedeke is being deployed to Afghanistan very soon. </b></p>


<li> We've enjoyed his Bruins prospect reports and his column, Kirk's Call, in the New England Hockey Journal. Thank you sir, and we will hold your seat until your safe return. [<a href="">@kluedeke29</a>] </li>


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


<li> An orange "look up line" has been added around the perimeter of rinks at Phillips Academy Andover and at the Pingree School, to act as a sort of warning track in an effort to cut down dangerous crashes into the boards. More schools will follow suit soon. [<a href="">Boston.CBSLocal</a>]</li>

<li> Compliance buyouts have begun, here's the score so far. [<a href="">Sportsnet</a>]</li>

<li> Here are five likely candidates for buyout. [<a href="">TheHockeyNews</a>]</li>

<li> The Panthers are still prowling for a new head coach, and have narrowed the list of targets [<a href="">PuckDaddy</a>] as the Pittsburgh Penguins' search likewise continues. [<a href="">Post-Gazette</a>]</li>

<li> Advocates are pushing for CPR training as Nova Scotia lost 8 young hockey players to sudden cardiac arrest in 9 years. [<a href="">CBC</a>]</li>

<li> Meet a young NHL hopeful with impeccable pedigree, he's Johnny Boychuk's nephew! [<a href="">BuzzingTheNet</a>]</li>

<li> From the mouths of babes... Trevor Linden of the Canucks receives advice (and illustrations) from schoolchildren. [<a href="">HuffingtonPost</a>]</li>

<li> Apparently there is some confusion about how the NHL works at Target... FAIL. [<a href="">Imgur,Reddit</a>]</li>