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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>

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<li> There won't be a dry eye in the house (unless someone hides Thornton's water bottle.) [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/06/16/bruins-will-not-sign-shawn-thornton/6rf2Mm2P0jfAEV08BiuEBK/story.html">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="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2014/06/shawn_thornton_moving_on">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="http://media.waaf.com/a/93250980/shawn-thornton-of-the-boston-bruins-6-17-14.htm">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="http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140617/SPORTS/406170306/-1/SPORTS">SouthCoastToday</a>]</li>

<li> There are teams that could use a player like Thornton. Trevor Linden has mentioned his name. [<a href="http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/ufa-thornton-could-still-be-worthy-addition/">Sportsnet</a>]</li>

<li> Meanwhile, Tuukka Rask and family are spending the summer in Tampere, Finland. (Google translation, with video in Finnish) [<a href="https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aamulehti.fi%2FKiekko%2F1194905131967%2Fartikkeli%2Fnhln%2Bkirkkain%2Bsuomalaistahti%2Blomailee%2Btampereella%2Bnain%2Bhan%2Bkertoo%2Bkesastaan.html&edit-text=">aamulehti</a>]</li>

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

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<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="https://twitter.com/kluedeke29/status/478532018121080832">@kluedeke29</a>] </li>

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

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<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="http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/06/13/local-hockey-rinks-add-orange-warning-track-push-goes-nationwide/#.U5zHWwu2ZoA.twitter">Boston.CBSLocal</a>]</li>

<li> Compliance buyouts have begun, here's the score so far. [<a href="http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/countdown-to-nhl-buyout-season-what-we-know/">Sportsnet</a>]</li>

<li> Here are five likely candidates for buyout. [<a href="http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/brad-richards-marc-andre-fleury-lead-list-of-contract-buyout-candidates/">TheHockeyNews</a>]</li>

<li> The Panthers are still prowling for a new head coach, and have narrowed the list of targets [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/dan-bylsma--marc-crawford-finalists-for-florida-panthers-coaching-gig-225107544.html">PuckDaddy</a>] as the Pittsburgh Penguins' search likewise continues. [<a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins/2014/06/17/Penguins-shifting-hunt-for-coach-into-high-gear/stories/201406170105">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="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/cardiac-arrests-kill-8-young-hockey-players-in-9-years-1.2669393">CBC</a>]</li>

<li> Meet a young NHL hopeful with impeccable pedigree, he's Johnny Boychuk's nephew! [<a href="https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/jrhockey-buzzing-the-net/nhl-draft-tracker-john-quenneville-brandon-wheat-kings-181555733.html">BuzzingTheNet</a>]</li>

<li> From the mouths of babes... Trevor Linden of the Canucks receives advice (and illustrations) from schoolchildren. [<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/16/kids-advice-trevor-linden_n_5501277.html">HuffingtonPost</a>]</li>

<li> Apparently there is some confusion about how the NHL works at Target... FAIL. [<a href="http://i.imgur.com/bn5SjHt.jpg">Imgur,Reddit</a>]</li>

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