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The Bruins (and former Bruins) will be recognized tonight by their peers in a strong group of award nominees.

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Meanwhile, back in Boston, it is back to business.

  • It's official, Niklas Svedberg signed a one-way contract and will be  Tuukka Rask 's backup for the upcoming season. Malcolm Subban, in turn, will likely be the man in the net in Providence. [WEEI]
  • There are only good things ahead for Chad Johnson, whose solid performance in relief should earn him a well-deserved raise. Good luck and thanks! [MetroWestDailyNews]
  • Reports are that Johnson is truly a nice guy [@AmalieBenjamin] and is very accomodating. [@AmalieBenjamin]
  • NHL Draft is looming, and as the Bruins look to their first round pick in the Keith Gretzky era, unfinished business with Jarome Iginla will draw on all of Peter Chiarelli' s skill, and will affect draft and possible trades. [Boston.CBSLocal]
  • Meanwhile in Vegas, Rask is clearly enjoying himself, and isn't entirely focused on business. [TheScore]
  • Don't be so hasty about calling for a compliance buyout of Chris Kelly. [WEEI]
  • Bruce Cassidy would be a good fit in Geoff Ward's vacated spot, but may be too valuable at the helm of the Providence Bruins. [ESPN]
  • It's official, former Bruins coach Pat Burns is in the Hockey Hall of Fame, joining four players and an official. Dr. Mark Recchi remains on deck. [TheGlobeAndMail]
  • If you can stomach revisiting these, here are the 6 most devastating defeats the Bruins have suffered in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. [NewEnglandHockeyJournal]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Here's the complete scoop on tonight's NHL Awards ceremony, note that the live broadcast will be on NBCSN and CBC starting at 7pm Eastern. [NHL]
  • This opinion has the three Bruins sweeping their available categories. Please, let it be so! [TorontoSun]
  • But to heck with those. Here are the NHL Awards that should be handed out! Like the Chuck Norris Trophy-guess who should win THAT one?  [TheStar]
  • Speaking of Las Vegas, here's one player's opinion as to why they should NEVER get an NHL franchise... [@ChrisKuc]
  • Scott Hartnell waived a no-trade to go to the Blue Jackets, but was "shocked" by the Flyers stance that left him preferring be with a team that wanted him in return. [Philly.com]
  • Daniel Alfredsson says he's in for another season... [@HeleneStJames]
  • Hey Game of Thrones fans- are you new to hockey? This will help you understand NHL teams. [OnTheForecheck]