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Imagine the time and effort they could have saved by simply seating Patrice Bergeron onstage last night...

Bruins for all the awards!
Bruins for all the awards!
Harry How

<p><b>  Only Zdeno Chara returned empty handed, but the Bruins (and former Bruins) did make a strong showing last evening at the NHL awards ceremony. </b></p>

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<li> It was a great night for Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask, not so much for Zdeno Chara. Torey Krug camethisclose to a Calder nomination, and Claude Julien was the fourth candidate for the Jack Adams.  [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/06/24/three-bruins-vie-for-nhl-awards-tuesday/ZBvr7MKo15TjIKK48YVKgI/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Consolation prize: Chara was named a first-team NHL star, as was Rask, Torey Krug was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team, and the Bruins appear to get the last shot to make a deal for Jarome Iginla before the draft. [<a href="http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140625/SPORTS/406250363/-1/SPORTS">SouthCoastToday</a>]</li>

<li> Here are the NHL First and Second All-Star as well as All-Rookie team designees. [<a href="http://nesn.com/2014/06/zdeno-chara-tuukka-rask-named-to-nhl-1st-all-star-team-torey-krug-makes-all-rookie-team/">NESN</a>]</li>

<li> Bergeron also bested Malcolm Subban's brother to grace the cover on EA NHL 15... [<a href="http://www.gamespot.com/articles/your-nhl-15-cover-star-is-boston-bruins-patrice-bergeron/1100-6420714/">Gamespot</a>]</li>

<li> ...and then received the NHL Foundation Player award as well! [<a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=723694">NHL</a>]</li>

<li> Rask has his Vezina, but has his eyes on another shiny object. [<a href="http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/06/24/kalman-as-bruins-no-1-rask-has-now-won-vezina-needs-a-cup-championship/">Boston.CBSLocal</a>]</li>

<li> Were you wondering who Rask's young guest was? [<a href="http://braintree.wickedlocal.com/article/20140625/NEWS/140628100">Braintree.WickedLocal</a>]</li>

<li> Here's a quick recap of the Bruins (and former Bruins) night at the awards. (With video highlights, 5:48) [<a href="http://www.boston.com/blogs/sports/hockey/bruins/bruinsdaily/2014/06/bergeron_rask_win_hardware_at.html">Boston.com</a>]</li>

<li> Awkward seemed to be the theme of the evening, but it was a great chance to see some of "the good guys," including Rich Peverley. Chara wuz robbed. And how about Cuba Gooding, Jr.? [<a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/dj-bean/2014/06/25/nhl-awards-bittersweet-and-bad">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Buzz kill. Here's a different take on what the Bruins players' Awards haul demonstrates. [<a href="http://www.boston.com/sports/columnists/wilbur/2014/06/nhl_awards_showings_prove_just_how_grossly_the_bru.html">Boston.com</a>]</li>

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<p><b> In regular Bruins news: </b></p>

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<li> What would be the magic number likely to bring a handshake between the Bruins and Iginla? [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/can-the-boston-bruins-keep-jarome-iginla-160956575.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> As usual with Peter Chiarelli, it will be hard choices, "Everything is always available," but no major moves are currently planned. Focus is now on the draft. BONUS: See the tweaked Bruins Spoked B logo, and now with more BEAR! [<a href="http://wpri.com/2014/06/24/bruins-dont-expect-to-be-big-players-during-free-agency/">WPRI</a>]</li>

<li> Adam McQuaid is hopeful that ankle surgery will offer him the first chance in a long time to feel "like himself" again after serial injuries. [<a href="http://www.sportsinjuryalert.com/2014/06/bruins-injury-update-adam-mcquaid.html#.U6rhYvldVm4">SportsInjuryAlert</a>]</li>

<li> Eye on: Ryan Spooner- his strengths, weaknesses, and what he can do to improve. [<a href="http://isportsweb.com/2014/06/24/boston-bruins-prospect-profile-ryan-spooner/">iSportsWeb</a>]</li>

<li> Good guy Chad Johnson is looking for his next opportunity. [<a href="http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/06/24/ufa-of-the-day-chad-johnson/">ProHockeyTalk</a>]</li>

<li> One good option for the Bruins to draft is Sonny Milano, if he is available. [<a href="http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2014/06/24/sonny-milano-is-best-option-for-boston-bruins-in-2014-nhl-draft/">RantSports</a>]</li>

<li> Another local young hopeful (and son of a former Bruin) will be hoping to hear his name called at the NHL Draft. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/06/25/ryan-donato-hopes-follow-father-footsteps/BJ3KHu6BLYZuS0JlY2driI/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Pat Burns' induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame is welcome news to his widow. [<a href="http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140625/SPORTS/406250362">SouthCoastToday</a>]</li>

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

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<li> So, what is it really like to enjoy the complete NHL awards experience from the inside? [<a href="http://www.jewelsfromthecrown.com/2014/6/25/5839826/the-awards-experience">JewelsFromTheCrown</a>]</li>

<li> The good and the bad on the Awards this year. Seeing Rich Peverley? GOOD... [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/the-5-best-and-worst-things-about-2014-nhl-awards-show-033922802.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> ... Gooding's cringeworthy hit on Krista Ference (right in front of Andrew Ference) BAD! [<a href="http://deadspin.com/cuba-gooding-jr-is-making-everyone-uncomfortable-at-th-1595657436">Deadspin</a>]</li>

<li> And the winner is... Mike Johnston of the WHL Portland Winterhawks as new head coach of the Penguins. Good luck with that. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/mike-johnston-is-next-head-coach-of-pittsburgh-penguins-142517010.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> It looks like the Bruins aren't the only ones up against the cap, apparently Patrick Sharp is expendable. [<a href="http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/chicago-blackhawks-looking-to-trade-patrick-sharp-says-nick-kyproes/">Sportsnet</a>]</li>

<li> Ryan Callahan is going to stay in Tampa Bay... [<a href="http://www.rawcharge.com/2014/6/25/5841580/done-deal-lightning-sign-callahan-to-6-year-deal">RawCharge</a>]</li>

<li> ...unlike beleaguered Ryan Malone, who will be bought out. [<a href="http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/lightning-to-use-compliance-buyout-on-malone/">Sportsnet</a>]</li>

<li> Nathan Gerbe and Ron Hainsey have both been re-signed by the Hurricanes. [<a href="http://www.canescountry.com/2014/6/24/5839754/nathan-gerbe-re-signs-with-hurricanes">CanesCountry</a>] [<a href="http://www.canescountry.com/2014/6/24/5839314/carolina-hurricanes-ron-hainsey-three-year-contract-nhl">CanesCountry</a>]

<li> As for NHL UFAs, think of them as, say... fast food establishments. Why not? [<a href="http://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2014/6/24/5835292/ufa-targets-as-fast-food-establishments">WingingItInMotown</a>]</li>

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