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Fresh Links: Decisions Edition

The Bruins rookies and invitees look to impress Bruins management at the rookie tournament, even as as big decisions loom for Peter Chiarelli.

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It is coming right down to the wire for the Bruins. Cam Neely, Peter Chiarelli, and Claude Julien.
It is coming right down to the wire for the Bruins. Cam Neely, Peter Chiarelli, and Claude Julien.

In Bruins news you can use:

  • Well... the Bruins youngsters dropped a close one to the Bolts rookies in overtime, Ben Sexton and invitee Frankie Simonelli each logged one in the loss. [ProvidenceJournal]
  • Here are details and still pictures of Sunday's game, and video of the Tampa game winning goal. In net were Adam Morrison and that Latvian thief from the Sochi games, Kristers Gudlevskis. [NESN]
  • This gallery includes stills of Saturday's game action between the Panthers and Bruins rookies. [OnTheForecheck]
  • One highlight of the rookie tournament has been David Pastrnak. Strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides assesses him as physically ready for the next step. His open nature and passion are another plus. No pressure, or anything... [TheBostonGlobe]
  • However, Pastrnak was far from perfect: To no one's surprise his defensive effort needs work. At this point, IF he makes the roster, tucking him onto David Krejci's line would be more for his own protection than solely due to his talent level. [WEEI]
  • Go big, or go home... The Bruins will not keep Pastrnak to sit him as a healthy scratch or languish on the fourth line. He either stays as a skill player or he will be trundled back to his Swedish team for more seasoning. [WEEI]
  • All the tournament games end in a shootout as skills practice, here's Pastrnak's effort from Saturday against the Panthers (With video.) [NESN]
  • Torey Krug and Reilly Smith are still cooling their heels and awaiting well deserved contracts. [BleacherReport]
  • In an ESPN poll, Tuukka Rask was the goalie most likely to be chosen a franchise player (and he came in fourth among players overall.) [NESN]
  • Have a laugh as Matt Fraser answers the burning questions posed to him during this Q&A session. It is no surprise what his guilty pleasure is. [WeekendAtBergys]
  • The Long Read: These simple suggestions to improve NHL teams are so sensible. Former Bruin Nick Boynton takes to the air. Claude Julien is looking to take the already strong Bruins possession numbers higher. Carl Soderberg may be pricing himself out of the Bruins budget. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Those sneaky Petes over at the Calgary Flames resorted to stealthy measures to keep their interest in John Gaudreau from attracting the attention of Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins during the 2011 NHL draft. [CalgaryHerald]
  • Tonight at 8pm, NESN presents Season 2 of Behind the B! [NESN]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • If it were up to NHL players, the choices for expansion team locations is not surprising. [USAToday]
  • But consider the overall pros and cons of expansion before you get too far ahead of yourself. [Grantland]
  • These NHL players (and one GM) have personality in spades! [TheHockeyNews]
  • A familiar face was among the Panther rookies. Connor Brickley is a former UVM Catamount and cousin of NESN's Andy Brickley. [LitterboxCats]
  • Knock, knock. Who's there? Nail Yakupov is renting Johnny Boychuk's house after a chance meeting, according to this interview about how Yakupov spent his summer. [TheHockeyWriters]
  • "Habby" news as Tim Bozon takes to the ice with the Canadiens rookies as he continues in his recovery from a serious February bout with meningitis. [MontrealGazette]
  • Meet Victor E. Green. Call him "Vic" for short... or just call him booger. [PuckDaddy]
  • Don't get cocky, NHL, you may be thisclose to another Semyon Varlamov incident and tone deaf response similar that of the NFL's to the Ray Rice incident. [SportsIllustrated]
  • There's a new site covering women's hockey, created to fill a current void in news coverage. [AtEvenStrength]
  • Ron MacLean begins Rogers Hometown Hockey coverage by taking to the road in hopes of reporting on dreams of making it to the NHL along with humorous asides. [Sportsnet]
  • Steven Stamkos returns to form by sniping a few between the uprights (say WHAT?) for Bauer. (With video) [Sportsnet]