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Farewell to the Manchester Monarchs and Worcester Sharks... and maybe a Boston Bruin.

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Might Matt Bartkowski be in the sights of Jim Benning?
Might Matt Bartkowski be in the sights of Jim Benning?
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Snow cleanup today, and the Bruins travel to face the Islanders tomorrow night.

  • It looks like Matt Bartkowski may be a target of the Canucks , now that Kevin Bieksa is injured. Is Matt Kassian headed our way? Will Bartkowski leave Boston without ever scoring a regular season goal?!?! [TheScore]
  • Here's a good long read (partially based on a Swedish article, linked) about maverick Carl Soderberg 's future, and how it may be tied to Loui Eriksson 's. Bonus: What will come of Dougie Hamilton , Reilly Smith , and Torey Krug as their contract talks begin? [HockeyBuzz]
  • Still, don't get your hopes up, the Bruins will  not be able to keep Soderberg. [SouthCoastToday]
  • Interestingly, Soderberg's production was correlated to the presence (and absence) of David Krejci , as well as the overall improved health of the Bruins' lineup. [MetroWestDailyNews]
  • Going forward, there are four keys to the Bruins' resurgance. [BostonHerald]
  • The team must not get cocky about pinning down a playoff spot. It won't be an easy slog in the postseason. [PatriotLedger]
  • Take a look at some of the games coming up in the final half of the schedule, five are ones to circle on your calendars. [CausewayCrowd]
  • Let's celebrate the return to school post-snowday by viewing Bruins forwards' report cards. [BruinsDaily]
  • For one fan, a Bruins / Canadiens Winter Classic brings back memories, and he proposes that Rene Rancourt be allowed a special anthem performance. [SouthCoastToday]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Worcester Sharks fans are sad to lose the franchise, but happy for their nine-year run in the city... [WorcesterTelegram&Gazette]
  • ... and now the Manchester Monarchs are also on the move. [UnionLeader]
  • Milwaukee is throwing its hat into the mix for NHL expansion. [TooManyMenOnTheSite]
  • Collateral damage: Yesterday's (and forecasted upcoming) winter storms have left local high school athletic directors in a serious bind. [MetroWestDailyNews]
  • Did you see reports of a Yeti (NOT Carl Soderberg) stalking around in the snow yesterday. Here's an exclusive interview! [BostonMagazine]
  • Retweet! It is #BellLetsTalk day today, and here're the details, including 5 things you can do to help end the stigma surrounding metal health issues. [Money.CNN]
  • Sumo Hockey is the next big thing. Book it. (With videos) [BarDown]
  • Did the Penguins trade for Maxim Lapierre to add grit.. or merely something that rhymes with that? [TheHockeyNews]
  • Teams that rely heavily on power plays to score appreciate players who can draw penalties. Here's a look at da REAL MVPs in that category. [TSN]
  • Among these highlights of last night's NHL action, the Bruins' Thursday opponents, the Islanders , beat the Rangers . [SportsNet]
  • A recent lawsuit is shedding light on a dark, dark place that is the business machinations behind hockey. [TheGlobeAndMail]