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A beloved tradition continues on Thursday night at TD Garden

The Man with the Golden Throat- Rene Rancourt
The Man with the Golden Throat- Rene Rancourt
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A Boston legend takes center ice again on Thursday evening.

  • Golden-throated Rene Rancourt is rested and ready for the new season. Has it really been 40 years? [TheBostonGlobe]
  • And now we present the Bruins forward lines! [NESN]
  • Health will be key to the Bruins success, particularly that of David Krejci. [SouthCoastToday]
  • For a team that should have made the playoffs but didn't by a matter of a few points, scoring goals will be key. [WEEI]
  • Matt Beleskey is not Milan Lucic, but he can fill the role while also tapping up his line's speed. [TodaysSlapShot]
  • Surprising Tyler Randell has apparently made the team, leaving Max Talbot vowing to remain motivated and ready after clearing waivers. [WEEI]
  • Jonas Gustavsson will be Tuukka Rask's backup, and Jeremy Smith is on deck, having been loaned to the AHL Iowa Wild. It came down to experience. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • There are lingering questions about Gustavsson's health along with his numbers. [WEEI]
  • So, maybe no President's Trophy this year, but don't give up on the Bruins making the playoffs. [HockeyBuzz]
  • "I am shocked, I say... SHOCKED!" The Bruins are surprised to hear of a rising cocaine problem in the league, and support efforts to squash it. [ESPN]
  • This month's digital New England Hockey Journal looks back at the 10 most impactful Bruins players in their magazine's history (page #10) along with the progress of the Bruins three first-round draft picks (page #12) and a look at the Bruins' new startegy for breakouts (page #15.) [NewEnglandHockeyJournal]
  • Have an inside look at the Bruins practice yesterday through reporter Mike Loftus' Tweets. [PatriotLedger]
  • The San Diego Gulls are celebrating alumnus Willie O'Ree, who recalls how players were employed in the team's marketing and outreach, and how he quietly played on after the loss of his right eye. [SanDiegoTribune]
  • Twenty-year-old TD Garden has gone by 33 (!) different names over the years, for reasons from the crassly commercial to the charitable. [TheHockeyWriters]
  • Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Be sure to follow these seven NHL storylines to enjoy the drama as fans dive right off the deep end. [Grantland]
  • Smaller, faster: Time for NHL teams to get with the new trend around the league. [TheProvince]
  • And what does playing hockey "the right way" mean, anyhow? [NationalPost]
  • For a change, how about a power ranking of the NHL General Managers? [Sportsnet]
  • In this season, a number of different players occupying different tiers of generational talent will take to the ice. [Sportsnet]
  • Have a look at how the NHL teams measure up against each other in a number of key categories in this clever infographic. [WingingItInMotown]