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If they say it's not about Dougie Hamilton, it's about Dougie Hamilton.

Perfect Patrice Bergeron faces off against Matt Stajan
Perfect Patrice Bergeron faces off against Matt Stajan
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The Bruins visit Calgary to face the Flames this evening at 9:00PM.

  • When we left off... the Oilers won behind a hot goalie, David Krejci remains the key, and playing to the Oilers' skilled game was never going to be the best plan for the Bruins.[Hockeybuzz]

  • Dougie Hamilton spoke in general terms to Amalie Benjamin about leaving Boston and then demurred regarding the rumors that his brother may have had something to do with his exit.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • The goals should start coming for Matt Beleskey any time now, and Claude Julien is juggling lines again.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Frank Vatrano took to heart some advice from Brad Marchand, and has cut a swath through the local hockey scene and into the NHL.[NewEnglandHockeyJournal]

  • His tenure in Calgary so far has led to a drop in numbers that would suggest that the Bruins "won" the loss of Hamilton to the Flames (so far.)[WEEI]

  • The onset of Dennis Seidenberg's back issue was sudden and acute, thankfully he was able to beat projections for his return. Bonus: Short news bits on other Bruins, present and former.[NewEnglandHockeyJournal]

  • Going out on a limb, ESPN envisions a couple of Bruins getting the call to represent Finland at the World Cup of Hockey.[ESPN]

  • Ditto for Sweden (with the clear omission of one former Bruin, no doubt for reasons.)[ESPN]

  • Stay tuned, Bruins fans, for a few great hockey viewing opportunities in December both on the air and around the Boston area- details HERE![BruinsDaily]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Thanksgiving (US, not Canadian) is more than just a holiday for the NHL, it has historically been a vantage point from which the playoffs can be roughly projected.[DailyFreePress]

  • Tailgating means more than just a burger and a beer to NHL fans who have been priced out of attending actual games, it builds community.[EliteDaily]

  • Local Leominster lad Steve Moses is likely on his way back to the KHL after finding himself unable to break into the NHL.[TheHockeyNews]

  • It appears that the 2018 World Junior Championship will be held in Buffalo- and in a new twist, will be outdoors![TSN]

  • Here are the likely topics for the NHL Board of Governors to address in their meeting. Will there be time for some golf in Pebble Beach?[Sportsnet]

  • Dear NHL, try these suggestions to boost the thrill factor in hockey.[Sportsnet]

  • Nevermind, NHL, you guys have it all wrong, anyway. It's not about the goals.[RussianMachineNeverBreaks]

  • The Chinese are serious about getting into hockey, and will have 2 teams joining the KHL.[TASS]

  • Many do not find this Blackhawks fan's sign clever or funny, as the root of the 'joke' simply illustrates the sadly ongoing problem.[HabsEyesOnThePrize]