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Fresh Links: NEXT! Edition

The Bruins have earned a long summer to rest, heal, and collect their thoughts.

Hope springs eternal, and there's always next year
Hope springs eternal, and there's always next year
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The good news? Summer is officially here!

  • Here are a few points to bear in mind as the Bruins gear down for the summer. Burning down the house has never served NHL teams well. [SouthCoastToday]

  • It wasn't ALL bad. And the Bruins are simply going to have to evolve just as the NHL game has.  Milan Lucic 's future may be the key to the team's future. [HockeyBuzz]

  • Let's talk the Jacobs family down off the precipice. Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien earned a pass by having cleaned up YOUR blunder in 2004-05, anyway. [BostonHerald]

  • Look at it impartially, the points the Bruins neglected to earn throughout the season were their downfall, not the last three games. Here are a half-dozen prime examples. [WEEI]

  • There is still a lot to like about what we saw this year, bright spots like Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak , Dougie Hamilton and Zach Trotman , and Tuukka Rask . [NESN]

  • This season was notable for injuries to key players, a downtick in scoring, and nagging inconcistancy... [NESN]

  • well as the ghost of Jarome Iginla past and a depleted defensive corps. The good news? Much of what went wrong is not likely to repeat. [MetroWestDaily News]

  • Looking forward, what are the options should the Bruins consider to have a better season? Despite good reasons to stand pat with his GM and head coach, don't bet that Charlie Jacobs won't want to make a statement by doing otherwise. [WEEI]

  • Counterpoint: CLEAN HOUSE, and do it now! [TheBostonGlobe]

  • Stop me if you've heard this... One more take on the Bruins' foibles. [PuckDaddy]

  • The last five win streak basically served to showcase the serious problems the Bruins were faced with. [SportsIllustrated]

  • His team's failings aside, few question Patrice Bergeron 's position as a Selke Trophy favorite. [NHL]

  • The 2013 Boston dressing room renovations and the Neely House featured the work of one artist who is also a big Bruins fan. Bonus: Katie Couric interview and pictures of plenty of society swells swilling cocktails. [NantucketMagazine]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Iron man Jaromir Jagr will return with the Panthers next season. [TheHockeyNews]

  • It was the Providence Friars over Boston University for the win in the Frozen Four following a quirky own-goal. [TheHockeyNews]

  • Who needs a fragile, old trophy anyway? Switzerland's HC Davos won the Swiss championship trophy (and then BROKE IT) not once, [YouTube] but TWICE! [YouTube]

  • Here's a glance around the NHL after this weekend's action. [Grantland]

  • Vigilance by players and staff finally squashed the mumps outbreak. [PuckDaddy]

  • Old habits are hard to break. [TheScore]

  • Following the Frozen Four, Team USA has extended invitations to now-available players to join the team at the World Championship.  [TheScore]

  • Book it. Here are the leading candidates for NHL awards this season. [SportsIllustrated]