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The Bruins organization and players have lots to consider.

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Zane McIntyre mulls over his options.
Zane McIntyre mulls over his options.
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Debriefings, regrets, recriminations, and rumors...


  • There are a few items on the Bruins' summer HoneyDo list... [NESN]

  • ...but one of those items is NOT "fire the coach." Bonus: Debunking the assertion that Claude Julien "hates young players." [PatriotLedger]

  • Brad Marchand believes that the team failed to execute Julien's good game plan, and that the Bruins' 96 points would ordinarily have been enough to make the playoffs. [WEEI]

  • You can always count on Tuukka Rask for a frank assessment of his and his team's performance. [BostonHerald]

  • A look at personnel moves- Two forwards will not return, and of the unrestricted free agents, two defensemen and one Swedish center are possibilities to stay. Niklas Svedberg , whose numbers were not bad, will likely seek more playing time.  [HockeyBuzz]

  • David Krejci will be deciding on the possibility of post-season surgery. [BostonHerald]

  • The Bruins' troika of young players has been reassigned to the Providence Bruins. [Bruins.NHL]

  • Zach Trotman 's solid play may earn him a defensive spot next season, depending on the outcome of Matt Bartkowski 's and Adam McQuaid 's negotiations. [NESN]

  • Take a hard look at how roster turnover has served similar teams, and a conservative approach is justified. Zdeno Chara did surprisingly well considering his injury, while Milan Lucic remains a tough decision. [WEEI]

  • The change the Bruins need is not firing Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli , but evolving the roster and game plan going forward. [TheBostonGlobe]

  • Well, at least one goal (Seth Griffith 's) and one save (Tuukka Rask 's) made the NHL's season highlight reel. [Boston.CBSLocal]

  • The Providence Bruins are in the Calder Cup Playoffs, but lost to Hartford on Sunday. [ProvidenceJournal]

  • Zane McIntyre has indicated that his immediate future in hockey has come down to two options... [GrandForksHerald]

  • ....along with one upcoming event that involves a date with a special friend. [WDAZ]

Elsewhere around the rink:


  • Our own Sarah Connors will DEBASE HERSELF by wearing a Habs jersey around Boston and at a Red Sox game to raise funds in the fight against domestic violence. Come on, you know you want to see the pictures... [HabsNation,GoFundMe]

  • You Can Pay To Play? Former Bruin (and present Czech national ice hockey team coach) Vladimir Ruzicka is alleged to have taken a father's large bribe to cement his son's roster spot with Slavia Prague. [YahooSports]

  • For your next brunch with friends, serve up this Stanley Cup made of bacon! [TheHockeyNews]

  • "Ninety percent of this game is half mental." Yogi Berra was right, even if we are referring to hockey, not baseball. [TheHockeyNews]

  • Enjoy this artist's rendition of the NHL playoff teams' matchups. [BarDown]

  • Tim Thompson (late of HNIC) has made one of his terrific video montages in honor of the Canadiens as they go into the playoffs. [Vimeo]

  • Vancouver Island is proactive in now requiring hockey parents to complete mandatory sportsmanship training before their children will be allowed to play. [CBC]

  • The Stanley Cup is anyone's for the taking, and Gary Bettman's beloved league parity makes the playoffs outcome a "grand crap shoop." [TheGlobeAndMail]

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