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Fresh Links: Down Time Edition

For two Bruins workhorses, representing their countries at the IIHF World Championship may have to wait.

Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg
Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg
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Bruins are licking their wounds and focusing on next season.

  • Zdeno Chara is unavailable to represent his country at the IIHF World Championship due to a fractured ankle suffered in the game against the Maple Leafs. (Google translation from original Slovakian) []

  • Dennis Seidenberg expressed a feeling of unfinished business this season, and prioritizes being ready for Bruins camp.  He may skip Worlds for "down time." Although he enjoys a bit of basketball in the off season (don't tell Coach Whitesides!) and a hockey player's contract does not specifically rule out recreational activities, an injury unrelated to hockey could negate his contract . (Google translation from original German) [Spox]

  • Cap and free agency will cause openings, and there are a few younger players showing signs of being ready to step up, including Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow . And who will be Tuukka Rask 's backup? [MetroWestDailyNews]

  • Not to dwell on recriminations, but Don Cherry asserts that the Johnny Boychuk trade was the move that cost Peter Chiarelli his job. Bonus: Check out Grapes' snazzy black and blue flamed blazer festooned with golden dragons. (With video, 6:03) [SportsNet]

  • What's next? Draft! Let the conjecture begin with this projected first round, including another Swede for the Bruins. [NESN]

  • Or focus specifically on likely Bruins targets, these three youths would make fine acquisitions. [CausewayCrowd]

  • The Providence Bruins' roster is loaded and will not be poached by the Boston Bruins. First up? Hello, Bourque brothers (and the Hartford Wolf Pack) in the first round. [PatriotLedger]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Joyous Jets fans revel in playoff hockey, even in defeat.  [Grantland]

  • In honor of 4/20, here are the very grooviest hockey jerseys. [TheHockeyNews]

  • Despite no major market team participation in Boston or L.A., Stanley Cup Playoff ratings have been strong. [TVBizWire]

  • Seattle's ability to support an NHL team is in question. [SeattleTimes]

  • Fans behaving badly is not just a hockey parent thing, and arena staff's failure to act during incidents in this year's playoffs is troubling. [PuckDaddy]

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