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Mike Babcock's move was betrayed by a flight plan logged for a Maple Leafs private jet.

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Mike Babcock at TD Garden with the Red Wings
Mike Babcock at TD Garden with the Red Wings
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Time to start looking ahead, with a nod to the past.

  • Don't look at the Bruins in your rear-view mirror, they are not far removed from being Stanley Cup contenders.  [NESN]

  • Have a look at yet another priority list of things that Don Sweeney needs to address in the off-season.  [TheHockeyWriters]

  • Hey Cam Neely, back off. Leave your new General Manager plenty of space to do what he does best.  [BostonHerald]

  • One issue still left hanging is the fate of Claude Julien. (Hint: He won't be going to Toronto.)   [PatriotLedger]

  • Another is the future of Milan Lucic , who faces a crossroads in his Bruins career.  [WEEI] Don Sweeney will be taking stock to decide if Lucic can continue to be an impact player. [WEEI]

  • What exactly is Sweeney's vision of what a Bruin player should be?  [BruinsDaily]

  • A certain aggressiveness is going to be part of the new Bruins ethos.  [ProHockeyTalk]

  • Would this be a good time to test the waters on a Zdeno Chara trade? Just askin', of course.  [TheHockeyNews]

  • What took so long? The Bruins' open search for a new GM was hindered by one key roadblock.  [CausewayCrowd]

  • The selection of Sweeney offers a degree of continuity and familiar "feel" for the Bruins.  [ESPN]

  • Part of the difficulty attracting GM candidates was the Bruins' cap situation. Bonus: Expect to see more OFLODNAP in Providence.  [TheBostonGlobe]

  • One small matter to resolve will be the compensation that the Oilers are required to give the Bruins for Peter Chiarelli.  [NESN]

  • Meanwhile, the Bruins look forward to the arrival of Zane McIntyre .  [ProHockeyTalk] It must have been all the fun he had at development camps that sealed the deal. (Video, 0:29)  [Bruins.NHL]

  • Don't forget, the Sweeney promotion leaves a vacancy in the Providence Bruins' office. There is one strong internal candidate for promotion.  [ProvidenceJournal]

  • Did you miss the big presser? Here is a transcript of Don Sweeney's comments.  [Reddit]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The Toronto Maple Leafs have secured the services of Mike Babcock. Brendan Shanahan is all in.  [SportingNews]  It appears a logged flight plan by a Maple Leafs private jet spilled the beans. [NYPost]

  • If he wanted a professional challenge, he'll have on with the Leafs!  [TheGlobeAndMail]

  • Maybe Guy Boucher will dance with the Devils?  [] He was apparently justthisclose to being hired by the Maple Leafs. [SportingNews]

  • Why the rise and subsequent decline in Russian players in the NHL? Bias? KHL competition? Have a look at this chart, then read the linked original article.  [Chidlovski]

  • In passing... crunching numbers on the Devils' completed passes ("skilled plays") as an off-season fancystats project. (Part One) [InLouWeTrust]

  • NHL Goalies stretch religiously. Reducing injury and being ready for the acrobatic save is all in a day's work.  [NYTimes]

  • Ready for EA NHL 16? Some really fun features are being leaked.  [BarDown]