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Fresh Links: Coach Hugs Edition

Hmmm... Bruce Boudreau feels Claude's pain.

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Could you use a hug, Claude Julien?
Could you use a hug, Claude Julien?
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Sing we Noel! Ho, ho, ho, Bruins!

  • In case you don't know him, here is a profile of new Bruin Noel Acciari . Wait- is he opening a bank account in the Cayman Islands? [ProvidenceJournal] One Friars teammate describes him as a "#wreckingball." [MassLive]
  • Watch the Stanley Cup Final closely. Is Claude Julien the man to mold the Bruins in that image, which is apparently what management wants? [BostonHerald] The match-up features a focus on skill and speed. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • In any event, even Julien's assistant coaches are not safe. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • And the nominee for the "Pleasant Surprise" award this season... Ryan Spooner ! Remember when hewasjustthisclose to being a Buffalo Sabre? [HockeyBuzz]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Tonight, tonight! Here are five keys to the Blackhawks vs. Lightning Stanley Cup Final. [BostonHerald]
  • Familiarize yourself with the best USA candidates in the NHL Draft, because 'Merica! [NESN]
  • Secondarily, of course, there is also the Canadian contingent of candidates. [NESN]
  • Nathan Horton waived surgical intervention in hopes of possibly returning to hockey, and has set his sights on attending Maple Leafs training camp. [CausewayCrowd]
  • You'll see a lot of commercials during the Final, but enjoy this one honoring the coaches. (Video, 1:00) [BarDown]
  • Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Bob Buckhorn of Tampa Bay have made the offical mayoral wager on the Final, and both feature food and drink. [BarDown]
  • Blackhawk Brad Richards returns to Tampa Bay, where as a Bolt he won a Stanley Cup in 2004. Is he on the right side of history? [TheGlobeAndMail]
  • Your Stanley Cup Final in a nutshell. Tonight's the night it all begins! [Grantland]
  • Might the Ducks be holding out for Claude Julien? Bruce Boudreau feels the pain of Julien's professional limbo. [TheScore]
  • And the courts have spoken, a drunken Zamboni driver has been convicted despite an interesting defensive ploy. [BostonHerald]

Joe Haggerty Can Kiss Our Ass