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The Bruins' own "Coach's Challenge" is over, as Claude Julien and his staff remain at the helm of the Bruins

Time to move ahead, GO B'S!
Time to move ahead, GO B'S!
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<p><b> Whew! That was close...  </b></p>
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<li> It is official, Claude Julien remains the Bruins coach, and his assistants will be retained. Maybe management is hoping his second-worst season as a Bruin will be followed by a cup just like his very worst season? [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/06/04/claude-julien-return-bruins-coach-for-season/cuCn8hJnGra0s6Aw0OQsBI/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>
<li> And pssssst.... Julien and his system never were the problem to begin with. Pretending he might not return was laughable.  [<a href="http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2015/06/claude_julien_s_back_of_course">BostonHerald</a>]</li>
<li> At the NHL Draft, the best strategy appears to be to select the best player available, rather than trying to fill your team's specific open position slot. [<a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2015/06/04/picking-in-middle-of-first-round-guarantees-little-for-bruins-and-everyone-else/">WEEI</a>]</li>
<li> Player review: Adam McQuaid . He was bounced all over the lineup, even as the Bruins seemed oblivious to the speed at which their vaunted core was breaking down. [<a href="http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Ty-Anderson/Boston-Bruins-Year-in-Review-Adam-McQuaid/141/69079">HockeyBuzz</a>]</li>
<li> There is a sordid, sad history of biting in the NHL. Bruins have been on both the giving and receiving ends.  [<a href="http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/13013333/andrew-shaw-carries-nhl-unsavory-biting-tradition-flem-file">ESPN</a>]</li>
<li> Congratulations, Boston, on being named the most successful sports city. [<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/05/upshot/boston-and-pittsburgh-americas-most-successful-sports-cities.html">TheNewYorkTimes</a>]</li>
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<p><b> Elsewhere around the rink: </b></p>
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<li> At the NHL Combine, 120 candidates will try to impress potential employers and NOT vomit after fitness testing.  [<a href="http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2015/06/combine_solid_testing_grounds_for_draft">BOstonHerald</a>]</li>
<li> The Combine has evolved over the years, and this year is no exception.  [<a href="http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/the-evolution-of-the-nhl-draft-combine/">SportsNet</a>]</li>
<li> Have a look at some present NHL players' completed questionnaires from draft. The NHL wants to know candidates' ambitions aside from just hockey, you know...  [<a href="http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/how-nhl-stars-answered-draft-questionnaires/">Sportsnet</a>]</li>
<li> Local boy Jack Eichel will be the key to a Buffalo Sabres rebuild, and it all begins in adjusting the team's grey matter. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/06/04/jack-eichel-play-critical-role-buffalo-rebuild/KhYlV9y6eZic2UWGTKk0VJ/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>
<li> It looks like a "Coach's Challenge" will be developed and implemented. [<a href="http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/nhl-coachs-challenge-a-virtual-certainty-after-nhlpa-edict/">TheHockeyNews</a>]</li>
<li> And filling the big pair of empty shoes in Detroit for the Red Wings will be Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/jeff-blashill--as-expected--set-to-be-named-detroit-red-wings-head-coach--report-231315822.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>
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