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Fresh Links: Cooling Off Edition

After a long weekend and some reflection, maybe things aren't so bad!

One of the top American born Bruins. Hal Gill
One of the top American born Bruins. Hal Gill
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So after a week to reassess Don Sweeney's moves, how do you like him now?

  • Hindsight being 20-20, how do you like Don Sweeney's moves now? Here's a panel discussion. [SeacoastOnline]

  • The Bruins needed a shakeup. They got it. [BostonHerald]

  • It was the threat of an offer sheet that forced the Bruins' hand with Dougie Hamilton , leaving the Bruins planning damage control. Goaltenders continue to be a prized asset. Development of young Bruins players is now a priority, in the capable hands of Jay Pandolfo. (Oflodnap, Oflodnap, Oflodnap) [TheBostonGlobe]

  • Should the Bruins use now-available cap space to pursue a defenseman, they could target another German national or another young "Bruins type" player. [CausewayCrowd]

  • Look to Brett Connolly to have a big year as he rebounds off the freak accident that ended his last season. Just imagine him and Jimmy Hayes on the power play! [CausewayCrowd]

  • Don't be so sure that Sweeney is quite finished with his tweaks, and does the progress of the young defensemen under Doug Houda's tutelage mean that the Bruins can promote from within? [PatriotLedger]

  • Examining the projected full roster, who fits which slots as of right now? Blueliner needed- which defensemen might be targeted with the now available cap space?  [WEEI]

  • Colin Miller (the "other" Miller?) comes to the Bruins fresh from a successful Calder Cup championship season with the Manchester Monarchs. [Bruins.NHL]

  • The Bruins have also re-signed PBruin Christopher Breen , who fits the "big-bodied defenseman" prototype. [SouthCoastToday]

  • David Pastrnak and his good friend William Nylander are prime examples of european players finding the AHL helpful in transitioning to the NHL. [TheHockeyNews]

  • Ha ha ha ha ha ha... NO. This laughable trade suggestion will never gain traction. [KuklasKorner]
  • The winners and losers of Free Agency: Matt Beleskey was both. Bonus: Looking at the role of the dreaded offer sheet. [Grantland]
  • 'Merica. Celebrate Independence Day by recognizing the top 10 US players in Bruins history. Bonus: Dafoomie highlight video. [HockeyBuzz]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • As soon as the season closes, NHLers focus immediately on the rest and healing that needs to happen before any training can commence.  [TheHockeyNews]

  • Good news! After all the upheval, compare the Bruins' situation against the cap to other NHL teams. Free agent acquisitions are still a possibility. [EdmontonJournal]

  • Former PBruin Mike Moore has signed with the Hershey Bears, and is a likely candidate to become their captain. [PennLive]

  • Hockey player, hockey dad, and Maine's Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc will soon publish his latest work in a book of poetry entitled "Deke." [PortlandPressHerald]

  • Hats off to the billet families that offer young NHL prospects support and the comforts of home as they play far from their own families. [TheHockeyNews]

  • Slava Voynov will serve time follwing his conviction for domestic abuse. The sorry saga will not be over, though, until the NHL completes its investigation. [SportingNews]

  • Almost two dozen restricted free agents have filed for salary arbitration. [SportsIllustrated]

  • In this interview from the photoshoot of the ESPN Body Issue, Tyler Seguin wishes in retrospect that he had more of an appreciation at the time for what it meant to win the Stanley Cup. (Video, 1:58 **NSFW**) [ESPN]

  • Even in Junior hockey, players are called upon to drop the gloves. It is the price players pay for a roster spot. And it isn't the fighting that scares this player the most. [PlayersTribune]

Joe Haggerty can kiss our ass