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P.J. Axelsson's successful transition to scouting, along with Kirk Luedeke's recent observations

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From a heads-up player to a heads-up scout- P.J. Axelsson
From a heads-up player to a heads-up scout- P.J. Axelsson
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The eyes and ears of the Bruins report back.


  • The long read: P.J. Axelsson 's segue into scouting, how Carl Soderberg helped the Bruins and Joonas Kemppainen, and what Shawn Thornton 's future may hold. Also, the NHL's efforts to attract new on-ice officials. [TheBostonGlobe]

  • Kirk Luedeke has been one busy man. He revisits Bruins prospect Matthew Grzelcyk ("Gryzalphabet") and why he risked disappointment in attending the NHL Draft [ScoutingPost]. MAILBAG! Much angst about Bruins defense and defensemen [ScoutingPost].  Next, focus on Zachary Senyshyn, and how high he went in the draft- point/counterpoint [ScoutingPost].  A debriefing on the Ivan Hlinka Tournament [ScoutingPost].

  • The Bruins have lost the two players that amassed the most minor penalties... only to replace them with players who average even more minor penalties per game.  [CausewayCrowd]

  • Their blueline and backup goaltending question has the Bruins singing the blues. [TheHockeyNews]

  • Paging Joe Morrow ... now would be a great time to break out professionally.  [CausewayCrowd]

  • According to this take on fantasy hockey, David Pastrnak and David Krejci are in the spotlight and hot seat respectively. [NHL]

  • Don't call it a rebuild! Even if it is... [TooManyMenOnTheSite]

  • Have a look at this assessment of new Bruin Matt Beleskey 's final season in Anaheim from those who knew him well. He appears to be trending in the right direction. [AnaheimCalling]

  • Bruins #BearTracks visited Hamilton, ON with Zac Rinaldo , who answered questions from Brett Connolly (Video, 1:25) [Bruins.NHL] demonstrated some of his training regimen (Video, 2:21) [Bruins.NHL] and then sniped a water bottle for good measure. (Video, 1:25) [Bruins.NHL]

  • #BearTracks' next stop was in Barrie, ON to visit Matt Beleskey , who is rarin' to go this season [Bruins.NHL].  He answered Rinaldo's questions despite their admittedly shaky interpersonal history (Video, 1:17)  [Bruins.NHL]. Meet Karl, Matt's dog, watch the two of them at play, and learn how he got his name (Video, 1:27) [Bruins.NHL].  Matt shows off his extensive jersey collection (Video, 1:36) [Bruins.NHL].

  • That's So Jeremy Jacobs, hot on the trail of a possible tax deduction. (It is an intriguing argument, but twenty bucks says if his argument is not upheld, he charges back the staff and players...)  [BloombergBNA]

  • At least Tuukka Rask finds us amusing... [NESN]

Elsewhere around the rink:


  • Horay for Pavel Bure and his notion to start a league for retired NHLers. [Sportsnet]

  • Elite right-shot defensemen are about as plentiful as hen's teeth. That's problematic for teams that structure their rooster roster to pair a left- with a right-shot defenseman. [PuckDaddy]

  • Statistical analysis can help put players in a position to succeed, as this example analyzing attacking in the neutral zone on the forecheck demonstrates. [jenlc13]

  • And yet again, it is Roberto Luongo for the win, gracious in his reply to a slightly confused fan.  [USAToday]

  • Daniel Briere will call it a career, after being the good thing that came in a small package. [TheHockeyNews]

  • A dual-arena "Ice House" facility has been proposed to be built on a site in Canton, MA. [PatriotLedger]

  • Will the last one out please turn off the lights? Martin Brodeur 's wish to join the Devils ' front office was derailed by the exits of so many of the old guard there.  [Yardbarker]

Joe Haggerty can kiss our ass