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Taking to the ice in informal practice

It has been awhile since we've seen much of these
It has been awhile since we've seen much of these
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

<p><b> The Bruins return again to Ristuccia Arena</b></p>
<ul>
<li> On the cusp of a new season, Zdeno Chara once again leads the way, welcoming Matt Beleskey and Zac Rinaldo to the ice as new Bruins.  [<a href="https://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/bruins_insider/2015/08/healthy_zdeno_chara_leads_bruins_onto_the_ice">BostonHerald</a>]</li>
<li> Chara and his new GM had several conversations over the summer. Roster changes were not unexpected, and this season's mantra will be consistency.  [<a href="http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20150901/SPORTS/150909753/12346/SPORTS">PatriotLedger</a>]</li>
<li> What player would fit the Bruins mold more than Dustin Byfuglien ? There is a case, and a question as to why one Bruins Insider is trying to squelch this trade rumor.  [<a href="www.bostonsportsdesk.com/with-smoke-surrounding-byfuglien-to-boston-continuing-to-swirl-sweeney-should-start-a-fire/">BostonSportsDesk</a>]</li>
<li> Among players in the Atlantic Division, who is underrated? For the Bruins, it is Brad Marchand .  [<a href="http://thehockeywriters.com/the-most-underrated-players-in-the-atlantic-division/">TheHockeyWriters</a>]</li>
</ul>
<p><b> Elsewhere around the rink: </b></p>
<ul>
<li> Here's how NHLers use the offseason to rest, recharge, and train.  [<a href="http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nhl/how-nhl-players-rest-recover-and-rebuild-over-the-summer-to-prepare-for-the-long-gruelling-season">NationalPost</a>]</li>
<li> The case for each Eastern Conference team to win it all this season- don't write off the Bruins yet!  [<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2015/09/01/predictions-eastern-conference-stanley-cup/71314632/">USAToday</a>]</li>
<li> Former PBruin (and brother of former Bruin Mark Stuart) Colin Stuart is calling it a career.  [<a href="http://www.postbulletin.com/sports/localsports/local-sports-notebook-colin-stuart-retires-from-pro-hockey/article_cf55a0ba-064e-58e6-9c35-ba112df0e408.html">PostBulletin</a>]</li>
<li> The late Al Arbour will be remembered for one other remarkable thing, having been the last player in the NHL to wear... [<a href="http://grantland.com/the-triangle/al-arbour-1932-2015/">Grantland</a>]</li>
<li> Prepare yourselves, the next NHL Comissioner may be a woman, and a lawyer.  [<a href="http://www.jta.org/2015/08/31/arts-entertainment/nhl-lawyer-excels-for-league-and-family-can-she-make-history">JTA</a>]</li>
<li> A handful of NHLers have been signed to professional tryout contracts so far, including notorious Bruins kryptonite Peter Budaj .  [<a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/25284138/setoguchi-gomez-should-have-best-chance-to-stick-on-tryout-deals">CBSSports</a>]</li>
<li> The Islanders lead the way, having been the first team to employ "Ice Girls" and now moving on to Brooklyn without them. [<a href="http://www2.tsn.ca/bardown/Story.aspx?The%2bNew%2bYork%2bIslanders%2bIce%2bGirls%2btradition%2bhas%2bcome%2bto%2ban%2bend&id=558106">BarDown</a>]</li>
<li> Pop the corn and grab a sofa, a new comedy series from Dennis Leary called "Benders" will tell the story of a rec league team.  [<a href="http://www2.tsn.ca/bardown/Story.aspx?New%2bsitcom%2bBENDERS%2bfollows%2bgroup%2bof%2bfriends%2bplaying%2bbeer-league%2bhockey&id=558087">BarDown</a>]</li>
<li> Here's an effort to use statistics to "type" NHL wingers by style, and a summary of which players stand out in each category.  [<a href="http://www.todaysslapshot.com/from-the-ice/one-timers/nhl-analytics-classifying-offensive-wing-types/">TodaysSlapShot</a>]</li>
<li> Then again, statistics are merely a useful tool kinda like a thermometer...  [<a href="http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/analysis/2015/8/28/9212013/the-thermometer-problem-applying-analytics-in-coaching-mcgill-martlet-hockey?_ga=1.150033393.615254019.1441121931">HabsEyesOnThePrize</a>]</li>
</ul><font color="#FFFFFF">Joe Haggerty can kiss our ass</font>