Hello Chowder friends!
Corny's asked me to put together a regular weekend edition of Fresh Links for you. Seeing as there are so many stories available now, that can mean only one thing: Hockey really and truly is just around the corner! In fact, the first preseason game against the is tomorrow. As always, if I have missed anything or if you want to talk about cars or diabolical printers or cheese or the Pope, just drop it in the comments.
Anyways, let's get on with it.
'Tis the season for profile pieces as a number of Bruins new and old are asked about their expectations for the year.
- Colin Miller is ready for the chance to prove himself in the NHL after being on the Calder Cup winning Manchester Monarchs last year. [NESN]
- Matt Irwin talks about his playing philosophy and acknowledges that competition will be tight this year to get a spot on the Bruins' blue line. [Boston Herald]
- Zac Rinaldo has "matured a lot and learned from (his) past mistakes." No, really. He means it. [NESN]
- Zdeno Chara ultimately was not shocked about the Dougie Hamilton trade. [WEEI]
- "It means a lot because I want to be here." Claude Julien talks about being asked to stay on as the Bruins coach for at least the start of the 2015-16 season. [Bruins Daily]
- Patrice Bergeron thinks that while the new 3-on-3 overtime period will be something the players will need to adjust to, it should be very exciting for the fans. [NESN]
Around the League:
- What kind of birthday present do you give to a man who has practically everything? Well, if you're a Russian TV show trying to buy something for Alex Ovechkin, the answer is obvious: a live sheep. [The Score]
- Starting this year, all 30 hockey arenas will be outfitted with walk-through metal detectors. [The Toronto Star]
- Marek Zidlicky has found a new home with the New York Islanders. [The Score]
- Joshua Ho-Sang has been shipped off back to his junior club for failing to be on time for the Islanders' first day of training camp. [NY Newsday]
- Martin Short and Tom Hanks team up for a commercial promoting the Hamilton Bulldogs. Martin Short, being from Hamilton, is a Bulldogs fan, while Tom Hanks...apparently likes yelling a lot? [Fox Sports]