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What do the NHL and NASA have in common?

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Cheering on a different kind of victory- NASA staffers
Cheering on a different kind of victory- NASA staffers
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Concepts like teamwork and leadership are universal.

  • The Bruins can learn a lot about teamwork from the NASA Mars landing simulation under way in Hawaii. [TheBostonGlobe]

  • More and more Bruins are returning to Boston. Captain's practice attendees now include former Bruins and free agents as well. [WEEI]

  • It was hard for Brett Connolly to watch the Lightning move on to the Stanley Cup Finals without him, but he aims to make his mark in Boston.  [TheBostonGlobe]

  • Gaze into the crystal ball... what should we expect from the newest Bruins?  [BruinsDaily]

  • Malcolm Subban 's NHL debut was... maybe it is better to ask if he is better served playing in the AHL than cooling his heels in the NHL. [TheHockeyNews]

  • This take on the Bruins' chances for this season has them hitting the target they set, simply making the playoffs. [TodaysSlapShot]

  • Got ice? The crew at TDGarden is laying down the Bruins playing surface! Have a look at how it is done. [NESN]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Marc-Andre Fleury plays goalie Denis Lemieux in this dead-on recreation of the famous goalie interview scene from Slap Shot as part of the Kraft Hockeyville USA promotions... (With videos) [Penguins.NHL] ...and let the Photoshop fun begin with greenscreen shots of Fleury in his wig for the part. [BarDown]

  • The Hockey World Cup is great and all, but clearly NHLers are most eager to play in the Olympic Games.  [TheGlobeAndMail] "Team Europe" will be an amalgam of players from several countries, and will need to settle questions of uniform and anthem, although Tomas Tatar has a suggestion... [ESPN] Peter Chiarelli will be the GM for the Hockey World Cup North American "Young Stars."  [TSN]

  • Another intriguing matchup might pit the Gagarin Cup champions against the Stanley Cup champions. It has been discussed. [TheHockeyNews]

  • Can you picture Georges Laracque as kindly giant Fezzik in the Princess Bride? [BarDown]

  • Nick Cotsonika is moving on from hockey writing to become the assistant sports editor at The Detroit Free Press.  [LinkedIn]

  • A former Bruin will head the LA Kings' new program to help players struggling with addiction and violence issues.  [LATimes]

  • Katie Baker explains how Calgary is pushing for a new arena, and why they appear to be succeeding. [Grantland]

  • Unlike previous summers, this NHL off season was remarkably... sane. [Grantland]

Joe Haggerty can kiss our ass