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Hope springs eternal, and the new NHL season opens tonight

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NHL: Preseason-Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets
We’ll be seeing a lot more of these guys as of tonight, and they’ll be helping spot concussions.
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In Bruins news:

  • We have the technology... We can rebuild them... Better...stronger...faster... The Bruins strive now to meet the new standard for quick decisionmaking and speedy execution that the new NHL will require in order to win. The Boston Globe
  • News from today’s practice includes jumbled lines and a new face: Austin Czarnik is taking contact today! @MLoftus_Ledger Tim Schaller has been recalled, and Patrice Bergeron is not at practice. @WeekendAtBergys
  • It’s official, Bergeron has a day-to-day lower body injury and will not travel to Columbus. The Score
  • The Bruins defense is undergoing a changing of the guard, from familiar veterans to youngsters. Injuries to Kevan Miller and Adam McQuaid have further forced the Bruins’ hand. Tuukka Rask will need to be sharp, and Anton Khudobin, reliable. Patriot Ledger
  • Much is expected of David Backes in a surprisingly fluid role for his new team. He is up for the challenge, whatever it entails. Boston Herald
  • Much is expected of Torey Krug, who now finds himself a young mentor to an even younger rookie defenseman, Rob O’Gara. Patriot Ledger
  • Noel Acciari’s alma mater sent out congratulations upon his being on the Bruins’ opening night roster, @FriarsHockey as did Danton Heinen’s. @DU_Hockey
  • Two Bruins begin the season on injured reserve, leaving the door open for two promising young defensemen to play on opening night. Speaking of Knights, Seth Griffith now returns home to roost in Toronto. Hockeybuzz
  • Cue Darth Vader’s theme... Daniel Vladar has been sent to the Atlanta Gladiators. @MarkDivver
  • Cue Darth Vader’s theme... Jeremy Jacobs reiterated his expectations for his team yesterday at Media Day. WEEI
  • Lend your ears to the Bearly on Topic gang for their season opener podcast. Enjoy the schadenfreude of hindsight, as the timing of this episode predates the departure of Christian Ehrhoff and Seth Griffith. Kirk Luedeke is quoted as describing Joe Morrow as having “all the tools but no toolbox.” Eeek! (Audio, 1:07:29) Soundcloud

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Around the NHL teams are scrambling to emulate the speed and skill of the most recent Stanley Cup winning team. Remember when everyone pivoted and retooled to mimic the Bruins’ style? Maybe the point is to simply play to your roster’s strengths, either way... New York Times
  • The Nick Foligno family (Columbus Blue Jackets’ captain) has acknowledged the advanced care their young daughter received at Boston Children’s Hospital with a generous donation. The Boston Globe
  • Got cap space? Despite The Bettman’s assertion that fans don’t want facts and figures, General Fanager has published this updated league cap hit chart as of the first day of the NHL season. @GeneralFanager
  • Don’t read #3, don’t read #3... the other 19 projections for the upcoming NHL season are intriguing. Puck Daddy
  • Fluto Shinzawa’s picks for the best of the best of the NHL in some pretty funny categories includes best frown and smile, and reveals much in a few telling reasons behind some selections. The Boston Globe
  • The NHL is now authorizing on-ice officials to have players removed if they exhibit signs of being concussed. Puck Daddy