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They didn't choose the hockey life, the hockey life chose THEM

Joonas Kemppainen and Landon Ferraro share a moment after Ferraro's breakaway goal.
Joonas Kemppainen and Landon Ferraro share a moment after Ferraro's breakaway goal.
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The Carolina Hurricanes host the Bruins (and the Bruins' father figures) at 7:00PM tonight

  • It's a dad, dad, dad, dad world- at least for a few days. It's payback for all those cold morning drives to the rink, and a chance to meet, mingle, and enjoy time with family.[Bruins.NHL]

  • He Was Expendable. But after keeping him anyway, the Bruins find that Claude Julien has squeezed the maximum out of the mixed bag that management left him to work with.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Expectations are a bit bloated for Brett Connolly, who is still relatively green. Take a lesson from what the Bruins nearly gave away when Ryan Spooner (who is the older of the two) was dangled as a trade to Buffalo.[WEEI]

  • Jimmy Hayes has bounced back from a stint on the fourth line to make magic with Spooner.[PatriotLedger]

  • There has been a contract counteroffer made to the Loui Eriksson camp by the Bruins. Keep your fingers crossed.[WEEI]

  • The new benchmark for Eriksson's value is the Andrew Ladd trade back to Chicago, which also included former Bruin Matt Fraser.[MassLive]

  • Looking back at the Penguins game, David Pastrnak's energetic play sparked the offense. Bonus: The Podcast To Be Named Later. (Audio, 53:42)[Hockeybuzz]

  • Seth Griffith might just be the trade bait to bring what the Bruins need. But then again...[TodaysSlapShot]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Speaking of dads, Ryan Kesler's was not above promising a prize to his young son for focusing on an often overlooked skill. Kesler has been a battler ever since.[PlayersTribune]

  • Among players now lost to their teams for the season due to injury are the Canadiens' Jeff Petry and Tom Gilbert [CTVNews] along with the Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul and James van Riemsdyk.[TheHockeyWriters]

  • There is an orderly, 20-step process to observe as a team moves toward a trade. Sean McIndoe explains.[Sportsnet]

  • Do a focus on analytics and a changing game mean it is now curtains for NHL "role players?"[TheGuardian]

  • When a player hoping for the NHL chooses to go the college route, does second-guessing becomes second nature? Jimmy Vesey reflects on choosing Harvard first.[PlayersTribune]

  • What bit SBNation in the butt in a recent longform article debacle is allowing the contributor's reputation and background ("input") to trump the actual editorial process and ultimate content of the piece in question ("output.")[SportingMadness]