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Noel Acciari is on his way to Boston

Former Providence Friars' captain Noel Acciari is poised for his NHL debut.
Former Providence Friars' captain Noel Acciari is poised for his NHL debut.
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Tonight the Bruins host the Flames at 7:00PM.

  • Noel Acciari has been called up, and will be available to make his NHL debut.[TodaysSlapShot]

  • The Bruins are going to stick with Loui Eriksson into the playoffs.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • The team is also still old, and hoping to make a splash in the playoffs in a decidedly weak Atlantic Division at the expense of the young players.[WEEI]

  • Welcome to defenseman John-Michael Liles (and farewell to Anthony Camara, who is headed to Carolina in return.) Right wing Lee Stempniak is no stranger to the Bruins. BONUS: A quick dossier on the new acquisitions.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Have a look at how the two new players might fit into the Bruins' present picture.[WEEI]

  • So the Bruins will probably make the playoffs, but at what long-term cost? Bonus: Kirk Luedeke explains in a podcast why he is not excited by the Bruins' moves. He sees them as a bubble team... again. (Audio, 35:17)[ScoutingPost]

  • As for the deadline deals, the Bruins and Eriksson appeared to still be one year in term and about a million a year in salary apart, and he has earned his raise. Another problem is that Liles will likely displace the recently improving Joe Morrow.[Hockeybuzz]

  • Zac Rinaldo 's possible swan song game with the Bruins was marked by a hit that will be reviewed by the Department of Player Safety today.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Does the incident rise to being suspension-worthy? Rinaldo's history will weigh heavily in the decision.[TheHockeyNews]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • And here are your trade deadline winners, losers, and head scratchers.[TheHockeyNews]

  • Paul Stewart meditates on having suffered uncertainty in employment as an official and how he can relate to trade deadline angst.[Hockeybuzz]

  • Review all the trade dealdline moves around the league without reading a word in this handy infographic.[SBNation]

  • Hey! Remember former Bruin Corey Potter ? He's now a Predator.[TheHockeyWriters]