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Hello... HELLOOOOO? Don Sweeney and Cam Neely
Hello... HELLOOOOO? Don Sweeney and Cam Neely
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The Bruins are now apparently in damage control and assessment mode.

  • No word from Bruins management yet... but did you know the Bruins won more games than FOUR teams that DID qualify for the playoffs? I guess I'd be speechless, too.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • With any luck we'll no longer have to link the name David Krejci with the words "nagging injury." He looks forward to the World Cup of Hockey, and eventually closing out his career in Boston.[Hockeybuzz]

  • Keep your view to the horizon, this season's result do not mean the long-term plans for the Bruins won't work out.[SouthCoastToday]

  • Is this the first shot across the bow in a push for the Senators to poach our coach, or does it simply give Claude Julien leverage here in Boston?[WEEI]

  • Raise your hands if you have questions! Five of them are making us squirm in our seats.[MassLive]

  • Wheel. Of. Coaching! Claude Julien is at the top of this hot seat list. PBruins coach Bruce Cassidy is deemed ready to make the jump to the NHL, or might Le Chiffre or Paul MacLean be replacement options?[TSN]

  • Blame is better to give than to receive. Rather than singling out one person and scapegoating him, take a more systematic view of the failure.[Boston.CBSLocal]

  • Final grades are in, and some of the Bruins are going to miss the prom AND be grounded until graduation.[BostonHerald]

  • Torey Krug gambled on a one-year contract, and is due to be paid. He is no stranger to shrewd negotiations.[WorcesterTelegram&Gazette]

  • Willie O'Ree continues to maintain a busy schedule of appearances as the director of youth development for the NHL’s diversity task force, helping boys and girls of color play the game they all love.[WashingtonPost]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In case you're NOT a hockey fan, this sensible primer will have you ready to support your hockey fan through the playoffs.[WingingItInMotown]

  • We bid bon voyage to Kirk Luedeke, who will be reporting from the IIHF World Under-18 Championship in beautiful Grand Forks, ND. He will be following a number of youngsters from all over the world.[ScoutingPost]

  • Spoilsport Gary Bettman claims that the NHL is not banning GIFs, but then again, what does he know- he doesn't seem to understand or appreciate the fans' appetite for such things anyway.[AwfulAnnouncing]

  • Travis Yost makes his calls for the first round of the playoffs, and backs 'em up with NUMBERS![TSN]

  • This imaginative artwork by EPoole88 of the Stanley Cup Playoff matchups are a fine pump up for the games.[BarDown]

  • Canadians feel the Bruins fans' pain- no playoffs for any of the Canadian teams. This coping advice can help.[TheGlobeAndMail]

  • Keith Yandle addressed his experiences surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings, and disclosed why he took Martin Richard's death so very personally.[NYPost]

  • Emergency goalie story alert! This 45-year-old Alaskan ECHLer got the nod and the WIN after 25 years at the ready.[YahooSportsCanada]

  • This amusing random rant on the subject of the 1980's eventually devolves into insulting the uniforms of the Bruins AND Celtics- oh, the indignity!(Language *NSFW*)[Deadspin]

  • NHL players are fans and collectors, too, but find that requesting a fellow player's stick can be a tricky negotiation.[WashingtonPost]