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Claude and Don are going to take another whack at it.

Claude Julien(s?) and Doug Jarvis remain with the team. Oh, you, Jets fans!
Claude Julien(s?) and Doug Jarvis remain with the team. Oh, you, Jets fans!
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Level heads prevailed, but Doug Houda has to be the fall guy.

  • The Bruins have figured out that they are better off with Claude Julien.[Boston.CBSLocal]

  • So where does that leave Cam Neely?[PuckDaddy]

  • What is interesting about separating the two press conferences is what the Bruins brass apparently hope to learn in the interim week.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Meanwhile, Ottawa has been waiting on pins and needles to hear if Julien will be available to them.[OttawaCitizen]

  • This player assessment addresses the roster by focusing on three points for each player: expectations; reality; and the fallout. TL;DR- Skip to the end for a great synopsis of what the team might look like as a whole, and why.[SouthCoastToday]

  • Is it time to use the buyout option? Which players are the most obvious targets?[WEEI]

  • Here is a synopsis of the trade rumors surrounding the Bruins.[MyNHLTradeRumors]

  • Until the Bruins right their ship, it is time for Brad Marchand to zip his lip. Besides, he's now a top NHL goal scorer, and above all of that.[WEEI]

  • Last evening in Providence, the PBruins bested the Falcons 3-1 at the Dunk, with a lineup heavy with players sent from Boston.[MassLive]

  • Speaking of requiems, here's one for Alex Khokhlachev , whose agent must be quite hoarse by now.[ScoutingPost]

  • Coach John Whitesides took charge of David Pastrnak during the latter's recovery from an October foot injury, with noticeable results.[BostonHerald]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Finally. Cameras have been installed in goal crossbars, far too late to help the Bruins, of course.[TSN]

  • In a telling strategy, the NHL is spending millions to fight paying a fired NHL referee his $250K severance before the Supreme Court of Canada. Is it worth it to intimidate other legal opponents?[TSN]

  • Elliotte Friedman tackles his NHL Awards ballot in this week's Thirty Thoughts.[Sportsnet]

  • Sean McIndoe addresses those players who notably will NOT be on the ballot, but should be.[TheHockeyNews]

  • Are you Canadian? Looking to bandwagon? This chart will help you find a playoff team chock-a-block with your countrymen, eh?[BarDown]

  • Poor Phil Kessel ! He has had to cancel his long-anticipated fishing junket, and subsequently has asked for a trade. NO, REALLY.[TheBeaverton]

  • Ray Whitney and Mike Rupp offer their rolicking Western Conference preview. They clarify the diagnosis of "flu-like illness..."[PlayersTribune]

  • ...then the pair continues with their unique Eastern Conference preview, including the fondly offered observation that Marc-Andre Fleury "sounds like the French dude from Talladega Nights."[PlayersTribune]

  • In the playoffs, should you believe your eyes or the numbers? [TheHockeyNews]