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A Taxing Season

The Bruins focus on what they need to do to make the playoffs next year

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daffodils and remembrances
daffodils and remembrances
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Fans have heard half the story from the general manager and coach. Upper level management and ownership are up next.

  • We are left waiting for the other shoe to drop. After a week to get their stories straight, Cam Neely and Charlie Jacobs will hold their press conference. Listen to yesterday's presser here. (With audio, 41:31)[TheBostonGlobe]

  • "It's on me..." Don Sweeney accepted the responsibility to provide a roster that can do the job that is required. Only five of the present players will comprise the core.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Counterpoint- The tone of the presser was off somehow, and it was not so much that the Bruins missed the playoffs (again) but the manner in which they collapsed.[BostonHerald]

  • More reports of injury now include John-Michael Liles , and more specifics on David Krejci . Julien is not a man to quit when the going gets tough, despite the tempting opening in Ottawa.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • In case you're not a Bruins season ticket holder, have a gander at the official letter they received yesterday.[WEEI]

  • Pierre McGuire breaks down the Bruins season (pardon the pun) in this podcast. Enjoy the robo-transcript as you listen- " gotta lament that you are now Maguire..." Truer words were never spoken. No really, they were never spoken! (Audio, 12:05)[WEEI]

  • Congratulations to Frank Vatrano, who is the co-winner of the AHL's Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award. He and Mikko Rantanen of the San Antonio Rampage share the honor of being the league's top rookies.[MassLive]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Former Bruin Bobby Carpenter of Peabody, MA will be running his first Boston Marathon to benefit the Last Call Foundation supporting firefighters.[SalemNews]

  • Mullet over... in this retrospective of handsome former Bruin Jaromir Jagr 's sick flow, capped by a picture of the Traveling Jagrs.[ESPN]

  • Former Bruin David Warsofsky has been named to Team USA and will compete at the IIHF World Championships.[Marshfield.WickedLocal]

  • A veteran former Bruin pulls the classic "who ARE you?" chirp against a rookie Islander in last night's playoff game in Florida.[Imgur,viaReddit]

  • SCIENCE! Physics professor Alain Hache dishes on the science surrounding hockey, and his new book is called "Slapshot Science." NHL snipers' shots are not as accurate as you may believe.[CFJCToday]

  • SCIENCE! Part deux- if you believe that a lot is left to chance in hockey, you're right, statistically much more so than in any other major sport.[TorontoSun]

  • It is NBCSN for the WIN in the Stanley Cup Playoff thus far, garnering record breaking ratings on opening night.[AwfulAnnouncing]

  • Does an NHL team owe it to the sport of hockey to play in a way that is against the team's own current best interest? Paul Bissonnette debates the issue.[USAToday]