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It's not backpedaling if all parties are in agreement

Stuck in the middle... Charlie Jacobs, flanked by Johnny Bucyk and Zdeno Chara
Stuck in the middle... Charlie Jacobs, flanked by Johnny Bucyk and Zdeno Chara
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Silly fans! Don and Cam were happily skipping and holding hands in complete agreement ALL ALONG!

  • Cam Neely insists that he was on board with Don Sweeney's desire to retain coach Claude Julien.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Neely received a clear vote of confidence from team owner Jeremy Jacobs.[WEEI]

  • Inherited cap issues did still hamper the Bruins this year, but steps were taken to mitigate that and still stock the system with prospects and younger players.[BostonHerald]

  • Check in the rear-view mirror and see if Reilly Smith doesn't look a whole lot better in 20-20 hindsight. Maybe there's a lesson about twenty-three-year-old Brett Connolly in all of this.[Hockeybuzz]

  • Got playoff hockey? Take solace in the Providence Bruins, who look like Calder Cup contenders![CausewayCrowd]

  • Almost unbelievable bad luck leaves the Wilkes-Barre Penguins very vulnerable to a first-round exit at the hands of the PBruins.[ProvidenceJournal]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • From around the NHL, here are some news and rumors. Help Wanted: Boston is said to be in the market for a backup goaltender.[SportsIllustrated]

  • Sean Avery is playing a cop in the Mark Wahlberg movie 'Patriots Day' about the Boston Marathon bombing, because of course.[BostonMagazine] If you're confused, there are TWO movies on the subject currently being filmed, as explained here.[IndianaGazette]

  • Speaking of the Boston Marathon, enjoy these witty and funny spectators' signs.[BostonMagazine]

  • With the Falcons vacating Springfield (MA) might an ECHL team come in to replace them?[MassLive]

  • A young Bruin goaltender was one of the five youngest to ever make an NHL playoff start.[Sportsnet]

  • Got hope? Sean McIndoe highlights a bright spot for each team that didn't make the playoffs.[Sportsnet]

  • Have a chuckle at these Simpsons-themed NHL team logos.[SportingNews]

  • Paul Bissonnette dishes on growing up in Welland, ON with other NHLers, including former Bruins Nathan Horton and Daniel Paille and described how it took a village to raise so many future big-leaguers.[USAToday]

  • A one-timer is increasingly the successful NHL sniper's go-to shot, and that is no accident.[TheWallStreetJournal]