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Frank appraisal will be the key to moving forward

Hello, Bruins fans!
Hello, Bruins fans!
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Mulling over the season that was.

  • The Bruins' radio silence for a full week following elimination was a questionable PR move. Don Sweeney is capable of decisive action, but does he have vision? Is Harry Sinden the puppetmaster? And how fast has Cam Neely sunk from being the prototypical Bruin to the proverbial hot seat? Kirk Luedeke ponders the fallout from the second Bruins slump from playoff contention.[ScoutingPost]

  • Fluto Shinzawa offers his post-mortem on the Bruins' season, and other notes from around the NHL. David Krejci 's hip condition is common among hockey players due to repetitive stress.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • From contenders to pretenders, the Bruins were briefly on top of the league and looking almost (gasp) dynastic. Look at the factors that combined to drag them back to earth. Love hurt, and so did upper management being miserly.[EagleTribune]

  • Forget Brett Connolly 's first round draft pick heritage- remind yourself he's still a young player and is deserving of another shot.[BostonHerald]

  • It looks like free agency will be the means to improve the Bruins' roster.[CausewayCrowd]

  • The Red Wings ' loss to the Bolts only makes the Bruins early summer harder to stomach.[Hockeybuzz]

  • Oh, well. It was three straight overtime losses that booted the Providence Bruins from the Calder Cup playoffs.[WEEI]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • NHL teams are employing sleep consultants to assist players in rest and recovery. The best road team in the league this year, the Sharks, as well as the Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver have benefited from this science.[TheNewYorkTimes]

  • A number of great NHLers never got to lift the Stanley Cup. Here are five such notables.[TheScore]

  • Piece of cake! Ken Dryden knows how to be a successful goaltender, and he spills the goods here.[BarDown]

  • Speaking of goalies, surprising starters were a big part of the story in the playoff first round.[Sportsnet]