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It would be a good sign if the answer came from within the organization, but...

Dennis Seidenberg defends (and hello, Shawn Thornton!)
Dennis Seidenberg defends (and hello, Shawn Thornton!)
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Help wanted: Defenseman. Apply at TD Garden.

  • Is the Bruins’ situation dire enough to merit a blockbuster trade to get the defenseman the team so desperately needs? Metro Boston
  • Don’t be so hasty with Dennis Seidenberg, there is a useful place for him on the Bruins blueline- just not the top minutes he was pressed into. Chowder and Champions
  • The selection of available NHL defenseman is shrinking, and subsequently the Bruins’ chances of landing one is getting slimmer. Boston CBS Local
  • Have a look at some Peter Cehlarik video from IIHF Worlds, his contract means the trio of 2013 draftees are now all with the Bruins organization. COLLECT THEM ALL! (With video) NESN
  • Looking ahead to the likely expansion draft, there is one position that is currently so full of talent across the NHL that one key Bruins youngster should be safe, while another Bruins youngster would be especially vulnerable as an acquisition target. So don’t pass this article along to your Las Vegas friends, okay? Causeway Crowd
  • As far as Bruins potential draftees, Kirk Luedeke likes the complete compete he sees in defenseman Dante Fabbro, who is headed for Boston University. (With video) Scouting Post
  • Meanwhile, in Boston...revisit the drunken mayhem on Causeway as the Bruins raised the cup in Vancouver. Jerry Thornton describes the scene- "... when your team wins the Stanley Cup it is not so much a celebration as a complete breakdown of the societal order... this is pretty much Escape from Boston, and I’m an eye patch away from being Snake Plisskin." (Video, 2:48) WEEI

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Catch up with young Liam Fitzgerald (the "Fist Bump Kid") who is continuing to kick the butt of cancer- not only for himself, but for others as well. (With video) Mass Live
  • The new European Hockey Club Alliance is a reality, and they are hoping to wield their new clout in issues with the NHL. The Hockey News
  • Follow the money. That’s the biggest reason for the NHL to expand into Las Vegas. National Post
  • Prepare yourselves, the irrepressible Ilya Bryzgalov has targeted a return to the NHL. Bar Down
  • Greatest. NHL. Draft. Class. EVER. Take a look at the star power that arrived in 2003. We were introduced to the smile of former Bruin Nathan Horton, Thomas Vanek was bleached blond, and Corey Perry had HAIR! Oh, and Patrice Bergeron is buried pretty deep in there. (Video, 2:06) Sportsnet
  • Here’s your primer on NHL Rumor Mongering, illustrated with the example set by one local Boston source. Pension Plan Puppets
  • Sean McIndoe revisits the best and worst events and breakout stars of the NHL season gone by. The Guardian