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Cuts Like A Knife

Today's news includes calls to deal David Krejci and well wishes to Andy Brickley

No! Not CONNOR Brickley!
No! Not CONNOR Brickley!
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Now it is former Bruins going under the knife, too!

  • Time to sharpen the knives- how about trading David Krejci in favor of a defenseman? Discuss. Causeway Crowd
  • NHL front offices are no longer above statistical analysis. Take a look back at the Atlantic Division teams' scoring chances all the way back to 2006-07 charted against changes made in coaching and management. Up first- the Bruins. (Originally published last fall) Today's Slap Shot (Part 1) (Part 2)
  • Kirk Luedeke offers his take on the Thornton vs. Kessel Stanley Cup Final, and adds a few final notes about prospects for the Bruins to target. Scouting Post
  • Healing wishes go out to NESN's Andy Brickley, who has undergone knee replacement surgery. (Sticktaps to Chris Abraham for the very wittiest reply.)

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The Sharks have fallen behind 2 games to 0 against the Penguins, but next the scene shifts to the West ("Left" or "Wrong") coast. The Sharks do not look daunted. Today's Slap Shot
  • No, actually, the Sharks look wide-eyed. Is inexperience their worst enemy at this point? The Hockey News
  • Ratings have been less than spectacular for this year's SCF. It's okay, really it is... The Sporting News
  • Harder, stronger, but mostly faster, this year's final demonstrates the increased speed of the game that the NHL has been seeking. The Guardian
  • Alex Ovechkin took to the parquet in a charity match. Dear OV8, you're no Vladimir Putin, and they ain't just gonna LET your team win, just sayin'... Bar Down
  • A number of big names are still up in the air as far as landing a place on an NHL team are concerned- it is a new situation for many, including Andrew Ladd. Dig into Thirty Thoughts. Sportsnet
  • I know the Tweet about this was in Morning Skate, but here's another chance to take in a great Katie Baker piece on the Thornton vs. Kessel Stanley Cup Final. The Ringer
  • You say sweater, I say jersey... let's call the whole thing off! Wall Street Journal
  • The University of Maine will help bring hockey back to Portland by playing three games at the Cross Arena this season. WABI
  • It is the end of an era as the Panthers retire their mascot, Leaping Stanley, along with their old logo. Litterbox Cats
  • Malcolm's brother P.K. Subban, sent some cheer to a Canadiens fan and memorabilia collector from Fort McMurray who left a basement full of treasures behind to save family and friends. Habs Eyes On The Prize