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Three For The Road

The Bruins will be taking their game on the road before their season debut at TD Garden

Perennial NHL Awards nominee Patrice Bergeron and his wife, Stephanie
Perennial NHL Awards nominee Patrice Bergeron and his wife, Stephanie
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The Bruins 2016-17 schedule has been released.

  • Three away games will open the Bruins season before their home opener against the New Jersey Devils on October 20th. The complete schedule is here. The Boston Globe
  • Keith Gretzky is well aware that any draftee is a moving target who grows both physically and mentally... or not. He touts intelligence gathering and standing firm in commiting to a prospect he believes in as the key to success. The Boston Globe
  • The cost for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk may be more than the Bruins will be willing to pay. Hockeybuzz Reportedly a Bruins first-round pick has already been offered to acquire him. The Score
  • Console yourselves, the Bruins are still in the mix for Jimmy Vesey, though, right? Kirk Luedeke’s final notes before the NHL Draft include a couple more dark horse draft candidates for the Bruins. Scouting Post
  • Live from Las Vegas, Patrice Bergeron remains upbeat about the Bruins future. Boston Herald
  • With the changes in the salary cap upcoming, inexpensive youngsters on entry-level contracts are valuable bargaining chips right now.

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Speaking of the salary cap, here are the details on the new floor and ceiling. The Hockey News
  • Aside from NHL Awards and Draft, there are seven storylines currently percolating that you may wish to follow. TSN
  • Time to retire Plus/Minus, in fact it is long overdue- and there are much better tools available to replace it. Sportsnet
  • Mike Weaver came out of Michigan State undrafted, but that did not preclude him from an NHL career- in fact, he found that it offered him a surprising freedom. Players Tribune
  • Because ‘Merica. Team USA women won the 2016 IIHF World Championship- here’s an introduction to the players of Team USA Hockey and a gallery of their portraits. Players Tribune
  • NHL Draft means that is time to revisit the chimera, the myth, the legend... the Buffalo Sabres' Taro Tsujimoto. (Video, 1:34) ESPN