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Boston is behind only Detroit as the top city for hockey fans.

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Are you glad that NHL Combine is over? (Brendan Perlini)
Are you glad that NHL Combine is over? (Brendan Perlini)
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NHL Combine? CHECK! Next up... NHL Draft.

  • Kirk Luedeke has the Bruins' draft options all sifted out into categories, and Big, Bad Power Forwards no longer top the wish list. Now there are the BPAs (Best Players Available) along with the Must Haves (defensemen, DUH!) and a handful of local boys and others, some of whom Luedeke has cooled on somewhat over time. Scouting Post
  • According to Don Sweeney, Loui Eriksson doesn't relish hitting free agency. Re-signing Brad Marchand is a priority along with another veteran Bruin. Newcomer John-Michael Liles is also getting a long look. The Fourth Period
  • What? Strip Zdeno Chara of the captain's "C?" Do you seriously imagine Patrice Bergeron would be on board with that? Causeway Crowd
  • Many NHL General Managers passed on attending the NHL Combine. Don Sweeney did not, and it speaks to his commitment to improving the Bruins. Boston Herald
  • The Bruins sent Kevan Miller, Hal Gill, and Andrew Raycroft to Fort Bragg, NC. No, they're not enlisting. Bruins NHL
  • Number two in the polls, number one in our hearts... Only Detroit polled higher than Boston as the best city for hockey fans. Boston Magazine
  • Wave hello to our friends at the Pass It To Bulis blog, who linked to our Stanley Cup of Chowder retrospective of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final like the good sports they are... Vancouver Courier

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Public ownership tussles over the Hurricanes have reignited rumors that the rumored new Las Vegas NHL team will not be a result of expansion. Too Many Men On The Site
  • This is all you need to know about NHL expansion- what's at stake, and what's the co$t. The Globe And Mail
  • Joe Thornton had some very pointed advice for Auston Matthews from his own unique perspective. National Post
  • Affable Kerry Fraser talks hockey officiating, and tells of the time his famous Uncle Ted once slipped him goal scoring pills. He also dishes his secret for sick, but well-controlled, flow. (Bonus: a picture of Chara as a Senator) Player's Tribune
  • As we approach another Stanley Cup presentation, Sean McIndoe takes a look at the order of the handoff of the cup. Number fourteen was McIndoe's favorite, and mine too, for reasons (DUH!) Sportsnet
  • On that subject, try to lift THIS Stanley Cup- good luck to you. Puck Daddy
  • He's back on Hockey Night in Canada on a multi-year deal, because everybody's crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed man. The Hockey News
  • These dumb old bruins can't figure out how to use a pay phone at Maple Leaf Gardens! Toronto Public Library, via Reddit.