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Sometimes he felt that he was left out in the cold, alone. (Tuukka Rask)
Sometimes he felt that he was left out in the cold, alone. (Tuukka Rask)
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In Bruins news:

  • The Bruins need to be better in front of Tuukka Rask, but he also needs to swallow his disappointment and step up if the Bruins expect to get anywhere this season. Boston Herald
  • Thankfully the Atlantic Division is relatively weak (not that it mattered last season...) as only one divisional competitor is Stanley Cup quality. Providence Journal
  • The Bruins couldn’t keep Loui Eriksson, but no worries- David Backes is going to be a dandy fit in Boston. WEEI
  • The dust is settling, and the Bruins are still desperately seeking a defenseman. Kirk Luedeke enumerates the options- would the Bruins wield an offer sheet threat to bring a reluctant trade partner to the table? (With audio, 14:38) Scouting Post
  • Some available defensemen are standing out in a thinning field of competition- Cam Fowler may be worth a second look among others, and the buyout of James Wisniewski makes him a possible target. Scouting Post
  • Holding out hope for the Bruins to land local boy Jimmy Vesey? The thoughtful young Harvard grad is taking his time, and taking control. The Boston Globe
  • Don’t forget Chris Kelly- he is still a smart choice at the right price. Here’s the short list of the best players that languish in free agency. Sports Illustrated
  • The Bruins have signed defenseman Alex Grant to a two-way, one year deal. @GeneralFanager

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • NHL free agency is simply a sideways shuffle of "toing and froing." Bah, humbug! The Globe And Mail
  • Former Bruin Max Talbot has joined his Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team, and sent us a quick postcard. @Max25Talbot
  • You may recognize a few former Bruins including the bottom d-pairing on this cobbled together team of the best of remaining NHL free agents. Bonus: A plea to hire a former All-Star, because. The Hockey News
  • Keeping score? Free agency moves have left teams in one of two categories- winners and losers. Sports Illustrated
  • Reunited... Doug Jarvis has joined Jim Benning in Vancouver as an assistant coach. Today’s Slapshot
  • Paul Bissonnette has re-signed with the Ontario Reign, and hockey fans rejoice that he’ll once again have fodder for his amusing Twitter account, which lampooned his journey through free agency. The Star Good news- he will return to the Ontario Reign this season. @TSNBobMcKenzie
  • Take a walk in the shoes of a cub reporter who learned that the media not only fights for access to players- there is even a scrum surrounding Steve Dangle. Pension Plan Puppets