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Are you ready for some Bruins vs. Blue Jackets preseason action tonight?

Columbus Blue Jackets v Boston Bruins, Patrice Bergeron moves the puck up ice, tailed by Nick Foligno.
Patrice Bergeron razzle-dazzles ‘em.
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In Bruins news:

  • Thanks to his health issues, Zach Senyshyn finds himself lighter and faster. He, David Krejci, Torey Krug, and Frank Vatrano must sit out tonight’s exhibition game against the Blue Jackets, who may remember a draft pick who is now wearing black and gold. Bonus: Game roster. The Boston Globe
  • Apparently, the team quietly suspected that Vatrano was not at 100%. Scouting Post These are the known details of Vatrano’s injury. WEEI
  • But all is not lost, as explained in this overview of the Bruins, after all- we’ll always have Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand... won’t we? Fox Sports
  • It looks like we will- Bob McKenzie at TSN says the deal is DONE! Eight years of Marchand. THANK YOU SWEENEY! @TSNBobMcKenzie
  • Notable in Marchand’s World Cup statistics is what is NOT there- Not one single penalty minute. National Pest Post
  • Thanks to his World Cup play, Tuukka Rask says he’s already in midseason form. Providence Journal
  • Former Yale Bulldog Rob O’Gara’s journey to the NHL was a tad unusual, and he credits his prep school coach for tenaciously recruiting him. The Boston Globe
  • Peter Cehlarik has sprung from the Swedish top league and onto the radar of Bruins coaches, who might wish for a bit of improvement in his skating. Boston Herald
  • The Sunday long read meanders through an examination of how coaching specialization is coming late to hockey, how Team USA’s roster was underwhelming, and wave hello to the former Bruins in a review of changes to NHL team captaincies. The Boston Globe
  • Speaking of specialization... He Who Must Not Be Named takes on a new coaching role, and a former Ranger offers some special help to Ryan Spooner. Boston Herald
  • Nothing but Trouba? Not so fast, Bruins fans, Jacob Trouba’s name has come up again as a possible Bruins acquisition, but he’s not the only notable RFA on the market. Causeway Crowd
  • Twenty-one years ago, the Bruins bade farewell to the old Boston Garden. Who better to face there one final time than the Montreal Canadiens? Watch and enjoy. (Video, 2:50:50) Weekend At Bergy’s

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • An ugly incident at Senators camp between a new teammate vying for a roster spot and a veteran with a history of concussion left the latter once again sidelined. Turn up the sound to hear Bobby Ryan’s outrage at the hit. Look for former Bruins Matt Bartkowski and Chris Kelly. (With video) The Hockey News
  • PHRASING! This warning on Team USA hockey action figures seems especially appropriate in hindsight. Bar Down
  • Speaking of a pair... Brad Marchand scored twice in Team Canada’s win over Russia, setting up a final best of three against the old guys, Team Europe. (with video) Sportsnet
  • Plucky Team Europe was able to draw on their veteran skill to gel after two sobering losses in the pre-tournament. Now the patchwork team hopes to inspire youngsters from smaller countries with the chance to play at the highest level, as they now take on Canada on the world stage. TSN Enjoy the handshake line here, sharp eyes can pick out Loui Eriksson, Carl Soderberg, Dennis Seidenberg, and Zdeno Chara. (Video) Streamable, Flintor
  • The Canadian National Film Board offers a selection of films about hockey that are available here (including some for a fee) Sticktaps to Reddit for the link. National Film Board
  • Quebec has seemed to dry up as a source for top-notch NHLers. What’s up with that? New York Times