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Fresh Links: Where do we go from here? How did we get here?

Let the debriefing begin

Ottawa Senators v Boston Bruins - Game Six
A little former Senator (Zdeno Chara) to Senator moment
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Okay, all you armchair GMs and coaches, it’s time to put up or shut up. What went wrong? What was surprisingly right? Where should the Bruins go from here?

  • First and foremost, the Bruins need to name their head coach going forward and it had better be Bruce Cassidy. Here are the reasons why. Providence Journal
  • The Bruins brass have already purged a lot of the management and staff this season, now all that is left is to scrutinize the roster. Sharpen your pencil and go player-by-player with Fluto Shinzawa. Boston Globe
  • Torey Krug’s skill at transitioning offense to defense was sorely missed in the Ottawa series. Boston Globe
  • But hey, at least now we know what we’ve got in Charlie McAvoy- and isn’t he something? WEEI
  • What’s next, Part One: Observations on the dawn of the Bruce Cassidy era “and McAvoy is the Real McCoy.” Scouting Post
  • What’s next, Part Two: With both the NHL Entry and Expansion Drafts looming, what will the emergence of young hopefuls like Noel Acciari, Sean Kuraly, and McAvoy mean to roster plans? Scouting Post
  • Cheer up, fans, and celebrate the emergence of the Bruins youngsters. The Fourth Period
  • Bullet points from the Providence Bruins’ weekend include Tommy Cross returning for the playoffs. Providence Journal Kuraly is also back. @MarkDivver

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins, Dennis Seidenberg has a raise and another one-year contract with the Islanders. Can sunny Las Vegas be in his future? Lighthouse Hockey
  • Your serving of daily schadenfreude is this Days of Y’Orr eulogy for the Montreal Canadiens. I guess we’re still waiting for the Bruins one? Puck Daddy
  • The NHL’s rule changes to increase scoring have failed, and have squashed exciting playmaking. The game is now about risk management. Bonus- why Mike Milbury may be the reason Zdeno Chara popped so many pucks over the glass only to collect delay of game penalties. Hockeybuzz
  • Pests, agitators, energy guys, $#!T$... call them what you will, but don’t question what they bring to their teams in the playoffs. New York Times
  • Of all the first round playoff exits, which represented the biggest upsets? The Hockey News
  • GOT NARRATIVE? Here are all of the spins of the second-round matchups. Sid ’n Ovi... yawn. NHL
  • Moving right along, if you’re still looking for a team to bandwagon in the next round, here are even more suggestions, based on the most exciting matchups. SBNation