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Fresh Links: Number 28, Addressing RFAs and UFAs

Don’t go golfing yet, there are still matters to settle in Boston

NHL: Boston Bruins at Calgary Flames
No, not THAT #28... Dominic Moore
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No, we’re not talking Dominic Moore, here- Bruce Cassidy has become the 28th head coach in Bruins franchise history.

  • One telling fact was that the team didn’t wait to see what other experienced NHL head coaches came available postseason. WEEI
  • Just look at Cassidy’s accomplishments so far, and then ponder what is left to be done. Boston Globe
  • Cassidy’s promotion does not necessarily mean what you think it means. Take a look at the numbers. The Hockey News
  • It does signal that the Bruin Powers That Be are with Don Sweeney’s vision for the team. (With video) CBS Boston
  • The report card is in for the Bruins, who not only met the goal of playing for the Stanley Cup, but also developed the youngsters that will be helping the team going forward. Boston Herald
  • Dominic Tiano opines on the statuses of Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, Riley Nash, Jimmy Hayes, and Kevan Miller. What are the team’s likely options? Scouting Post
  • Frank Vatrano dished on his second season, which was shortened by an injury that kept him out of action until November 22nd. MassLive
  • Drew Stafford would be pleased to stay on in Boston- he joins Moore and a number of other Bruins who are unrestricted free agents. The Bruins also need to come to terms with a list of RFAs, including David Pastrnak. (With video) NESN
  • Noel Acciari won’t be able to join the PBruins quite yet, having been “banged up” during the playoff series with the Bruins. CBS Sports
  • With barely time to pack, Charlie McAvoy is off to join Team USA at the World Championship. He represents the youngsters in whom the Bruins place high hopes for the future. (With video) Patriot Ledger
  • The once and future Bruin? Brookline would be a short commute to TD Garden for Jarome Iginla. WEEI

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Looking ahead to the NHL draft, Sean McIndoe looks at this weekend’s draft lottery- the new format has him thinking about his own power ranking for the event. Sportsnet The draft looks to be a bit of a yawn this year. Toronto Sun
  • Boston University will not be forced to release all of their CTE research to the NHL, based on the burden of having to remove identifying details from 172,000 or so images. They had already volunteered to release the portion specifically related to former NHL players. TSN
  • Pierre LeBrun, Joe McDonald, and Scott Burnside are among those who received pink slips at ESPN, who appear to need a new business model to succeed. Second City Hockey John Bucigross may also be out of a job July 1st, when his contract expires. ESPN is further minimizing already limited coverage for hockey. WEEI
  • Kristi Yamaguchi put her husband, former NHLer Bret Hedican, on ice skates and taught him a few moves. Hilarity ensues. (Video, 3:28) YouTube, via Puck Daddy