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New head coach Bruce Cassidy looks to strengthen the Bruins roster right up the middle

Boston Bruins v Ottawa Senators - Game Five
Charlie McAvoy drops the puck

Now the Bruins’ head coach and general manager get to sharpen their pencils and make their plans for the upcoming season.

  • Bruce Cassidy proves that he has always been a big Bruins fan. He also looks forward to seeing Claude Julien again at the draft. (With audio) CBS Boston
  • The focus now turns from what the team was able to do with the players they had to what moves must be made to improve the roster for next year. Boston Globe
  • Yet again, Tuukka Rask shouldered more of the goaltending load than was planned. WEEI
  • The Anton Khudobin that emerged late in the season (rather than the one that struggled early on) is the type of backup goaltender the Bruins need. Bonus- a quick list of players who may require surgical intervention. Boston Herald
  • Younger players will be in a position to step into roles that may be vacated by veterans. One player who arrived last fall in less than optimal shape and subsequently struggled all season was put on notice. Expect to see the usual suspects return behind the bench. Boston Globe
  • One youngster the Bruins are trying to pry out of college is Anders Bjork, whose options open up considerably when he completes his senior year at Notre Dame. WEEI
  • Dominic Tiano makes the call on the UFAs and RFAs- who stays, who goes, and why. Bonus- listing the cap hits for two possible buyout candidates, and why conserving a couple of open contract spots matters. Scouting Post
  • In the race for the Calder Cup, the PBruins are now facing elimination after a 2-1 loss in Wilkes-Barre. Thanks heaps, David Warsofsky! Patriot Ledger The game also marked Zach Senyshyn’s professional debut. Bruins NHL
  • The Bruins’ Eddie Shore was a powerhouse player through the 1920’s and 30’s. Revisit the most infamous and celebrated stories of his career. (with video) Regina Leader-Post

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Some Nashville Predators were able to take in a Blue Jays baseball in St. Louis, and then the Jays returned the favor. Malcolm Subban’s brother P.K. is always where the fun is! BarDown
  • Katie Baker notes that Subban is back in the playoffs, right where he began- just not with Montreal this time. (With video) The Ringer
  • Of these 10 notable veteran NHLers without a cup, well, three of them had their chance in 2010-11, and I don’t even feel sorry for #9- BITE ME! Sportsnet
  • A professional speechwriter confesses to compromising his standards and being untrue to his own heart when called upon to pen congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He did craft some jabs into the text. Washington Post
  • GOT RITUALS? Many NHLers do. Have a look at some of the more famous ones here. GNGHockey