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Fresh Links: Neely Trade Reverberations, Possible Draft Picks, Golden Years

Thirty one years after the trade, Cam Neely still pays dividends

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins
We’re counting on YOU to improve NHL rules, David Backes (and Cory Schneider)
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In Bruins news you can use:

  • Looking back 31 years ago today, it is hard to believe that the trade bringing Cam Neely to Boston is still reverberating on today’s roster, and helped land a Stanley Cup that was snatched from the very team that let him go. NESN
  • For the five potential Bruins draft picks proposed here, apparently size matters. The Hockey Writers
  • Savor one last look at the Providence Bruins and their season. (BTW, who is this Seth Griffin of whom the writer speaks?) Bruins Daily
  • The NHLPA’s David Backes and Massachussetts native Cory Schenider (co-chair) are sitting on the NHL Competition Committee tweaking rules in Nashville, along with former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. NHL
  • Bobby Orr was flying through the air once again, and took the opportunity to speak about this year’s Final. (With video) Worcester Telegram

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The Predators evened up their series against the Penguins last night.On The Forecheck
  • Of all major professional sports, hockey championships are the ones most affected by luck rather than pure skill. There are good reasons for that, as explained here. (Video, 7:31) YouTube
  • Gilded age? This year, both the NHL as well as the NBA feature championship games in arenas fully decked out in bright gold on every side. New York Times
  • Speaking of gold, the Golden Seals were a colorful 1967 expansion team with an eventful nine-year run. Read all about the best bits here, and watch eBay for those oh-so-seventies Seals team suitcases. Sportsnet
  • Here are the NHL rule changes we’d actually enjoy, rather than the ones actually recommended, including one modest proposal involving two pucks. Pension Plan Puppets
  • Looking at RFA offer sheets, play a game of “what if” surrounding eleven instances in which teams matched an offer sheet. Sportsnet Bonus- an examination of whether or not an offer sheet is merely asking for trouble. Pension Plan Puppets
  • David Pastrnak is not the only Czech in contract talks, the ageless former Bruin Jaromir Jagr to give it another go with the Panthers . NHL
  • Top prospects, tough questions- youngsters answer both pithy and silly queries from TSN. (Video, 4:38) YouTube
  • The Oilers are put on notice, either win a Stanley Cup or face this fan’s otherworldly wrath! Global News
  • One country chanteuse awaits her golden opportunity, and the Star Spangled Banner is about to get mangled. NO, REALLY! The Elbow