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Fresh Links: Patience With David Pastrnak, Left Wing Woes

It was Bruins day with NBC Sports, dive on in!

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Remember when... Hal Gill was the young guy?
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In Bruins news you can use:

  • No news yet on the David Pastrnak contract negotiations. Be of good cheer, Bruins fans, look at Brad Marchand as a case study in commitment to getting a deal done. CBS Boston
  • The Bruins must be kidding themselves in their apparent satisfaction with their roster of defensemen. Remember how they were blowing through blueliners like Kleenex during their brief playoff run this spring? WEEI
  • Keep an eye on these open positions on the Bruins roster, and the candidates vying to fill them. Boston Globe
  • The good news? Hey! We’ve got Marchand! The bad news? We don’t have any other proven, reliable left wingers. The Hockey Writers
  • Meanwhile, in Shanghai, a belly-laughing Hal Gill had to be restrained by Pasta during a fish footbath, demonstrated his deep Boston accent, and bantered with John Whitesides. (Video, 2:37) @NHLBruins
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, new coach Jay Leach has a very specific goal in making his PBruins a tough opponent. Providence Journal

NBC Sports focused entirely on Bruins news earlier this week:

  • Overview- looking at the end of last season, and projection for the team under new coach Bruce Cassidy. NBCSports
  • Can we PLEASE give Tuukka Rask some rest this year? What is the likeliest backup goalie scenario for number 40? NBCSports
  • Speaking of 40, is it only a number for aging Zdeno Chara? NBCSports
  • Don’t even THINK of a bridge contract for Pastrnak. LOCK HIM UP! NBCSports
  • Under scrutiny is David Backes, whose role may now be limited to the bottom six. NBCSports
  • Anders Bjork looks like the youngster poised to break out this year. It would be a real help to have him ready to slot in on the left wing. NBCSports
  • Is it folly to think this year’s Bruins team could bring home a Stanley Cup? NBCSports

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • He may make your blood boil, but Bruins fans can’t seem to resist listening to Michael Felger. Boston Globe
  • Hindsight being 20-20, what if the Islanders had taken a pass on hiring Mike Milbury? Puck Daddy
  • A Celtics minority owner was in Seattle this week working on possible arena details in hopes of a successful bid to bring in an NHL franchise. Yahoo Sports