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Fresh Links: Take Heart

Charlie McAvoy is looking a lot more like himself lately

USA v Finland - 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship - Quarter Final
Flashback- Charlie McAvoy at the IIHF World Championship last year.
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Three whole days until Bruins hockey? Rest up for those late-night Western games.

  • Just in time for Valentine’s Day, good news about Charlie McAvoy and his heart- during the Calgary game, he returned to pre-procedure form with effective play and a point to show for it. Boston Herald
  • Boston sports fans owe the Bruins to watch after sidelining them in favor of the Patriots. Boston Globe
  • Hobey Baker finalist and now Olympian Ryan Donato has little reason not to go pro, and the Bruins should woo him. Puck Prose
  • Power rankings: The Golden Knights are on the top of the heap, and the Bruins are just out of the medals, but coming on strong. ESPN In this ranking, the Bruins are actually first- read down to see which Bruin’s performance has made a big difference. The Hockey News
  • 2-2-2. The Bruins still trail the Lightning in the standings by one point, the Maple Leafs trail Boston by three. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Here are the trades that should happen, but won’t. Sportsnet
  • Trade rumors for the Atlantic Division include the assertion that the Bruins still seek a top-four blueliner and a sniper. Get in line! ESPN
  • The Olympic hockey teams are hostage to powerful NHL commercial interests. This must change- here’s how. New York Times
  • Team Canada v. Team USA in women’s hockey is one of the very best rivalries in sports. Time
  • Finally, there is an approved blood test for concussions! NBC News
  • Just in time for this weekend’s visit, old friend Jim Benning has just re-signed with the Canucks. The Province
  • Milan Lucic is struggling to keep up in the new NHL- he has one big problem. Sportsnet
  • Matt Dalton has taken the road less traveled to the Olympics, and is now backstopping Korea’s hockey team. Grand Forks Herald
  • Golden Knights players spent some time working out with the Cirque du Soleil, and it looked like a lot of fun. BarDown