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Fresh Links: Hello, Goodbye

Farewell to Frank Vatrano and Rob O’Gara, hello Nick Holden. Will more Bruins be moved?

Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins
Good times- Brandon Carlo, Zdeno Chara, Frank Vatrano, David Pastrnak
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Maple Leafs host the Bruins tomorrow night at 7:00 PM on NESN, points and standings are at stake.

  • The Leafs won in OT but lost Auston Matthews to injury last night. Boston Herald
  • The chances of Matt Martin being inserted into the roster Saturday for the Leafs? Increasing steadily. National Post
  • Poor Anders Bjork is out following surgery on his shoulder- he faces about six months of recovery. Bonus- a brief introduction to Nick Holden, and possibilities to improve the flaccid power play. Boston Globe
  • Don’t rule out another effort to land Ryan McDonagh , who would be a long-term investment. Bonus- What do the last ten Stanley Cup winning teams have in common, and how has NHL hockey evolved to be more like air hockey? South Coast Today
  • Farewell to Frank Vatrano, now a Panther, whose season never really recovered after surgery on his ankle. This frees up more salary to pursue another acquisition. Boston Globe
  • Wait for it... there has got to be another shoe ready to drop, here. WEEI
  • Got defensemen? With the arrival of Holden, the Bruins do- and that is why the phones are buzzing between the Bruins and potential trade partners. One big danger is disrupting the solid dressing room vibe. Boston Globe
  • Maybe Noel Acciari can’t dance, but he can hit- and hit cleanly. He has been taking the advice of Anton Khudobin and has been working on his shot. CBS Boston
  • Polish your 20-20 hindsight goggles and look at the best and worst trades in Bruins history. MassLive
  • Zdeno Chara ‘s latest Instagram gem is a sticktap to moms. Bonus- his mom is lovely! NESN
  • 2-2-4. The Lightning (along with the #2 Golden Knights and #3 Predators) are the cream of the NHL, outpacing the Bruins by 3 points while the Maple Leafs trail Boston by one slim point. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Team Canada will play the Czechs for the bronze medal. They were out-coached and outplayed by Marco Sturm and upstart Team Germany, who now have a date with the Olympic Athletes From Russia for gold. The Guardian
  • The NHL will honor the Team USA women at the Stadium Series game on March 3rd. NHL
  • Patrik Elias explains how one phone call allowed him to finish his career as a Devil after a stint in the KHL nearly ended his career. Players Tribune
  • Schadenfreude alert- nos amis in Montreal are now without Carey Price NHL AND Shea Weber. Montreal Gazette