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Fresh Links: Loaded For Bear

The Bruins moves signal that they are all in, as their Atlantic rivals up the ante.

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Little did Rick Nash know then that he’d be Patrice Bergeron’s teammate now
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The Sabres got the last laugh last night in a 4-1 win over the Bruins. The Bruins return to action tomorrow night as they host the Hurricanes at 7:00 PM on NESN.

  • Rick Nash dove into action with his new team last night without so much as a practice session. WEEI
  • The Bruins delivered more than just lip service to their commitment to a postseason run, and Nash is all in for a chance to win it all. NHL
  • His debut was one bright spot from yesterday’s loss to the Sabres. Things had been understandably uncomfortable in the Rangers dressing room recently. (With video) Bruins Daily
  • Point: Don Sweeney is going for it this season, and snapping up Rick Nash is the proof. There are a number of reasons for him to be bold right now. Boston Herald
  • Counterpoint: Don, you DUMMY! You managed to snap up TWO Rangers, and STILL missed the one you should have signed! South Coast Today
  • Look at the components that the Bruins gave up and take heart- the team is signalling that they’re in it for the whole enchilada. Remember? This was originally projected to simply be a rebuilding year. CBS Boston
  • This isn’t the first time the Bruins have kicked Nash’s tires. Bonus- four other tidbits of Nash trivia. Boston Globe
  • The Bruins also snapped up Team USA captain Brian Gionta for the remainder of the season. NBC Sports
  • A number of moves indicate that the Bruins and the Maple Leafs are eying each other and are, well, loaded for bear. National Post
  • Brandon Carlo took a seat last night after his performance had faltered during the Bruins’ road trip. Boston Globe
  • As for the Providence Bruins, Matt Beleskey scored a swan song goal Friday in a 5-3 win over Bridgeport. Providence Journal Saturday marked a loss to Harford by a 2-1 score... Providence Journal ...which was avenged Sunday in a Zane McIntyre shutout. Notably, Beleskey switched uniforms overnight and appeared against his now former team in a Wolf Pack sweater. Providence Journal
  • Bullet points from Providence’s weekend action include McIntyre’s AHL-leading sixth shutout. Rinkside Rhode Island
  • Young PBruins have learned to compartmentalize the rumors and trades that add to the stress of playing professional hockey. Boston Herald
  • 3-3-6. With games still in hand, the Bruins now trail the NHL leading Lightning by 5 points, and the Maple Leafs by 1. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The Ducks have signed Team Canada captain Chris Kelly. Los Angeles Times
  • Meanwhile, in Toronto, Tomas Plekanec brings a... little... help at center. TSN
  • Will the Bolts make a splash as well? Paging Erik Karlsson... Globe and Mail