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Fresh Links: You Gotta Have Hart

Patrice Bergeron enters the Hart Trophy conversation as Craig Cunningham takes on Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

2017 NHL Awards And Expansion Draft
Why should Patrice Bergeron be limited to the Selke Trophy?
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The Bruins host the Sabres tomorrow night at 7:00 PM on NESN.

  • Five NHLers are dominating play in the league as of January 1st. And, of course, Patrice Bergeron is one. The Hockey News
  • Bergeron for HART! The drumbeats are getting stronger. (With video) NESN
  • Zdeno Chara is finding a plant-based diet helpful in his battle against Father Time. Boston Globe
  • The Bruins we see now emerged from the Bruins we saw this fall. Bruce Cassidy was able to chart a course and stick with it. The biggest trap for him was to not second-guess when the going got tough. Portland Press Herald
  • Exhibiting remarkable poise, Charlie McAvoy and his family quietly waited two months for his scheduled heart procedure. He benefited from the counsel of another world-class athlete who had been in the same boat. CBS Boston
  • His role may not be scoring goals, but any goal is icing on the cake for Sean Kuraly and his line. Bonus- Adam McQuaid won’t back down when standing up for a teammate. Boston Herald
  • Ryan Donato is in a position to make history. Will he choose to do so? The Hockey Writers
  • Freshman sensation Jeremy Swayman is making a splash at UMaine. Rinkside Rhode Island
  • Better late than never- the 1977-78 Bruins team that had eleven (!) 20 goal scorers ended up with everything but the Stanley Cup. They will be honored before Tuesday night’s game. South Coast Today
  • Do you know why Rene Rancourt always wears a tuxedo when he sings at the Garden? Haute Living
  • 2-2-3. The Bruins are within three points of the league leading Lightning and within two of the Golden Knights. The Predators and Jets nip at the Bruins’ heels by one slim point, while The Maple Leafs and Blues trail the Bruins by five. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • It looks like we broke the Rangers on Wednesday night- Brendan Smith has been waived. And it was his BIRTHDAY! Tampa Bay Times
  • No Bruins hockey tonight? Catch up on the NHL’s video history of its first 100 years. (Episode 1: The Founding Years) (Episode 2: The Original Six) (Episode 3: The Expansion Era) (Episode 4: The Global Game)
  • They see me rollin’, they hatin’... Team Canada goaltenders are employing special roller skate guards to get between PyeongChang venues. BarDown
  • Potpourri: The current playoff format penalizes strong conferences- scrap it! How to make the Lady Bing vote relevant. Buffalo News
  • The All Heart Foundation is Craig Cunningham’s new initiative to prevent sudden cardiac arrest. BarDown
  • Responsible parents recognize the inherent dangers of the game of hockey. Sidney Crosby would never risk his own children being drafted by the Oilers. NO, REALLY! The Beaverton