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Would Boston University tap Jay Pandolfo or alumnus Joe Sacco to fill their vacant head coaching job?

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Boston Bruins v New York Islanders
Headed back to school? (Jay Pandolfo)

In Bruins news you can use:

  • Don Sweeney is taking a long, hard look at the crop of youngsters at the NHL Combine, and the Bruins will have interviewed about 80% of them. Bonus- the Boston University job may be filled by a Bruins assistant coach. Boston Herald
  • If BU poaches a coach, don’t expect to see Jay Leach depart Providence. @GlobeKPD
  • Meanwhile, a Bruins scout has been tapped to lead the Chicago Steel. New England Hockey Journal
  • Sweeney paused to speak with the press at the Combine in Buffalo, where the Bruins shopping list is flexible to take advantage of available talent. Bonus- updates on all the Bruins walking wounded. (Video, 6:07) Bruins NHL
  • Kirk Luedeke reminds us that the Bruins have picked up gems in later NHL Draft rounds. @CupOfChowdah
  • Charlie McAvoy weighed in on his Combine experience in 2016, and teams’ expectations for young prospects. Bonus- John Whitesides sighting. Bruins NHL
  • The Bruins will move on from three free agents, talks are beginning with the others. WEEI
  • Four Ns, Three As, Two Points? The Bruins may be looking to lock Urho Vaakanainen into a contract sooner rather than later. 98.5 The Sports Hub

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Stan Fischler channels his inner Elliotte Friedman with 34 Thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final- thus far. MSG Network
  • “Intellectual dishonesty” is the most charitable spin that can be pasted on the NHL’s avoidance of leadership in addressing CTE- their stance is obfuscation on the Big Tobacco scale, here, with profits and health at stake. The Globe And Mail
  • According to testimony, the history of CTE discussion goes back to 2007 (thought at the time to be specific to football.) The scope widened in 2009 as a result of Boston University publishing their research. The NHLPA allegedly blocked research, in concern for to the “employablility of players”. A number of depositions in the concussion lawsuit remain sealed. TSN
  • And before you start in on blindside hits, you DO realize that they are not illegal, right? The Hockey News
  • Out of the frying pan, into the fire? Geoff Ward will now be at the helm of the Calgary Flames’ power play. North Jersey
  • So ESPN wants in on NHL hockey again, despite fraught history. Awful Announcing
  • This (now) reporter was NOT the one to betray Marty McSorley’s secret after being gifted a stick at the Montreal Forum and being required to lock it in his car without delay. Ipswich Wicked Local
  • So everyone is all agog over Braden Holtby’s backward lunge save. Yawn. Been there, seen Tim Thomas do it. (With video) NESN
  • Enjoy this illustrated history of the Stanley Cup. Molly Brooks