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Report cards are in for the Providence Bruins netminders

NHL: Boston Bruins at Nashville Predators
Zane McIntyre finished the season strong for the Providence Bruins
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In Bruins news you can use:

  • Left-shot defenseman Jakub Zboril is on notice, he will get a long look at Training Camp. 98.5 the SportsHub
  • Urho Vaakanainen has looked very good in Finland despite his youth according to scouting reports, and signing him remains a priority for the Bruins. CBS Boston
  • Don’t rule out a return to Boston by Alexander Khokhlachev. 98.5 the Sports Hub
  • Ray Bourque believes that the Bruins are about a year ahead of schedule for the improvements that were put in place. (Audio, 12:32) WEEI
  • Scrappy journeyman Johnny “Pie” McKenzie was a proto- Brad Marchand player that found a home in Boston on Johnny Bucyk’s line. Near the end of life, he has reconnected with family and found peace for himself. Boston Herald
  • Look back at the year in Providence Bruins goaltending- Zane McIntyre would like to forget his earlier forays and pick up where he left off in the second half of the season, Jordan Binnington may finally get a chance with his actual employers, and Daniel Vladar will likely be driving NORTH on I-91 to Providence. The Hockey Writers
  • The top goalie struggles early in the season, the backup holds the fort... no, we are NOT talking about Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin, here. Providence Bruins
  • Two notable fellow students joined Zdeno Chara at a Boston restaurant to celebrate having completed their course of study at Harvard. Boston Globe
  • Simon Gagne and Patrice Bergeron have sent out invitations to participate in their August 9th charity Pro-Am. A number of notables plan to join in the fun. (in French) TVA Sports

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Ilya Brzgalov is covering the Stanley Cup Final, and we all get to enjoy it right along with him. (Video, 7:20) Players Tribune
  • Ageless former Bruin and former first-round draft pick Brett Connolly is glad to have finally gained traction with the Capitals. NBC Sports
  • Big changes for the Islanders- Garth Snow and Doug Weight are out. TSN
  • As he enters his final year of his present contract, Auston Matthews is now being represented by the Orr Hockey Group. BarDown
  • Boston University has promoted from within to fill their coaching void. USCHO