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Can Boston turn a polar bear into a Bruin?

Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 16
Marcel Noebels of Team Germany at PyeongChang
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In Bruins news you can use:

  • NOT SO FAST! the Bruins are in talks with Marcel Noebels of Eisbären Berlin and he will be at camp, but a deal is not yet done. WEEI Polar bears are akin to brown bears, just sayin’. Wikipedia
  • Nope, the Bruins didn’t land Jeff Skinner, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to throw in the towel. The Hockey Writers
  • Kirk Luedeke offers his assessment of prospect Curtis Hall, who is headed to Yale in the fall. (With video) Scouting Post
  • Take a look at what Amalie Benjamin sees in the Bruins’ top prospects. NHL
  • Depth and optimisim. The Bruins want to come together as they did last season. NHL
  • By the numbers, three key things need to happen for the Bruins to succesd. NHL
  • Who will land the 3rd line center spot? Should the Bruins tweak the best line in the NHL? Preview the Bruins’ upcoming season. (Video, 4:35) NHL
  • Here is a quick recap of the Bruins’ moves in free agency, the prospect pool, and another take on projecting the future in Boston. NBC Sports
  • Those who do not study history... puck moving defensemen have not had a solid history in Boston, will Matt Grzelcyk be able to excel by applying lessons learned? The Hockey Writers
  • And cheer up, fans, we’ll have an important piece in Charlie McAvoy! Boston Sports Extra
  • Visit with alumnus P.J. Axelsson, who spent his NHL career in Boston and is still working his magic for the Bruins behind the scenes. (Video, 1:56) ) Bruins NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Dominic Moore’s Smashfest VII was a rousing success, and secrets were learned during the tournament that had little to do with ping pong. Sportsnet
  • Like a sturgeon. What were the chances a 10-foot monster would be netted by a trio of NHLers at a charity tournament? BarDown
  • Eight trades, eight star players left unhappy- Sean McIndoe examines how they worked out in retrospect. Sportsnet
  • Have a look at NHL teams’ prospect pipelines and success at mining potential, ranked. Sporting News