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Packing for this weekend’s All-Star festivities, the Oilers can Peter Chiarelli

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Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins - Game Five
What would Blades pack for All-Star weekend?
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In Bruins news you can use:

  • Cheer up with a look at how far the Bruins have already advanced in a tough division despite the plethora of early injuries sustained. Fox Sports
  • Thirteen lucky thoughts on the state of the Bruins as their bye week commences includes eating crow about Chris Wagner. 98.5 The Sports Hub
  • News of Tuukka Rask is not as dire as initially feared. Boston Globe
  • Even so, the news has Craig Anderson advocating for new rules to protect netminders in their creases. Ottawa Sun
  • They may be teammates now, but back in college, Matt Grzelcyk and Noel Acciari were on rival teams. Boston Herald Disclaimer: Writer Marisa Ingemi is also a Terrier.
  • Cringe inwardly as several Bruins attempt proper Boston accents with mixed results. (Link to video) Bruins Daily
  • Remember when Zdeno Chara won the Hardest Shot competition? Do you remember it like THIS? (Video, 0:26) @NHL
  • The latest episode of “Behind the B” includes a stop in on the Providence Bruins and a Samuel Adams brewery tour with Joakim Nordstrom (in his walking boot) and his parents. (Video, 21:51) Bruins NHL
  • In case you missed it , here are the bullet points from the Providence Bruins’ weekend. Interesting parallels to the Boston Bruins include blown leads and power plays gone cold, despite numerous shots. Rinkside Rhode Island
  • The Roaring Twenties were a different era- Art Ross could commandeer the mike at the old Boston Garden for an announcement... @1929Hockey ...and then order fans to pipe down. @1929Hockey

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: Peter Chiarelli was let go by the Oilers- Keith Gretzky will step up to fill much of his workload. Edmonton Journal Does Chiarelli’s story arc in Edmonton sound familiar? It should. WEEI Please don’t sentimentally hope that Ryan Spooner is the answer to the Bruins’ needs at center. The Hockey Writers A change of scenery has been just the ticket for Frank Vatrano. (Paywall) The Athletic
  • Seattle will learn from history in building their franchise from scratch. ESPN
  • Following an intro eerily reminiscent of the Bruins’ “The Bear And The Gang”, (Video, 1:16) NHL watch NHLers try to identify TV characters from the 1980’s and 1990’s. Catch the inside joke in the credits, too. (Video, 5:05) NHL
  • Statistics can be helpful in assessing officiating, but only as part of the toolkit. HockeyBuzz
  • Nevermind the official Eastern Conference All-Star rosters, THESE should have been the lineups. Last Word On Hockey
  • Speaking of the All-Star festivities, crib your packing list for the weekend from Gritty’s. Or not. BarDown
  • It is time for players to rethink participation in the Olympics and World Cup of Hockey. Sportsnet
  • Polish your pronunciations of NHLers names with each team’s own broadcasters. NHL Names
  • SNIPAH! A Minnestota woman is $30k richer for her laser shot from the blueline. BarDown