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Fresh Links: Making The Grade

Midseason report cards are in for the Bruins- one young Bruin needs to work on his attendance

Buffalo Sabres v Boston Bruins
This shield is my secret weapon. (Sean Kuraly, Zdeno Chara)
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Tune in tomorrow night, as the Bruins host the Wild at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • When we left off on Saturday, the Bruins had beaten the Sabres 2-1, stringing together four wins in a row for only the second time this season. Providence Journal
  • Zdeno Chara is coming off injury at the right point in the season and is playing back into form, having held Jeff Skinner away from the dangerous areas near the net. WEEI
  • That lone Sabres goal? That was the second line caught in a bad change. Other than that, David Backes’ performance on David Krejci’s line looked more like what the Bruins had originally envisioned for him. HockeyBuzz
  • Trade Torey Krug? Don’t be so hasty, as Matt Grzelcyk would not be his direct replacement. 98.5 The Sports Hub
  • Midway into the season, it is time for report cards. Forwards include youngsters that need remedial work, WEEI pretty solid performances from the blueline, WEEI and a gold star for one netminder. WEEI
  • Tardy Charlie McAvoy is contrite, and vows to mend his ways.
  • Following the Winter Classic, Kirk Luedeke paused to share a few thoughts. Scouting Post
  • The Bruce Cassidy we see now is the logical extension of the one we initially saw “letting the kids play.” Don’t be so hasty in second-guessing him. South Coast Today
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, Peter Cehlarik and the PBruins dominated Hartford on Sunday. Patriot Ledger
  • Have a look at the good, bad, and ugly of the PBruins’ weekend- Gemel Smith was en fuego! Matt Beleskey earned a knuckle sandwich from Wiley Sherman. Rinkside Rhode Island
  • Standings- the Bruins rise to 9th in the league overall, NHL 4th in the Eastern Conference, NHL and remain 3rd in the competitive Atlantic Division, NHL distancing themselves from the Islanders and Sabres, who now hold the two Wild Card spots. NHL (Note- links are NOT static)

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Looking ahead to the NHL awards, don’t assume that the time Patrice Bergeron lost to injury will rule out his shot at another Selke trophy. The Hockey News
  • In the leadup to the inevitable next lockout, the NHLPA and league are meeting. On the agenda? The CBA. Sports Illustrated
  • The IIHF closed out the World Juniors with an eye toward continuing to play on the smaller, North American ice in the future. Yahoo
  • Not all recalls are the same. From a team that has had to make a bunch of them lately, here is a primer on the difference between emergency and regular recalls. Pension Plan Puppets
  • Goal called back? CHECK! Matthew Strome was BORN to be a Bruin! (With video) BarDown