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Hold onto your hats, NHL trades will end this afternoon at 3:00

NHL: Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning
Welcome back, Lee Stempniak!
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Happy NHL Trade Deadline Day! The Bruins return to action tomorrow night, hosting the Sharks at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • A brief but successful stint in Providence earned Lee Stempniak the chance to ride with the Bruins for the rest of this season. Don’t read too much into it. WEEI
  • Just the facts- boomerang journeyman Stempniak is taking another crack at Boston, and has played for 10 teams in his NHL career, so far. Sports Illustrated
  • Stempniak’s signing is a depth move. Looking ahead, the Maple Leafs are starting to look like the Bruins’ first-round matchup. Boston Herald
  • The Bruins should not stop there- the right player could help the team build on their recent success. HockeyBuzz
  • Boston is still in the mix to acquire Mark Stone, as are three other suitors. Sporting News
  • There are ten options the Bruins could consider, although one may be bypassed over off-ice distractions. 985 The Sports Hub
  • When we left off, the Bruins had ended their road trip with a shootout loss to the Blues. Here are three things to remember. Bruins Daily
  • David Backes seemed energized in his last two games, following a frank chat with Bruce Cassidy. Prime Time Sports Talk
  • Spool up the latest episode of Behind The B, chock full of celebrating Patrice Bergeron and West Coast trip victories. (Video, 21:39) Bruins NHL
  • The best and worst of the Providence Bruins weekend is summarized for you here. Rinkside Rhode Island

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: Hooray for Ryan Donato, the hero in his home game debut for the Wild (over the Blues, by the way)! Boston.com Dennis Seidenberg has been signed by the Islanders. The Score Frank Vatrano inked a three-year extension with the Panthers. The Hockey Writers Austin Czarnik sniped the buzzer-beater to lift the Flames over the Senators yesterday. Star Herald Proud Minnesotan Blake Wheeler made tough career decisions early, having moved on after his junior year both in high school and again in college. Twin Cities
  • No Gustav Nyquist for YOU, Boston, as he has been snapped up by the Sharks. Seeya tomorrow! NESN
  • In a really deflating bit of luck, Mats Zuccarello was acquired and then injured in his debut with the Stars. He will likely miss four weeks. The Score
  • Foul weather reigned at the Stadium Series event in Pittsburgh, and maybe there’s your sign- enough! (Especially when the Penguins lose?) Pittsburgh Tribune-Review But hey, Keith Urban played, which was nice (With video) Taste of Country
  • This list of five teams surging at the wire magnifies what has been said about the strength of the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division. The Hockey News
  • Honey, can you pick up the kids? Matt Duchene chartered a jet for one whirlwind trip. @PxPOttawa
  • A new biopic on the life of Terry Sawchuk looks like it was cribbed from today’s news. He deserved a better end. Seattle Times