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The Bruins celebrate the end of a great season as they have played all season- together.

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Sicks and gloves- wait for next season

All that remains is the debriefing.

  • The Bruins and their families gathered for a final time this season and blew off some steam.
  • At the fete, Brad Marchand did Brad Marchand things- shirtless, of course. WEEI
  • Looking ahead, there are three things the Bruins can do to boomerang back to the Stanley Cup Final next season. (Recap) NESN Original story (Paywalled) ESPN
  • Zdeno Chara is one tough customer. Details of his injury and quick repairs have emerged- had another defenseman been injured, he would have played regardless. Bonus- heartfelt appreciation to fans for their cheers in Game #5 and #7. HockeyBuzz
  • He was not the only Bruin battling injury. The list is now out, and the details are telling. Patriot Ledger
  • Matt Grzelcyk cites the one reason his injured team pushed as deep as they did into the postseason. Bruins Daily
  • David Backes remains very zen about his future. Boston Herald
  • Tuukka Rask was glad for the help of Jaroslav Halak- it looks promising that he will be in the same groove next season. Boston Herald
  • Can we keep him? Marcus Johansson performed well, and may have priced himself out of Boston. Boston Herald
  • As for Boston cornering the market on local lads, maybe it is time to nab the OTHER Hayes brother. Boston Hockey Now
  • Are moves likely for Torey Krug and David Krejci? Bonus- notes on the Bruins’ cap situation, and details on Krejci’s no-movement clause. Spector’s Hockey
  • Yet again, David Krejci is left pining for a regular on his right wing- there are candidates. He has appreciated having Jake DeBrusk on his left. Boston Herald
  • Whatever to do... Boston needs to address these priorities, these free agents, and this one veteran. Last Word On Hockey
  • In any case, the Bruins are in good hands, according to Harry Sinden, who sees Don Sweeney as the key. The Eagle-Tribune
  • This team isn’t a half-empty cup, but the reality is that they overachieved expectations- all bets are off for 2020. South Coast Today
  • Do we still enjoy cartoons? You may want to have a look at this Montreal based artist, who is a Bruins fan. @Cathygraphics1

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Thirty-One Thoughts includes a lot of Bruins/Blues/Stanley Cup details, a Patrice Bergeron story and discusison of the Bruins’ “window” (#4,) how Bruce Cassidy used data to support his eyeball tests (#5,) some surprising names as buyout targets (#19,) and debate over reviewable calls and the uncalled Noel Acciari trip (#26, 27.) Sportsnet
  • Dear NHL- change one thing to move the Stanley Cup from a battle of attrition to a more skilled competition. NYPost
  • Here are the tops of the recently ended season’s free agent signings. No Bruins here. The Hockey News
  • Is it too early for next season’s Stanley Cup odds? the Bruins are among the very favorites. The Hockey News
  • Montreal celebrated the Bruins losing the Stanley Cup by rioting. Up next- a defeat parade. NO, REALLY! The Beaverton
  • John Tavares acknowledges bad news for the Maple Leafs in particular and hockey in general- Canada has a new national sport. NO, REALLY! (Title NSFW) The Beaverton