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NHL Draft arrives with a side of trade rumors

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
Matt Grzelcyk will have to find a new sparring partner (Ryan Callahan)
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NHL Draft opens with first-round selections tonight at 8:00PM on NBCSN.

  • The Bruins dive into the NHL Draft with a very late first round pick and some demonstrable success in mining gold in second-round selections. Providence Journal
  • Take five- The Three Amigos dissect the Bruins’ position going into the NHL Draft with a quintet of selections to make. Bonus- predicting torpor for Boston in free agency. Scouting Post
  • Among the items topping (NHL General Manager of the Year) Don Sweeney’s to-do list at Draft is targeting another netminder. WEEI
  • Sweeney is one of those GMs held up by cap uncertainty, he wants to make an offer to Marcus Johansson. @PierreLeBrun
  • Pause for a moment to appreciate how very busy Sweeney has been- he is just now coming up to speed on trade chatter. Bonus- speaking of defensemen and removing loose bodies, Zdeno Chara’s surgeons have successfully cleared detrius from his elbow. Boston Herald
  • This projection of the NHL Draft first round has the Bruins selecting a lad slated for Boston University in the fall. Boston Herald
  • Fan experience ENHANCED! TD Garden will close for a 10 week summer hiatus in order to undergo $100 million in improvements. Boston Globe
  • On the move- Ray Bourque and his family are downsizing, could you use some household goods with stellar provenance? Boston Globe

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of fromer Bruins: Peter Chiarelli to... Vancouver? NESN Loui Eriksson... out of Vancouver? @MattSekeres One-eyed Yeti Carl Soderberg on the block? @DarrenDreger Max Talbot is calling it a career. @PierreLeBrun
  • is anyone surprised to see rule changes after some of the stinkers called in this postseason? Here’s what will change. Last Word On Hockey
  • If you prefer the Cliff Notes version of the changes- here. Pension Plan Puppets
  • One change should be called the ‘Krug Rule.’ 985 The Sports Hub
  • Feh. The proposed expanded video review serves only to morph officals into some sort of sad game show hosts. Forbes
  • Get the NHL GMs’ fingers out of the Vezina Trophy voting pie! Anaheim Calling
  • What at first seemed like ordinary back pain may now curtail Ryan Callahan’s professional career. Sports Illustrated
  • With the Rangers retooling, might Chris Kreider be available? New York Post
  • Whatever could have caused the Maple Leafs to profess no desire to match any potential Mitch Marner offer sheet? Sportsnet
  • Review some of the worst NHL draft-day blunders ever made. The Hockey Writers
  • What might have been... reading the lips of Capitals brass at the 2006 NHL Draft reveals how close Boston came to landing Nicklas Backstrom- not very! Russian Machine Never Breaks

There are 88 days until (preseason) Bruins hockey.