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Is Pavel Shen about to free himself from his KHL contract and head to Boston?

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Elmira, New York’s favorite son (NOT the Bettman, but John Beecher)
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In Bruins news you can use:

  • Still in the rumor stage is the possibility of Pavel Shen negotiating himself free of his KHL contract in order to join the Bruins- stand by! Causeway Crowd (Maybe it’s because of the lifestyle? Former Bruin in the KHL Paul Postma found the lifestyle hard to swallow. Crime Russia)
  • Today is Johnny Beecher Day (at least in in Elmira, NY)! My Twin Tiers
  • This looks like a make or break contract for Peter Cehlarik- what can we reasonably expect? HockeyBuzz
  • Is it possible for the Bruins to mine gold from their current injured reserve list? Causeway Crowd
  • The best part of the surprising Milan Lucic deal may be reverberations for Boston in addressing David Backes’ situation. Causeway Crowd (Bonus- it was apparently Jarome Iginla who helped him decide to waive his no movement clause. NHL )
  • The return of Chris Kelly should answer a very specific need for the Bruins moving forward. Causeway Crowd
  • Hizzoner, the Mayor of Walpole Chris Wagner reported on his experience in the pace car at the Foxwoods 301. Bonus- links to more pictures and video. NESN
  • Wagner joined another familiar face- Todd Angilly! @NESN

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The inaugural NHL Weirdy Awards are here- plenty of familiar faces and unforgettable performances to laugh at, including Brad Marchand against his former linemate Tyler Seguin for the Hart, vintage Anton Khudobin, storm surges, and Gritty assaulting Santa Claus. (Video, 53:19) NHL
  • Mull over yet another debate on the pros and cons of fighting in the NHL. Boston Sports Extra
  • An early power ranking notes that depite their deep, deep playoff run, the Bruins remain a force to be contended with. Las Vegas Review Journal
  • Michael Ryder days until Bruins hockey- revisit THIS famous Newfie highlight. (Video, 3:48) YouTube, via Reddit

How many days until Bruins hockey?

  • 56 days until the first preseason game in New Jersey v. the Devils on September 16, 2019.
  • 73 days until the first regular season game in Dallas v. the Stars on October 3, 2019.