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Charlie McAvoy has more on his plate than simply signing a new contract.

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No worries, Charlie, you’ve got this! (Charlie McAvoy)
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In Bruins news you can use:

  • Playing “what’s in the box” with Paul Bissonnette, Charlie McAvoy is ribbed about his chubby cheeks. Hey, at least Charlie can joke now about heart attacks. (Video, 2:34) @NHL
  • Speaking of Charlie, is a one-year bridge deal in the Bruins’ best interest, or no? Causeway Crowd
  • David Pastrnak takes Stockholm, with Joakim Nordstrom (in a walking boot) as his tourguide. The NHL European Media Tour continues! (Video, 3:33) @NHLBruins
  • Jake DeBrusk’s next contract will come down what he makes of this coming season. The Hockey Writers
  • Charlie Coyle may get a long look as David Krejci’s right wing- after all, who hasn’t?!? NESN
  • New Bruin Brett Ritchie brings size, strenght, and a straight-line approach, according to his former coach. Bonus- video, and link to The Skate Podcast. WEEI
  • Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson remains tightlipped about the family issue that compelled his return to Sweden. (Origina, in Swedish) Aftonbladet (English translation) Google
  • The ECHL Atlanta Gladiators will return as the Bruins’ affilate for another year. 985 The Sports Hub

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • By the numbers- what happens before a shot affects the likelihood of scoring the goal. (Part 1, links to Parts 2-4) Hockey-Graphs
  • Ruing big contracts and the aging curve- why teams suffer buyers’ remorse signing players over the age of 30. (Trigger warning- there are numerous former Bruins’ contracts held up as examples.) TSN
  • Selling the sizzle- EA Sports NHL 20 will focus on “customization and uniqueness” in this latest release. The Hockey News
  • Ty Anderson applauds the best moves made this offseason by Atlantic Division teams- several involve former Bruins. HockeyBuzz
  • The Maple Leafs doubled down on their team’s lack of “toughness” by loading up on skilled players. Who will laugh last? Editor in Leaf
  • Fresh off a tournament win @SunDevilsHockey, there is yet more good news for Arizona State’s nascent hockey program- they’ve landed a goalie coach! @EddieLack

How many days until Bruins hockey?

  • 32 days until the first preseason game in New Jersey v. the Devils on September 16, 2019.
  • 48 (Matt Grzelcyk!) days until the first regular season game in Dallas v. the Stars on October 3, 2019.