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The Stanley Cup window is still open for Boston, with careful tweaks

NHL: JUN 12 Stanley Cup Final - Blues at Bruins
Whaddya say we do it again, and win?
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In Bruins news you can use:

  • Maybe only tweaks are necessary for a perennial contender in this Bruins episode of 31 in 31. Keynotes include high words of praise for the Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo pairing and yet another search for a winger for David Krejci. (Video, 4:47) NHL
  • Looking ahead, and bearing in mind that there are still some contracts unsigned, this looks like a pretty good projection of the Bruins’ lineup. Last Word on Hockey
  • Five options. Review what Boston can do about Charlie McAvoy’s and Brandon Carlo’s situations. Much depends upon options involving other players. Bonus- relish the schadenfreude over Mitch Marner’s situation in Toronto. My NHL Trade Rumors
  • Steel yourselves- will the young defensemen hold out, or will we have the pleasure of their company at training camp? Yahoo Sports
  • Maybe the contract situation explains this report of Alexander Petrovic being offered a PTO. Boston Hockey Now
  • Patience had been a virtue for Anders Bjork, who has caught up a bit on his studies during his protracted down time. Bonus- more news from around the NHL. Boston Globe
  • Revisit one of the more amusing brawls in Bruins history- on that became legendary for Mike Milbury’s appropriation of a fan’s shoe. Boston Sports Extra
  • The Skate Pod offers a bite by Mike Morreale (NHL staff writer) reporting on John Beecher, or click to dive on into the entire episode. (Audio, 12:23 and 45:28) WEEI
  • Revisit the legacy of Art Ross on the anniversary of his passing. The Pink Puck He was noted for one innovation, among many. @Dave_Stubbs

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: Loui Eriksson is in a pickle with the Canucks. NHL Noel Acciari was honored by the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society. (With video) WPRI
  • Paul Stewart is scheduled to address the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society. HockeyBuzz
  • Jesse Puljujarvi is staying put in Finland, unless he’s returning to the NHL somewhere other than Edmondton. BarDown
  • The game of hockey has evolved, as have portrayals of hockey in the movies. Seattle Times
  • Assault with monkey wrench? It could only have happened between a Boston and Toronto coach. This is just one story from a new book by Stephen Smith. Puckstruck
  • Who is this masked man? Kirk LeMur offers goaltender coaching, exhorting viewers to “stack on, Tendies!” NO, REALLY! (With video) NHL
  • Take a peek behind the curtain to meet the Montreal-based engraver of the Stanley Cup. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • WooOoOoOooOoooo! Unheralded NHL referee Garrett Rank has WON the 117th Western Amateur torunament! MSN

How many days until Bruins hockey?

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