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Fresh Links: Homeward Bound

The NHL has offered players the chance to return to their home countries for the next few weeks

Belfast Giants v Boston Bruins
Zdeno Chara, arriving at Belfast Airport way back in 2018
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In the meantime, Keep Calm and Bergeron.

  • And now another word from your captain- Zdeno Chara sends his greetings and offers some sage advice. (Video, 0:22) Bruins NHL
  • As we wait, at least we know that the Bruins special teams appeared pretty much back on track. The Hockey Writers
  • But Boston should not plan on simply being handed the Stanely Cup, as Matt Kalman explains. WEEI
  • Let’s amuse ourselves with a game of “Would You Rather,” Tuukka Rask edition. HockeyBuzz
  • There is a GoFundMe set up for TD Garden employees, and the contributors’ names look very familiar. Boston Herald (In news of former Bruins, Milan Lucic and Zac Rinaldo are among the contributors to the Calgary Flames hourly staff GoFundMe)
  • UMaine Black Bear Jeremy Swayman is progressing nicely in his development. Bruins NHL

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins are atop the Atlantic Division NHL, the Eastern Conference NHL, and the NHL overall. The Blues trail by 6 points. The Lightning and Avalanche are tied and trail by 8 points. (Standings for the duration of the suspension of league play are static) NHL
  • David Pastrnak is tied at 47 with some Russian bum as the top NHL sniper, Brad Marchand is among the assists leaders, and both are among points leaders. For defensemen, Torey Krug remains among both points and assists leaders. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask rules in GAA, is second only to Anton Khudobin in save percentage, and is now in a three-way tie for second place in shutouts. The NHL’s best backup, Jaroslav Halak, is still among the leaders in all but save percentage, where he languishes just outside the margin. (Standings for the duration of the suspension of league play are static) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The NHL is allowing players to travel to their home countries to self isolate for what looks to be an at least eight week hiatus. The Hockey News
  • It now appears May will be the earliest we will see NHL hockey again. The Hockey News
  • Some owners are helping affected employees, some not. Let’s name and shame, shall we? It is nice to note the length of the list of those who ARE. Russian Machine Never Breaks
  • The Panthers’ Officer Bobrovsky is on the case, dropping a six-figure wad to aid part-time BB&T staffers. Yahoo Sports
  • Stay Tuned- this quintet of burning storylines will just have to wait to find closure. Sportsnet
  • And stay entertained, folks. Some tips- Hockey Wilderness
  • Our chums down in Dallas offer balm for the soul in this meditation on what we lose when we lose hockey. Defending Big D
  • Amalie Benjamin is covering the story of her friend Chris Snow of the Flames (formerly of the Boston Globe) as he participates in a Biogen clinical trial in hopes of beating a sadly familiar opponent. Screw ALS. NHL