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Hindsight being 20-20, revisit a number trades involving Bruins

NHL: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres
Things would have been different had he stayed in Columbus (Rick Nash)
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Keep Calm and Bergeron.

  • Has it really been seven years? Remember THIS rally- the score was 4-1. (With video, natch) NESN
  • Going back to his junior days, Brad Marchand has evolved over time. The Hockey Writers
  • What really tickles Zdeno Chara about being the Bruins’ captain? (Amalie Benjamin uncovers a lesson in leadership here.) NHL
  • Chara doesn’t rule out another role in hockey when he does finally hang up his skates. WEEI
  • Speaking of tickled, Tuukka Rask is glad to have Jaroslav Halak back. ESPN
  • Rask wants another kick at the championship can. Patriot Ledger
  • Jeremy Swayman and his dog send greetings from Alaska. Anchorage Daily News
  • Revisit Urho Vaakanainen with Kirk Luedeke. Scouting Post
  • Reed Duthie took another look at Oskar Steen. Scouting Post
  • Have a look at some vintage Bobby Orr cards. Puck Junk
  • Dale Arnold was the guest of Evan Marinofsky on this week’s podcast, and mull the chances of a one-year Torey Krug contract. Arnold teased his upcoming new book, hinting that a Bruin is involved. Bonus- those stellar topic timestamps. (Audio, 30:57) CLNS
  • With all that is going on in the world, it is a relief to discuss Jake DeBrusk’s flow. (Audio, 1:49) NESN

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: David Backes deserved a better fate, and Boston is at fault. Last Word on Hockey The knives are being sharpened in Montreal, surprise surprise, for Claude Julien- who might replace him? The Hockey Writers Soooo, what if the Tyler Seguin trade never happened? Defending Big D While we’re at it, what if Rick Nash never left Columbus? Jackets Cannon And then mull the oucome of the 2003 NHL Draft and the Penguins’ future if the Panthers had not been so keen on landing Nathan Horton. Pensburgh
  • Much depends upon how the AHL proceeds into the 2020-21 season for their NHL affiliates. TSN
  • An infectious disease doctor outlined steps the NHL may have to take to maximize player and staff safety when (if?) play resumes. Food for thought. The Score
  • 31 teams, 31 possible trades. Sportsnet
  • Is there a resumption in sight for recreational hockey leagues? The Hockey News Word is out that the answer is “no” for one local league. @MattyPorts
  • Mull over a few “out of the box” NHL rules changes. Pension Plan Puppets
  • Revisit the season that was for the hometown Boston Pride. The Ice Garden
  • A charming tale of rec league hockey and teammates takes a dark turn into a player’s struggle with a year of concussion. (Audio link available if you’d rather listen) The New Yorker