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By the numbers, it appears the NHL is zeroing in on a format to play for the Stanley Cup

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Former Boston Bruin Bobby Orr At Final Boston Garden Event
Number 4 Bobby Orr greets Number 24 Don Cherry
Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Keep Calm and Bergeron.

  • Has yet another knee procedure (his third) drawn the curtain on Kevan Miller’s time as a Bruin? 985 The Sports Hub
  • Elaborating on the above, at least Miller did manage to take to the woods with (fellow lifestyle mogul) Brad Marchand. Providence Journal
  • Hello, goodbye- Nick Ritchie barely had time to unpack before the league shut down. At least he has brother Brett Ritchie and his once again teammate Ondrej Kase with whom to commiserate. Providence Journal
  • The COVID-19 situation has really thrown a wrench into the ability of teams to evaluate and assess prospective draftees. Boston Herald
  • The Bruins have been a team with a lot of depth at the center position, and any time now they will need to go to the well. Last Word on Hockey
  • Pull up your armchair and reassess the best and worst of Don Sweeney’s trades. HockeyBuzz
  • Then remember May 15, 1967 and be glad. It was a red letter day for Boston. Scouting Post
  • Kirk Luedeke assessed the Bruins’ fifth round pick from last year, Roman Bychkov. Scouting Post
  • Lend your ears to Mark Allred and his guest Dominic Tiano along with a special guest fan whom you may remember for having chirped Brad Marchand from her hospital bed. (Audio, 1:55:04) CLNS
  • Okay, it was technically an anniversary yesterday, but still worth celebrating. The Bruins laid quota on the Lightning in the the 2011 Eastern Conference Final. Bonus- enjoy Dafoomie highlights from the game. Yahoo Sports

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: Jarome Iginla really, REALLY likes living in the Hub, especially now that he has three kids to shuttle around to hockey practices. Boston Globe
  • Bobby Orr cities, Don Cherry teams- the NHL is apparently narrowing their sights on 4 locations and 24 teams to compete for the Stanley Cup. MassLive
  • Which NHL teams might receive a boost from this proposed format? The Score
  • Would the proposed format leave a taint on the Cup? Just look at prior years’ arbitrary brackets to dispel any notion of NHL fairness in playoff structure. NYPost
  • NHL players have left payroll money on the table this season for now- here’s why. The Hockey News
  • Je me souviens- the Quebec Nordiques’ last blast, remembered. (With video) Sportsnet
  • 31 teams, 31 moments seared into their fans’ minds. So many involve the Bruins! ESPN
  • Look back at goalies taken in the NHL draft- the crystal ball ain’t so crystal clear. ESPN
  • The CHL has reached a settlement with players over minimum wage issues. The Hockey News
  • Hockey is what has boosted one fan through the tough times. The Hockey Writers
  • Get in line! Paul Stewart confesses that he could have been a linesman. HockeyBuzz
  • What if? Imagine playing baseball on a field of ice! Over the Monster
  • Take a peek behind the curtain at video production for an appreciation of the components thet comprise on-screen entertainment at Little Caesars Arena. (Video, 7:13) Vimeo