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Let’s be fair. The NHLPA’s Donald Fehr
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Keep Calm and Bergeron.

  • It isn’t a finalized deal, but the NHLPA has at least agreed to more negotiations to arrive at a playoff structure. Boston Globe
  • Anthony Travaglia ponders the nuances of the NHL/NHLPA proposed playoff structure as they affect Boston. HockeyBuzz
  • With the proposed payoff structure, the Bruins face an initial “round robin” structure- how do they stack up against those likely opponents? WEEI
  • Bob Beers dives further into the “round robin” concept- what will those initial Bruins victories or losses actually mean in the subsequent stages of the proposed structure (Video, 2:26) CBS Boston
  • For now, a June return to practice is in the Bruins’ sights. Boston Globe
  • The IIHF World Cup of Hockey final in 2016 was notable for the matchup of former Montreal teammates Jaroslav Halak for underdog Team Europe and Carey Price for powerhouse Team Canada. Sportsnet
  • Book it. Here’s why the Bruins will win the Stanely Cup in this odd year. Sports Illutrated
  • Take a look at the best of the best ever drafted by the Bruins, by position. Notably, many greats arrived pre-draft, were drafted by other teams, or were undrafted at all. The Hockey News
  • Kirk Luedeke continues his series on the 1990 Bruins team in the second half of the season... Part 2 Scouting Post ...and in the playoffs. Part 3 Scouting Post

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • If small, fast, and skilled is your hockey dream, the new “3ICE” three-on-three hockey league will be right up your alley. The Hockey News (An aside- how is this the first I’ve heard of this??!???)
  • One impediment to the NHL has been lifted, pro athletes will be cherry picked from the travel ban and allowed back into the USA. Reuters
  • NHL players will be giving up a great deal to continue the season- separation from family. Yahoo Sports
  • This year’s Stanley Cup playoff format was not unanimously accepted. Two teams voted against it, and they had their reasons. YardBarker
  • Heck, the new structure should just be the format going forward anyway! Raw Charge
  • According to NHL agents polled, there is hope that a (the scheduled?) 2022 lockout can be avoided at this point. Bonus- other poll results. NBC Sports
  • Look back at the Quebec Nordiques in this documentary, such a slice of the 1970’s! (Video, 27:10) National Film Board of Canada
  • WANT! How about this goalie totem? u/Jetrae55, via Reddit
  • Here’s a hello from NHL hockey. We all miss each other, and here are a few moments to enjoy as we anticipate seeing each other soon. (Video, 2:19) NHL