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Fresh Links: Settling In

The Bruins acclimate to the Toronto bubble and prepare for the long haul

Boston Bruins Practice
Tuukka Rask will wear a mask.
Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Now ensconced in the Toronto bubble, the Bruins prepare for an exhibition game against the Blue Jackets on Thursday at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • The Bruins missed their last regular season chance to face Columbus due to the COVID-19 shutdown. 985 The Sports Hub (Details of the exhibition schedule and assessments of the matchups here- NHL)
  • Afterward, the Bruins play the first of their round robin games on Sunday at 3:00PM against an old, familiar foe. Then again, these are not the Flyers you recall- and their bench boss has playoff history with Boston. Boston.com
  • David Pastrnak was allowed to travel, rejoining his team. There was less happy news of Nick Ritchie, Zdeno Chara, and Ondrej Kase. Providence Journal
  • Bubble life is not entirely bleak, now that teammates have been reunited. WEEI
  • The Things They Carried- Bruins packed along the various items they could not live without in quarantine. Boston Globe
  • Not all preparations involve things- Patrice Bergeron steels himself mentally. South Coast Today
  • Sassy David Pastrnak is sassy, and trolled Justin Bieber from the Maple Leafs’ own dressing room. @pastrnak96
  • Unexpected absences opened a slot for right-shot forward Jack Studnicka. HockeyBuzz

Bubbling up elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: Blake Wheeler has one instruction from his wife as he and the Jets depart for Edmonton. CBC
  • Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski get you up to speed as the NHL resumes. ESPN
  • Here is what to expect from the sight and sound of televised games. ESPN
  • Remember to root for these NHL long-timers who STILL have not hoisted the Stanley Cup. NBCSports
  • Mark your calendars for this week’s exhibition games NHL and the schedule of round robin and qualifying games. NHL
  • One burning question dogs each Eastern Conference Round Robin team. NBCSports
  • Kathryn Tappan joins her colleagues to preview the Eastern Conference teams. (Video, 43:49) NHL
  • 31 (soon to be 32?) Thoughts is up. John Chayka and the Coyotes have parted ways, and as for his replacement, Thought #2 includes a BURN. Thought #11 reminds us why the Bruins can be patient with David Pastrnak. Thought #12 is a silver lining to having no fans in the arenas this summer. Thoughts #22-27 illustrate the care put into branding the Seattle Kraken. Sportsnet
  • Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! The Kraken have already found a sponsor. CBS Sports
  • The other pro sports leagues could learn a thing or two- check out these testing results from the NHL. NHL That includes on-ice officials, BTW... @ReporterChris
  • Ordinary COVID-19 fearing Yanks are trying to slip through the closed Canadian border to safety by lying through the gaps in their teeth. NO, REALLY! The Beaverton