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The Boston Bruins are surprisingly still a top favorite to win the Stanley Cup. Could Tampa Bay be a ‘Modified’ Hub City whenever the NHL returns? Would it behoove the Toronto Maple Leafs to use a ‘2F3D’ this season? 

All that and more in a late but better than never Boston Hockey Now Puck Links!

In the theme of the famous Pogues ballad, Fairytale Of New York, if you bet the Boston Bruins to win the 2021 Stanley Cup, you can still get on on a lucky one and come in 14 to 1, and then say, ‘I’ve got a feeling, this year’s for me and you. Despite losing Torey Krug and a quiet offseason, the oddsmakers still consider the Bruins a Stanley Cup contender. (Boston Hockey Now). 

The NHL is mulling over an array of options and plans for the 2021 regular season and one of them is for NHL teams to play in modified bubbles and NHL Hub cities. NHL Bill Daly spoke to 

The Tampa Bay Times about that and Tampa being a city the league is strongly considering. (Tampa Bay Times)

With reasonably priced, puck-moving defensemen, is now the time for the Toronto Maple Leafs to switch to format using two forwards and three defensemen? (Toronto Star)

What will it take for NHL fans to feel and actually be safe attending NHL games again? Friend of BHN, Justin Bourne of Sportsnet, tries to figure that and plenty of other questions surrounding an NHL return. (Sportsnet)

What’s the greatest goal of the 21st Century so far? Sportsnet kicks off a field of 32 dandies for you to vote on with some absolute beauties from Jason Spezza (then with the Ottawa Senators) in 2015 and Evgeni Malkin. (Sportsnet)

Finally, for Murph’s Music Pick Of The Day, we go to the track President-Elect Joe Biden came into for his victory speech, ‘We Take Care Of Our Own’ by Bruce Springsteen. There’s no doubt that we are a divided country on so many topics right now but we all have a chance, a restart if you will, now, to unite and solve our problems together. Regardless of political affiliation, we must all take care of our own and each other!

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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