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BHN Puck Links: Big Week For Boston Bruins’ Pastrnak

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It’s been quite an enjoyable ride over the last year for Boston Bruins sniper David Pastrnak, who was voted the Czech Republic’s Athlete of The Year 2020, marking the first time a Czech hockey player has garnered that honor since Jaromir Jagr nearly 20 years ago.

The 23-year-old right winger is in Boston currently rehabbing from hip surgery and making preparations for the 2021 NHL season, and is coming off a season where he led the league in goals and continued to carve out his role as NHL superstar. He also donated the brand-new 2021 Honda CRV Hybrid he won as the MVP of the 2020 NHL All-Star game to a frontline nurse on the COVID-19 unit at Tufts Medical Center, Kaitlin Hagstrom, so Pastrnak deserves to take a bow for a number of different reasons as the 2020 year is finally, mercifully coming to an end. Good job, Pasta.

So good work going out on a high note this year, Pasta, and let’s hope it’s a much better 2021 for everybody in Boston, and all over the world. Now on to the puck links:

*The Pittsburgh Penguins are going to add some muscle to their roster by giving tough guy Jordan Nolan a chance to win a spot in training camp. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

*It looks like the Boston Bruins are going to start the season in Philadelphia against the Flyers, according to a report from my partner-in-crime Jimmy Murphy. (Boston Hockey Now)

*Let’s take a look at the top-10 prospects from the World Junior tournament, even if the Boston Bruins don’t have any players on the list with Johnny Beecher on the sidelines after his positive COVID-19 test. (Bleacher Report)

*The NHL is going to be aggressive in attempting to add new revenue streams for this season, including the advertising on player helmets that we’re already seeing with teams like the New Jersey Devils. (Sportsnet)

*Speaking of NHL initiatives, thank goodness they have tweaked the offside role so that players don’t have to physically touch the blue line with their skate. This will save a lot of needless coach’s challenges next season.

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*The newfangled East Division is going to be very bad news for the Buffalo Sabres, according to FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Harrington. (Buffalo News)

*For something completely different: Wow, this Scooby Doo Christmas house in Connecticut sounds awesome. Very festive. Zoinks! (Hartford Courant)

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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