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Happy Boston Bruins season opener Eve!

The Bruins took care of some business before their season opener Saturday night and locked up defenseman Charlie McAvoy to an eight-year, $76 million contract Friday.

Who will get the nod between the pipes when the Boston Bruins host the Dallas Stars Saturday night at TD Garden?

Have we mentioned, Brad Marchand is simply a beauty?

That and more in the latest Boston Hockey Now Puck Links:

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On Wednesday, I tweeted this after Boston Bruins President Cam Neely hinted that a new contract extension for Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy was close, but GM Don Sweeney stressed: “nothing is imminent”.

After numerous discussions with an NHL executive, I leaned more towards the Sweeney assessment here, but stuck with my prediction on the money and term, and on Friday, The Boston Bruins locked up their top d-man for eight years with a $9.5 cap hit. (BHN)

If you’ve been paying attention to the Boston Bruins in the preseason and training camp, it should come as no surprise that the rookie goalie Jeremy Swayman, and not recently signed Linus Ullmark, will get the starting nod Saturday. (BHN)

No matter where he is, Boston Bruins superstar Brad Marchand is a chirping beauty!

 

 

Let us echo the Boston Bruins and wish one of the greatest pioneers in the history of sports, Willie O’Ree, a very happy birthday and many more!

 

 

National Hockey Now

Just a fun and informative interview of NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly by our man in VAN, Rob Simpson. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

Our main man in Steel Town, Dan Kingerski, says ‘Good Riddance!’ to the Penguins bandwagon fans from the last decade! (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The New York Islanders were a discombobulate mess in the defensive zone in their season-opening 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday. (NYI Hockey Now)

The Washington Capitals youth movement continued to shine in their season-opening win over the New York Rangers on Wednesday. (Washington Hockey Now)

Is Anton Lundell the real deal? (Florida Hockey Now)

OK, so let me get this straight: A league that says it’s trying to rid itself of dangerous and reckless plays like the hit Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mathieu Joseph’s hit on Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin suspends the victim? OK. Yeah. Larkin got a one-game suspension Friday for sucker-punching Joseph after this coward hit on the Wings captain. 

 

 

Here’s the DHN newser on the suspension. Shame on the NHL Department of Player Safety! (Detroit Hockey Now)

 

 

What was it like to be at the first Colorado Avalanche home game with full capacity since March 2020? (Colorado Hockey Now)

Newsflash: Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar has still got game! (Vegas Hockey Now)

Former UMass star Mario Ferraro is now an alternate captain for the San Jose Sharks. (San Jose Hockey Now)

After a solid training camp, Flames fan-favorite Oliver Kylington is still scrapping for a spot in the lineup. (Calgary Hockey Now)

It’s good to be a young stud player in the NHL these days. (Toronto Hockey Now)

Many have predicted a tough season for the Montreal Canadiens but what was that performance against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday? Yikes! (Montreal Hockey Now)

NHL

So how did the long-awaited Brady Tkachuk extension finally come together? (TSN)

Will Jack Eichel get traded in fantasy hockey before he does in reality? (Sportsnet)

Murph’s Track Of The Day

In honor of the season opener for the Bruins and Game 1 of the ALCS:

 

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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Rick W Murray

Charlie got far too much, greedy Patrice Brad and Pasty better players and they don’t make that much. All I gotta say is Chuck better deliver and deliver big time. Please no more Karson Kuhlman and Anton Blidh

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