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Hockey links on a sunny mid-afternoon in FLA

02.20.09 at 12:58 pm ET

FT MYERS, Fla. — Greetings from mostly sunny Florida where I’ll be covering the two Bruins games over the weekend, and where I’ll be bringing you the early afternoon links. The Bruins really showed much of what they’ve been missing recently in the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night, and it will be pivotal that they continue those good habits against the Panthers on Saturday night and then the Tampa Bay Lightning in a rare pre-Academy Awards 5 p.m. at the St. Petersburg Times Forum on Sunday.

With that in mind here’s a few assorted hockey nuggets to keep you warm if you’re not in the welcoming Florida sun.

–The Flying Kostitsyn brothers are apparently running with the wrong crowd (Hells Angels!) in Montreal, yet another sign of the Centennial apocalypse for the Habs in a season that is quickly dropping them in the Eastern Conference standings. In some ways this proves there is hockey karma after the Montreal yahoos celebrated the top-seeded Habs beating the eighth-seeded Bruins in Game 7 last year by burning police cruisers and rioting in the streets. This could get really ugly for the Canadiens if the connection between several Russian players and the Montreal mob runs deeply.

Whispers are beginning to pick up that ESPN is looking to pick up the big ticket NHL hockey games on their TV schedule next season. This would a welcomed development on many fronts, including pouring much more money into the league’s coffers and making them a presence again on the Worldwide Leader — a station that’s relegated them to a priority spot securely behind the World Series of Poker and the WNBA. I say bring back the glowing puck as well.

This particular site also hints that the B’s might be moving closer to a much-discussed deal for Colorado defenseman Jordan Leopold.

This would be a great opportunity to once again tie something Bruins-related in with the Simpsons, but I’m going to refrain from doing it. What a sign of maturity for this particular hockey writer when it would have been so easy to take the easily-traveled low road.

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