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Morning Skate: BU's Greenway makes history for Team USA

Morning Skate: BU's Greenway makes history for Team USA

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while getting ready for a whole barrage of Olympics coverage from South Korea after Friday night’s opening ceremonies.  

*Great piece by colleague Kwani Lunis on BU forward Jordan Greenway breaking the color barrier as the first African-American to play for Team USA men's hockey at the Winter Olympics.

*Just when you thought you might have read every last story documenting the Vegas Golden Knights unlikely success story, here comes another one.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz has 10 observations from around the San Jose Sharks including the even-strength offense being ice cold.

*Former Maple Leafs forward Dave “Tiger” Williams is in trouble as he faces charges of sexual assault after a military trip to Latvia.

*Hal Gill is officially a “Bag Chucker” while on the road as an analyst with the Nashville Predators, which is a clear indicator of his Massachusetts roots where road beers are given their proper place on the priority list.

*The Chicago Blackhawks are going to be quiet at the trade deadline, which is a sad state for a Hawks team that appears its going to be far out of the playoffs.

*For something completely different: It’s the end of an era for L.L. Bean, who will no longer offer lifetime guarantees for their products, and will only accept returns within a year of purchase.

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Zdeno Chara takes red carpet with Tom Brady at TB12 opening in Boston

Zdeno Chara takes red carpet with Tom Brady at TB12 opening in Boston

Zdeno Chara and Tom Brady are two 42-year-old Boston legends, and it's always great to see the duo hanging out together. 

The Boston Bruins captain joined the New England Patriots quarterback for his grand opening of The TB12 Performance and Recovery Center in Boston on Tuesday night. 

Check it out.

Much like Brady, Chara has a very strict diet and fitness regimen, so it's no surprise to see the B's captain supporting the opening of Brady's new facility.

Chara has been a staple in the Boston lineup since he joined the team in 2006-07, and has since led the team to a Stanley Cup title in 2011 and multiple Cup Finals appearances. Brady has won six Super Bowls while also leading his team to multiple championship games. The pair will be etched into Boston sports history forever for their very long, successful careers. 

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Don Sweeney says Brandon Carlo is 'really important' to Bruins' success

Don Sweeney says Brandon Carlo is 'really important' to Bruins' success

Brandon Carlo is a huge part of the Boston Bruins' success, and general manager Don Sweeney couldn't express that enough Tuesday.

Carlo signed a two-year contract with the Bruins on Tuesday morning worth $2.85 million per season and Sweeney said he couldn't have been happier. 

"It's a really, really important day for us. [Brandon is a] big, big part of our club," said Sweeney according to BostonBruins.com's Eric Russo. "As I referenced with Charlie the other day, really important [pieces] of what we accomplished last year, what we hope to accomplish this year, and many, many years going forward."

He added: "Brandon is going to be a part of the Boston Bruins and I indicated that while we were going through negotiations, to him and to everybody else. I'm very excited to have him back in the fold."

At just 22, Carlo is maturing into one of the best young defensive-defensemen in the NHL, and naturally, Sweeney recognizes that. 

"I said this to Brandon this morning - from a leadership standpoint, he's able to now feel comfortable in his own skin to take the next young player and realize this is how we do things," said Sweeney. "And I think he wants that. So, for me, I don't think you can put a ceiling on what he's capable of doing."

Carlo has managed to flourish paired alongside Torey Krug and develop specific skills in order to benefit the Bruins.

"But he also has to live to his own ideals of what he does really well," Sweeney said. "And obviously, shutting down and taking responsibility to end games, to close out games, to protect teammates, to block shots, to do the things that other players might not be willing to do, he does really well."

Carlo will have a lot more responsibility on his shoulders come the start of the regular season, but he should be able to handle it just fine as he's improved each season since joining Boston in 2016.

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