Bruins extend Julien; Trotz upset with Caps; Leiweke believes Raptors to pass Leafs in popularity (Puck Headlines)

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• I’d like to see his Holiness have a conversation with Milan Lucic. [Twitter]

• Bruins finally confirmed what’s been out there all weekend: head coach Claude Julien has signed a ‘multi-year’ extension. This is a good thing for the team. [Bruins Daily]

• Barry Trotz is not happy with his team: “I don’t know if it’s staying with the game plan or whatever, but you’re in a battle. You can’t just say, ‘Okay I’m going to stop battling.’ … Sometimes I get the feeling we want to play as hard as we just need to. That’s not how I operate …” [Washington Post]

• More on Trotz comments, and delving into if this semi-makeover by the Capitals is really going to work. [Japers’ Rink]

• MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke thinks the Raptors will overtake the Maple Leafs in popularity in 10 years. Yes, THE RAPTORS. Is he trying to get fired…again? [Puck Drunk Love]

• Stanley Cup final hero Alec Martinez has begun contract negotiations with the LA Kings. [Jewels From The Crown]

• Pledge some money to a good cause: #HockeyFightsDV [Hockey Wilderness]

• Incredible story about 19-year-old Carley Allison who sung the anthem for Hockey Fights Cancer night at the Air Canada Centre. Allison has a rare form of double lung cancer and had part of her trachea remove in an earlier bout with the disease. [Toronto Star]

• For all you huge Cal Clutterbuck fans out there, a deal you cannot pass up. A ‘game used worn’ laundry bag from the man himself or so the ad says. [Barry Melrose Rocks]

• A young man named Christopher is a goaltender for the Oakville Rangers. His last name? Vezina. Yes, THAT Vezina is in his family tree. Talk about pressure to live up to a name. [National Post]

• Father-son road trips for players are common amongst all NHL clubs. For the Flyers Nick Schultz, it’s difficult. He lost his father in 2008 to pneumonia. []

• The evolution of designs on goalie masks over the years, from just a piece of the uniform to artistic expression. [NHL]

• Revisiting everyone’s favorite ‘intent to blow [whistle]’ rule, and how it’s impacted the Lightning. [Tampa Tribune]

• “[Justin] Faulk and the Canes are joining the Polar Ice House in sponsoring two programs created to help grow youth hockey in North Carolina — Learn to Play, and First Goal.” [News Observer]

• Fantastic interview with Hilary Knight and delving into the issue of expanding women’s hockey. [The Pink Puck]

• An interview (translated from Russian) with Predators prospect Vladislav Kamenev. [The Hockey Writers]

• The Senators are showing interest in trading for Buffalo’s Chris Stewart. It needs to stop. [The 6th Sens]

• Fancy stats look at ‘Goaltender time per Corsi event’ in plain English. [Puckology]

• ‘Top 10 Surprising Stats’ for all the fantasy hockey (or numbers) fiends out there. [Dobber Hockey]

• Looking at the Isles, statistically speaking, after the first 11 games of the season. As the article indicates, DON’T PANIC, Islanders fans. [Islander Analytics]

• Reviewing some of the Canucks ‘replacements’ after big moves in the off-season. [PITB]

• Special deal being run by the Erie Otters: for $397 you can skate with Connor McDavid. Yep… [Buzzing the Net]

• Is Evgeni Nabokov The Answer Behind Ben Bishop? [Bolts By The Bay]

• Finally, a touching story delving into the super hero in Kings coach Darryl Sutter’s life and defining what true success means to him: