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News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links around the NHL - June 27th, 2013

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Dave Sandford

Once again, hockey players are incredibly tough.

Patrice Bergeron has a punctured lung and is at a Boston-area hospital for observation.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien addressed Bergeron’s status Wednesday, the same day they held exit interviews with the players.The Bruins forward was admitted Monday night, after Boston lost to Chicago, 3-2, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden — a defeat which ended the season.

“He played through all of this, and he was a warrior,” Chiarelli said. “I can’t say enough about his performance and what he did while being injured.”

The Globe and Mail has short profiles on the expected Top Ten for the 2013 NHL Draft.

On the NHL draft radar for years in part because he hails from Sidney Crosby’s hometown of Cole Harbour, N.S., MacKinnon is one of the youngest players available given he doesn’t even turn 18 until September. In addition to his offensive gifts, he brings a fierceness to his game that scouts love. His stock jumped even higher with a tour de force performance at the Memorial Cup, where he led the tournament with seven goals and 13 points in four games. “He’s a game-breaking type of talent,” Kealty said.

McKeen’s says: “Highly-competitive, tireless worker with a natural internal drive that compels him to operate at a frenetic pace.”

An ex-Avalanche player just got signed to a deal.

The St. Louis Blues locked up a key piece of their blue-line on Wednesday, re-signing defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk to a new four-year deal that runs through 2016-17.

The team made the announcement on its official website, and while no financial terms were revealed, reports have suggested it could be worth $17 million US. The 24-year-old would have become a restricted free agent on July 5.