All-Star selection 'a dream come true' for Seguin

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All-Star selection 'a dream come true' for Seguin

BOSTON -- Zdeno Chara is an old hand at this NHL All-Star Game thing. But this year, he'll get to experience ofwatchingit allthrough the eyes of a 19-year-old prodigy: Tyler Seguin. Seguin, Chara and Tim Thomas were the three B's players chose to represent Boston at the NHL All-Star game in Ottawa at the end of January.

I think its a great thing for him, obviously," said Chara, a five-time All-Star, of Seguin. "Its an honor for him and for anybody who is selected. Im sure its going to be a good experience for him to see all these players.

There are a lot of top players from different teams in the league that all get together. Hopefully hell learn from them and carry it with him. Hes come a long way from last year.

The All-Star weekend activities will take place in Ottawa two weeks from today at Scotiabank Place, and start again withthe much-ballyhooed player draft that opened last year's festivities. Seguin took part in the rookie competition at last year's All-Star weekend in Carolina, but participating in the game itself this seasonis a whole different thing. It's a mark that Seguin has truly arrived in his second NHL season.

I was very surprised, obviously its a dream come true," said Seguin. "Last year I went as a rookie player and I got to see a little bit. But obviously I wasnt one of the All-Stars. I was just fortunate enough to be one of the rookies and meet those guys last year.

"Many of the All-Stars were my idols growing up. So you know . . . going as one of them is going to be a great experience.

Seguin leads the Bruins in scoring with 17 goals and 38 points and leads the entire NHL with a plus-33. He's sorry, however, that Patrice Bergeron was left off the team as one of the most surprising snubs of the selection process.

I was really surprised at that. I give him so much credit for my success," said Seguin. "Not only for how he plays and how many opportunities he gives me but, you know, just being the guy that I can really follow . . . not only on the ice but off the ice. I give him upmost credit.

Bergeron wasnt available for commentafter the Bruins' 2-1 victory over the Canadiens Thursday night at TD Garden. Perhaps thats a good thing if the classy,young center was disappointed by the All-Star Game snub.

He was only 5-for-15 on faceoffs and missed a wide open net on a 2-on-1 in the second period of the Bs victory. He didnt appear to be himself for the 15-plus minutes he was on the ice, and may have been expecting he'd get the call from the NHL this time around. InsteadBergeron willsimply have to go on as the most criminally underrated player currently skating in the NHL.

Grousbeck: Celtics want Thomas longterm, but would draft a point guard

Grousbeck: Celtics want Thomas longterm, but would draft a point guard

The Celtics didn’t know when they traded a late first-round pick and Marcus Thornton for Isaiah Thomas that they were getting their next star player, but that 2015 trade deadline move has proven to be a pleasant surprise. 

Appearing on Felger and Mazz Friday, Celtics CEO and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said that he sees Thomas, who will be a free agent after next season, in the team’s longterm plans. 

“Every one of these seasons is different. It’s like a movie and you have a cast of characters and the cast changes a little bit every season,” Grousbeck said. “We’d love to have Isaiah here for a long, long time. He’s a phenomenal player and he loves being here.” 

The Celtics stand a strong chance of picking first overall in June’s draft since they own Brooklyn’s first-round pick. Asked whether Thomas’ status would prevent the team from taking a point guard (which the draft’s two prospects play), Grousbeck said the team doesn’t need to decide that now, but suggested it wouldn’t.

“Especially if it’s a very high pick in the draft, you’ve got to draft the best player,” Grousbeck said. “You probably wouldn’t draft for fit as much as just you see if there’s a transformational player that you can have for 10 or 15 years there. If you see a guy like that, you’ve got to make everything else work, I would think.” 

It's official: Patriots nab third-round compensatory pick in Collins trade

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It's official: Patriots nab third-round compensatory pick in Collins trade

The Patriots received a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 from the Browns in return for Jamie Collins. That's how the trade was described on the league's transaction wire. 

The "condition" of that fourth-rounder? Well, if the Browns received a third-round compensatory pick in 2017, the Patriots would nab that pick instead. 

On Friday, the NFL announced that the Browns had in fact been awarded a third-round compensatory pick, which meant that almost three full weeks after Super Bowl LI, everything was still coming up Patriots.

In actuality, the odds were pretty good all along that the Patriots would get what they got

Cleveland lost Pro Bowl center Alex Mack in free agency last offseason when he opted to sign with the Falcons. Because compensatory picks are based on free agents lost and free agents acquired, and because the Browns did not sign any similarly-impactful free agents, there was a good chance Mack's departure would render a third-round comp pick that would be shipped to New England.

Had Mack suffered a significant injury that forced his play to drop off or limited his time on the field, a third-rounder may have been out of the question, but he played well (named a Pro Bowler and a Second Team All-Pro) and stayed healthy -- lucky for the Patriots -- missing just 17 total snaps in the regular season. 

The Browns comp pick that will be sent to New England is No. 103 overall. The Patriots were also awarded a fifth-round comp pick, No. 185 overall. That was a result of the league weighing the departures of Akiem Hicks and Tavon Wilson against the arrival of Shea McClellin.

The Patriots now have nine selections in this year's draft: One first-rounder; one second-rounder; two third-rounders; one fourth-rounder*; two fifth-rounders; two seventh-rounders.

* The Patriots forfeited their highest fourth-round selection in this year's draft as part of their Deflategate punishment. They acquired a fourth-round pick from the Seahawks last year. Because that would have been the higher of their two selections, that's the one they'll lose. They will make their own fourth-round pick at No. 137 overall.