Bruins deliver toys to local hospitals


Bruins deliver toys to local hospitals

Members of the Bruins coaching staff and front office arecarrying on the tradition of Christmas toy donations to local hospitals despitethe NHL lockout thats wiped out the first three months of the season.

BruinsPresident Cam Neely, general manager Peter Chiarelli, head coach Claude Julienand Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque led a contingent of Bruinsorganization members to make toy deliveries to six local hospitals on Wednesdaymorning.

The toys were purchased last week at the Target in Woburn asthe part of the Boston Bruins Holiday Toy Delivery presented by AT&T andwill include groups visiting the following hospitals: Boston Children'sHospital, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, FranciscanHospital for Children, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Shriners Hospitalsfor Children - Boston, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

An estimated total amount of 22,500 was donated by theBoston Bruins Foundation,
Delaware North Companies and Garden Neighborhood Charities so the staff to shop for toys last week. The toys will be packed and delivered tothe hospitals courtesy of Gentle Giant Moving Company.

Bruins Hall of Famer Ray Bourque started the holiday toyshopping and delivery tradition in the early 1990s when he was captain of theBlack and Gold, and the event has continued through the years with Zdeno Charamost recently picking up the tradition over the last few years.

The hospital toy deliveries broke down as follows:

Boston Children's Hospital (300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA
02115) Staff & Media Participating: Head Coach Claude Julien, GeneralManager
Peter Chiarelli, Assistant Coach Geoff Ward, Equipment Manager Keith
Robinson, Assistant Equipment Manager Matt Falconer, Bruins alumnus and
NESN analyst Gord Kluzak, NESN anchor Adam Pellerin

Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center (755 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111) Staff Participating: Bruins President Cam Neely,Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney, Assistant Coach Doug Houda, Strength and Conditioning Coach John Whitesides

Franciscan Hospital for Children (30 Warren Street, Brighton, MA 02135) Staff Participating: Assistant General Manager Jim Benning, Assistant Coach Doug Jarvis, Bruins alumni Rick Middleton and Tommy Songin

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114) Staff & Media Participating: Bruins alumni Ray Bourque and Jay Miller, Bruins alumnus and current Executive Director of the Boston Bruins FoundationBob Sweeney, NESN reporter Naoko Funayama

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Boston (51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114) Staff & Media Participating: 98.5 The Sports Hubs Bob Beers andDave Goucher, Bruins Athletic Trainer Don DelNegro, Assistant Equipment Manager Jim Beets Johnson

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (125 Nashua Street, Boston, MA 02114) Staff & Media Participating: Bruins alumnus John Chief Bucyk, NHL Networks Kathryn Tappen, NESN personality Dale Arnold, Bruins Video Analyst Jeremy Rogalski

Patriots reportedly deal Derby to Broncos for fifth-round pick


Patriots reportedly deal Derby to Broncos for fifth-round pick

The Patriots pulled off a rare deal with a rival on Tuesday. 

According to ESPN, they've sent tight end AJ Derby to the Broncos in exchange for a fifth-round pick. 

Derby played in 33 offensive snaps over four games this season for the Patriots. A sixth-round draft choice in 2015 out of Arkansas, Derby spent most of his rookie season on injured reserve. 

One of the stars of the preseason for the Patriots, Derby caught 15 passes for 189 yards in four exhibition games. A former college quarterback for Iowa and Arkansas, Derby was named a practice player of the week by the Patriots when they were hurting for healthy signal-callers early in the season during Tom Brady's suspension.

The deal leaves the Patriots somewhat thin at the tight end position. They now have now true tight ends behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. They do, however, have fullback James Develin, who meets with tight ends on a daily basis. On the practice squad, the Patriots have another fullback in Glenn Gronkowski. 

In Denver, Derby will compete with tight ends Virgil Green, Jeff Heuerman and John Phillips for time.

Celtics to begin season with Marcus Smart on the shelf


Celtics to begin season with Marcus Smart on the shelf

WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Boston Celtics will be a bit shorthanded for the first few games of the season with Marcus Smart being out with a left ankle sprain injury.
The Celtics were holding out slim hope that it would heal in time for tomorrow’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Smart confirmed a report shortly after the injury on October 19 that it would likely be at least a couple weeks before he returned to action.
Following Tuesday’s practice, one in which Smart watched from the sidelines, he gave an update on his ankle injury which occurred in the Celtics’ last preseason game, a 121-96 loss to the New York Knicks.
“A couple weeks, that’s the projection (of a return) they gave me,” Smart said. “They want to make sure we can limit this from happening again.”
Smart said the two-week timetable began from the time of his injury, which means it’s likely that he will miss the Celtics’ first four games of the season.
That’s a much rosier timetable than the left ankle sprain injury Smart suffered as a rookie which kept him sidelined for several weeks afterwards.
“It shouldn’t be too long,” Smart said. “Better safe than sorry.”
His absence will certainly have an impact on a Celtics defense that ranked among the NBA’s best a year ago, and has only gotten stronger with the addition of Al Horford.
But the Celtics have been a "next man up" team for since Stevens has been the head coach. With Smart out, that’s not going to change.
“That’ll be a great opportunity for someone else to step up in his place,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.
Boston guard Isaiah Thomas echoed similar thoughts.
“When somebody’s hurt, the next man has to step up,” Thomas said. “Guys have to take advantage of these opportunities.”
And for Smart, it’ll mean displaying his leadership skills from the sideline.
He’s totally comfortable taking on that role right now.
For his teammates, it might take a little bit of getting used to. Smart has been very loquacious on the Celtics sideline since suffering the injury.
“These last four days, he has been yelling … I told him to shut up a few times,” quipped Isaiah Thomas. “That’s just him, especially when he’s not playing. He’s very vocal.”
Terry Rozier, the likely benefactor in terms of minutes played due to Smart’s injury, agreed.
“He’s been sitting right there in that seat,” said Rozier, adding, “and he hasn’t shut up yet. It’s good; you’re going to need a guy like that who is going to talk to you. It’s like a guy, he says things … it’s like he’s been in the league 10 years. He knows his stuff.”
Smart’s knowledge bank includes understanding that his current injury will probably happen again at some point. The key isn’t dealing with the injury, but how you move forward from it.
“This isn’t my first ankle sprain and I know it won’t be my last,” Smart said. “I just have to let it heal on its own and let your body do what it does.”