Chiarelli: No phone calls to players in 48-hour window


Chiarelli: No phone calls to players in 48-hour window

NHL owners, general managers and team executives were given permission last week to contact players during a 48-hour window and make themselves available to answer questions about the leagues latest CBA offer.
It was an unorthodox move by the league given the wall of silence thats been erected between NHL players and ownersteam personnel since the Sept. 15 lockout was instituted and one that wasnt without controversy.
The development chafed at the NHLPA membership due largely to the secretive nature of the move amid some contentious collective bargaining between the two sides, and had some players complaining the under-the-radar gesture flies in the face of good-faith bargaining.
All that being said, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli relayed to on Wednesday night -- during a surprise visit to a Mens Hockey League at Hockey Town in Saugus -- that he didnt hold any conversations with his players during the 48-hour window of open discussion.
Chiarelli said he didnt hear from any Bruins players with questions about the owners 5050 offer from last week, and the Bs general manager didnt reach out via phone call or email to any of his players scattered around the hockey globe.
There were, however, unconfirmed reports that phone calls to Bruins players were one of the discussion topics during an NHLPA conference call last weekend. It was expected that the hawk owners most responsible for the lockout would be the most aggressive in reaching out to their respective players. Bs President Cam Neely responded with a no comment on Tuesday when asked if hed made phone calls to Bruins players during the 48-hour amnesty period.
Both the NHL and NHLPA are facing a league-imposed deadline of Thursday to get a deal completed that would allow for an 82-game season to begin on Nov. 2, and the 48-hour window was another troublesome roadblock tossed between the two sides last week.

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

BOSTON – Prior to Saturday’s game, Terry Rozier talked to about the importance of staying ready always, because “you never know when your name or number is going to be called.”

Like when trailing by three points in the fourth quarter with less than 10 seconds to play?

Yes, Rozier was on the floor in that scenario and the second-year guard delivered when his team needed it.


But Rozier’s fourth quarter heroics which forced overtime against Portland, did not provide that much-needed jolt that Boston needed as the Blazers managed to fend off the Celtics in overtime, 127-123.

For Rozier’s part, he had 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting.

The 15 points scored for Rozier was the most for him since he tallied 16 in a 30-point Celtics win at Orlando on Dec. 7.

But more than the points, the decision by head coach Brad Stevens to draw up a play for him in that moment, a time when most of what Boston does revolves around the shooting of Isaiah Thomas who has been among the top-3 scorers in the fourth quarter most of this season, was surprising to many.

And at that point in the game, Thomas already had 13 fourth-quarter points.

Stevens confirmed after the game that the last shot in the fourth was indeed for Rozier, but Thomas’ presence on the floor was important to its execution.

“He (Thomas) also draws a lot of attention,” Stevens said. “So I think you just weigh kind of … what kind of shot you’re going to get, depending on who it is.”

Rozier had initially screened for Thomas, and Thomas came back and screened for him.

“I was open as soon as I caught … and I let it fly,” Rozier said. “Coach drew up a play for me and it felt good to see the ball go in.”

Being on the floor at that time, win or lose, was a victory of sorts for Rozier.

He has seen first-hand how quickly the tide can change in the NBA for a young player.

After a strong summer league showing and a solid training camp, Rozier had earned himself a firm spot in the team’s regular rotation.

But a series of not-so-great games coupled with Gerald Green’s breakout night on Christmas Day, led to his playing time since then becoming more sporadic.

Rozier, in an interview with, acknowledged it hasn’t been easy going from playing regular minutes to not being sure how much court time, if any, he would receive.

But he says the veterans on the team have been good about keeping his spirits up, and one in particular – Avery Bradley – has been especially helpful.

Like Rozier, Bradley’s first couple of years saw his playing time go from non-existent to inconsistent. But Bradley stayed the course and listened to the team’s veterans who continued to tell him that his hard work would pay off sooner or later.

Those same words of wisdom Bradley received in his early days, he passes on to Rozier.

“It’s big,” Rozier told “He (Bradley) tells me things like that. I felt I was ready for this (inconsistent minutes) after all that he told me. It’s big to have a guy like him that has been through it all with a championship team, been around this organization for a while; have him talk to you is big. It’s always good. That’s why I stay positive, and be ready.”

Which is part of the reason why Stevens didn’t hesitate to call up a play for the second-year guard despite him being a 33.3 percent shooter from 3-point range this season – that ranks eighth on this team, mind you.

“He’s a really good shooter,” Stevens said of Rozier. “I think with more opportunity that will show itself true, but he made some big ones in the fourth quarter. We went to him a few different times out of time-outs, and felt good about him making that one.”

And to know that Stevens will turn to him not just to spell Thomas or one of the team’s other guards, but to actually make a game-altering play in the final seconds … that’s major.

“It helps tremendously,” said Rozier who added that his confidence is through “the roof. It makes me want to do everything. You know defense, all of that. It’s great, especially to have a guy like Brad trust you."