No Bruins present at Wednesday NHL, NHLPA meetings

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No Bruins present at Wednesday NHL, NHLPA meetings

So far its not a complete and utter disaster, and thatregisters as good news in the bad news factory known as the NHL lockout.

The NHLPA and NHL met for roughly 90 minutes at the NHLoffices in New York City on Wednesday morning with the players making a fullproposal to Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and a collection of NHL owners. The twosides will meet again in the NHL offices following a break for lunch. Therewere nine players in attendance for the negotiating session along with Donaldand Steve Fehr leading the NHLPA staff.

Fehr, the NHLPA Executive Director, told reporters their latest offer is about as good aswe can do and said the two sides are about 182million apart over the course of a five-year deal. The players have also agreed to a strict percentage base for their Hockey Related Revenue (HRR) share, a move the league was demanding as part of the negotiations. That leaves room for some optimism even if there isn't expected to be a full agreement on this day. There were no Boston Bruinsplayers in attendance among the player contingent on Wednesday afternoon, justas there werent any Bs at the proceedings earlier this week.

According to the NHL, the players in attendance for Wednesdaysmeetings include: Adam Burish, Chris Campoli, Dan Cleary, Mathieu Darche, RonHainsey, Shawn Horcoff, Kevin Shattenkirk, Andy McDonald and Daniel Winnik.

The2012-13 regular season isnt lost if the two sides cant come to an agreementthis week, but the NHL is expected to officially cancel the NHL All-Star gameand at least two weeks worth of games if they hit another stalemate in CBAdiscussions.

Bradley (Achilles) 'felt good' during return to Celtics lineup

Bradley (Achilles) 'felt good' during return to Celtics lineup

WALTHAM, Mass. – As the final horn blew in Boston’s 108-98 win over Charlotte on Monday night, the game was a win-win kind of night for Avery Bradley.

The Celtics (26-15) continue rolling over opponents at the TD Garden, and he played a relatively pain-free 33 minutes in the win.

It was Bradley’s first game back after missing the previous four with a strained right Achilles injury.

And the fact that he was back on the practice floor on Tuesday (be it a light practice, mind you), bodes well for his injury being a thing of the past now.

“I felt good. It wasn’t sore at all in the game,” Bradley said. “I felt I was moving good. After the game I was a little sore and this morning, but otherwise I felt good.”

Despite Boston being 4-1 this season when Bradley doesn’t play, he has immense value to this Celtics team at both ends of the floor.

Offensively he has been Boston’s second-leading scorer most of this season and currently averages a career-high 17.7 points per game along with 6.9 rebounds which is also a career high.

And defensively, Bradley is coming off a season in which he was named to the NBA’s all-Defensive First Team for the first time.

Any questions or concerns about the Achilles affecting his play defensively were put to rest Monday night when he put the defensive clamps on Nicolas Batum who missed nine of his 11 shots from the field while primarily being guarded by Bradley.

Now his offense, that’s another story.

Bradley failed to reach double digits scoring for the first time this season as he missed seven of his nine shots on Monday to finish with just five points.

But part of that had to do with Bradley passing up shots he normally takes, as well as him missing some he normally knocks down.

Considering his lay-off and the rhythm his teammates have been in shooting the ball in his absence, Bradley wisely decided to get his defensive bearings on track and gradually bring his offensive game around. 

“I have to get my (shooting) rhythm back,” said Bradley who is making a career-best 40.9 percent of his 3-pointers this season. “I’m fine. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”

Whether Goodell visits Foxboro or not, Patriots players say they don't care

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Whether Goodell visits Foxboro or not, Patriots players say they don't care

FOXBORO -- Roger Goodell will reportedly be in Atlanta for the NFC Championship Game this weekend and therefore will miss the AFC title game between the Patriots and Steelers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. His absence will mean he hasn't been to a Patriots game in more than two years, when he was present for the AFC title game in 2015 -- the birth of Deflategate. 

It's news that broke on Tuesday and sent some Patriots fans into an uproar. Patriots players, though, sound like they're having a hard time caring one way or the other.

"He’s the commissioner, so obviously whatever he wants to do, he can do," Tom Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Monday. "If he wants to come, that would be -- yeah, he can come."

In the Patriots locker room on Tuesday, others struck a similar tone.

"I could not care less," said Patriots receiver Chris Hogan. "I'm focused on Pittsburgh and their defense and studying them as much as I can this week, watching them as much as I can so that I can go out there on Sunday and be prepared."

Special teams captain Matthew Slater was similarly disinterested in the discussion.

"The game's going to be played," he said. "Whoever's in attendance is in attendance. We'll just worry about trying to play well."