Report: Thornton, Campbell to play in charity game

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Report: Thornton, Campbell to play in charity game

Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell were among a handful of Bruins players still skating locally and attempting to keep in shape while waiting for a breakthrough in the NHL lockout. The two Bs fourth liners will get into a little game action soon, however, as both Thornton and Campbell have signed on to play in a Champs for Charity hockey game organized by Adam Burish, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Thornton was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization before breaking into the NHL as an enforcer with the Anaheim Ducks, and has always held a special fondness for the Windy City. So theres no surprise that Thornton would sign on for a charity hockey game that includes former Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo, Nicklas Backstrom, Daniel Carcillo and Jamal Myers according to CSNChicago.com Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers.

The two teams will be coached by Chicago Cubs hurler Ryan Dempster and blonde bombshell Jenny McCarthy.

The former Blackhawks forward put together the idea for a charity hockey game in Chicago where he won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010, and got most of the 2010 Blackhawks along with other players around the league to participate in the event. Notable players from around the league playing in the Oct. 26 charity game include Bobby Ryan, Ryan Suter and Jack Johnson. The game will take place on Oct. 26 at AllState Arena and the proceeds from the game will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.

Thornton, Campbell, Johnny Boychuk, Daniel Paille and Milan Lucic are among the handful of Bs skaters still holding daily workout sessions at Boston rinks as players like Nathan Horton and Chris Kelly work out with groups in their respective homes of Florida and Ontario.

Tanguay: Celtics should roll the dice on Dragan Bender

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Tanguay: Celtics should roll the dice on Dragan Bender

Danny Ainge recently hinted on Toucher & Rich that the Celtics were interested in drafting Dragan Bender.

And they need to do exactly that. 

No, I'm not crazy. Neither is Danny.

Drafting Bender is the Celtics' best option. As Ainge pointed out, his job is to make the move that's best for the team. Not just for the short term, but for the long haul.

Now, I can't say I've been to Croatia to work out Bender. Like many of you, I 've only seen him via the Internet.

It is easy to look at him and think he’s a project. That’s because he is. He’s 18 and, even though he's 7 feet tall, he only weighs about 220 soaking wet. He's a kid, too skinny at the moment for the NBA, and would no doubt get killed if you put in the post today.

And, like I said, I'm not crazy. I'm not committed to Bender. If  Sacramento calls and offers Boogie Cousins for any combination of picks the Celtics have, the deal should be made immediately. To a degree, I feel the same way about Jimmy Butler. However, the consensus is those two players aren't going anywhere. (And even if they are available, suppose the Lakers decide to dangle the No. 2 pick for either of them? That would make a trade nearly impossible for Boston.)

But if the Celtics keep the third pick -- and he isn't taken by either Philly or L.A. (highly unlikely) -- Dragen Bender should be Ainge's choice. And it will be the right move.

Let’s break it down.

There's just no one else in this draft with Bender's upside. Buddy Hield is a 22-year-old shooting guard who completely disappeared in the NCAA championship game. He has a shot to be a very good NBA player, but he won’t transform the organization. Neither would Jamal Murray from Kentucky. Nor Kris Dunn from Providence.

The risk for Bender is HUGE. The reward is even HUGER. Ah, that’s not a word, right? Well then, BIGGER THAN HUGE! Or HUGEST!

Bender could be that guy.

And, I also admit, he also wind up playing in Europe or Israel.

Still, Danny has to roll the dice on this guy.

Bender can handle the ball, block shots, shoot the 3, and -- like all European players -- is fundamentally sound. The issue for this kid is toughness in the low post and getting stronger. I put my money on Celtics strength and conditioning coach Bryan Doo to get him ready for NBA life.

And I'm not one those boneheads who are pushing for Bender because Kristaps Porzingis has worked out for the Knicks. One has nothing to do with the other. For every Porzingis there's at least one Stojko Vrankovic. Or Darko Milicic.

Take Bender, Danny. In two years this guy may have gained 15 to 20 pounds of muscle, learned the rigors on and off the court of the NBA, and look like the next Porzingis, Or Dirk Nowitzki or Porzingis. Then use the other two Brooklyn first-round picks, and the Celtics could be back on their way to greatness.

But if you play it safe, Danny, and don't take Bender, the Green will simply be stuck in the mud of mediocrity.