Seidenberg rested and ready after overdue return to Germany

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Seidenberg rested and ready after overdue return to Germany

The closest Dennis Seidenberg had ever come to playing with his brother, Yannick, previously was when the younger Seidenberg sibling traveled to Boston for the Stanley Cup Finals against the Canucks.

It was a great couple of weeks for us, obviously, said Seidenberg, who arrived in Boston from Europe on Monday. He felt like he had won the Cup by the end of it.

But the two Seidenberg brothers finally got their wish to play together when older brother Dennis signed on to play with the Mannheim Eagles in Germany during the four month NHL lockout. The Bruins defenseman hadnt even been back on German soil in seven years after bursting onto the NHL scene and marrying an American woman. So it was easy to acknowledge that it was nice for Seidenberg to finally be home, and the 31-year-old managed to put up 20 points (2 goals, 18 assists) in 26 games for Mannheim.

It was nice playing with him and it lasted a few months longer than I expected, said Seidenberg. It was a good time and a good experience being on the same team with him. Just being home again was great. I hadnt been home in seven years. I got to hang out with people that I never really see any more, and I got to play for the team that got it all started for me.

But it was also bittersweet given the circumstances that kept him away from his regular gig guarding the Bruins net like a finely built German tank and lugging pucks straight up the ice.

Staying busy, skating in organized practices and keeping in game shape are things I enjoyed and Im certainly grateful for, said Seidenberg, who will once again play a big-minute role along the blue line for the Bruins this season. But now its time to get back and Im so excited to be back and ready to play.

Given the injury to Adam McQuaid that may delay his start to the season and an expected slow orientation process for rookie Dougie Hamilton if he makes the Bruins club, a good deal will be expected for Seidenberg along with Zdeno Chara. So its a good sign that he feels rested and ready to go, and even better that hes in midseason form with a scant week-long training camp beginning this weekend.

Reports: Patriots place Lewis, Vollmer on PUP, cut three others

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Reports: Patriots place Lewis, Vollmer on PUP, cut three others

The Patriots have placed offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer and running back Dion Lewis on the reserve-physically unable to perform list, according to multiple reports. 

They also cut Ramon Humber, Keavon Milton and Steven Scheu to get their roster down to the required 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday. 

The PUP designation for Vollmer - who has a hip injury that is expected to keep him out all season - and Lewis - who needs another surgical procedure on his knee - means they will have to miss at least the first six games and then can be eligible to return.

That’s doubtful in the case of Vollmer, who'll likely miss the season.

More to come. 

Veteran center Dominic Moore among Bruins signings

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Veteran center Dominic Moore among Bruins signings

The Bruins announced some organizational signings and one surprise dip into late summer free agency with a one-year, $900,000 contract for 36-year-old depth center Dominic Moore.

The B’s also announced one year, two-way contracts for forward Brian Ferlin, along with defensemen Chris Casto and Alex Grant, and all three of those players will serve as young, organizational depth players in Providence.

Moore has spent each of the last three seasons with the New York Rangers amid a career 765 NHL games played as a solid face-off and penalty-kill player that has fourth line candidate written all over him.

The Bruins will be former Harvard center Moore’s 10th NHL team. He’s coming off a season where he posted six goals and 15 points in 80 games for the Blueshirts, and has previously played for Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Toronto, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Tampa Bay and San Jose along with the Rangers.

While Moore is a solid candidate for fourth-line duty that will provide leadership, good face-off work, solid and gritty penalty-kill work and all kinds of NHL experience, he is also a 36-year-old on a team that has a ton of center candidates headed into camp. 

Moore’s presence could be problematic if he’s standing in the way of developing young centers Austin Czarnik and Noel Acciari. The expectation is that B’s coach Claude Julien, as he always has in the past with safe veterans like Chris Kelly, will go with a player like Moore over the youngsters if times start getting tough for the Black and Gold.

Ferlin, 24, completed his second professional season with the AHL's Providence Bruins in 2015-16, producing six goals and eight assists for 14 points with 27 penalty minutes and a plus-nine rating in 23 games. He was sidelined for much of last season in Providence by a concussion.

Casto, 24, completed his third full AHL season with Providence in 2015-16, establishing career highs with seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points with 47 penalty minutes in 68 games.

Grant, 27, spent the 2015-16 season with the Arizona Coyotes organization, splitting time between the Coyotes and their AHL affiliate in Springfield. He recorded seven penalty minutes in five games in the NHL, while compiling 11 goals and 31 assists for 42 points with 57 penalty minutes in 69 games in the AHL.  

 

 

Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays lineups: Pedroia returns, Pomeranz on mound

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays lineups: Pedroia returns, Pomeranz on mound

Dustin Pedroia returns to the lineup after missing two games to attend a family funeral as the Red Sox play the middle game of their three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Fenway Park.

Pedroia is back at second base, batting leadoff, as the Red Sox look to make it two in a row coming off a 9-4 victory on Monday night.

Brock Holt, who filled in a second in Pedroia’s absence, moves to left field and Bryan Holaday catches left-hander Drew Pomeranz (10-10, 2.95 ERA) for Boston. Pomeranz struck out a career-high 11 in his last start against the Rays, last Thursday in St. Petersburg. 

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (9-5, 3.53) starts for the Rays.

The lineups:

RAYS

Logan Forsythe 2B

Kevin Kiermaier CF

Evan Longoria 3B

Brad Miller 1B

Matt Duffy DH

Tim Beckham SS

Scott Souza Jr. RF

Corey Dickerson LF

Luke Maile C

Jake Odorizzi RHP

 

RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Xander Bogaerts SS

David Ortiz DH

Mookie Betts RF

Hanley Ramirez 1B

Travis Shaw 3B

Brock Holt LF

Bryan Holaday C

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Drew Pomeranz LHP