Wakeup Call: Is there a Bear market for Tebow?


Wakeup Call: Is there a Bear market for Tebow?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, January 17:

Forget about Michael Morse coming to the Red Sox; he's been traded to Seattle. (AP)

And forget about Aaron Cook returning to the Red Sox; he's signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies. (AP)

Now we know why the Giants didn't bring back Brian Wilson. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Just because you're building for the future doesn't mean you can't win now. Right, Theo? (CSN Chicago)

Because if you're the manager and general manager of a team that wins while building for the future, you might get a nice long contract extension . . . like Buck and The Duke. (CSN Baltimore)

Speaking of nice long contracts, how about five years and 55 milliion for Matt Harrison? (AP)

Derek Jeter, recuperating from the broken ankle he suffered in the ALDS, has been cleared to resume baseball activities. (AP)

A-Rod came through surgery fine. (AP)

Happy 20th season, Darren Oliver. (AP)

C'mon, Maryland. Storming the court because you beat a 14th-ranked team? Really? (CSN Baltimore)

The outmanned Kansas State women decided to try a unique strategy against No. 1 Baylor: Hoist up the 3s -- 44 of them, to be exact -- and see what happens. Didn't work, but at least their 90-69 loss was interesting. (AP)

How could questions not remain about the bizarre Manti Te'o tale? (NBC's College Football Talk)

USC turns into Spin City after reports surface of an "altercation" in the locker room following the Trojans' loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl. (College Football Talk)

Let Katharine Webb's 15 minutes of fame begin: She's been chosen to cover the Super Bowl for 'Inside Edition'. Here's hoping she sends a thank-you note to Brent Musburger . . . (NBC's Off The Bench)

The rats continue their leap off the sinking ship. (AP)

No surprise, then, that the sinking ship didn't turn up in the top four on the list of conferences generating the most revenue. (AP)

A scooter?? (AP)

Nice try, Lance, but nobody's buying when you're selling. (CSN Bay Area)

Jason Dufner watched how the Europeans picked their Ryder Cup captain and wondered: Why don't we do it like that? (AP)

What's all the fuss? Ilya Kovalchuk says he was contractually obligated to leave Russia and rejoin the Devils when the lockout ended. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Evgeni Malkin's back, too, and he's happy to be here. (AP)

Contract length was the hill the owners said they'd die on, and then the Devils marched right up that hill yesterday in handing Travis Zajac an eight-year deal. (AP)

Jarome Iginla returns to the ice after missing time because of a groin injury and promises he'll be ready for the Flames' opener on Saturday. (AP)

Not many hockey players would choose Phoenix over Toronto -- in terms of history and fan passion, if not climate -- but Mathew Lombardi is thrilled to be heading back to the Coyotes after a miserable season with the Maple Leafs. (AP)

'Melo goes all "Thank you, sir, may I have another?" with James Dolan. (AP)

If Kevin Durant wins the scoring title, he'll be the only 180 shooter in league history to do so. You'll have to click the link if you want to know more, because my head's kind of spinning trying to figure out a way to explain it. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Now here are some scoring statistics that a basketball Luddite like me understands. (AP)

Let's talk winning streaks: It's 13 straight at home for the Spurs . . . (AP)

. . . but the Nets' overall streak ends at seven, and the Nuggets' is snapped at six. (AP)

The Heat are in L.A. tonight, and Pau Gasol says he's playing. (AP)

It's back to the sidelines for the always injured Stephen Curry. (AP)

Well, well. Does Marc Trestman's hiring by the Bears open a new door for Tim Tebow? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Looks like it closed one for Rod Marinelli. (Pro Football Talk)

Chip Kelly arrives in Philadelphia talking about Santa Claus . . . and when it comes to Santa and Philly, you know what that means. (CSN Philly)

Coaches are famous for using any motivational tool they can think of, but Jim Harbaugh -- "Everything doesn't need a purpose" -- says he distributed the 49ers' high school photos and pre-college football rankings just for the fun of it. (CSN Bay Area)

Mike Smith says he expects the injured John Abraham to play Sunday. Of course, he also listed Abraham as having "limited participation" in the Falcons' practice session Wednesday when, in fact, Abraham didn't practice at all. (AP)

Seeing him get fired with a month to go in the season, and then watching the team that fired him advance to the conference finals (at least), apparently soured the Jets on Cam Cameron. (Pro Football Talk)

They're not sugar-coating anything in Pittsburgh, that's for sure. (AP)

Eli Manning's consolation for the Giants' late-season collapse: A trip to Hawaii. (AP)

You can build that massive new stadium if you want, Las Vegas, but the NFL's still not going to hold any events there. (Pro Football Talk)

Caroline Wozniacki -- you know, Rory McIlroy's girlfriend -- won her match in 106-degree heat at the Australian Open. (AP)

Venus Williams wins, but what a reward: A third-round meeting with Maria Sharapova. (AP)

Bruins recall Subban, Khudobin leaves practice early


Bruins recall Subban, Khudobin leaves practice early

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- The B’s goaltending carousel continued on Monday with young netminder Malcolm Subban getting recalled by the NHL club on emergency recall after Zane McIntyre was sent back down to the P-Bruins on Sunday. Subban started on the ice with the rest of the team at Monday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena along with Anton Khudobin, but the Russian backup goalie departed the ice early from Monday’s practice presumably with some kind of issue.

Subban has been pulled from two of his four starts for Providence this season, and the former first round pick is 0-3-1 with 4.50 goals against average and .846 save percentage after coming back from last season’s fractured larynx injury.

Tuukka Rask was once again absent from the practice ice, and hasn’t skated with the team since last playing in Thursday night’s win over the New Jersey Devils while clearly dealing with a lower body injury. So the Bruins ended Monday’s practice with only Subban between the pipes, and a swiss-cheese-like blue shooting tarp covering the other net for the B’s shooters.

With that in mind, here are the line combos and D-pairings for Monday’s practice with the Minnesota Wild coming to town on Tuesday:







Liles-C. Miller



Khudobin (left early) 

Haggerty: Carlo has been big answer to B's defensive questions


Haggerty: Carlo has been big answer to B's defensive questions

Things couldn’t have worked out any better for the Bruins to this point in the season when it comes to 19-year-old rookie defenseman Brandon Carlo.

While most of the other fellow rookies that debuted with Carlo a few weeks ago have been relegated to healthy scratch status or sent down to the AHL, the big, right shot defenseman continues to survive, and sometimes thrive, in a featured shutdown, top pair role with B’s captain Zdeno Chara.

Carlo’s ability to play both ends of the ice with strength, poise and intelligence for 21:59 of ice time per game is exactly what the Bruins needed headed into this season, and exactly what they didn’t get last season whether it was Kevan Miller, Colin Miller, Adam McQuaid or somebody else attempting to shut down top lines with Chara. The Bruins knew they had the need for a defenseman like Carlo, but really had no idea where that player was going to come from if they didn’t have a young player “pop” in training camp like Carlo did.

The teenaged D-man has clearly had a few rookie moments here or there through five games, so it hasn’t been 100 percent perfect by any means. But the 6-foot-5, 203-pound Carlo leads all rookies with a plus-7 rating in his five games while ranking top-10 in the NHL in the plus/minus category, he’s got a goal and two points in five games for perfectly acceptable production from a non-power play guy and he’s teamed with Chara to give the Bruins a D-men pairing they can rely on in all situations.

Those players are worth their weight in Black and Gold, and the rookie Carlo has been just that through the season’s first two weeks.  

“He’s a good man, and obviously is making a lot of good impressions,” said Chara. “My job is to do whatever I’m used to doing, and to make sure I can help him as much as I can. [The goal] is for us to compensate for each other and to work well together.”

Mission accomplished after five games with both Carlo and Chara among the most effective players on the Bruins roster thus far. With fewer than 20 games of pro hockey experience under his belt between last season and this year, Carlo has already earned the trust from Claude Julien to be on the ice protecting one goal leads in the final minute of regulation.

“He’s given me no reason to not want to put him out there. He’s got a great stick, great composure and he blocks shots. He does the right things. To me right now he’s not playing like a first year player, he’s playing like a player that’s been in the league for quite a while,” said Julien. “He’s very comfortable and confident, and he makes the plays out there that he needs to make.

“Like I said, he’s impressed the heck out of us with the way he’s so calm. A young player like that you would expect to be more nervous, but he’s shown us he’s the total opposite.”

That’s a rarity for any rookie player with the Bruins, and almost unheard of for a player as young and inexperienced as Carlo. But it’s always based on merit with Julien and his B’s coaching staff, and Carlo has earned all the trust and responsibility in the early going by rarely making a negative play on the ice that ends up hurting the team.

The win over the New Jersey Devils is a great example of Carlo’s resilience and confidence. He was on the ice for a goal against earlier in the game when a Kyle Palmieri point blast got through him, bounced off his skate and beat Tuukka Rask on a deflected puck that initially looked like it was going wide of the net. In the final minutes of the game with the Bruins guarding a slim one-goal lead, Carlo was on the ice protecting that slim lead with the Devils making a push. It was the same exact play facing Carlo, and this time he found a way to block Palmieri’s point blast and make certain the Bruins banked the two points with a regulation win.

Carlo certainly appreciated the second chance to make the good shutdown defensive play, and strives to show consistency as a rookie where peaks and valleys to his play will be expected.

“I feel like I kind of revived myself there with that big block,” said Carlo, who got immediate attaboys from Tuukka Rask one the puck was frozen after making the play. “It felt really good to contribute in that way at the end of the game. I feel like me being out there has a lot to do with being Zdeno’s partner and the coaching staff wanting him out there, but I love the adrenaline rush and the competition with the game on the line. It’s a great feeling.”

Quite simply the Bruins really can’t afford those peaks and valleys, fair or unfair, and the 19-year-old former second round pick seems to understand that. Instead they need Carlo to perfectly compliment 39-year-old Zdeno Chara as he’s done through five games and vice-versa with the B’s captain off to his best start in the last few years while not having to worry so much about what’s happening on his right side.

“I think I can definitely stand up and hold my own out there, but I’ve also got Zee [Chara] standing next to me and that makes me feel very protected,” said Carlo. “It’s been fantastic. Each game I think we build a little more chemistry and move the puck better, and we talk every single shift and on the ice so much.

“We’re getting really comfortable with each other’s playing styles, and I think we’re getting really comfortable out there. I’ve enjoyed the experience, and learning a great deal from his experience as well. I’m just starting to figure out that I can do this well, and now I’m just trying to stay consistent playing the way that I have been. Part of being a pro is being able to do it night in and night out. Going through the WHL I feel like I have a bit of a hand up on that because we played a 72-game schedule, so I’m used to playing three times a week. It’s a nice thing to have under my belt, but it’s just about trying to stay consistent here. I’m just going to work my hardest every night, and I’ve got plenty of time each day to get my body prepared to play.”

Carlo makes the second, game-securing play because there’s a mental and physical toughness to his game, and there is a very high learning curve for the youngster after tossed into a difficult position as a shutdown NHL D-man out of necessity. The Bruins probably should have been in big, big trouble along their back end again this season after failing to close a deal for Kevin Shattenkirk over the summer, and going into this season without upgrading whether it’s Jacob Trouba, Cam Fowler or some other young, puck-moving top-4 defenseman-type potentially available on the market.

They probably still need one of those established veteran players to truly upgrade their blue line into an area of strength rather than an area of question, but Carlo has minimized some of that dire need with his impressive first couple of weeks. The Bruins hope Carlo continues to become their version of similarly-sized St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko, a third round pick that rapidly emerged on the Blues scene a couple of years ago with an impressive rookie season at 22 years old.

Carlo is three years younger than Parayko, so a virtuoso rookie season from the Bruins D-man would perhaps be even more impressive if he can maintain his current level of play all season.

The only way Carlo can do that is by going out and continuing to perform with his simple, strong and effective defenseman play as the opponents get better, and more offensively dangerous. The challenges will be steeper for Carlo as the Bruins step into a more challenging portion of the schedule. The B’s clearly believe Carlo is up to the task given his early play, and Boston’s potential to be an improved hockey club this season may ride heavily on whether the 19-year-old can keep it going.