Bergeron 'close', could play vs. Bolts

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Bergeron 'close', could play vs. Bolts

TAMPA It looks like the sky isnt falling for the Boston Bruins after all.

After a few days with many around the Bs organization holding their collective breath, Patrice Bergeron was back out on the ice for Tuesday's morning skate at the Tampa Times Forum.

Many had anticipated the worst when No. 37 took a Matti Niskanen rocket off the left knee in the second period of Sundays loss to the Penguins. Bergeron failed to return to that days lineup despite repeated valiant attempts.

But Bergeron said he was hopeful that hell be able to play Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and he looked perfectly ready to play, centering Brad Marchand and Jordan Caron during line rushes at morning skate. Bruins coach Claude Julien wasnt ready to pronounce Bergeron in the lineup, but he indicated that hes in the mix as a game-time decision.

Thats good news for a Bruins team that needed to call up AHL insurance policy Trent Whitfield on Monday morning just in case Bergeron couldnt answer the bell, but once again the centers toughness is shining through.

"Bergie tried but he just couldnt (return Sunday,)" Julien said. "So there was a big question mark there. The fact that he was able to be there this morning and skate with us to show that hes close . . . that was refreshing.

Well see tonight. Today was the first day Bergeron and Adam McQuaid skated and went through things, so well see how they feel after getting through the warm-up. Well make the right decision at that point. We want to play with healthy players at this point. You dont want to play them at 70 percent and then lose them for another week or two. Well make sure decisions are right no matter what the situation is.

The betting here: McQuaid sits tonight given Bostons depth at defensemen and Bergeron plays. The real answers will arrive during the warm-up skate tonight in Tampa.

Celtic draftees make first foray into community with presentation to Ohrenberger School

Celtic draftees make first foray into community with presentation to Ohrenberger School

WEST ROXBURY, Mass.  -- It was the last day of school for some band students at Ohrenberger School, many of whom were packed inside the gym eagerly awaiting the four newest members of the Boston Celtics basketball family. 
 
As eager as the students were to finish off the school year, for the Celtics rookies Wednesday’s appearance to unveil the school’s revamped “Music Zone” was just the beginning of their time with the Celtics.
 
Getting into the community has become an annual rite of passage for incoming Celtic rookies, with Wednesday’s event being part of the seventh annual Players’ Choice Grant.
 
The four-pack of Celts was headlined by Jayson Tatum, who was selected by Boston with the third overall pick. Joining him were second-round picks Semi Ojeleye, Kadeem Allen and Jabari Bird.
 
“Working with the kids is always fun,” Tatum said. 
 
The charitable arm of the Celtics, the Shamrock Foundation, provided a $50,000 grant to a charity that was chosen by the players from the 2016-17 season.
 
Players were greeted by a gym full of middle schoolers who conducted a question-and-answer session with the players, with some students coming away with a basketball signed by all the players. 
 
“I really enjoyed getting to know the fans, the kids,” said Jabari Bird, who was drafted by the Celtics with the 57th overall pick out of Cal.
 
The “Music Zone” received 17 new MacBooks which contained musical software, with several instruments, a portable stage and additional furniture.

Report: Celtics expected to part ways with Kelly Olynyk

Report: Celtics expected to part ways with Kelly Olynyk

With the Celtics clearing the way to make a run at big names such as Paul George and Gordon Hayward, there will inevitably be salary-cap casualties.

But we'll always have Game 7 against the Wizards, Kelly Olynyk.

Olynyk, 26, averaged nine points and 4.8 rebounds last season, and will forever be remembered for his astonishing 10-for-14 shooting performance off the bench when he scored 26 points in the second-round series clincher over Washington at TD Garden.

After four seasons in Boston, the 7-footer and former first-round pick from Gonzaga is currently a restricted free agent and would surely turn down a Celtics' qualifying offer of a little more than $4 million. Until the C's renounce his rights, he counts for $7.7 million against the cap. 

That's money the Boston will need in its pursuit of George and Hayward. So, it's so long, Kelly O.