Bruins extend Thornton for two more seasons

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Bruins extend Thornton for two more seasons

BOSTON -- The Bruins announced today that they've signed forward Shawn Thornton to a two-year extension through the 2013-14 season. General manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed to the media, prior to Monday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, that the deal will earn Thornton 1.1 million per season.

Chiarelli also explained why he'll be keeping Thornton around.

"Since we got Shawn, every year to me, he's improved as a player," said Chiarelli. "That and his conditioning has allowed him to be a good fourth-line player in this league, and then a good catalyst in his own way.

"You see some of the skill that he has, when he scores, when he makes some plays. But most importantly, you see the enthusiasm and the vigor that he brings to the rink every day. He's important for this team, and his character is important for this team.

"So, I'm happy to get him signed," added Chiarelli. "And I believe he just takes so much pride in his conditioning, and that's gotten better over the time that I've seen him. I think, without question, he'll be able to play well for two more years."

Chiarelli said that the Bruins liked Thornton's size when they acquired him following his 2006-07 championship season with the Anaheim Ducks. And while they value his ability to drop the gloves, the Bruins also value his offensive skill set.

"I think you have to define the role," said Chiarelli. "There's the role of someone who exclusively fights, and I don't put Shawn in that category.

"I think what Shawn has done, and it kind of started when he came here, was, he really took pride in his conditioning. And that's allowed him to maintain his skating, and it's allowed him to make plays. it gives him room to make plays. He recognizes that that's a valuable part of his game."

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Friday's practice participation/injury report for Monday night's Patriots-Ravens game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)

BALTIMORE RAVENS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Crockett Gilmore (thigh)
LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related)
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)
C Jeremy Zuttah (not injury related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
G Alex Lewis (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION
G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.