Marchand: 'Keeping my options open' for Europe

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Marchand: 'Keeping my options open' for Europe

Brad Marchand hasnt been as visible around Boston as some of his Bruins teammates during the NHL lockout, but the Bs agitator is around the city these days and not looking to go anywhere else soon. The rabble-rousing forward signed a four-year, 18 million deal with the Bs this summer, and told CSNNE.com that hes not thinking about fleeing to Europe unless things get extremely dire with the NHL season.

Guys like me and Gregory Campbell are built like Greek gods, so we dont really need to go anywhere else to play, said Marchand to CSNNE.com with a smirk. In a situation like this you explore every option and look for something thats right for you. When the right time comes heading to Europe could be in the cards, but Im not looking to go over there right at this point. But Im keeping my options open right now.

So mark Bostons resident honey badger among the list of players that will remain states-side unless the entire NHL regular season is cancelled in the next few months. The NHL and NHLPA are set to meet in Toronto this week, and its expected that another round of games will be cancelled this week if the two sides cant find a mutually beneficial agreement on collective bargaining.

Hockey is in a great spot right now, and its really grown over the years, said Marchand, who visited with a group of Cambridge youth hockey players last week on Thursday night when he and his teammates would have been opening the season in Philadelphia.

More people are being drawn to the game and thats what were working for. We dont want to see the game regress. We want to make sure we continue to build it, and dont want to do anything to affect that.

We have to find a deal that both sides are happy with . . . well know when were at that point.

Marchand has potted 49 goals and 96 points over the last two seasons for the Bruins, and has become a cult fan favorite with room to continue developing his game at only 24 years old. The Bs forward appears to be among a group of players, including Milan Lucic, that are making a point of showing support for the NHLPA while eschewing potential interest from European teams and thereby taking jobs away from some of their fellow hockey-playing brothers that would have employment overseas if there wasnt an NHL lockout taking hold.

Felger: Sorry, Tom, but Jimmy G. and Brissett need to play Friday

Felger: Sorry, Tom, but Jimmy G. and Brissett need to play Friday

If there's any Patriots quarterback who should be getting meaningful time other than Jimmy Garoppolo on Friday in Carolina, it's not Tom Brady. It's Jacoby Brissett.

Brissett, obviously, will be the Patriots backup the first four games of the year, and the team has yet to go through the annual preseason exercise of subjecting him to the situation under which he's most likely to see time during the regular season. Typically, Bill Belichick will yank the starting QB out of the first half of an exhibition game unannounced and tell the backup to throw on his helmet and get out there. Brissett has yet to go through it, and you have to figure it's coming in the next two weeks.

Other than that, Garoppolo should see all the time while the starters are on the field. He's had little success going against the opposition's starters so far this month and needs every rep he can get. He needs to go through the routine of starting a prime-time game on the road, which will be the case Sept. 11 in Arizona.

Where does that leave Tom Brady? Stewing, probably. It's clear he wants to play. It's clear he wasn't happy missing last Thursday against Chicago and is pining for work Friday. If you were wondering how Brady would feel about losing time in training camp to Garoppolo as the Pats got ready for the regular season, you probably have your answer. He's not a fan.

There is a case to be made that the team and Belichick, in particular, owes Brady some love. Deflategate was dropped in Brady's lap from the start, and while the coach skated, the quarterback's sentence has finally become a reality. The Pats should want to make Brady happy. He deserves the respect.

But, ultimately, we ask the fallback Patriots question: What's best for the team? The answer isn't even close. Garoppolo deserves every snap, save for that potential emergency exercise with Brissett.

As for Brady's feelings? He'll get over it.

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Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

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Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

SAN JOSE, Calif. - David Bingham had his sixth shutout of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes tied New England 0-0 on Wednesday night, extending the Revolution's winless streak to five games.

Bingham, who was tied for second in MLS soccer with 12 shutouts last season, had three saves - including a stop on Diego Fagundez's shot in the 86th minute.

The Revolution haven't scored since a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Aug. 9, a stretch of more than 270 minutes.

New England (6-11-8) had beaten San Jose three straight times.

San Jose (7-7-10) has just one loss in its last seven matches.