Peverley's status still unkown for Ducks game

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Peverley's status still unkown for Ducks game

ANAHEIM, CA Rich Peverley will take pregame warm-ups for the second straight game, but thats where the similarities might end this time around.

Peverley said hes practicing patience prior to Sundays matinee against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center that will conclude their Pacific road trip, and didnt give any hints as to where he plans on playing for the first time since Feb. 15.

Ill go out for warm-ups again and see how I feel, said Peverley. Im anxious to play but I have to wait and see what the doctors and trainers tell me. We need to make sure were being smart about it.

Peverley has missed 25 games with assorted lower body injuries and has missed the last six weeks with a sprained right knee, but has been skating with the Bruins for the last 10 days in anticipation of his return. The right wing was skating with Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Jordan Caron during practices earlier in this week, and will likely replace Caron, Benoit Pouliot or Brian Rolston in the lineup.

But Pouliot, Rolston and Chris Kelly have combined for 20 points and a plus-20 in their last five games while serving as Bostons best line, so it would be difficult for Claude Julien to break it up.

If Peverley doesnt play then hell essentially get two days off the ice prior to ramping it up Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and could be served with a couple of rest days after pushing the knee with some intense practices over the last week.

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

It’s not the craziest thing someone has said on Twitter, but Evan Turner tweeted Monday that the Celtics should retire his number. 

It was a joke, of course, as the former Celtic was reacting to news that Isaiah Thomas had said he liked the No. 11 and would change his jersey number if so many people in Boston hadn’t already purchased his No. 4 jersey. 

After Turner joked that No. 11 was going to be retired, Thomas joked back that he would wear No. 11 as a tribute to the current Trail Blazer. 

Prior to being traded to Boston, Thomas wore No. 22 for Sacramento and No. 3 for Phoenix. 

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 

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The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability.