Rich Peverley to play overseas in Finland


Rich Peverley to play overseas in Finland

A source close to Rich Peverley has confirmed to that the Bruins forward has signed on to play hockey in Finland during the NHL lockout. The shifty, hard-nosed Peverley has signed on to play with JYP in the SM-liiga Finnish hockey league, and will arrive later this week according to the teams website.

The 30-year-old Peverley finished with 11 goals and 42 points last season in an injury-plagued season for the Bruins, and also serves as the alternate NHLPA player representative for the Bruins alongside forward Daniel Paille. Peverley came alive during the playoffs, and was one of Bostons best forwards in their first-round postseason loss to the Washington Capitals last April.

Peverley was skating with the rest of the Bruins at Harvard last week, and is expected to be among a sizeable exodus of Bs skaters this week.

Tyler Seguin and Anton Khudobin have already left for Europe, and David Krejci, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference are expected to leave for their European destinations this week if theyre not already there. Like his Bs teammates that have already agreed to European contracts during the lockout, Peverley has an out clause that allows him to return to Boston when the NHL resumes playing games.

More Bruins players are expected to formalize plans to head to Europe to remain sharp this week as it appears at least a few months of the NHL regular season are in danger due to the lockout. Former UMass star and Brockton native Cory Quirk is among the players listed on the most recent JYP roster in Finland that Peverley will be joining this week.

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

FOXBORO -- What could have been an awkward plane ride for Tom Brady and John Harbaugh was made less so thanks to a high school lacrosse player. 

Brady and Harbaugh shared a private plane back from Michigan where Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan program put on an event for National Signing Day. About a year earlier, Brady told a room full of reporters that Harbaugh and his coaching staff should study the rule book and "figure it out" after hearing that they were pretty upset about the unusual formations the Patriots ran during their AFC Divisional Round win over Baltimore. 

They may not have been on the best of terms.

"I was pissed off," he told ESPN's Ian O'Connor before the start of this season. "It was uncalled for. And the rules are deeper than that, and I know the rules, and I stand by why that play shouldn't have been allowed. ... So yeah, that should never have been said."

But on the flight was Harbaugh's daughter Alison, a high school lacrosse player. When Brady took some time to share a few thoughts on competitiveness with her, he and Harbaugh found common ground.

"We had a lot of fun," Harbaugh said of the flight. "I don't know if he's talked about that at all, but we ended up sharing a plane ride along with my daughter and a couple of his people, friends of his. We just had a chance to just talk for a couple hours. And really more than anything, Alison got a chance to listen to Tom Brady talk about competing and what it takes to be great at what you do.

"And one of the funny things about it was, he was so nice to her. He gets off and they go, and we get back on the plane and we're talking, and she says something like, 'Boy, Tom really is a nice guy.' And I look at here and go, 'Tom?' I'm thinking 'Mr. Brady' would have been more appropriate. She said, 'He said to call me Tom.' I got a kick out of that.

"It was good. Lot of respect for him and a lot of respect for what he's accomplished. He's very tough to compete against. The best quarterback that's played, certainly in this era, without question in my mind. That's how I would rank him. And it's just another tough challenge to have to play against him."

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.