Source: Yandle 'would love to play for Bruins'

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Source: Yandle 'would love to play for Bruins'

BOSTON -- Speculation is growing that the Boston Bruins are attempting to trade for a top-pair defenseman to play alongside Zdeno Chara, and one of the more popular names mentioned is Phoenix Coyotes assistant captain Keith Yandle.
And responding to a rumor over the weekend, a source close to Yandle said on Monday night that the two-time All-Star "would love to play for the Bruins."
Yandle -- who turns 26 on Sunday -- is a Boston native. He's locked into a five-year, 26.25 million deal that he signed last summer. And the puck-moving defenseman didn't disappoint in his first season under the big contract, putting up 43 points on 11 goals and 32 assists, while leading the Coyotes to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.
While it wasn't the first time that Yandle's name has been linked to the Bruins, a tweet over the weekend from @HockeyyInsiderr brought it back to the surface when he tweeted:
"Also hearing that the Bruins are actively shopping for a top pair d-man to partner up with Chara. Interested in Yandle and Bouwmeester."
He later tweeted:
"At this very moment, my Boston source informed me that the Bruins do not have an offer on the table for Bouwmeester, but have 1 for Yandle."
Whether or not that is actually true, remains to be seen. But one thing is for sure, Yandle wants to play in Boston.
The source close to Yandle also pointed out that any potential trade to Boston could include Bruins center David Krejci, who signed a three-year, 15.75 million deal that kicks in this season.
Both Krejci and Yandle have cap hits of 5.25 million under their new contracts.

Former Celtics teammates praise Garnett's passion and intensity

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Former Celtics teammates praise Garnett's passion and intensity

WALTHAM, Mass. – Like so many players who have spent part of their NBA journey having Kevin Garnett barking in their ear words of encouragement or just telling them to get the hell out his (bleepin’) way, you can count Avery Bradley among those who will miss the man affectionately known as ‘Big Ticket.’

Garnett recently announced his retirement after 21 NBA seasons, leaving behind a legacy that includes an NBA title won with the Boston Celtics in 2008.

Among the current Celtics, Bradley is the only current member of the team who played with Garnett in Boston.

When Bradley got the news about Garnett’s retirement, he said he sat down and wrote Garnett a letter.

“To let him know how much I appreciate him, how special he is to me,” said Bradley who added that his relationship with Garnett was impactful both on and off the court. “Kevin’s just an amazing person.”

Leon Powe, a member of the Celtics’ championship team in 2008 with Garnett, echoed similar praise about his former teammate.

“As a teammate, as a player, KG meant the world to me,” Powe told CSNNE.com. “Intensity … he brought everything you would want to the game, to the practice field, he was just non-stop energy.”

And when you saw it time after time after time with him, pretty soon it became contagious.

“The intensity just motivated every guy on the team, including me,” Powe said. “It made you want to go out and lay it out on the line for him and the team. You see how passionate he is. You see he’s one of the greats. And when you see one of the greats of the NBA going hard like that all the time, you’re like ‘Man, why can’t I do that? It trickled down to me and every young guy on the team.

Powe added, “He brought that every single day, night, morning, it didn’t matter. He brought that intensity. That’s all you could ask for.”

And Garnett’s impact was about more than changing a franchise’s fortunes in terms of wins and losses.

He also proved to be instrumental in helping re-shape the culture into one in which success was once again defined by winning at the highest levels.

“KG has had as big an impact as anybody I’ve been around in an organization,” said Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations. “The thing that stands out the most to me about KG is his team-first mentality. He never wanted it to be about KG, individual success to trump team success. He lived that in his day-to-day practice. That’s something I’ll remember about him.”