BOSTON -- Johnny Boychuk has officially been diagnosed with a mild concussion now that the NHL trade deadline is over, and the Bs defenseman will miss some time with the injury.
The 28-year-old defenseman was rocked by a clean, devastating Chris Neil hit in the third period of Saturday nights 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators, and has been experiencing concussion symptoms since that point.
Peter Chiarelli officially revealed the diagnosis following Mondays passing of the trade deadline, but made it seem that the club doesnt expect the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder to be out of commission for long. Even so the Bs now have Mike Mottau and Greg Zanon in the fold, though Chiarelli also cautioned that Zanon might not physically be in Boston by Tuesday night for the game vs. the Senators.
Either way it appears Boychuk wont be playing with another concussion for a member of the Bs. His symptoms were alternately described as being a little foggy and having headaches over the last couple of days, so the Bruins are opting for caution and patience with their hard-hitting blueliner.
Johnny has a concussion. Its a mild concussion. Weve basically put together the concussion-type symptoms, said Chiarelli. But Boychuks injury didnt play into the trades. What Ive seen over my time in hockey is that defensemen can drop like flies. They really can.
You can never have enough defensemen. We felt we wanted to have eight NHL defensemen in the mix and that was the blueprint I was working on.
It would appear to be a lock that Mottau will be skating for his hometown Bruins tomorrow night against the Senators in a key Northeast Division tilt, but Boychuks return isnt believed to be far off for the Black and Gold. Claude Julien indicated on Monday morning that there's been no tangible progress in Nathan Horton's recovery and he's not close to getting back on the ice again soon.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the NHL pre-July 1 wooing period is underway.
*Another draft pick has snubbed the team that selected him after their college career, and this time it’s the Buffalo Sabres.
*It’s a shame to see the demise of the CTV sports staff in Montreal. Brian Wilde is a friend and a colleague, and a voice on the Habs that deserved to be heart up in that city.
*In an emotional letter penned to the only NHL city that he’d ever played in, Marc-Andre Fleury has plenty to say about Pittsburgh.
*The Edmonton Oilers and Peter Chiarelli have signed rugged power forward Zack Kassian to a three-year, $5.85 million contract. Interesting risk here for a player that might be a fourth line guy, and has had some issues toeing the line in the past, but Kassian has been pretty effective for the Oil since they stuck out their neck for him.
*Teemu Selanne is a no-brainer for this season’s Hockey Hall of Fame class, and that’s great. But it will be a crime if three-time Stanley Cup champion and high-ranking lifetime scorer Mark Recchi doesn’t finally get into the Hall this season. Seriously, Recchi has the credentials statistically, he has the Stanley Cups, he has the time playing with some of the greatest players of his generation during his NHL career and he also happens to have been a great person and leader on top of all that. If former Bruins winger Recchi doesn’t hear his name announced this season then something is seriously flawed with the process.
*How exactly will the return of Brandon Saad impact both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane over the next few seasons? One would imagine it’s going to be a positive impact.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman thinks that the Columbus Blue Jackets are making a push to be contenders, and will be in the mix for Ilya Kovalchuk.
*Speaking of Blackhawks former Cup champs, Niklas Hjalmarsson is bringing that winning tradition, experience and leadership to the Arizona Coyotes now that he’s been traded.
*For something completely different: What a crazy story this Han Solo movie intrigue has turned into, with reports that the movie’s crew “broke into applause” when it was announced that Ron Howard was taking over direction of the movie.
BOSTON – Avery Bradley was one of the NBA’s better defenders this past season, even as injuries limited him to just 55 games played.
The lack of court time may have been a factor in Bradley being left off the NBA’s all-defensive first and second teams which were announced on Monday.
Bradley, a member of the NBA's all-defensive first team last season, received 12 first-place votes as part of a 46-point voting total which was tops among the players who did not make the first or second team.
Golden State’s Draymond Green, Utah’s Rudy Gobert and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard were the top three vote-getters, which explains why they are the three finalist for the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award which will be announced tonight during the NBA Awards show which begins at 9 p.m. on TNT.
In addition to Green, Gobert and Leonard, the first team also included Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul who was named to his seventh all-NBA defensive team, with this being the sixth straight time being on the first unit. Houston’s Patrick Beverley, a second-team all-NBA defensive selection following the 2013-2014 season, was also named to the first team.
The second unit included Memphis guard (and former Celtic) Tony Allen, San Antonio’s Danny Green, New Orleans center Anthony Davis with Oklahoma City’s Andre Roberson and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo rounding out the second team.
In addition to Bradley, other Celtics receiving votes for one of the two all-defensive teams included Marcus Smart (five first-place votes, 21 points total); Jae Crowder (five points total) and Isaiah Thomas (one point total).