It was a case of good timing for Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk.
The 28-year-old Bruins defenseman had decided to take a break from his stint in Austria playing for the Salzburg Red Bulls this weekend, and he arrived back in Boston on Saturday. Then Boychuk awoke to the news on Sunday that the NHL and NHLPA had reached a tentative agreement on a 10-year CBA that will effectively end the lockout and start the 2013 season within two weeks.
Boychuk replied to CSNNE.com that it was awesome when asked how it felt going back to work in Black and Gold, but also said he enjoyed his time playing in the Austrian Hockey League. Boychuk was one of the last Bruins players to head overseas after waiting things out with players like Daniel Paille, Greg Campbell, Shawn Thornton, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.
It was really nice in Austria. Beautiful country, said Boychuk. The hockey was different, but it was still okay. Itll be nice to start the season here, though.
Boychuk finished with eight points in 15 games for the Red Bulls along with a plus-11 rating, and should be in excellent shape, ready to jump right into NHL action upon his return. Once the NHL begins its shortened schedule, Boychuk will be starting the first season of a three-year, 10.10 million contract that he signed during the 2012-13 season.
The Bruins have nearly a full defenseman corps (Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton and Boychuk) that has been playing hockey over the last three months, which is an overwhelming positive as the NHL season will start quickly.
Boychuk finished with 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists) in 77 games along with a career-best plus-27 in the 2011-12 season.
WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics have spent most of this season playing short-handed and Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee will potentially be another one of those games.
Veteran forward Jonas Jerebko has a sore left knee and is considered questionable for the Bucks’ game.
“Jonas went through about half of [Tuesday’s] practice,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
Jerebko has missed two games this season due to illness.
Because of Milwaukee’s length at seemingly every position, Jerebko’s ability to play both forward positions will be something the Celtics will surely miss if he’s unable to play.
This season, Jerebko has appeared in 69 games while averaging 3.9 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 35.0 percent on 3’s.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while forgetting that Nancy Kerrigan is on Dancing with the Stars.
*Here’s the rundown on Brian Gionta celebrating his 1000th NHL game played with the Sabres on Monday night.
*Congrats to good guy Chad Johnson, who was appropriately given the “Good Guy Award” by the Calgary Flames media this week.
*Brock Boeser showed his abilities in a fantastic NHL debut after leaving the college ranks for the Canucks.
*I hope the fancy stats crowd is listening to this: The NHL playoff forecast is raining on the Corsi and fancy stats parade.
*Hope that Eddie Lack is okay after he had to be taken off the ice in a stretcher following a collision at the end of Carolina’s game.
*ESPN’s hockey crew breaks down some expansion mock drafts and have either Adam McQuaid, Jimmy Hayes or Malcolm Subban headed to the Vegas Golden Knights.
*The Benn brothers are gearing up for their first match-up against each other with the Canadiens and Stars set to meet.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jen Neale nails a Philly columnist for a hot take on USA Hockey and says the column illustrates just how much a change is needed there.
*The Winnipeg Jets have officially been eliminated from the playoffs, so now the Colorado Avalanche don’t have to feel so bad about themselves.
*For something completely different: One thing I’ve never wondered is what Tony Robbins thinks about politics.