Bruins extend Thornton for two more seasons

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Bruins extend Thornton for two more seasons

BOSTON -- The Bruins announced today that they've signed forward Shawn Thornton to a two-year extension through the 2013-14 season. General manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed to the media, prior to Monday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, that the deal will earn Thornton 1.1 million per season.

Chiarelli also explained why he'll be keeping Thornton around.

"Since we got Shawn, every year to me, he's improved as a player," said Chiarelli. "That and his conditioning has allowed him to be a good fourth-line player in this league, and then a good catalyst in his own way.

"You see some of the skill that he has, when he scores, when he makes some plays. But most importantly, you see the enthusiasm and the vigor that he brings to the rink every day. He's important for this team, and his character is important for this team.

"So, I'm happy to get him signed," added Chiarelli. "And I believe he just takes so much pride in his conditioning, and that's gotten better over the time that I've seen him. I think, without question, he'll be able to play well for two more years."

Chiarelli said that the Bruins liked Thornton's size when they acquired him following his 2006-07 championship season with the Anaheim Ducks. And while they value his ability to drop the gloves, the Bruins also value his offensive skill set.

"I think you have to define the role," said Chiarelli. "There's the role of someone who exclusively fights, and I don't put Shawn in that category.

"I think what Shawn has done, and it kind of started when he came here, was, he really took pride in his conditioning. And that's allowed him to maintain his skating, and it's allowed him to make plays. it gives him room to make plays. He recognizes that that's a valuable part of his game."

David Ortiz has new interpretation of 'spring training'

David Ortiz has new interpretation of 'spring training'

Big Papi's "spring training" involves a beach chair -- not a baseball bat.

The former Boston Red Sox slugger made it clear on Instagram that he has no interest in returning to Jet Blue Park to begin training for the 2017 MLB season.

He announced in Nov. 2015 he would be retiring after the 2016 season, and he appears completely content with that decision despite speculation of his return to MLB. Ortiz posted a video on Sunday of himself in a beach chair reclined and relaxed.

"What's up [Instagram]. Oh, so good be retired. At the beach with the familia, the ladies. Big Papi in the bulding. This is my spring training. How 'bout dat? Enjoy. See you when I see you. Peace," he said, and then chuckled.

Ortiz's video came a few days after Hanley Ramirez said that if Ortiz made a return to baseball, he would be doing it, in part, for Ramirez, because they miss each other.

WBZ's Dan Roche then tweeted out Ramirez's comment on Thursday, and Big Papi waited no time to respond. Within 16 minutes, Ortiz had responded to reiterate he would not be returning to the Sox.

Wojnarowski thinks Celtics are perfect candidate for Jimmy Butler trade

Wojnarowski thinks Celtics are perfect candidate for Jimmy Butler trade

Most NBA teams would benefit from adding Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler. But few NBA have the assets to acquire him. The most legitimate suitor in the NBA resides in Boston.

"The potential of a Boston-Chicago deal for Jimmy Butler -- I think it will loom over the entire week," Yahoo! NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said Saturday. "These teams have engaged on the potential of this trade. They have not gotten far down the road on it. There still needs to be alignment within the Bulls organization -- from ownership to management -- that they want to make the decision to enter a full rebuild.

He added: "But the poential of this deal really illustrates the State Farm right combo, because these are two teams that have exactly what the other wants. Boston has been hoarding assets for years for a couple of season, trying to get in the position to get a star player."

Wojnarowski suggested the first building block for the Butler trade would start with either the 2017 or 2018 Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick, which the Celtics acquired in 2013 in the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade.

"And Jimmy Butler in Boston, paired with Isaiah Thomas and this Celtics team -- it would put this Celtics team in a position to seriously challenge Cleveland [Cavaliers] in the east, not only in the short term, but also in the long term."

Butler's contract extends to 2020, and then Wojnarowski explained Boston could then sign the guard to another long-term deal. In the meantime, he could help Boston surpass a vulnerable-looking Cavaliers team.