Bruins prospects, locals starring in World Junior tourney


Bruins prospects, locals starring in World Junior tourney

It was a good first couple of days for the local products and Bruins prospects at the IIHF World Junior tournament taking place in Ufa, Russia. Dougie Hamilton finished with an assist and a plus-3 and two shots on net in Canadas 9-3 victory over Germany on Wednesday morning. Team Canada goaltender Malcolm Subban also captured the victory with a 25-save effort against the Germans, but the Bruins 2012 first round pick admitted to reporters afterward that he was nervous on the world stage.

"I felt that I was nervous in the first two periods," Subban told TSN. "I talked to Team Canada goalie coach Ron Tugnutt, I calmed down ... It was a matter of stop and set for every shot. The first two periods, I was sliding around too much."

Team Canada coach has indicated that hes looking to ride Subban through the entire tournament, so it would appear that the Bs prospect is a lock to play against a surprising Slovakia team on Friday. There were some questions in Canada about potentially inserting Subbans backup, Jordan Binnington, after the youngster had struggled in the pre-tourney games for Canada, but it would take something extreme for that to happen.

Alex Khokhlachev potted a goal on his only shot of the game, and finished a plus-1 in Russias 3-2 overtime win over Slovakia on Friday as well. He also earned himself some time in the penalty box after throwing a Brad Marchand-style clipping hit in the middle of the chippy contest.

There has been plenty of speculation over the last few months that Bostons Russian second round pick might be headed back to the OHL following the World Junior tournament. Koko struggled in a bottom-six forward role while playing in the KHL over the last few months, and the Bruins clearly wouldnt mind their Russian prospect returning to his North American home with the Windsor Spitfires.

Charlestown native and Bs 2012 third round pick Matt Grzelcyk didnt dress for Team USAs 8-0 beating of Germany, but hes expected to see action at some point in the tourney.

There were several locals involved with Team USAs big victory to kick off their tournament, however.

Providence College goaltender and New Hampshire native Jon Gillies made seven saves in the third period with Team USA already holding a commanding lead, and North Reading nativeHarvard University forward Jim Vesey finished with a plus-1 rating.

Boston College star Johnny Gaudreau finished with five shots on goal and hit the crossbar on a sweet one-on-one move through the legs of a German defender, and showed hell be one of the big offensive contributors in Team USAs efforts. That means there should be plenty of local interest when Team USA and Team Russia face off against each other on Friday morning.

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.