MONTREAL Its a good thing they brought an extra forward body on the long road trip.
It appears the Bruins might need journeyman forward Josh Hennessy after Rich Peverley came down with what appeared to be a knee injury in the third period of Bostons hard-fought 4-3 shootout victory over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Peverley and Habs defenseman Hal Gill appeared to take some knee-on-knee contact in the opening minutes of the final period, and the shifty Bruins forward left the ice down the runway never to return.
Peverley got an assist on Benoit Pouliots circus goal in the second period, but was otherwise held extremely quiet with one shot in 13:07. The one really noticeable event on the ice for the winger was his inability to keep Mathieu Darche away from the net during the Montreal forwards strike in the opening minutes of the second period.
Peverley was wearing ice on his right knee following the game without much of a limp, but Claude Julien said hed have to wait to see how things responded in the 24 hours following the hit.
Weve got a bunch of guys banged up in there, said Claude Julien gesturing to the visiting dressing room postgame. Its too early to update. We know the injury came at the blue line. Well reassess and hopefully be able to give out more information out about it in a day or so.
It doesnt matter so much who youre missing from your lineup as much as its about how the guys you do put out there are going to play.
Time will tell if its Peverley or Hennessy or perhaps another body acquired in trade deadline deals that appear to be close to being finalized that will be Juliens choice to go out and play against Winnipeg on Friday night.
BOSTON – If you believe what Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons are saying, then the former UConn star will not be on the move prior to Thursday’s 3 p.m. ESTtrade deadline.
Drummond, whose social media posts on Monday and later Tuesday morning only perpetuated the belief that he might be traded to Boston, addressed the trade speculation surrounding him after the Piston’s practice on Tuesday.
“What’s that got to do with my team?” he told reporters. “I can’t control what happens with trade rumors.”
Drummond was then reminded of the eyeballs emoji he posted Tuesday morning, which came less than 24 hours after he re-tweeted Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas’ eyeballs emoji – a similar posting to what Thomas did around the time Boston landed Al Horford last summer.
So as fans and media tried to piece the tweets together like they were clues to a Jessica Fletcher mystery, Drummond did his best to splash cold water on the trade talk on Tuesday.
“I’m a grown man,” he said. “I can change my profile if I want to. It doesn’t matter what time of year. If y’all want to speculate about that and me, go for it.”
Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about the Pistons having conversations with several teams about all their players.
“Some discussions get more serious than others and that’s what happens,” Van Gundy told reporters following the team’s practice on Tuesday. “There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre.
Van Gundy added, “The rumors don’t mean anything to me. One of you (media) guys asked me over the weekend how far along the D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green trade for Reggie was. The first time I heard about it was when I got that text, so I would assume not that far. I usually can just laugh it off, but it gets a little annoying.”
Tony Massarotti in the Cumberland Farms lounge believes there is 0% chance David Ortiz comes out of retirement.