Kelly returns from Switzerland, HC Red Ice


Kelly returns from Switzerland, HC Red Ice

There has been a large exodus of NHL players from Europe back to North America in the last weeks, and its caused some to attempt reading the lockout tea leaves. Some have taken it as a sign that the NHL lockout might be nearing an end as it reached it's 88th day of existence on Wednesday, but it likely has more to do with December holiday breaks in the schedule for the Swiss League, KHL and Czech League this week.
The holiday breaks have brought Chara back to Boston where he is skating with local NHL players this week, and Tyler Seguin to North America during a break from his HC Biel team.
One player that has returned home for good is Bruins center Chris Kelly, who headed back home from Switzerland at the beginning of December, according to the teams website.
Kelly played eight games in the National League B at Switzerland for HC Red Ice before playing his final game on Nov. 30. He finished with nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in his time skating in Switzerland.
While Kelly and goaltender Tuukka Rask have returned from Europe for good or at least until a decision is made one way or the other about the 2012-13 NHL regular season there are still 10 Bruins skaters currently active on European rosters while waiting out the lockout.
Kelly is entering the first year of a four-year, 12 million contract with the Bruins that the third line pivot signed this summer prior to the work stoppage. Kelly had a career year in his first full campaign with the Bruins, putting up 20 goals, 39 points and a career-best plus-33 for the Black and Gold while serving as an alternate captain.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

00:43 - Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to go against the Texans. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith talk about this risks of him playing while injured.

05:47 - Phil A.Perry follows up the Gronk discussion with a deeper breakdown of Gronk’s decision to play this Sunday.

10:02 - David Price appears to be easing back into baseball after pitching Friday night. Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Price’s outing in Cincinnati. 

16:12 - The BST crew recaps the Red Sox win over Reds. Drellich returns to analyze how the pitchers performed and how that will impact the Red Sox postseason stretch.  

Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance


Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

This actually won’t be the first time that Danny Amendola had to wait to follow up a strong season-opener with the Pats. 

As the veteran receiver aims to return Sunday from a concussion and knee injury after leaving the Pats’ Week 1 loss early and missing Week 2 altogether, he’ll try to build a Week 1 performance that saw him lead the Pats with 100 yards on six receptions. 

The stop and start is somewhat reminiscent of Amendola’s first year with New England in 2013, when he had 10 receptions for 104 yards in the season-opener. He suffered a groin injury in that game, however, and didn’t play again until Week 5. At least the wait is shorter this time around. 


“I mean, there’s going to be bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s football, right?” Amendola said Friday. “But I feel really good today, feel strong, so get ready tomorrow and just continue to prepare.”

In that first game back in 2013, Amendola again led the Pats in receiving yards, but it was in a terrible offensive showing for New England. All it took was four receptions for 55 yards to be the Patriots’ best receiver in a 13-6 loss to Cincinnati in which Tom Brady had a rare scoreless game. 

If Amendola can pick up where he left off in Week 1, the Pats will be in good shape. They’re also expected to have Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan ready to go, but Amendola was Tom Brady’s most reliable weapon in the Chiefs game, even though Brandin Cooks made a bigger impact with two pass interference penalties drawn in the red zone. 

Not known for his durability towards the end of his time in St. Louis, this will be the fourth of Amendola’s five regular seasons in New England in which he didn’t play in all 16 games. He played the full season in 2014, 14 games in 2015 and 12 games in 2013 and 2016. 

With Julian Edelman out, Brady could certainly use Amendola’s services as often as possible. That’s especially if he plays the way he did in Week 1.