SUNRISE, Fl. When Rich Peverley was missing from morning skate at the BankAtlantic Center, one might have expected his nagging undisclosed injury was bothering him again. But instead, the shifty winger will miss tonights game against the Florida Panthers and is also expected to miss Tuesday nights game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Bruins coach Claude Julien wouldnt get into the reasons behind Peverleys absence, but indicated that hell probably meet the team in New Jersey for Thursday nights game against the Devils to close out the four-game road trip.
Peverley has been excused from our hockey club to attend to some personal matters back in Boston, said Claude Julien. In likelihood he should join us back in New Jersey.
Zach Hamill has been penciled into Peverleys spot on the third line right wing, and will play after being scratched in favor of Jordan Caron over the last two games. In other pregame news, Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice during morning skate and is expected to start between the pipes while Adam McQuaid (right forearm from blocked shot) should also be in the lineup.
The projected lines for tonights game against the Panthers are:
Steve Bulpett joins Mike Felger to weigh in on the NBA trade deadline and the lack of moves made by Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics thus far.
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.”