Rask groin injury in Czech Republic 'a fairly minor thing'

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Rask groin injury in Czech Republic 'a fairly minor thing'

Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien have tried to avoid the reports and rundowns on the Bruins players plying their trade overseas during the NHL lockout, but thats a pretty futile effort. The reports and game summaries are easily obtained, and unfortunately world traveled fast when Bs goaltender Tuukka Rask was removed from a Tuesday game after the first period due to a groin issue.
The Bruins goalie told Czech TV the groin tweak suffered wasnt serious and that he took himself out of the game for precautionary reasons, and both his erstwhile general manager and head coach confirmed that on Wednesday night.
I learned about Rasks injury on Twitter, actually, before I learned it was a fairly minor thing and that hes probably going to play again on Friday, said Chiarelli. Its a risk that a player has to decide whether its worth it or not. As a manager you just hope that when these guys do return that theyre 1) in shape and 2) healthy.
Rask missed the final five weeks of last season due to a groinabdomen strain suffered March 3 against the New York Islanders, but was healthy enough to return to the active player roster in the series against the Washington Capitals. The 2012-13 season is a pivotal one for Rask where hes been given the inside track on the starting goalie job in Boston, and need only prove he can remain healthy and consistent enough to keep the puck-stopping gig.
Chiarelli and Julien dropped in for a surprise visit at a Mens League game at Hockey Town on Saugus, and then talked pros and cons with nine Bs players currently skating in Europe. So far the other eight Bs players aside from Rask have remained healthy in the early going while playing in Europe, and the coaching staff can only hope from afar that it stays that way.  
The guys that are playing in Europe will be back in game-shape when they do get going, but they also run the risk of getting injured, said Julien. The last I had heard on Tuukka is that it was very minor and more of a cautious move.
He knows his body well enough now that he doesnt want to run the risk of getting hurt over there. I dont anticipate any problems with that situation. Well certainly find out sooner or later when we see him back in action.
Bruins officials could find out as soon as Friday when the Finnish netminder is expected to play again for his Plzen club in the Czech League.

Lowe: Wouldn't be shocked if C's move Bradley

Lowe: Wouldn't be shocked if C's move Bradley

Zach Lowe’s most recent podcast is worth a listen, as it features plenty of talk about what the Celtics may or may not due ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. 

Lowe brought up the possibility of the Celtics top-1 or top-2-protecting Brooklyn’s first-round pick and including it in a deal for Butler. He surmises that the inclusion of the Brooklyn pick -- protected or not -- might not come until the final minutes. 

“Look, if Butler gets traded or if Paul George gets traded, that’s when it’s going to happen,” Marc Stein responded. “It’s going to happen in the last five to 10 minutes, so Boston has to make a decision, and let's see if they’re doing the math that they’ve had these assets for a while and it is time to do something bold and the time is now. Really, I think Boston will do it. The question is what will Chicago or Indiana do? And those are two hard reads.” 

Stein spoke to the Celtics’ lack of activity at certain points, but he said that if the C’s do fail to come away with a star player Thursday, it won’t be for lack of aggressiveness. 

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“I think the Celtics are taking criticism for waiting, and they’ve had all these assets they haven’t moved yet, but I think the record shows that Danny Ainge in general, in total, is very aggressive, not afraid to roll the dice, not afraid to make the aggressive move,” Stein said. “So I have less doubt about Boston saying, ‘Let’s just do it.’ I have far more questions about what Chicago and/or Indiana would do.” 

Lowe said that he imagines the Bulls would “think about” trading the C's Butler if Boston threw in the Nets’ pick unprotected, but added that Chicago would demand to also take two players out of Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown. 

“I think that will be the offer and they’ll get there and Chicago will either have a moment where they say, ‘We walk away or we’ll do it.’ And Boston’s not going to throw in the other Nets pick,” Lowe said. “That’s just not going to happen.”

Rating the aforementioned foursome in terms of trade value, Lowe said that Crowder is the best piece because of his “ridiculously good” contract, followed by Brown, Smart and Bradley. 

Lowe added that he considers Bradley one of the “sneaky interesting pieces at this trade deadline” because his contract is up after next season, which is the same time that Isaiah Thomas’ contract expires. Lowe says that given the uncertainty of his future in Boston, he wouldn’t be overly surprised if Bradley is moved at the deadline. 

Report: Ainge wouldn't trade Nets pick for Butler, but would for George

Report: Ainge wouldn't trade Nets pick for Butler, but would for George

Will the Celtics part with the right to Brooklyn’s 2017 first-round pick in order to get a star before Thursday’s trade deadline? 

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Citing a pair of NBA executives, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News wrote this week that Danny Ainge’s willingness to trade the pick should be in doubt.

Sola named Chicago’s Jimmy Butler and Paul George as potential targets, adding that the C’s might include the latter.   

Wrote Isola: 

Two executives doubt that Ainge, who historically plays it close to the vest, would give up the Nets pick in a deal for Butler. However, Ainge might consider it in a trade for George, the Pacers-free agent-to-be who has expressed doubts over re-signing with the Pacers.

‘With Danny, no one ever knows what he might do,' said the executive. ‘He's one of the best. If he thinks he can make a run at the Cavs this season, considering all the injuries Cleveland has had, I can see him making a move.

‘Everyone is talking about Butler to Boston but Danny and Larry Bird go way back. Paul George could be the sleeper.’

This season, the 26-year-old George is averaging 22.3 points 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game.