The plan had always been for Bruins forward Tyler Seguin to wrap up his European experience with a stint playing for Team Canada in the Spengler Cup.
The 20-year-old Seguin and Bs teammate Patrice Bergeron helped capture the Spengler Cup with a 7-2 victory over HC Davos in Switzerland this weekend, a nice little bow on his Swiss adventure after potting 25 goals in 29 games for HC Biel.
There was one negative thing slightly marring the Biel experience, however.
A sketchy report cropped up over the weekend that quoted Biels general manager as saying that Seguin was leaving Switzerland because he was having issues with his hip, and that surgery was a remote possibility for the budding Bs superstar.
Seguin completely shot down the hip report when contacted by CSNNE.com, and confirmed that he is one million percent healthy as he gets ready to head back to Boston to wait out the NHL lockout.
I have no idea where that came from, said Seguin to CSNNE.com. I told them I was leaving with no injury reason.
Seguins words were backed up by the fact that he continued to star for Team Canada in the Spengler Cup after the reports cropped, and that the youngster has experienced exactly zero issues with his hip throughout his NHL career.
There was a report out of ESPNBoston.com last year that Seguin had a genetic predisposition to hip issues later in his career, but the Bruins didnt appear too concerned about that before inking him to a six-year contract extension in September.
So now the hope is that the NHL lockout ends in the next few weeks so Boston hockey fans can watch the speed, passing, skating and shooting display that Seguin put on in Switzerland over the last three months.
At first, hopes for a superstar coming to Boston were dashed . . .
And then, hopes of anyone coming to Boston were dashed . . .
Of course, is this is true, the breakdown of the George talks isn't such a bad thing:
More to come . . .
Avery Bradley was back on the practice floor after missing the Celtics' past 16 games, but it's unclear if he'll travel to Toronto for Friday night's game.
Boston Celtics, Avery Bradley, Jaylen Brown, Brad Stevens, Toronto Raptors, A. Sherrod Blakely
WALTHAM, Mass. – Avery Bradley was back on the practice floor briefly at the first gathering of the Celtics since the All-Star break.
Now returning to the floor in an actual game? That remains a bit up in the air.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley practiced in a limited fashion on Thursday, adding that his status for the Friday night game at Toronto remains unclear.
“Avery practiced about a third of the practice today which was about what our medical staff determined was the appropriate progression,” Stevens said. “He [Bradley] told me afterwards he felt really good.”
As far as his availability for Friday, Stevens said he did not have an update and was not told by the medical staff whether Bradley would be traveling with the team to Toronto when they leave later this afternoon.
Bradley is dealing with a right Achilles' injury that has kept him sidelined for the past 16 games and 20 of the past 21.
The news is much better when it comes to the health of Jaylen Brown.
Brown missed the past three games, but said he was feeling better and would be traveling with the team to Toronto.
“I’m looking to play in Toronto,” he said.
The return of Brown can only help a Celtics team that’s looking to pick up where they left off prior to the break.
Boston’s ascension to the No. 2 spot in the East has been fueled by wins in 11 of the past 13 games.
Despite that success, Stevens knows all too well that a roster change of some sort could go down at any minute prior to today’s 3 p.m . trade deadline.
“When you’re in position where you’re playing at a pretty good level, you don’t anticipate much change,” Stevens said. “But certainly there could be small things; there may not be. At the end of the day, my job is to try and focus on the 15 guys that are here.”