Marc Savard was scheduled to be in Boston on Thursday to attend tonights Bruins-Canadiens game and host a luxury suite at the TD Garden for pediatric patients at Childrens Hospital Boston. The suite will entertain young patients suffering from the effects of head trauma from both a medical and psychological standpoint.
Unfortunately the Bruins revealed on Thursday morning that inclement weather has knocked down the centers plan to fly to Boston from Peterborough, Ontario, and he will not be in attendance tonight.
Savard tweeted Thursday afternoon that Brad Marchand, still serving a five-game suspension for his hit on Sami Salo last weekend, will visit with the patients in his place.
Savard purchased the suite for every Bruins home game for the remainder of the 2011-12 season and through the 2013-14 season. The suite will be complete with healthy food and goodie bags for each guest, as well as a visit from the Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Bruins Ice Girls.
The Bruins said that Savard will instead attend a yet-to-be-determined Bs game in the near future to entertain his young guests in his newly-sponsored box. When he does, it will be his first appearance in Boston this year.
It means a lot and Im glad Savard is doing it. I was hoping to get a chance to see him after the game. We all hope he takes the time to feel better, said Patrice Bergeron. Purchasing the suite and doing something for the kids is very special, and its something those kids are going to be really happy with.
Three weeks into the season, health has dominated the conversation with the Red Sox. And it’s much more than just the flu.
A scheduled off-day Monday brought something resembling an update for three players worth roughly $63 million in salary.
Dustin Pedroia, Orioles peacemaker, was examined at Massachusetts General Hospital and remains day-to-day because of left ankle and left knee soreness. He did not undergo an MRI, with his condition apparently good enough that the team felt it was unnecessary -- even though the message delivered on Sunday by manager John Farrell was that the Sox wanted to rule everything out.
Pedroia hasn’t played since he was spiked by Manny Machado on Friday in Baltimore.
Pablo Sandoval, at some point Monday, was slated to have an MRI after spraining his right knee Sunday. A further evaluation is to come Tuesday, so his status remains unclear.
David Price, meanwhile, threw a 45-pitch bullpen at Fenway Park on his long journey back from a left elbow strain. There were simulated inning breaks and, naturally, what’s next is still to be seen. Facing hitters shouldn’t be too far away, Farrell has suggested.
The Patriots have themselves another "big back" option for 2017.
The Bills announced that they have opted not to match the restricted free agent offer sheet that New England made to Mike Gillislee last week. That means the 5-foot-11, 219-pounder is now a member of the Patriots. Buffalo had until 4 p.m. on Monday to match.
Gillislee was reportedly extended an offer sheet by the Patriots that is worth $6.4 million and $4 million in the first year. The Bills had the cap space to match the offer, but with LeSean McCoy already atop their depth chart, the price tag may have been too rich for them to choose to hold onto the 26-year-old.
Because Gillislee was given the original-round tender by the Bills, the Patriots will send Buffalo a fifth-round pick as compensation. That gives Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio six picks in this weekend's draft: two thirds, a fourth, a fifth, a sixth and a seventh.
Gillislee joins Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis, James White, Brandon Bolden and DJ Foster on the running back depth chart in New England.