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02/19/2011 - 9:15am
J.D. Drew: Left hammy is 'much better'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Two weeks after saying the chronic soreness in his left hamstring was lingering, J.D. Drew reported Saturday that the muscle feels "much better" and is ready to take part in spring training.

 

"It's much better over the last couple of weeks so hopefully, no issues there so hopefully we can go through camp with no problem. It was a long process through the offseason trying to get that thing better but it seems to have finally turned the corner. It was a matter of just trying to get that thing to give way and we tried a bunch of different stuff but I think the strength and exercises and the stretching and stuff like that hopefully has paid off."

 

Drew told WEEI.com's Rob Bradford on Feb. 7 the problem area was just above his hamstring and below his gluteus muscle, an area that hasn't been able to receive enough blood-flow to promote the healing process. On Saturday, he said it's...

02/18/2011 - 10:06pm
Rask, Marchand lead B's past Senators
By: DJ Bean

The new-look Bruins didn't get off to the prettiest of starts, but they finished strong to earn a 4-2 victory over the Senators at Scotiabank Place on Friday night. 

 

After being outshot 13-8 in the first period, the B's woke up in the second and third. Brad Marchand had a pair of goals, while Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton and  David Krejci also multi-point games. Krejci now has 11 points over his last 10 contests. Dennis Seidenberg also scored for the B's. 

 

Marlborough native and former University of New Hampshire Wildcat Bobby Butler provided the Senators with their first tally, beating Tuukka Rask at 2:50 of the second period for his third goal in three games. Butler's strike opened the game's scoring, but Marchand's goal from Tyler Seguin and Ference pulled the B's even. After Horton gave them the lead at 9:47 of the third, the B's never looked back. Alexei Kovalev scored for the Senators with 1:30...

02/18/2011 - 7:45pm
Kaberle: Bourque was 'my hero'
By: DJ Bean

Prior to suiting up for his first game as a Bruin Friday night, newly acquired defenseman Tomas Kaberle spoke to a pool reporter about joining the B's. Boston had been Kaberle's top choice for a trade, as he had to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate any deal. 

 

"I was always thinking Boston would be nice to play for. Honestly growing up, it was my team because Raymond Bourque was playing for the team. I always looked up to him, he was like my hero when I was a kid," Kaberle said. "Now I get the chance to play for the team, so it’s kind of special, and you know, last year, there were a few teams on the list. This year we kind of decided to try and keep it away from media and stuff. Hopefully the Boston fit-in could be good for both sides. For me and Boston as well."

 

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02/18/2011 - 5:29pm
Report: C's interested in Anthony Parker

Sources "briefed on Boston's thinking" told ESPN.com that the Celtics have shown interest in Cavaliers swingman Anthony Parker. It is believed the Bulls have also made inquiries about the availability of Parker, who is averaging 11.5 points per game while making 47-percent of his 3-pointers throughout February. Parker would help fill the void left by Marquis Daniels, who is out indefinitely. Any deal would have to be made before the NBA's Feb. 24 trade deadline.

 

The 6-foot-6 Parker is in the second year of a two-year, $6 million deal he signed with the Cavaliers. His best season came in 2007-08 with Toronto when he played in all 82 regular-season games, averaging a career-high 12.5 points per contest. Parker is currently averaging 8.9 points and 29.2 minutes per game with Cleveland.

 

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02/18/2011 - 5:05pm
Chiarelli: 'We needed a player like' Kaberle
By: DJ Bean

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke Friday at TD Garden to discuss  a busy day in which he made two trades. The Bruins moved Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to the Thrashers earlier in the day in exchange for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik before sending Joe Colborne, the Bruins' first-round selection in the coming draft, and a conditional pick to Toronto in exchange for Tomas Kaberle.

 

"It's a strong message to our team, to our fans that we want to win and we want to be successful," Chiarelli said Friday. 

 

Kaberle has long been rumored as a potential trade target for the Bruins. In 58 games with this season, the 32-year-old Czech blueliner has three goals and 35 assists for 38 points. 

 

"We felt that we needed a player like Tomas," Chiarelli said. "A player with good vision, a good skater who can quarterback a power play, has played many games in the...

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