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12/01/2011 - 2:06pm
Caron, Kampfer assigned to Providence
By: DJ Bean

In an effort to get their healthy scratches some game action, the Bruins assigned forward Jordan Caron and defenseman Steven Kampfer to Providence on Thursday. The two are expected to play Friday night against the Connecticut Whale, as the Bruins next play on Saturday. 

In 11 NHL games this season, Caron has one goal and two assists. Benoit Pouliot has found a home on the Bruins' third line, making Caron a healthy scratch the last seven games. 

Kampfer, who missed the first six games of the season with a knee injury, has played five games for the Bruins this season. He has one assist and a plus-4 rating. 

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12/01/2011 - 2:00pm
Krejci: Best years ahead of me
By: DJ Bean

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and center David Krejci held a press conference Thursday at TD Garden to announce Krejci' three-year, $15.75 million contract extension.

Krejci, 25, said that he feels that his "best years are still in front" of him, and that he chose to stay in Boston long-term because he feels the team has another chance to win the Stanley Cup, and that he doesn't want to miss it. 

Chiarelli praised Krejci for his steady improvement as a two-way player. Krejci, like many of his teammates, had gotten off to a slow start to the season, but he had big production early in November and had a three-point game against the Maple Leafs Wednesday. Chiarelli said that what Krejci brings is what helps teams win. 

"David's biggest asset is his head," Chiarelli said. "He sees the ice so well. He makes plays, he uses the players around him. He's very competitive. He's got a very well-rounded game....

12/01/2011 - 1:08pm
Spikes, Vollmer absent from Pats practice

FOXBORO -- Linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot) were the only two players missing from the start of Patriots' practice Thursday afternoon, held on the upper fields behind Gillette Stadium. The session, held in sweats and shells, was one of the final practices of the week as New England prepares for a Sunday afternoon matchup with the Indianapolis Colts. For mpre Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


12/01/2011 - 12:26pm
Ainge: 'We have a lot of needs'

WALTHAM -- Admitting the end of the NBA lockout and the upcoming season will require a great deal of work on the fly, Celtics president Danny Ainge said Thursday he will be extremely busy in the next week trying to fill needs while gauging the free agent market as he completes his roster. 

"We have about eight players to sign, that's not including our draft players, which we're in the process of getting signed," Ainge said.

Ainge was also asked if he anticipates having his core of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo all back for the season. Ainge said he "anticipates" having the "Big Three" and Rondo back, adding he believes they can still compete for an NBA title. Ainge indicated his needs are filing out the roster, specifically the bench. 

"We have a lot of needs, our whole bench," Ainge said. "We have six players under contract right now. We have point guard position...

12/01/2011 - 11:50am
Brady: 'Impossible' to better Rodgers level

Tom Brady was a guest on "Inside the NFL" on Showtime Wednesday. The Patriots quarterback was asked about Aaron Rodgers, who leads the NFL this season with 33 TD passes and a passer rating of 127.7, a number that would shatter the existing record.

"It’s so impressive when you watch a team that can string together that many victories going all the way back to last season," Brady said of the 11-0 Packers. "It really tells you what the character and the make-up of the players on that team are. So them getting off to the start that they’ve gotten off to is very impressive. And the way Aaron’s playing, it’s impossible to play the quarterback position any better than he is playing it right now."

Brady ranks second behind Rodgers among all NFL signal-callers in passer rating (105.1) and TD passes (28) this season.

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