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02/14/2012 - 9:03pm
Chiarelli: I expect Horton back
By: DJ Bean

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli met with the media following the signing of defenseman Johnny Boychuk to an extension Tuesday night. In addition to discussing Boychuk's three-year deal, Chiarelli touched on the upcoming Feb. 27 trade deadline. 

Chiarelli said that he is "fairly active" in trade talks, but that he has not been able to swing a deal because of the number of teams that have remained in contention. Asked whether he was approaching the deadline as though the team will or or won't have concussed forward Nathan Horton, the GM said he thinks Horton will return this season.

"I don't know. I expect him to be back," Chiarelli said. "He's progressing, and I would think he'd be back. In the back of my head it's that he may be something tat we have to replace, but I would expect him to be back. But we look at players and say,  'Hey, maybe this player could add to our depth but mabe he'd have to play...

02/14/2012 - 3:52pm
Reports: Boychuk agrees to three-year deal

According to multiple reports, Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk has agreed to a three-year contract extension. The deal, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie, is worth an annual average value of $3.36 million. Boychuk is playing out a two-year, $3.75 million deal and would have become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

The 28-year-old is in his third full NHL season, having joined the Bruins in the 2008-09 campaign, having been traded from Colorado for Matt Hendricks in June, 2008. Boychuk has three goals and seven assists this season, with a plus-minus of 23 (fourth-best on the Bruins).

The defenseman is coming off a 2010-11 season in which he played in a career-high 69 games, posting three goals and 13 assists.

For analysis of the deal, visit the Big Bad Blog. For more Bruins news, visit to the team...

02/14/2012 - 3:19pm
Garnett, Pietrus doubtful for Pistons game

Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters in Waltham where the Celtics were conducting practice that Kevin Garnett (hip flexor) and Mickael Pietrus (knee) are both "doubtful" for Wednesday's game against the Pistons at TD Garden.

Garnett is the only Celtic to play every game this season and Pietrus has appeared in all 18 of 19 games since he was activated on Jan. 11. The Celtics are already dealing with the loss of forward Brandon Bass, who is out for up to two weeks with swelling in his knee. Center Jermaine O'Neal has also missed the last two games with assorted injuries.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


02/14/2012 - 11:29am
Mannix on D&C: C's still in hunt for Howard

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to discuss all things NBA. With the trade deadline approaching [March 15] and the Celtics at 15-12 and in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, it would seem Danny Ainge might be tempted to make a major move. But Mannix believes the Celtics might stick with the current roster for the rest of the season and wait until the summer to try and make a splash.

"I honestly think the Celtics believe they are not out of the running for a guy like Dwight Howard," Mannix said of the Orlando center, who is eligible for free agency after the season. "I know Boston believes they can't get him in a trade, but I really believe the Celtics think they can sell Dwight Howard on the city and on the team if he makes it to free agency. … And Boston, to be honest with you, they've got a pretty good pitch. They can tell him they have Rajon Rondo in...

02/14/2012 - 8:59am
Mashup: Boxer says Lin hype all about race

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn't quite as excited about Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin as everyone else. Despite Lin leading the shorthanded Knicks to five straight wins, including a 38-point effort against the Lakers that earned him the cover of Sports Illustrated, Mayweather insists Lin is getting preferential treatment because of his race.

On his Twitter page Monday, Mayweather wrote: Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise.

Controversy is nothing new for Mayweather, who insulted rival Manny Pacquiao with racial and homophobic slurs in an online video two years ago.

Meanwhile, the stock price for The Madison Square Garden Co. reached an all-time high Monday, and Lin is being credited as a key reason for the success.

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