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05/13/2011 - 1:22pm
Julien: No update on Bergeron
By: DJ Bean

Bruins coach Claude Julien has been asked about the status of Patrice Bergeron ever since the 25-year-old went down with a concussion in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, and he has yet to offer any update aside from that Bergeron is feeling better. Friday was no different, though Julien did share a laugh with the media.

"Well I think, I don’t know if you guys share a conference before I get here and say who’s asking the question today, but I am getting that question asked everyday," Julien said. "I think he’s improving -- he really is improving. We’re optimistic about him. As Peter [Chiarelli] said, we knew he was going to miss the start of the series and how much he is going to miss, I can’t tell you right now. But he is on the right track and we’re staying positive. 

"Again, I say that every day. I’m not going to say much more because when it comes to concussions you...

05/13/2011 - 1:06pm
Marchand on M&M: Seguin looks strong

Bruins winger Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon, as the B's prepare for Saturday night's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals vs. the Lightning.

Both the Bruins and Lightning swept their previous series and have been waiting for more than a week to start this series. Marchand acknowledged the important of coming out strong.

"We just have to make sure that we have a big start to the game," he said. We're starting at home and we want to use our fans to our advantage, kind of get them into the game early. Both teams are going to be rusty, we've had a while off. But we have to make sure we come out hard."

Marchand is known for his aggressive, scrappy style. He said he's always played that way. "I don't know why. It just seemed to get me more in the game," he said. "It was something that just kind of came out as I was playing. It was always a fun role to play. I know if I was...

05/13/2011 - 11:58am
Rivers, Celtics have 5-year deal

Celtics president Danny Ainge said that the team and coach Doc Rivers have come to an agreement on a five-year contract. Yahoo! Sports reports the deal is worth $35 million.

"We wanted him for five years and he wanted to stay for five years," Ainge said. "I think Doc is the best coach in the league, so I think it's great for us."

Rivers indicated it was likely he would return to the Celtics after Wednesday's season-ending loss to the Heat. "I'm leaning heavily [toward] coming back," he said. "I haven't made that decision, but I can tell you I probably will. I've kind of come to that over the last couple of weeks."

Rivers has coached the Celtics for seven seasons, posting a regular-season record of 336-238 and a playoff mark of 46-34. He led the C's to the 2008 NBA championship.

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05/13/2011 - 11:54am
Millar on M&M: Pedroia 'the ignitor'

Kevin Millar of MLB Network made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning to talk about the still-struggling Red Sox.

Said Millar: "It's like they're in mud. … It's like they're not going anywhere."

The Sox are three games under .500 as they prepare to take on the Yankees for a three-game series in New York. Meanwhile, the Yankees have fallen out of first place in the American League East. This has taken some of the shine off this series.

"I don't know where this rivalry's at right now," Millar said. "I don't know. I was just asking that question: Is this the least-hyped series against the Yankees in the last few years? They're really kind of just there, going into a nice weekend series with the Yankees. Maybe this will ignite both clubs. We haven't seen a good brawl in a while."

Added Millar: "You need something in this series. Either someone's got to come out and...

05/13/2011 - 10:01am
Ference on D&C: Bruins need patience

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the upcoming series with the Lightning.

Ference said the Bruins are itching to get back to game action after having an eight-day layoff but that they haven’t gotten too restless in practice this week. “This week’s been handled well. We’ve had a couple of good practices,” Ference said. “It actually doesn’t feel overloaded. I think it’s been just the right amount.”

Ference said there were still some good battles in practice, though. “We had some stitches yesterday,” he said. “You get battles because you have to stay sharp. ... If one guy’s going at 95 percent game speed and the other’s at 80 percent, it doesn’t always work out. That guy at 80 percent gets brought up to speed fast.”

Ference also talked about matching up against the Lightning...

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