Bruins center Marc Savard will make his long-awaited season-debut on Thursday night when the Bruins take on the Lightning. Savard will center Tyler Seguin and Michael Ryder, while Jordan Caron is a healthy scratch for the first time since the season-opener on Oct. 9. Caron missed two games last weekend with the flu.
Savard met with Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien Thursday to determine the center's status after he skated earlier in the day.
“When I am able to play, I can’t wait," Savard said before the meeting on Thursday. "It’s going to be an exciting time."
Savard has missed the beginning of the season with post-concussion symptoms. For more on the Bruins, visit their team page at weei.com/bruins.
The Patriots have claimed running back Thomas Clayton on waivers for a second go-round in New England, according to ESPN. Clayton, who was with the Patriots in the preseason and for the first two months of the 2010 season before he was cut, is a 5-foot-11, 225-pounder who was drafted by San Francisco in the sixth round of the 2007 draft out of Kansas State. He's played for the 49ers, Patriots and Browns, and had zero rushing yards in two games with Cleveland this season before he was waived by the Browns on Wednesday. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
According to a major league source, the Red Sox will almost certainly tender a contract to Jonathan Papelbon (“unless something cataclysmic happens in the next few hours”), making him eligible for a final round of arbitration. Papelbon, who made $9.35 million in 2010 (his second season of arbitration eligibility), and may be in line to make just more than $11 million for ’11. If the Red Sox had chosen to non-tender Papelbon, he would have been eligible for free agency. Thursday is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to players eligible for arbitration.
For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.
According to a major league source, the Red Sox have come to an agreement to re-sign catcher Jason Varitek with the catcher inking a one-year, $2 million deal with $300,000 of incentives. Peter Gammons and SI.com's Jon Heyman were first to report the agreement. The 38-year-old Varitek, who sat out the majority of the 2010 season with a broken foot, hit .232 with seven homers in 39 games last season. It would mark the third time Varitek has re-signed with the Red Sox after exploring free agency. The team captain had been labeled a Type B free agent, but the Sox chose not to offer him arbitration. For more Red Sox news, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes met with the media following practice on Thursday and was asked about the Patriots secondary, specifically rookie Devin McCourty.
"If I could really speak my mind I would," said Holmes. "But off the strength of me being a professional I'll just say that I don't worry about those guys. We have to worry about what we do here; I don't care who they line up on the other side of the ball. It's our job to get the job done."
When asked if he thought any rookie could stop him, Holmes paused for a second before smiling and shaking his head.
"Negative," said Holmes, who did not play in the Jets' Week 2 win over the Patriots due to a four-game suspension for substance abuse. "That was proven in the Super Bowl two years ago when they had a rookie follow me around the whole game. I wouldn't do it if I was them."...
Greg and Chris talk more offseason happenings with the Pats and their plans. They talk about some of the free agents toward the bottom of the list with Stevan Ridley and Dan Connolly. Price thinks that Connolly could end up back with the Pats and Ridley elsewhere (Cowboys?), but Greg thinks they both could be back. They also chat about the departure of VInce Wilfork and what he meant to the organization, the re-signing of McCourty and more.
The very first airing of the offseason edition of NFL Sunday gets underway with Greg and Chris delving into the free agency period and how the Pats made out. Of course they lost Revis to the Jets, but what else went on? Greg isn't over the loss of Revis yet and the guys discuss what went into that whole ordeal. Price is looking forward to the additions of Chandler and Cadet. They also get a call from Mike Petraglia and get his thoughts on the Pats offseason moves.
We talk to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News about his column today which basically accuses the Patriots of sour grapes for asking the league to enforce their own rules against tampering.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase kick off this weeks show by talking to Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly about his biceps recovery, getting ready for the season and his NCAA brackets. They then talk about the Red Sox depth at closer with Koji Uehara questionable for the start of the season.
Jack Edwards of NESN joins Dale, Michael and Jerry. With 9 games left the Bruins don't have much if any margin of error, and Jack knows it.
DJ, Joe and Pete talk more playoff scenarios in hour 2 and if the Bruins can get in, they'll be a very dangerous team... to the point where DJ thinks teams would much rather face the Senators and are doing their best to oust the Bruins from the equation. It's become apparent now more than ever that Chiarelli probably needed to pull the trigger on a deal for a defenseman at the trade deadline. Also. Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun joins the boys to discuss the Hamburglar and the Senators and Bruins being neck-and-neck for a playoff spot.
With the Senators hot on the tail of the Bruins for a spot in the playoffs, Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun calls into Sunday Skate. He talks about "the Hamburglar" craze sweeping through the league as goalie Andrew Hammond has really stepped up for Ottawa. They discuss playoff chances, the fans' reaction in Ottawa and more.
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D&C's favorite author joined the show to discuss his new book.
We hear more audio from Christian's day between the pipes. He did his best to try and intimidate the small children shooting on him.
After Christian gave away his children's dog, we find out that Lola eventually found a better home.
During the recess of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, Ted Daniel describes the first half of Shayana Jenkins testimony.
Dale and Michael discuss the collective egg laid by the Celtics against the Heat, and how the Bruins turnaround better begin tonight if they want it to begin at all.
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