Bruins left winger Sean Kuraly will miss the remainder of the regular season after suffering a right hand fracture on Thursday against the New Jersey Devils.
Kuraly blocked a shot right which led straight to a goal from Danton Heinen, making for one very painful assist. Watch:
Dr, Matt Leibman performed successful surgery on Kuraly's hand, who's expected to miss approximately four weeks.
Karson Kuhlman was recalled by the Bruins prior to their game last night against the Florida Panthers to replace Kuraly's spot on the roster.
In 71 games this season, Kuraly has set career-highs in goals (eight), assists (13), points (21), and a plus-6 rating; his 134 shots also tied his career-high from last season.
In addition to their five horses, the Red Sox now know which eight relievers will be on their Opening Day roster:
Per The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham, Red Sox manager Alex Cora did indeed confirm the news earlier this afternoon.
The Red Sox made some related moves as well today, optioning three pitchers to the minors. Left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez was sent to Double-A Portland, while relievers Marcus Walden (RHP) and Bobby Poyner (LHP) were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Through 27 Grapefruit League games, Boston's eight Opening Day relievers have combined to post a 6.79 ERA (42 ER, 55.2 IP), with Colten Brewer (4 ER, 10 IP, 3.60 ERA) having been the most impressive thus far.
Cora still has not announced who his closer will be, so stay tuned for that.
This morning, the Bruins and defenseman Zdeno Chara agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal which also includes $1.75 million in performance bonuses.
The 2019-20 season will mark Chara's 22nd in the NHL and 14th with the Bruins, all as team Captain—the longest-tenured one in all of hockey.
Just less than one year ago, Chara agreed on a one-year extension worth $5 million with Boston. At the time, Chara had 23 points in 68 games. This season, Chara has just 11 points in 55 games, but continues to play strong defense with a plus-16.
Chara, who turned 42 five days ago, effectively takes a $3 million paycut with his new extension.
Just about five weeks ago, Chris Sale said he'd love to play for the Red Sox beyond 2019 once he was due to hit free agency.
As it turns out, Sale no longer needs to worry about his long-term future.
Sale, who turns 30 one week from today, passed a physical this morning to finalize a five-year contract extension with Boston worth $145 million which will begin after this season.
With this important signing, the Red Sox's rotation is set for the next few years. David Price and Nathan Eovaldi will be free agents after the 2022 season, while Eduardo Rodriguez remains arbitration eligible until 2021. Rick Porcello's contract is due to expire after this season, and you've got to think Ricky Raindrops will be interested in staying put with these guys.
What a day for the Red Sox. Their rotation, which I believe to be the best in baseball, all starts with Sale. He's the ace, he's the Opening Day starter, and he's here for six more years.
Following the Celtics' 120-107 win against the LA Lakers at Staples Center on Sunday night, Kyrie Irving spoke to Yahoo Sports and opened up about the way he's conducted himself this season.
"The way I’ve handled things, it hasn’t been perfect,” Irving said. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes that I take full responsibility for. I apologize. I haven’t done it perfectly. I haven’t said the right things all the time. I don’t want to sit on a place like I’m on a pedestal from anybody. I’m a normal human being that makes mistakes. For me, I think because of how fixated I was on trying to prove other people wrong, I got into a lot of habits that were bad, like reading stuff and reacting emotionally. That’s just not who I am.”
Irving certainly has been no stranger to drama this season. In my opinion, he's just misunderstood sometimes. He says things people may take the wrong way, things that I think he regrets; but at the end of the day, he's just a passionate, outspoken player and he wants to succeed with this team.
“I just want to make sure this locker room understands who I am and what I represent,” Irving said. “I’m trying to make sure that they set a great example for young players that are coming after them as well. Like I said, I haven’t said the right things and done all the right things, and I don’t ever want to compare myself to perfection."
This season, Irving is leading the Celtics with 23.4 PPG and 7.0 APG.
The Celtics are back in action tonight against the Sacramento Kings at 7:30 pm ET. Boston enters with a 41-27 record, Sacramento is 33-33.
The Red Sox's five-man rotation for 2019 looks to be one of the best in baseball, and the aces are finally starting to get their in-game work in.
Prior to March 10 (Sunday), Eduardo Rodriguez was the only projected starter of the five to pitch in any Grapefruit League games this spring, having started three of them.
Since then, Rick Porcello, David Price, and Nathan Eovaldi have finally appeared, starting the last three games on the 10th, 12th, and 13th, respectively.
Porcello allowed two earned runs (both solo homers) in three innings in an 8-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays without walking a batter.
Price allowed two earned runs (on a two-run homer) on four hits in three innings in a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers; Price walked two and struck out four.
Eovaldi pitched three innings in a 9-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins, allowing a solo home run for the only hit and earned run he allowed, with a walk and strikeout apiece.
Pretty solid spring debuts, now we're just waiting on Chris Sale.
Just two more weeks until Opening Day!
Although it's only Spring Training, the Red Sox have lost seven straight games entering action today.
Here are the matchups and scores from their current skid:
3/6: 6-1 vs Pirates
3/7: 12-1 vs Twins
3/8: 4-2 @ Orioles
3/9: 10-2 vs Mets
3/10: 8-1 @ Rays
3/12: 4-3 vs Tigers
3/13: 9-5 vs Twins
If you did the math, they're getting outscored 53-15 in those games.
But at least it's only spring!
Currently, the visiting Red Sox are leading the Tigers 4-3 in the seventh inning, looking to put an end to that losing streak.
The Bruins made three transactions today, recalling center Paul Carey and defenseman Connor Clifton, while sending left winger Peter Cehlarik back down to AHL Providence.
Carey, 30, is in his second stint with the Bruins organization (he played 17 games for Providence in the 2014-15 season). Boston acquired him from the Ottawa Senators in January for Cody Goloubef. In 21 games for Providence this season, Carey has 14 goals and six assists in 21 games with a plus-5.
In six NHL seasons with four teams, Carey has played 97 games (60 coming in the 2017-18 season) with eight goals and eight assists.
For the 23-year-old Clifton, this will be his second stint of the season with the Bruins in his first NHL campaign. Clifton played nine games from November 16 to December 4, recording a plus-2 and racking up 11 penalty minutes (nine coming in his first game).
Clifton has 27 points (six goals, 21 assists), and a plus-13 in 53 games this season for Providence. He will replace Torey Krug in the lineup for tomorrow night's game against the Winnipeg Jets, who's currently dealing with an upper-body injury.
Cehlarik played in the last six games for the Bruins, recording no points and 10 shots. This is his sixth demotion to Providence this season, and fifth one since January 20.
The Bruins are banged up right now and it showed yet again last night, as defenseman Steven Kampfer returned to the lineup for the first time since December 23.
Kevan Miller missed his eighth straight game last night on the blue line (it's unclear when he'll return), and Matt Grzelcyk was unavailable after taking a nasty hit on his arm the previous game (he could return on the next road trip).
Kampfer logged 12:15 of ice-time over 20 shifts, recording one shot and taking one minor penalty (has 22 penalty minutes in 26 games).
In three games for the Providence Bruins (last one on February 16), Kampfer had one goal and one assist with a plus-3.
Last night's 7-4 loss against the Blue Jackets was the fourth straight game that Bruins left wingers Jake DeBrusk and Marcus Johansson have missed.
DeBrusk blocked a shot off his left foot in last Tuesday's win against the Carolina Hurricanes. The 22-year-old had a tough time during practice the next day, and was wearing a walking boot afterward; DeBrusk then didn't attend the optional morning skate the next morning.
“I don’t believe it’s anything major,” coach Bruce Cassidy said on Thursday about DeBrusk's injury. “It may be a couple days. He might be ready Saturday, it might be a week. I don’t think it’s anything noteworthy that’ll keep him out an extended period of time.”
Though DeBrusk wasn't able to play on the Saturday Cassidy was speaking of (3-2 win vs the Ottawa Senators), he has made solid progress since, as he skated in Boston today.
It's unclear whether or not DeBrusk will be ready to return tomorrow night against the Winnipeg Jets.
DeBrusk has 22 goals and 12 assists in his sophomore season so far, appearing in 57 games.
Johansson, on the other hand, has been sidelined since he left the game early against the Hurricanes after taking a big hit; tests later revealed he had suffered a lung contusion.
Here's the hit that knocked him out of the game:
In four games for the Bruins, Johansson has one assist with a plus-1.
Additional Injury Notes:
In addition to DeBrusk and Johansson, the Bruins have some other players nursing injuries. It all starts with David Pastrnak, who's missed the last 14 games with a thumb injury, although he's likely to return soon.
Kevan Miller has also missed eight straight games now with an upper-body injury, not playing since February 23; it's uncertain when he will be back.
Matt Grzelcyk did not play last night against Columbus after leaving the previous game against the Penguins following this play:
X-rays came back negative on Grzelcyk's arm, which is great news for the Bruins as they may have avoided a much more serious injury.
Grzelcyk could return to the lineup sometime on the Bruins' four-game road trip which begins on Tuesday.
Finally, as announced early this evening, Torey Krug has been listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
According to Cassidy, Krug was "not feeling great" after taking a hit last night against the Blue Jackets; Krug did not practice today and will not play tomorrow against the Jets.
So there you have it. DeBrusk, Grzelcyk, Johansson, Krug, Miller, Pastrnak. All out.