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Boychuk (concussion) day-to-day

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Boychuk (concussion) day-to-day

WILMINGTON, Mass. Johnny Boychuk is feeling better, but he might be missing a couple of games after being on the wrong end of a Chris Neil train-wreck hit Saturday night in Ottawa.

Neil caught Boychuk with his head down and blasted Boychuk with one of the hardest body checks thrown this season, and Boychuk was still feeling concussion symptoms a couple of days following the hit. Bs general manager Peter Chiarelli said that Boychuk was still a little foggy on Sunday, and the B's defenseman was absent from practice on the Ristuccia Arena ice on Monday morning.

Claude Julien said Monday that Boychuk was day-to-day. In the interim, he paired the playoff defensemen duo of Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara together in the interim. The Bruins may fill Boychuks spot with a trade executed this afternoon Johnny Oduya and Bryan Allen have been mentioned most prominently or it could be up to Andrew Bodnarchuk to fill in for No. 55 during his injury absence.

It appears very unlikely that the ultra-durable Boychuk will be available for tomorrow nights rematch against the Senators, but the Bs coaching staff hadnt yet made that determination.

With Johnny were dealing with post-concussion symptoms and hes day-to-day, said Julien. But hes already feeling much better.

Both a source close to Boychuk and his own teammates seem to think his issue wasnt a serious injury like the one thats kept Nathan Horton out for over a month. But anyone in hockey knows theres no sure timetable when it comes to concussion symptoms.

Julien also called Shawn Thornton "a question mark" for Tuesday night's game against the Senators with the flu bug that's been attacking the B's tough guy for more than a week. Both Boychuk and Thornton weren't at practice on Monday morning.

Morning Skate: PK Subban rightly recognizes O'Ree as a hockey pioneer

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Morning Skate: PK Subban rightly recognizes O'Ree as a hockey pioneer

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading, while wondering when my video tribute is coming.

*Great interview with PK Subban, who appropriately lauds Willie O’Ree for his trailblazing, pioneer accomplishment of breaking through the NHL’s color barrier 60 years ago today. It was very cool that O’Ree did it with the Bruins and even cooler that he was in Boston last night from the Bruins-Habs game at TD Garden.

*Speaking of the Canadiens, old friend Joe Morrow decided to show the Canadiens digital people around Southie this week. That was his big accomplishment in these last two Bruins-Habs games.

*The Winnipeg Jets are having some big success this season, but they’ve also got some serious financial considerations coming up.

*The Colorado Avalanche continue to see attendance issues in their building, but at least there’s a reasonably better product on the ice.

*What is the value for power forward Patrick Maroon on the trade market as a rental? It certainly matters who is asking.

*Jack Johnson and John Tortorella are talking out their issues after it surfaced that the Columbus D-man wants a trade out of town.

*With Victor Hedman injured, it looks like young Tampa Bay D-man Slater Koekkoek is finally going to get a featured look with the Lightning. Per Elliotte Friedman, this is a player that the Bruins have eyed in trade possibilities in the recent past.

*For something completely different: Liam Neeson is open to returning as Qui Gon-Jinn, which adds another interesting piece to a standalone movie for Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbled'

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Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbled'

FOXBORO -- The Patriots are well aware of Jalen Ramsey's Super Bowl prediction, and they're not about to take the same approach to the AFC title game buildup. 

"If you're going to make a statement like that," Patriots rookie defensive tackle Adam Butler said on Wednesday, "you better be able to back it up . . . It's a bold statement to make. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. But like I said, be humble or be humbled. That's all I can really say about that."

As that quote made the rounds, Ramsey tweeted an emphatic "WHO!???" Didn't seem to be a coincidence.

What Ramsey said, though, is part of who the Jaguars are. They're young. They're confident. They're not afraid to talk. 

"I ain't got too much to say, but y'all make sure you bring that same energy out here next week and the week after," Ramsey said in Jacksonville following his team's plane ride back from Pittsburgh on Saturday. "We're going to the Super Bowl and we're going to win that [expletive]."

Outside of Butler, the comments have garnered little in the way of public commentary from Patriots players. 

"I mean, obviously, that's his game," Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe said of Ramsey. "He's a confident dude . . . Obviously, they're happy to go to the championship game, but, you know, that mindset of thinking ahead of yourself, I don't think it's a good idea . . ."

"We saw what happened to the Steelers. But on our end, obviously, we're not thinking ahead to the [Super Bowl] because we have to get past [the Jaguars]. So, we heard it, but we're not too focused on it because we have to focus on doing our job for the game."