Bruins

Doc: Terry 'filled a need' for Celtics

913413.jpg

Doc: Terry 'filled a need' for Celtics

His new Celtics teammates and coach Doc Rivers are gushing about what new addition Jason Terry will bring to the team this season.

"He filled a need," said coach Doc Rivers, who said he told president of basketball operations Danny Ainge Terry was the kind of player he was looking for.

"No. 1 on our list, we needed someone to be able to score off the bounce," Rivers said. "When you think about the history of the Celtics and the great sixth man, he's been that in Dallas and he wants to be that with the Celtics. That makes it a little easier to coach."

Ainge said Terry gives the C's "a little bit of what we lost in Ray Allen, who signed with the Heat. He's a fearless shooter."

Said Kevin Garnett: "He's just a scorer. He can score in a whole bunch of different ways."

Captain Paul Pierce has been hoping to team up with Terry for some time.

"I thought he should've been with us four or five years ago," Pierce said. "He reminds me a lot of myself."

Morning Skate: Predators kicking it into gear

cp-morning-skate.jpg

Morning Skate: Predators kicking it into gear

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while anticpating the turkey leftovers, ready for the taking.
 
-- NHL referee Wes McCauley is at it again, this time going with a fun no-goal call after having some trouble with his microphone.
 
-- After getting humbled on Opening Night by the Bruins, the Nashville Predators are starting to get on a roll.

-- NBC Pro Hockey Talk has Kyle Turris excelling for the Predators, and Matt Duchene very much still stuck in neutral for the Ottawa Senators.

-- NHL stars go through their favorite traditions, and what they enjoy is a game that’s full of routine, superstition and tradition.
  
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ray Ferraro says “it looks rotten” with the Edmonton Oilers as they continue to struggle out of the starting gate.
 
-- Larry Brooks goes through an all-time ranking of the general managers for the New York Rangers, and it’s an illustrious list.

-- The Vegas Golden Knights could make the playoffs in their very first season, and are absolutely far ahead of expectations for a new expansion team.
 
-- For something completely different: Wild turkeys are making a major comeback in Massachusetts after being all but extinct here.
 

Belichick says there are more former Patriots throughout rest of NFL than other teams

cp-gillette-stadium-overhead-day-092417x.jpg

Belichick says there are more former Patriots throughout rest of NFL than other teams

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will see some familiar faces Sunday when they play the Dolphins and former New England interior lineman Ted Larsen. 

Then again, a suddenly interesting Bill Belichick noted Friday, the Patriots are used to seeing their players of seasons past end up elsewhere. In his estimation, the Patriots see their former players stay in the league moreso than most other organizations. 

“There’s 70-something guys in the league like that that have been here and are playing for somebody else, or whatever the number is,” Belichick said when asked about facing Larsen. “It’s a lot. Seventy to 90, somewhere in there, depending on how you want to count the practice-squad players and today’s waiver wire vs. yesterday’s waiver wire. There’s a lot of guys out there. It’s one of the highest numbers in the league.”

Asked to clarify, Belichick responded, “I think we have more [former] players that are playing on other teams than other teams [do], or one of them. I don’t know if we’re the highest. We’re one of the highest; I can tell you that. We’re up there pretty high, but it depends on how you want to count them: starters, roster players, IR, practice squad. You can run the list that you run and count them up how you want to count them up, but we’d be up there pretty high.”

Belichick loosely estimated that there might be an average of three former Pats per team in the NFL. Of course, the actual number varies from team to team, with the Colts’ roster essentially looking like a Patriots museum. 
 
Interestingly enough, the question of the total number was explored this offseason by Pats Pulpit, who determined in May that there were 91 former Patriots on other rosters.