Dooling frustrated by leaked NBAPA information


Dooling frustrated by leaked NBAPA information

ATLANTA Keyon Dooling is one of the more level-headed, even-keeled players you'll find in the NBA.

But there was no mistaking the anger and frustration the Boston Celtics guard felt when details began to surface surrounding the growing rift between union president Derek Fisher, the union's executive committee and its executive director, Billy Hunter.

More than anything else, Dooling was troubled by the leaking of classified union information that included, among other things, the executive committee - which Dooling is a member of - seeking Fisher's resignation.

"I'm a union man, and I don't air union business," said Dooling, who is vice-president of the NBA player's association. "I wish that every man that's a part of our union would have the same principles as I do.

Dooling added, "it upsets me that we don't have the same cohesiveness that tight-knit organizations have, for whatever reason. It's ridiculous, it's hideous, it disgusts me that we can't keep our union business in-house."

BothSI.comand Yahoo! Sports reported that Fisher was pursuing an internal review of the union's "business practices" even though the executive committee said such a review was "unnecessary."

A memo sent to union members from Hunter - who appears to have the support of the executive committee - was obtained bySI.comthat indicated the committee, "voted to rescind the resolution it made last week to conduct a review of the NBPA's practices and finances" because "the review was unnecessary since there had ben a recent independent audit of the NBPA's finances which raised no issues."

The fact that all that information is out there for public consumption, does not sit well with Dooling.

"It's simple; somebody's telling. Somebody's talking," Dooling said. "I'm not airing union business. It's ridiculous. I'm a union man. I want to protect the integrity of our players and what we fight for and what's our rights. We don't do that through the media and through the public. It does no good, to have that out."

Morning Skate: Robust trade market for D-men


Morning Skate: Robust trade market for D-men

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while prepping for Claude Bowl II.

*It’s going to be a robust trade market for defensemen with names such as Jack Johnson, Dion Phaneuf and Oliver Ekman-Larsson highlighting the group that’s available. Paul Martin will be in that select company if he clears through waivers and perhaps Niklas Hjalmarsson will as well with many teams holding D-men they’re willing to part with.

*The Buffalo Sabres apparently want four assets in any deal for rental Evander Kane that includes a draft pick, a prospect and an NHL roster player, and it’s hard to believe anybody is going to do that for a perennial underachiever who's never even scored 60 points in a season before.

*A tough end to the Andrew Cogliano iron-man streak as he’s been suspended for a couple of games after an incident last weekend.

*Brent Burns is the envy of many blueliners around the league because of his hard, accurate shot, which isn’t scoring him as many goals this season

*Year-round Las Vegas resident Deryk Engelland has been rewarded for being a member of the Golden Knights with a one-year contract extension.

*It sounds like the Philadelphia Flyers have got Shayne Gostisbehere thinking more about defense after some up-and-down moments last season in his sophomore effort.

*For something completely different: A profile on a UFC champion and a firefighter all at the same time. Sounds like an interesting dude.


Acciari misses Bruins practice with upper-body injury


Acciari misses Bruins practice with upper-body injury

BRIGHTON, Mass – Noel Acciari was in and out of the Bruins lineup in the Monday afternoon loss to the Dallas Stars with an upper-body injury and the fourth-line grinder was missing from the practice ice on Tuesday as well. 

Acciari has been able to stay healthy the past few months while helping to establish Boston’s fourth line and has added to his hard-hitting style of play with six goals in 28 games this season.

But there's been a litany of injuries the past few seasons given the physical pounding the 5-foot-10, 208-pounder takes given his rugged style of play. This current injury limited him to just 6:05 of ice time in an overtime loss to the Stars. Still, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was optimistic that Acciari would be able to suit up against the Canadiens on Wednesday night in Claude Julien’s return to TD Garden.

“Jake DeBrusk was under the weather and so was Kevan Miller, so they stayed home,” said Cassidy of Acciari, who has missed 14 games this season mainly due to a broken finger suffered blocking a shot on opening night. “Noel Acciari has a bit of an upper-body injury and it affected his minutes [Monday vs. Dallas]. He’s kind of day-to-day. I suspect that he would play tomorrow, but we’ll have a better idea on [Wednesday] morning.”

Both DeBrusk and Miller are expected to be fine to play against the Habs in their rematch from last weekend this time on Boston's home ice. Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the players that were on the ice for Tuesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena: