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Julien: 'Wed like to get Tim some rest'

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Julien: 'Wed like to get Tim some rest'

SAN JOSE, Calif. While it seems pretty clear that Marty Turco wont be getting the starting nod in San Jose on Thursday night, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas is going to need a breather before turning 38 years old at the beginning of next month.

Thomas has played in 13 straight games between the pipes, and its a no-brainer that Bs head coach Claude Julien will call his number again against a Sharks team at the HP Pavilion on Thursday night. But the 36-year-old Turco could be getting another call soon with the Bruins officially playing every other day for the remaining 10 games of the year starting in San Jose.

The Bruins would hope so as playing even seven out of the remaining 10 tilts is going to put Thomas over 60 games played for the season, and toss an undesirable workload on him in the seasons final two months.

The Bruins clearly dont want a repeat of the abysmal start against the Tampa Bay Lightning where Turco was knocked out of the game just four minutes into the action. If Turco were to stagger out of the gate badly again for the Bruins, it might be the last starting assignment hed get until the Bs were mathematically assured of the Northeast Division title.

But that also melds into the thinking for the Bs coaching staff. If the Bruins were able to win the first two games of the West Coast trip or at least take three out of four points against Sharks and Kings clubs that are fighting for the playoffs then seeing Turco against the Anaheim Ducks in the second game of a back-to-back weekend of hockey wouldnt be out of the realm.

It all depends on how much space the Bruins are able to create between themselves and the Ottawa Senators leading into the Sunday afternoon matinee at the Honda Center. Julien admitted as much after practice on Wednesday in San Jose.

Its still early since hes come here. Hes been better every single day that hes been here and we didnt bring him in here to sit on the bench. We hope to utilize him. But at the same time from an organizational standpoint you have to look at where we are in the standings.

Wed like to get Tim some rest here, and hopefully our play will dictate the way we use him moving forward. That way maybe we can get Tim some rest.

One thing that seems certain: Tuukka Rask probably wont be back before the end of the regular season and Anton Khudobin is just now taking shots on the ice as he returns from a wrist injury that knocked him in a painful case of terrible timing for the minor league goaltender.

Itll have to be Turco Time sooner or later unless the Bruins can limit opponents to 13 shots a game as they did against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Monday nights blowout victory.

Rask out tonight as he recovers from practice collision

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Rask out tonight as he recovers from practice collision

BRIGHTON, Mass – The string of injuries for the Bruins continues as Tuukka Rask (upper body) is out for tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden after getting trucked by Anders Bjork in practice Wednesday.

Rask was wobbly-legged while being helped off the ice after the violent collision and the 21-year-old Bjork looked like he’d also needed a couple of stitches on his chin after bloodying his practice jersey.

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The big concern is Rask still being evaluated by Bruins medical personnel for a possible concussion. It will be Anton Khudobin stepping in place for him against the Canucks with Providence Bruins netminder Zane McIntyre serving as his backup.

“Tuukka is out tonight. He’s going to get reevaluated today and we’ll have a better idea tomorrow,” said Bruce Cassidy. “Anton will start [against the Canucks].”

Clearly, Khudobin didn’t like seeing his goaltending partner get drilled in a spirited practice, but the 32-year-old is clearly feeling confident after a strong camp and a winning season debut last week against the Arizona Coyotes.

“You don’t want to see that, but at the same time we’ve got to keep moving forward and hopefully he’s going to get better soon,” said Khudobin, who stopped 29-of-31 shots in the win over Arizona last weekend. “I feel good. Camp was good and everything is fine, and I’ve started better than last year. My role is just day-to-day. Today is a game day and hopefully, you get a good result, and then tomorrow is another new day.”

Otherwise, it looks like the Bruins will at least be getting some of their healthy bodies back with David Backes in the lineup and Patrice Bergeron a game-time decision against the Canucks. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings based on Wednesday’s practice:

Marchand-Bergeron-Bjork
DeBrusk-Krejci-Pastrnak
Schaller-Kuraly-Backes
Beleskey-Nash-Agostino
 
Chara-McAvoy
Miller-Carlo
Krug-McQuaid

Khudobin 

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Are Red Sox playing a waiting game before naming their new manager?

Are Red Sox playing a waiting game before naming their new manager?

BOSTON — As soon as the American League Championship Series ends, the Red Sox could make a move for their manager.

Industry sources continue to expect Astros bench coach Alex Cora will be the Sox’ pick. No offer had been officially made as of midday Wednesday, one source close to the situation said. But the belief is such an offer waits out of respect to the Astros-Yankees ALCS that can end no later than Saturday if the series goes a full seven games. 

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“Not a doubt it is him,” the source said.

Sunday and Monday would both be off days ahead of the Tuesday night start of the World Series. That leads to the potential for at least a Red Sox announcement of Cora, if not a press conference, before the Fall Classic begins. (If the Astros advance to the World Series, it may be harder to have Cora in Boston for any length of time.)

All those who know Cora praise his ability to connect with players. The former Red Sox infielder is good friends with Dustin Pedroia. Cora’s previous knowledge of the Boston market works in his favor, as well, as does his mettle handling the media. Some question his readiness as a first-time manager, considering he would be taking over a team with great win-now expectations and complicated clubhouse dynamics.

Nothing takes the place of experience and there is such a thing as being too close to players. Ultimately, if the Sox do land Cora, 41, they would be adding the hottest up-and-coming managerial prospect who’s available on the market. The everybody-wants-him reputation could give Cora added cachet with players and certainly becomes a public-relations win for those fans following the search.

The Sox interviewed Ron Gardenhire on Wednesday. Gardenhire was the third candidate the Sox talked to and could well be the last. Cora met with the Sox on Sunday, followed by Brad Ausmus on Monday.