Chris Kelly has become the 10th Bruins player to agree to play overseas during the NHL lockout and will play for HC Red Ice of the First Amateur League of Switzerland, according to Finnish hockey reporter Matias Strozyk.
There has been no announcement made on the Red Ice website about the Kelly signing.
The Bs third line center had been skating with a small group of NHL players in Ontario waiting things out over the last few months. Kelly joined his Bruins teammates for the large NHLPA gathering in New York City during the month of September when the entire Bs club showed up to the proceedings, but he hasnt been in Boston during the 46-day NHL lockout.
Kelly was set to begin a four-year, 12 million contract this season after signing an extension in July and is coming off a career year where he hit the 20 goals scored mark for the first time in his career. According to the report, Kelly has a contract that can be renewed at the end of every month and the center will have an out clause in the deal that will allow him to leave Switzerland once the NHL begins their regular season.
The 10 Bruins players now in Europe are the largest contingent of NHL locked out players overseas, and there could be more Bs headed abroad in coming days if the Winter Classic is cancelled.
James White put it perfectly on Thursday. When asked if he was the one who injured Tom Brady's hand in Wednesday's practice, the running back replied, "The world may never know."
During an interview with NFL Network, another Patriots running back said you can't put Brady's injury on him.
"Not me," said DIon Lewis. "No, it wasn't me . . . I actually didn't see it happen, but from when I talked to other guys, I knew he was gonna be oaky. It's Tom, so regardless of any situation he's put in, he's going to make sure he's out there game day. Nobody's really worried."
That seems to be the general consensus inside the Patriots locker room. They're all expecting Brady to play. And when they're asked about how he's looked, their answers have ranged from evasive to joking about Brady's handsomeness.
The focus, as Lewis explained, isn't so much on the health of their quarterback but rather the game plan they're putting in place to take on the top defense in the AFC.
"We have a great idea," Lewis said, "of what we think we can do to have success against this defense . . . We just gotta be on point every play. We don't got plays to give away."
Might that mean a load of two-back or two-tight end sets to keep Jacksonville's base personnel on the field? Might that mean plenty of work in the screen game, as Jerod Mayo suggested on this week's Quick Slants the Podcast? Might that mean a heavy dose of Rob Gronkowski?
There are soft spots in the Jaguars defense, as talented as it is, but it will probably require Brady being able to grip a football for the Patriots to exploit them. His teammates seem confident he'll be able to do that.
FOXBORO — For the second straight day, Tom Brady was on the practice field long enough for people to take pictures of his hand. Check ‘em out.
Friday marked the second straight day in which Brady wore a glove on his throwing hand, something he does not typically do. He was also on the field for the media portion at the beginning of Thursday’s practice, but did not participate in the actual practice.
We’ll know when the practice report is released later today whether Brady practiced this time. He’ll also speak this afternoon.