Rich Peverley to play overseas in Finland


Rich Peverley to play overseas in Finland

A source close to Rich Peverley has confirmed to that the Bruins forward has signed on to play hockey in Finland during the NHL lockout. The shifty, hard-nosed Peverley has signed on to play with JYP in the SM-liiga Finnish hockey league, and will arrive later this week according to the teams website.

The 30-year-old Peverley finished with 11 goals and 42 points last season in an injury-plagued season for the Bruins, and also serves as the alternate NHLPA player representative for the Bruins alongside forward Daniel Paille. Peverley came alive during the playoffs, and was one of Bostons best forwards in their first-round postseason loss to the Washington Capitals last April.

Peverley was skating with the rest of the Bruins at Harvard last week, and is expected to be among a sizeable exodus of Bs skaters this week.

Tyler Seguin and Anton Khudobin have already left for Europe, and David Krejci, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference are expected to leave for their European destinations this week if theyre not already there. Like his Bs teammates that have already agreed to European contracts during the lockout, Peverley has an out clause that allows him to return to Boston when the NHL resumes playing games.

More Bruins players are expected to formalize plans to head to Europe to remain sharp this week as it appears at least a few months of the NHL regular season are in danger due to the lockout. Former UMass star and Brockton native Cory Quirk is among the players listed on the most recent JYP roster in Finland that Peverley will be joining this week.

Bruins will play Blackhawks in 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame


Bruins will play Blackhawks in 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame

The Bruins will once again be taking things outdoors and participating in their third Winter Classic in franchise history, but for the first time they won’t be hosting the NHL’s centerpiece event. The B’s announced on Saturday afternoon that they’ll be facing off against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 Winter Classic that will be played at iconic Notre Dame Stadium. Both the Bruins and Blackhawks aren’t exactly strangers to the outdoor showcase, and per usual the Black and Gold are happy to be part of a big deal event for the league.

“The Boston Bruins are excited to be playing in the 2019 Bridgestone Winter Classic against another storied Original Six franchise, the Chicago Blackhawks,” said Bruins President Cam Neely, in a press release. “The rich history of Notre Dame Stadium is well documented, and our team looks forward to playing at such an iconic venue. We hope that by participating in these large scale and unique NHL events we can bring Bruins fans new hockey experiences, and that we can use these opportunities to help grow our great game and attract new fans.”

There will be some natural storylines for the game including the rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final participants, and a return to Notre Dame for Fighting Irish forward Anders Bjork after playing three seasons in South Bend. The Bruins/Blackhawks Winter Classic matchup was first reported by Barstool Sports almost two weeks ago, but it wasn’t until Saturday that any of the officials involved were ready to confirm the game.

The Bruins will be in their third Winter Classic after hosting the Jan. 1 outdoor game at Fenway Park in 2010 in an overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and at Gillette Stadium in 2016 in a blowout loss to the Montreal Canadiens.  It is a league-most fourth Winter Classic appearance for the Blackhawks, who hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in 2009, took on the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park in 2015, and most recently played the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium in 2017.

Stevens: Celtics haven't played well enough to make streak 'valid'


Stevens: Celtics haven't played well enough to make streak 'valid'

You know who else - besides Charles Barkley - isn't impressed by the Celtics' 14-game winning streak?

Their coach. 


At the shootaround in Atlanta before the Celtics attempt to make it 15 in a row tonight against the Hawks, Brad Stevens told reporters, including ESPN's Chris Forsberg, that his team hasn't played well enough to make the streak "valid." 

“We haven’t played well enough to consider this win streak to be valid in my opinion,” Stevens said."We’ve figured out ways to win games. We gotta play a lot better.”

The Celtics have come back from double-digit deficits a number of times in the streak. Stevens said they're fortunate those rallies have kept the streak going.  

"We've got to be better, and we know that," Stevens said. "We can't get so caught up in the results of all these games and ride that emotion. We've been fortunate to win a lot of the games in this streak, including Thursday night [92-88 over the defending champion Golden State Warriors]. If we dig ourselves a 17-point hole every other game, it's not going to be as much fun as we've had recently."