Morning sports update: What Marcus Johansson said about playing with Brad Marchand

Also: The Red Sox are likely done signing relievers, the Celtics hope to improve transition defense, and a 13-year-old soccer player turns pro.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson, of Sweden, in action against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period of a game last week. The Associated Press

The Bruins host the Sharks at TD Garden Tuesday at 7 p.m., while the Celtics play on the road against the Toronto Raptors at 8 p.m.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney emphasized there will be no tension between Marcus Johansson and Brad Marchand: On Jan. 23, 2018, Brad Marchand drove his right elbow into Marcus Johansson‘s head while he followed a shot on Devils goaltender Corey Schneider during the third period of a game between the Bruins and Devils. Johansson skated off under his own power that night, but he missed the remainder of the regular season while recovering from a concussion. Marchand has suspended five games by the NHL for the hit to the head.


While Johansson criticized Marchand for the “stupid” hit when he returned to practice last season, Don Sweeney told reporters Monday that he does not expect any tension in the locker room between the new teammates.

“I think [Johansson’s] quick line was, ‘I’d much rather be playing with Marchand than against,'” Sweeney said.

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Dave Dombrowski on remaining MLB free agents: The Red Sox team president told the Globe‘s Pete Abraham that the team is likely finished signing free agent relievers. Former Sox closer Craig Kimbrel remains the top reliever on the market and will become the top free agent overall if outfielder Bryce Harper closes a deal this week.

The Celtics emphasized improving their transition defense ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Raptors. The team hopes Aron Baynes will recover from his left-foot contusion in time to join the upcoming West Coast road trip.

13-year-old soccer player Olivia Moultrie began her professional career by signing an endorsement deal with Nike.

On this day: Jean Yawkey, former owner and team president of the Red Sox, died on Feb. 26, 1992, at age 83. She took over the ownership of the Red Sox after her husband, Tom Yawkey, died in 1976. The Red Sox amassed an 84-78 record in 1991, the final season before Yawkey died.


“She wanted to win a World Series for Boston,” longtime Red Sox player Carl Yastrzemski said, as reported by The Boston Globe the following day. “I wish she was around to see it. She was a great baseball fan. It’s a sad loss. She was a fine woman and wanted to win it so badly in the last four or five years it was just incredible. It just seems that everything always went against us.”