Sports briefs for Jan. 13, 2013

From wire reports
Posted Jan. 13, 2013, at 5:46 p.m.

Bruins’ Thomas wants to play in 2013-14

Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas still intends to skip this season, but Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters Sunday that Thomas wants to return in 2013-14.

Chiarelli said that the two-time Vezina Trophy winner won’t be in training camp or play this season.

Thomas, 38, is signed through this season. He announced in June on his Facebook page that he planned to sit out 2012-13 to spend with his family in Colorado. The Bruins won’t be responsible for Thomas’ $5 million salary, but will receive his $5 million hit to their salary cap.

“We’ll end up suspending him,” Chiarelli told reporters. “He will be on our cap unless I trade him.”

Martz speaks with Raiders about coordinator opening

The Oakland Raiders have interviewed Mike Martz for the offensive coordinator job and Juan Castillo for the offensive line opening, according to reports.

Martz, the former St. Louis Rams head coach, last coached in the NFL in 2011 with the Chicago Bears as their offensive coordinator. He also has worked as an offensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers (2008) and Detroit Lions (2006-07).

Castillo is a former assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was fired in October as defensive coordinator. Former Eagles head coach Andy Reid had promoted Castillo to the position before the 2011 season after 13 years as the team’s offensive line coach.

Pronger’s return to ice could be a ways off

The Philadelphia Flyers aren’t expecting captain Chris Pronger to return in the near future.

Concussion symptoms have sidelined Pronger since November 2011. And though he reported for the first day of training camp on Sunday, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Pronger was scheduled to see his doctor.

When does Holmgren expect Pronger to be able to play again?

“Down the road? I guess you could say slight chance,” Holmgren said in an NHL.com report. “But I’d probably classify it as highly unlikely. Nothing’s changed.”

Billick had interview with Eagles

Former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick is among the candidates the Philadelphia Eagles have interviewed to fill their head-coaching vacancy, ESPN reported Sunday.

The interview took place last Monday, according to the report.

Billick is one of eight candidates who have talked with the Eagles since Andy Reid was fired on Dec. 31 after a 4-12 season. One of those was Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, who said Saturday that he is staying with the Irish.

While Reid has moved on to the Kansas City Chiefs as their new head coach, the Eagles’ search continues. They are expected to interview Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on Monday and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians on Tuesday.

Billick last coached in the NFL in 2007. In nine years with the Ravens, he compiled an 80-64 record. His teams reached the postseason four times and won a Super Bowl after the 2000 season. But in Billick’s final season, Baltimore finished 5-11.

Dorsey named Chiefs’ new general manager

The Chiefs reached into Andy Reid’s past for their new general manager Saturday, hiring Green Bay director of football operations John Dorsey as their new general manager.

Dorsey will be formally introduced at a news conference on Monday at Arrowhead Stadium, exactly one week after the Chiefs introduced Reid as their new head coach.

Dorsey, 52, spent more half of his life working for the Packers. He was a linebacker and special-teams player for Green Bay in the 1980s and returned as a college scout in 1991. He became their director of college scouting in 1998 and except for one season as Seattle’s personnel director in 1999, has been with the Packers ever since.

He became director of football operations only last year.

Reid was an assistant coach for the Packers during 1992-1998, and that’s where he met Dorsey.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/01/13/sports/sports-briefs-for-jan-13-2013/ printed on September 18, 2014