BOSTON (AP) — The verdict is in on Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy: Good player, but not much of an attorney.

Speaking on the eve of Boston’s Eastern Conference final opener against the Carolina Hurricanes, McAvoy said Wednesday he made his case to the NHL’s player safety authorities but couldn’t talk them out of the one-game suspension that will keep him out of Game 1 on Thursday night.

“I think that we put forth a pretty good defense,” McAvoy said. “Whatever, I have to serve it. I respect the process. I’m glad that I was able to say my piece and be able to defend myself, but all things together, I’m not a very good lawyer, I guess.”

The Bruins advanced to the NHL’s final

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