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DJ Bean
January 03, 2014 - 8:44 am
Reilly Smith was not a throw-in in last summer’s trade between the Bruins and Stars. "Oh, no. Absolutely not,” Peter Chiarelli says. “No, no, no." Here’s what Smith is, among other things: a player the Bruins had eyed for years, a skilled, slippery forward, a 22-year-old who is mature beyond his...
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January 02, 2014 - 12:17 am
FOXBORO -- No team in the AFC will rely more on its rookies to get it through the postseason than the Patriots. Of the 53 players on the New England roster at the dawn of the postseason, 22 have not participated in the playoffs, and of that group, 15 of those players are rookies. And those aren’t...
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DJ Bean
January 01, 2014 - 2:54 am
Sometimes, starting goaltenders have to look over their shoulders at a promising backup. Right now Chad Johnson is a backup who might be looking over his shoulder at Niklas Svedberg. Johnson is not Anton Khudobin and he certainly isn’t Tuukka Rask , so consider this the first time in a while –...
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