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Tuukka Rask: Always good, now a bell cow

DJ Bean  |  01/31/2015 - 11:13pm EST

The Bruins had long known that Tuukka Rask would be their No. 1 goaltender. Even as his name was carved into the Stanley Cup as a backup behind the play of Tim Thomas, the former first-round pick’s eventual role for Boston was obvious. Though Rask figured to become one of the top goaltenders in the league (check), there was no guarantee – hardy an expectation, in fact – that he would become a bell cow. Yet Rask has indeed put an end to the Bruins’ backup-friendly philosophy and become one of the most depended-upon netminders in the NHL. Getting the vast majority of one teams’ starts means two things: that your team wants to use you a lot and that your body can handle it. Claude Julien said when Rask regained the ...

Bruins keeping David Pastrnak away from opponents' top lines

DJ Bean  |  01/31/2015 - 8:30am EST

When David Pastrnak went off against the Lightning over two weeks ago, Claude Julien gave him the ultimate sign of approval: the 18-year-old played a shift against Steven Stamkos late in a game with the Bruins protecting a one-goal lead. The next day, Julien said the move wasn’t a test for Pastrnak, and that the player deserved the tough assignment after his two-goal, plus-4 performance. Julien noted that such decisions would vary from night to night. Flash forward to this week, and Julien opted to take Pastrnak off his first line rather than play him against John Tavares. “They were trying to exploit a young player, an 18-year-old by putting their top line against him,” Julien said of the Islanders. “I have to be ...

The Breakup: Robert Kraft, Roger Goodell headed in different directions

Christopher Price  |  01/30/2015 - 6:30pm EST

PHOENIX — It’s clear now that Roger Goodell and Robert Kraft aren’t BFF’s anymore. The two have always been in lockstep since Goodell took over the job in August 2006. Kraft has carried a ton of water for the commissioner, and has been a very public supporter of Goodell through a very difficult year-plus where he’s been under almost constant attack. The two have been together when it comes to all league matters, including a potential 18-game season, drug policy and the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson scandals. Throughout all of the turmoil, it’s safe to say that the commissioner has always enjoyed the support of the Patriots franchise: While others have occasionally broken ranks with the commissioner on a ...

Why Roger Goodell can't be trusted

Mike Petraglia  |  01/30/2015 - 6:27pm EST

PHOENIX -- If you were expecting answers Friday from the NFL's top dog about Deflategate, you were barking up the wrong tree. This dog won't hunt. He'll only whimper and wonder why fans, players and the media think he's a fraud. During Roger Goodell's annual state of the league address the Friday before the Super Bowl, the commissioner artfully dodged questions about the heart of the issue: Why is the NFL obsessed with an equipment rules violation and why should fans believe his office's investigation is above board when his image appears corrupted beyond repair? Forty-eight minutes of press conference. Eight questions about Deflategate. Eight chances to explain why a football equipment issue has risen to a level of media hype bigger than ...

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01/30/2015 - 3:34pm

When it comes to this offseason, nobody was missing the shock and awe of scooping up almost $200 million of position players in the form of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. And, looking back at early December, few winter meetings were dominated by one player like Jon Lester controlled the news cycle in San Diego. But there was one signature moment ... more »

01/29/2015 - 9:13pm

PHOENIX – Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton can reduce Super Bowl 49 to the essential battle that may very well decide the game. "What we do really well is tackle," he said. "What they do really well is break tackles." They call Seattle's secondary the Legion of Boom for a reason, and it's not just because of tight ... more »

01/30/2015 - 6:30pm

PHOENIX — It’s clear now that Roger Goodell and Robert Kraft aren’t BFF’s anymore. The two have always been in lockstep since Goodell took over the job in August 2006. Kraft has carried a ton of water for the commissioner, and has been a very public supporter of Goodell through a very difficult year-plus where he’s been ... more »

01/31/2015 - 11:13pm

The Bruins had long known that Tuukka Rask would be their No. 1 goaltender. Even as his name was carved into the Stanley Cup as a backup behind the play of Tim Thomas, the former first-round pick’s eventual role for Boston was obvious. Though Rask figured to become one of the top goaltenders in the league (check), there was no guarantee – ... more »

01/28/2015 - 11:34pm

"Tom Brady will never win another MVP. He's never going to play in another Super Bowl in New England. His best days are gone, and the days at a level right below his best days are gone. There will be flashes of the old form, but those will be outnumbered by what we've seen the last year and a half. It's only going to get worse for Brady and the ... more »

01/30/2015 - 6:27pm

PHOENIX -- If you were expecting answers Friday from the NFL's top dog about Deflategate, you were barking up the wrong tree. This dog won't hunt. He'll only whimper and wonder why fans, players and the media think he's a fraud. During Roger Goodell's annual state of the league address the Friday before the Super Bowl, the commissioner artfully dodged ... more »

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