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With big assignment ahead, Dougie Hamilton is learning from the best

DJ Bean  |  04/16/2014 - 8:55am EST

Last year, Dougie Hamilton could only watch from the press box as the Bruins came so close to their goal of winning the Stanley Cup. He was a rookie then, and the Bruins didn’t need him on the blue line. Now they do, and in a big way. “For me, the biggest thing is his defending and his strength on the puck, and it's gotten so much better,” general manager Peter Chiarelli said this week. “It still has to get better, because I project him to be a top defenseman.” Hamilton has to be a top-pairing defenseman for the Bruins, as Dennis Seidenberg’s absence means that Zdeno Chara is without his usual postseason partner. Hamilton had been Chara’s partner in 13 of the Bruins’ first 37 games leading up ...

Bruins-Red Wings matchups: Should B's really be concerned?

DJ Bean  |  04/15/2014 - 8:13am EST

The Red Wings will be a pretty tough matchup for the Bruins, but the Bruins are a nightmare matchup for anyone. The first round of the playoffs matches the Bruins against a Detroit team that handled them in the regular season (the Red Wings won three of the four games, including a 6-1 drubbing at Joe Louis Arena on Nov. 27), and is getting healthier than it was for much of the season. The Bruins haven’t seen Pavel Datsyuk since Oct. 14, but he’s back. Henrik Zetterberg could return from back surgery at some point as well. As such, the Bruins will see a different Red Wings team than they saw over their last couple of meetings. "I think they’re a classic puck possession team," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli ...

What happened to the championship lineup? Taking stock of Red Sox' offensive ...

Alex Speier  |  04/15/2014 - 7:23am EST

This is the dangerous time, when a glimpse at a team is likely as not to represent a walk past funhouse mirrors. The view is distorted, with strengths and weaknesses alike stretched and smushed in a fashion that reveals little about the true shape of a performance. It's been 13 games for the Red Sox -- about 8 percent of the season having been played. If this were a football season, the Sox would be somewhere in the second quarter of the second game of the year. A struggle out of the gate is not uncommon even for outstanding baseball teams. Of the last 20 teams to reach the World Series (since 2004), eight -- 40 percent -- had a losing record at this point. Of those, two (the 2010 Rangers and 2007 Rockies) matched the Sox' 5-8 record through ...

Revisiting Bruins' preseason projections

DJ Bean  |  04/14/2014 - 10:22am EST

In perhaps the strangest way, the Bruins were better than anyone expected them to be this season. They lost their second-best defenseman and got relatively little production from the player perceived to be their biggest offseason acquisition, but the B's won the Presidents' Trophy, had by far the best differential in the league (plus-84; the next team was plus-57) and had terrific special teams (third in power play, eighth in penalty kill). With that said, it's worth looking back on what we expected the Bruins to do as individuals and how they fared. The biggest surprises were Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith, while guys like Jarome Iginla were able to match lofty expectations. Players such as Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller, neither of whom ...

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04/12/2014 - 11:38pm

NEW YORK -- If they want to keep Jon Lester -- truly keep Jon Lester -- the Red Sox are obviously going to have to do better. Potentially a lot better. According to a major league source, the Red Sox' most recent offer to Lester regarding an extension past the $13 million he is making in 2014 was for four years at $70 million. That isn't going to get ... more »

04/15/2014 - 7:23am

This is the dangerous time, when a glimpse at a team is likely as not to represent a walk past funhouse mirrors. The view is distorted, with strengths and weaknesses alike stretched and smushed in a fashion that reveals little about the true shape of a performance. It's been 13 games for the Red Sox -- about 8 percent of the season having been played. ... more »

03/27/2014 - 7:37pm

While it’s not officially a free agent signing, Thursday’s announcement that Vince Wilfork and the Patriots have agreed to a new deal brings an eventful two-plus weeks to a close for the franchise, and wraps an impressive free-agent period for New England that saw the Patriots address some serious deficiencies. The departure of cornerback ... more »

04/16/2014 - 8:55am

Last year, Dougie Hamilton could only watch from the press box as the Bruins came so close to their goal of winning the Stanley Cup. He was a rookie then, and the Bruins didn’t need him on the blue line. Now they do, and in a big way. “For me, the biggest thing is his defending and his strength on the puck, and it's gotten so much ... more »

04/10/2014 - 10:55pm

Come on, who doesn't love a bold idea? Even if we know from the start it'll eventually be a disaster -- think Jay Leno at 10 p.m., McCain selecting Palin, Michael Jordan with the Birmingham Barons, Bobby Valentine, Dennis Miller on Monday Night Football -- there should always remain room to at least applaud a little outside-the-box thinking. Without ... more »

04/09/2014 - 10:21pm

Now the season can really begin, at least in the mind of David Ortiz. All it took was one of his patented late-inning go-ahead home runs Wednesday to wake the echos of his countless clutch moments in Red Sox history. His mammoth shot to the grandstand in right turned a 2-1 hole into a 4-2 win over the Rangers at Fenway and gave the team some momentum ... more »

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Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.

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Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, brings us around the NHL 4-11-14

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Buster Olney, ESPN: Sox clubhouse unhappy with Lester offer, 4-16-14

Buster Olney joined Mut and Merloni to discuss the Lester contract offer and the trickle-down effect in the clubhouse, the defense of Xander Bogaerts, and the slow start

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We speak with Matt Chatham, who re-tells his story from that fateful Monday and looks ahead to brighter things, including this year's marathon.

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Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.

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The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.

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