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Examining the Bruins' decision to not trade for a defenseman

DJ Bean  |  03/03/2015 - 5:56pm EST

Before he took questions, Peter Chiarelli opened his post-trade deadline press conference Monday by explaining why he didn’t trade for a defenseman. That should tell you all you need to know about what the Bruins' biggest need was and whether the team adequately addressed it. (In case it doesn't: The Bruins' biggest need was on defense and the Bruins didn't trade for a defenseman. That leaves a pretty good chance that they won't go far this postseason, which is OK.) Chiarelli’s explanation was that, after perusing the options that they thought were feasible for what they were willing to give up, the Bruins determined that their in-house depth blueliners weren’t too far off from the guys for whom they were considering ...

Much like rest of season, Bruins fail to impress at trade deadline

Tim Benz  |  03/03/2015 - 9:24am EST

The eighth-place Boston Bruins got a little bit better at the trade deadline. A little bit better. I guess. Strong lead for a column, right? Sorry, but I can't make lemonade out of these lemons. The bland trade deadline moves by general manager Peter Chiarelli are consistent with the milquetoast season his team has given its fans so far. A team that won the Presidents' Trophy last year now is feverishly dog-paddling to keep its head above the playoff waterline in the NHL's Eastern Conference. In an effort to help, Chiarelli acquired Brett Connolly from Tampa Bay (in exchange for two second-round draft picks) and Max Talbot from Colorado (in exchange for Jordan Caron). Connolly is a 6-foot-2, 182-pound right winger with a right-handed shot. ...

If Bruins weren't going to add to blue line, Peter Chiarelli should have tried ...

Scott McLaughlin  |  03/02/2015 - 11:11pm EST

Peter Chiarelli made two solid trades Monday. Brett Connolly should be able to play in the top nine, and maybe the top six, and Max Talbot improves the fourth line. Neither is a rental, and Chiarelli didn't have to give up anything all that significant to get them (two second-round picks is a little steep for Connolly, but it's far from crazy). Yet Chiarelli still lost at this deadline. All the talk leading up to the deadline was whether the Bruins were going for it this year or looking to the future. The deadline has come and gone, and they're still stuck somewhere in between. Connolly and Talbot help the Bruins both this year and next year assuming they sign Connolly, who will be a restricted free agent. But those two aren't big enough ...

Anything beats renting: Peter Chiarelli handles trade deadline the right ...

DJ Bean  |  03/02/2015 - 9:27pm EST

If Peter Chiarelli spent the final days and hours before the trade deadline trying to save his job, he has one thing going for him: He can tell his bosses that he didn’t trade a first-round pick for a good, but not great player. Not all of Chiarelli’s fellow GMs can say the same. The Blackhawks gave up their first and a top defenseman prospect for Antoine Vermette, a player who would best be served playing in Chicago’s bottom six before he likely leaves in the summer as a free agent. Andrej Sekera, who would have made a good second-pairing guy for the Bruins at the right price, cost the Kings a protected first-rounder and a defenseman they drafted 50th overall less than a year ago. The Rangers had to overpay for Keith Yandle, ...

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03/01/2015 - 8:00am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The two could be found leaning on the back of the batting cage Saturday, watching Joe Kelly throw his round of batting practice. No big deal. Just a manager and his pitcher passing the time before the day's next drill. But what the image of John Farrell and Justin Masterson did was offer a reminder. The last time such a dynamic took ... more »

03/02/2015 - 2:38pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. – If you're a serial internet troll, congratulations. You would've made a tremendous Nazi. For insight into how Hitler convinced so many otherwise rational people to embrace unspeakable acts of atrocity, just log in to Twitter. The respective offenses don't reside in the same stratosphere, of course, but the underlying thinking ... more »

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Let’s get one thing straight, right off the bat: Devin McCourty is not as important to the success of the Patriots as Darrelle Revis. But if New England wants to try and replicate the level of defensive dominance they enjoyed in 2014, they need to re-up the Rutgers product for 2015 and beyond. McCourty’s rookie deal he signed after being ... more »

03/03/2015 - 5:56pm

Before he took questions, Peter Chiarelli opened his post-trade deadline press conference Monday by explaining why he didn’t trade for a defenseman. That should tell you all you need to know about what the Bruins' biggest need was and whether the team adequately addressed it. (In case it doesn't: The Bruins' biggest need was on defense and the ... 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 »

02/22/2015 - 9:10am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When Dustin Pedroia went down last year with his second significant hand injury in as many years, the Red Sox lost much more than just their best middle infielder and top-of-the-order hitter. They lost their heart and soul. Now, more than ever, the Red Sox second baseman has emerged as the most vocal and significant leader on the ... more »

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