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A no-frills to-do list for new Bruins GM Don Sweeney

DJ Bean  |  05/22/2015 - 1:58pm EST

Since the Bruins promoted Don Sweeney to general manager, lots of folks have weighed in with to-do lists. Some have been good and some have been dumbfounding. None of them will serve as perfect predictions for this offseason, so treat these the same way you'd treat a mock draft. Here’s ours, with as little fluff as possible: 1. Make a decision on Claude Julien Sweeney won’t say for sure whether Julien will stay with the Bruins for a ninth season. Given that the best head coach candidates available this offseason have already taken new jobs, there’s little reason to dismiss Julien. 2. Make a decision on Milan Lucic Lucic is entering the final year of a three-year, $18 million deal. Sweeney called Lucic a “foundational ...

Lesson learned: Remembering how Mike Trout's road to Red Sox was detoured

Rob Bradford  |  05/22/2015 - 1:09am EST

If you're a baseball scout, at some point you're going to get the Mike Trout question. It's a rite of passage Ray Fagnant knows all too well. "I got into a discussion with a random fan at a game and they were saying, 'How smart can you guys be? You missed the best player on the planet,' " said the Red Sox' Northeast region scout. "I just said, 'You want to hear the real story?' " It's a good question. How does the guy currently considered by many as the best baseball player on the planet last until the 25th pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball amateur draft? Or how about this one: Why wouldn't the Red Sox have selected Trout if he slipped to them four spots later? (A reality confirmed by multiple decision-makers involved ...

If someone blames Red Sox' offensive woes on luck one more time, I'm going to ...

John Tomase  |  05/22/2015 - 12:32am EST

Bad luck, or bad baseball? In the fourth inning of Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Rangers, Hanley Ramirez stepped in with one out and runners on second and third. The Rangers played their middle infielders back to concede a run and shaded Ramirez up the middle, leaving a hole between first and second. Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez gave Ramirez a 1-1 two-seamer away at 89 mph, the perfect pitch to shoot to the right side to bring the Red Sox within a run at 3-2. Ramirez instead swung for the Monster, dribbling one in front of the mound that a charging Rodriguez gloved to the plate to nail Dustin Pedroia. Rally over, game over. Was that bad luck or bad baseball? With the Red Sox' struggles to hit with runners in scoring position reaching absurd levels, ...

Don Sweeney isn't afraid to challenge Cam Neely

DJ Bean  |  05/21/2015 - 12:01am EST

Don Sweeney is Cam Neely’s guy. That can end up being either a good thing or a bad thing for the Bruins. The first general manager that the Bruins’ president has hired since taking over in 2010 also happens to be both a longtime teammate of his and someone who has long worked under him in Boston’s front office. Yet while there are obvious reasons as to why Neely would be inclined to hire Sweeney based on their relationship, Sweeney is a very bright hockey mind who was probably ready to become a general manager somewhere anyway. He is qualified for the job, so he should do it the same way he would anywhere else. Revealing who has final say is a taboo subject in the Bruins’ front office, but Sweeney should be given the ...

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05/22/2015 - 1:09am

If you're a baseball scout, at some point you're going to get the Mike Trout question. It's a rite of passage Ray Fagnant knows all too well. "I got into a discussion with a random fan at a game and they were saying, 'How smart can you guys be? You missed the best player on the planet,' " said the Red Sox' Northeast region scout. "I just ... more »

05/22/2015 - 12:32am

Bad luck, or bad baseball? In the fourth inning of Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Rangers, Hanley Ramirez stepped in with one out and runners on second and third. The Rangers played their middle infielders back to concede a run and shaded Ramirez up the middle, leaving a hole between first and second. Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez gave Ramirez a 1-1 ... more »

05/19/2015 - 4:03pm

So what’s next for the quarterback? The news Tuesday that Patriots owner Robert Kraft had wearily decided to give up the battle and accept the punishment that the league meted out over Deflategate appears to end one of the chapters in this dopey saga that has defined the NFL offseason. At the same time, there’s still the matter of Tom Brady ... more »

05/22/2015 - 1:58pm

Since the Bruins promoted Don Sweeney to general manager, lots of folks have weighed in with to-do lists. Some have been good and some have been dumbfounding. None of them will serve as perfect predictions for this offseason, so treat these the same way you'd treat a mock draft. Here’s ours, with as little fluff as possible: 1. Make a decision on ... more »

01/29/2015 - 12:34am

"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 »

05/19/2015 - 2:17pm

Robert Kraft stood in front of a podium in San Francisco and just bailed out his quarterback. The Patriots owner has long considered Tom Brady as a son. He made that much perfectly clear in January when Deflategate first broke. He asked Brady to be straightforward with him and never lie. Kraft put a million dollars of his own money on the line Tuesday ... more »

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