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DJ Bean grew up in Section 127 of Fenway Park thanks to his grandfather's season ticket package and has immersed himself in the Boston sports scene ever since. In addition to co-founding multi-sport draft site DraftEmpire.com, DJ has written for the Boston Metro and 890 ESPN, among other outlets. He has been writing for WEEI.com since the summer of 2009 and continues to spread the Byron Leftwich gospel on Guest Street.

 
 
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DJ Bean
04/07/2014 - 5:25pm
Andrej Meszaros is good enough to play for a lot of teams, but he understands the chances of him being a seventh defenseman on a Stanley Cup favorite. 
DJ Bean
04/06/2014 - 1:19am
The Bruins have the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, so who’s No. 8? Though the potential opponents vary in degrees of difficulty, there really isn’t a first-round scenario that should scare them as long as they don’t suffer any injuries in the next four games. In other words, the Bruins can beat any of these teams. 
DJ Bean
04/03/2014 - 12:32am
Jarome Iginla got out of his comfort zone Wednesday night. He watched a game. 
DJ Bean
04/02/2014 - 8:20am
When Reilly Smith was leading the Bruins in goals in early January and on pace to push for a 30-goal season, general manager Peter Chiarelli -- the guy who knew better than others that Smith would be a very good NHL player -- cautioned that “half a season does not a player make.” 
DJ Bean
03/30/2014 - 5:19pm
If you watched the telecast of Sunday’s game between the Bruins and Flyers, the seed has probably already been planted in your mind: Is Patrice Bergeron, who should win his second Selke Trophy this season, a legitimate candidate to win the Hart Trophy as the
DJ Bean
03/29/2014 - 5:23pm
Saturday should have solidified what everyone probably knew for a while: Jarome Iginla was a slam-dunk signing for Peter Chiarelli, and is someone the Bruins should have in their future plans. 
DJ Bean
03/28/2014 - 12:54am
Zdeno Chara knows you’re worried about him.  He knows that the average Bruins fan's worst fear is seeing him play out these final nine games of the regular season hard. He knows that, much like when he had a tiny bed in Sochi, people are talking more about his rest than his play. 
DJ Bean
03/27/2014 - 12:24am
As the regular season draws to a close, hockey writers must begin thinking about their ballots for the annual trophies that will be awarded to individual players. As usual, Bruins players should find themselves in the discussion. 
DJ Bean
03/25/2014 - 9:37pm
Chad Johnson doesn't want to be a journeyman backup goaltender anymore -- at least not for a while. 
DJ Bean
03/25/2014 - 1:24am
The win streak is over, and just like any of those 12 games, we won’t get carried away with the 13th. It was a regular-season game. That the Bruins lost wasn’t a big deal.  
DJ Bean
03/22/2014 - 1:31am
We aren't the type to get carried away with speculation, but since the Bruins won't close the door on Dennis Seidenberg possibly returning late in the postseason, neither will we. 
DJ Bean
03/19/2014 - 1:13am
Peter Chiarelli had a busy offseason last summer, and by the looks of it, the Bruins appear to be in for a busy postseason. 
DJ Bean
03/17/2014 - 2:24pm
On paper, the Bruins are playing their best hockey since their outrageous 21-2-1 run in November and December of 2011.  On paper. 
DJ Bean
03/15/2014 - 5:27pm
They're the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference, a legitimate contender for the President's Trophy (the only trophy in the league that should always followed by "Who cares?") and are picking up two points every time they take the ice. 
DJ Bean
03/14/2014 - 1:20am
Dougie Hamilton is a good player who is having a good season.  He’s also a young player, a top-10 draft pick, a brainiac and a number of other things, but a frequently forgotten tidbit around these parts is that he’s a good player who is having a good season. 
DJ Bean
03/12/2014 - 11:37pm
MONTREAL -- The Bruins believe they’re good enough to beat any team in the league, but it was nice to get an actual reminder that they can play a game against their biggest rivals without being held to one goal in a frustrating loss. 
DJ Bean
03/11/2014 - 5:25pm
MONTREAL -- Bruins players were out to dinner in Florida Monday night when Twitter brought them the horrifying news: Former teammate Rich Peverley had collapsed on the bench in the Stars-Blue Jackets game and had to be defibrillated due to a cardiac episode. 
DJ Bean
03/09/2014 - 1:52am
You should know the story by now with the Bruins: Don’t get too carried away with the good or the bad in the regular season, as long as the personnel is right. That much was learned a season ago when they failed to win the division due to inconsistent play and marched to the Stanley Cup finals. 
DJ Bean
03/07/2014 - 12:17am
This story has been written before.  It's the "Things are starting to look up for Loui Eriksson" story. The one about him turning a corner and finally emerging as the player that looked to be the perfect top-six forward for the Bruins when they decided Tyler Seguin wasn't a fit. 
DJ Bean
03/06/2014 - 1:54am
For the last two-plus months, all anyone could talk about regarding this Bruins team was that it needed at least another defenseman, and maybe two. 
DJ Bean
03/05/2014 - 1:00am
The trade deadline is hours away, and given that Peter Chiarelli has yet to pull the trigger on a deal, you can expect a few interesting hours leading up to Wednesday at 3 p.m. 
DJ Bean
03/03/2014 - 11:40pm
It's getting to crunch time as Wednesday's NHL trade deadline approaches. The Bruins are still looking for a defenseman, and fortunately for them, none of the top options have been dealt yet. 
DJ Bean
03/01/2014 - 6:12pm
The Bruins’ back end has chosen a bad time to struggle.  With just a few days until the NHL’s trade deadline, Boston’s defense could use this time to prove to Peter Chiarelli that none of its players need to be upgraded and that nothing outside of a depth player or two will be required. 
DJ Bean
02/28/2014 - 10:53pm
WILMINGTON – Chris Kelly knows that Peter Chiarelli has a knack for diagnosing what player his team needs and then going out and getting him. He probably knows that as well as anyone, as Kelly was a trade deadline acquisition back in 2011. 
DJ Bean
02/27/2014 - 1:25am
One day, the Bruins will be able to look back on Wednesday’s overtime loss to the Sabres and laugh. In the meantime, they should probably work on that not happening again. 


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Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Castillo signing, Giancarlo Stanton, and the MLB's pace of play.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

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DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

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DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

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John Frates on his son Peter and Fred Smerlas 8-29-14

John Frates called in to the show to discuss his son Peter and his past experience with Fred.

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Buck, Fred and Jerry Thornton opened the show by discussing the start of Jimmy Garappolo's career in New England.

Jason Cole breaks down Tom Brady's reaction to the Mankins move 8-28-14

Cole joins Dennis and Callahan to explain Tom Brady's reaction to the Logan Mankins trade.

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More reaction from the Logan Mankins-Tim Wright trade.

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Tom Curran recaps the Pats preseason and talks about some of the players who may get cut.

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Michael Irvin talks about the final preseason game for the Patriots and the biggest storylines heading into the opening weekend.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Summer Memories, 8-29-14

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Danny Picard talks Red Sox and Patriots with Mike Giardi

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Fantasy Football Podcast: Late Round Targets Edition

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How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.

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With the sudden and unexpected trade of Logan Mankins to Tampa, many are chalking this up to Bill Belichick getting rid of players immediately after their prime. MFB wonders if Tom Brady is immune to this strategy. How will he be treated towards the end?

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