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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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08/13/14 09:13 EST
Tuukka Rask has a bright, well-paid future ahead of him. It would take such a good situation ahead to not want to hold onto a past that includes his first Vezina Trophy. Less than two months after accepting the award given to the league’s best goaltender annually, Rask, who has always had obvious targets in front of him throughout his career, isn’t ready to plateau. First, it was whether he could be a full-time starter, which he did in the lockout-shortened season. Then, it was whether he could win in the playoffs. Though he fell short of the Stanley Cup, his dominance in the first three rounds showed that there wasn’t a real postseason dropoff from Tim Thomas. Then came the big contract ($56 million over eight years), and then his first 82-game season as a starter. That brought a .930 save percentage, 2.04 goals-against average, and a Vezina. That’s a whole lot of good, but Rask is far from content. “I think it’s a never-ending circle,” he said.
08/12/14 12:32 EST
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Loui Eriksson’s final five seasons with the Dallas Stars, were, from an individual standpoint, very good. He played as a top liner, scored a lot of goals, and played in all but three games in that span. He was beloved, albeit by a smaller fan base. When he was sent to Boston in last summer’s blockbuster, it seemed he’d get the one thing that was missing from that equation -- a shot at the playoffs, something he hadn’t experienced in since 2008.For the Bruins, he would provide the stability they hadn’t gotten from Tyler Seguin, who followed a very strong 2011-12 season with inconsistency and a postseason no-show in 2013. Of all those things, reaching the playoffs was the only one that happened according to plan. He missed 21 games between a pair of concussions and a heel injury, and though he was good at points of the regular season (very good at the end of it), the up-and-down season was so un-Eriksson-like that when he missed a game with the heel injury the
08/07/14 09:18 EST
Folks have been saying it since Game 7 against the Canadiens, andGregory Campbell’s been hearing it since Game 7 against the Canadiens: The Merlot Line model is no longer the way to build a fourth line in theNHL. Campbell, who founded one of the best fourth lines in recent memory alongsideShawn ThorntonandBrad Marchand(laterDaniel Paille; Marchand was the Ozzy to Paille’s Dio) in 2010, isn’t ready to say the style that helped bring the Bruins theStanley Cupin 2011 is outdated. “I’ve heard things like that over the last little while, and I don’t necessarily agree with that,” Campbell told WEEI.com. “Look at theLos Angeles Kingsand look at their line. Kyle Clifford was arguably their best player in [the Cup-clinching Game 5]. I don’t see him as an offensive type of guy." Campbell raises an interesting point. Clifford, a second-round pick like Campbell was, scored three goals last regular season, his fourth in theNHL. He was a
07/24/14 04:45 EST
The Bruins were the only NHL team to take a serious look at Joe Sacco after the veteran coach was let go by the Sabres at the end of the season. Even if it was the only scenario for him to coach in the NHL this year, it certainly looked to be the best-case scenario. For Sacco, a Medford native and product of Boston University, location is just part of what makes his new gig as Bruins assistant coach so appetizing. The former Avalanche head coach and Sabres assistant coach, who replaces Geoff Ward after Ward departed for a head-coaching job in Germany, is mostly happy to be working with a staff and group of players that has grown accustomed to winning. “There’s so many things that are attractive about coming back [to Boston] … with the organization and the structure that they have in place, and with the current team and the success,” Sacco said Thursday. “Coming back to this part where it all kind of started, it’s just an added bonus for myself and my



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