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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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10/29/14 02:48 EST
WILMINGTON — Matt Bartkowski’s regression has made the Bruins’ problems on a depleted blue line a lot worse. The 26-year-old has gone from being a serviceable top-four defenseman last season to a question mark to even stick in the lineup despite half of Boston’s opening night defensemen being out with injuries. On Tuesday, Claude Julien benched Bartkowski for the remainder of the game after the Wild scored early in the third period with Bartkowski on the ice. The goal summarized the can’t-get-out-of-his-own-way season Bartkowski has had thus far, as he cleared Matt Cooke out from in front of the net only to see the puck squirt out in front for Justin Fontaine to whack past Tuukka Rask. Earlier in the game, the Wild got a Nino Niederreiter goal thanks to Bartkowski giving up the puck to Thomas Vanek behind the net. Bartkowski sat for the last 15-plus minutes of the night. “I’m about fed up with it,” Bartkowski said Wednesday of his play thus
10/28/14 11:40 EST
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Late in the lockout-shortened 2013 season, Claude Julien referred to his team as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Well, he’s back. For so many reasons -- their extremely depleted defensive corps and the rare sight of a four-line performance among them -- the Bruins have been unable to gain any traction this season and only show flashes of it being around the corner. They’ve played 11 games and have three wins against teams not named the Sabres or Maple Leafs. The seesaw that is the young season continued to rock Thursday when Boston mounted a two-goal lead on the Wild going into the third period and proceeded to lay down as a tired Minnesota team on the second leg of a back-to-back struck three times to wipe away the two points that appeared to await the Bruins at the final horn. This was a bad loss. The Bruins have had a lot of them to begin the season. Barely having the puck at all in the second game of the season against Detroit. Getting blanked by the Capitals at home and talking
10/27/14 05:16 EST
Torey Krug wants to be considered more than an offensive defenseman. The Bruins will find out whether he is over the next few weeks. Last season, Krug faced the second-lowest quality of competition among Bruins defensemen (only Kevan Miller got easier shifts), while his offensive zone start percentage was the highest on the team. Those metrics back up the eye test: Krug is someone you want on the ice to create goals, not to prevent them. But withZdeno Chara out with a torn PCL and Miller dealing with a dislocated shoulder, Boston’s usual third pairing of Krug alongside Adam McQuaid figures to become Boston’s second pairing. That was the case on Saturday night, when the normally sheltered Krug took nine shifts against Phil Kessel’s line. Depending on the opponent, going from the third pairing to the second pairing can be much more of a leap for a defenseman than going from the second pairing to the top pairing. That’s what Krug is looking at now. An undersized power
10/26/14 02:11 EST
Considering the start to the season the Bruins have had, there was anticipation for Saturday’s game to see what kind of team would show up. If they played the way they had been playing -- especially defensively -- things could have gotten really ugly. Instead, the Bruins rose to the challenge and played better defensively than they had all season. Dougie Hamilton also put up three points (a goal and two assists) in one of the best games of his young career. It’s going to be an uphill climb without Chara in the lineup for the next 4-6 weeks, but the Bruins’ effort Saturday against the Leafs suggests it’s a climb on which they’ll willingly embark. The ice time for defensemen was as follows: Dennis Seidenberg: 25:59 (0:16 PP, 3:03 SH) Dougie Hamilton: 22:31 (3:40 PP, 1:33 SH) Adam McQuaid: 21:57 (1:52 SH) Torey Krug: 20:05 (2:31 PP, 0:05 SH) Matt Bartkowski: 12:26 (0:08 PP, 1:06 SH) Zach Trotman: 12:23 (0:13 PP, 0:44 SH) Here’s how the Bruins began the



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It Is What It Is Cast: Previewing Brady-Manning XVI

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Mut and Bradford on the disappointing season for Jackie Bradley, Jr and Xander Bogaerts 9-28-14

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Joe McDonald, ESPN Boston, reacts to the Chara Injury 10-24-14

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Brady vs. Manning XVI 10-29-14

The guys discussed the upcoming Brady Manning match up.

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Andy Brickley - "In the 6 losses, the mistakes are all the same." 10-29-14

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Three For All - Christian visits a psychic, 10-29-14

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