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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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10/22/14 01:00 EST
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Midway through Monday's practice, Islanders coach Jack Capuano summoned his players to diagram a play on the dry erase board. As his team took a collective knee, one of New York's defensemen went front and center in the group, cutting directly in front of Cal Clutterbuck and slowly pushing his rear end into the veteran right winger as he took his knee. Meet the Islanders' new elder statesman and voice of veteran leadership, 30-year-old Johnny Boychuk. With Lubomir Visnovsky out, the former Bruin is the oldest player in his new team's lineup. “Think about that,” Boychuk said in a conversation with WEEI.com this week. “Like, what the hell is going on?” Getting traded from the Bruins days before the season began -- a move he saw coming, to an extent -- was an extremely tough pill for Boychuk to swallow, but it hasn't taken him or the Islanders long to realize that he is a great fit with his new team. Being used as a No. 1 defenseman and a power-play
10/19/14 12:51 EST
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Think what you want about the Bruins’ decision to keep Chris Kelly and not move Loui Eriksson to the first line. If nothing else, the Bruins have a very, very good third line right now. Of course, the strong play of the trio (centered by Carl Soderberg) might be the only clear-cut positive for the team thus far. Plus, a hockey team whose biggest strength is its third line is like a baseball team whose biggest strength is its bullpen: it’s important to have, but you need everything else. The Bruins can only hope is that everything else can get better without them having take away from that third line. The Bruins only have seven players with positive ratings this season. Two of them (and two of the top three on the team) are members of their third line. Kelly is tied for the team lead with a plus-4, while Eriksson is tied for third. Kelly, in addition to being tops on the team in plus-minus, is tied with Soderberg for the team lead with five points. He has a goal and four
10/17/14 07:34 EST
MONTREAL -- The beginning of this season figured to be more of a process than in years past. So far, it’s been a painful process. The Bruins aren’t right, and it still doesn’t look like they’re so sure of what they’re going to be. They had guys hurt to begin the season and they’ve got guys in their lineup that clearly still are working their way back to 100 percent, but those factors combined with disappointing play from the team’s young newcomers leave as many questions six games into the season as there were at the beginning of it. When they’re right, this generation of the Bruins has been a dominant five-on-five team with plus goaltending, well-spread scoring and suffocating defense. Only Carl Soderberg’s line has been very good, while two of the others have mixed and matched with generally subpar results. Even Patrice Bergeron’s line has had its bad moments, and, as the name suggests, Patrice Bergeron is on that line. Since
10/16/14 01:27 EST
You won’t, but it wouldn’t hurt to consider DVRing the Patriots and Jets Thursday night. Those teams aren’t coming off a heated playoff meeting, and neither of them have Milan Lucic. With the Bruins actually winning a game Wednesday against the Red Wings, they might even be able to give the Habs a decent game in Montreal’s home-opener. On one hand, this game could be the January 2012 meeting between the Bruins and Canucks. On the other hand, it could be just another game between two teams that are more focused on getting points than bringing up the past. The latter is what both teams will tell you going into the game, and maybe that’s how it will play out. The Bruins, coming off a single victory in Detroit to tie their longest win streak of the season, would certainly be better off finding a way to beat the Habs than beat them up. Montreal (3-1-0) has six points in four games. The Bruins (2-3-0) have four in five. This is probably the biggest regular-season



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