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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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07/16/16 09:51 EST
As the 2015 NHL draft approached, one thing was clear: The Bruins needed to improve their organizational depth on defense. A franchise that had for years boasted a strong six-man group at the NHL level had lost the likes of Johnny Boychuk and Andrew Ference while seeing Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg regress as they aged. Outside of Dougie Hamilton, the future was not particularly bright on the back end. Then the Hamilton trade happened. Since then — as in literally hours later — Sweeney has thrown several high draft picks at the problem. After unsuccessfully trying to trade up into the top 10 in that draft for the likes of Noah Hannifin, Zach Werenski or Ivan Proverov, Sweeney spent three of his six picks over the first two rounds on Jakub Zboril (13th overall), Brandon Carlo (37th) and Jeremy Lauzon (52nd). Last month, Sweeney used the draft’s 14th overall pick on BU defenseman Charlie McAvoy and grabbed the University of Minnesota-bound Ryan Lindgren a round
07/13/16 01:44 EST
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WILMINGTON -- After a hot start, it seemed that Jake DeBrusk wasn’t having a very good season. The second of Boston’s three 2015 first-round picks had missed time due to something of a vague lower-body injury and his numbers (six points in 10 games) were down after his return. Considering he’d been termed a reach when he was drafted 14th overall, maybe the underwhelming performance with Swift Current of the WHL didn’t surprise the average hockey fan. “I’ve learned with the social media side of it,” DeBrusk said Wednesday, “I don’t really listen to people unless they see me play or see lots of things and know the whole story.” The whole story is that DeBrusk got hit in one of his testicles with a slap shot so hard that it inflamed to the size of a tennis ball and he fainted at the hospital before surgery could even be performed. “It was the scariest thing, looking down and it’s just like, ‘Oh my god. What’s
07/07/16 02:40 EST
David Backes in, Loui Eriksson out. The Bruins weren’t going to be able to rebuild on the fly without replacing Eriksson, so at least they did that, even if Eriksson will probably be the better player over the course of his contract. Yet while Backes’ five-year contract was Don Sweeney’s biggest move, it wasn’t his only one. The Boston GM also re-upped John-Michael (one-year deal) and brought back old friend Anton Khudobin (two years). He also signed Riley Nash and Tim Schaller while re-signing Tyler Randell and Tommy Cross. Randell was the only winger he managed to keep, as the B’s lost both Lee Stempniak (Hurricanes) and Brett Connolly (Capitals). Schaller and Cross are likely AHL guys. Randell, as he was last season, figures to be a fourth-liner or extra forward. Here’s a look at the other moves: SIGNING RILEY NASH TO A TWO-YEAR DEAL Verdict: Approve The most notable get of the other forwards the team signed was Nash, who was once drafted 21st overall
07/01/16 09:17 EST
You are going to absolutely love David Backes. He’s big. He’s overflowing with character, but he’s mean. You’ll know that he leaves everything he has on the ice. You’ll see him in that Bruins sweater and wonder why he hadn’t been wearing it his whole career. Dammit, he’s American. Those are all tremendous qualities. They’re also surface-level qualities, and they would appear to be the reasons why the Bruins chose to sign an older player at a position they didn’t really need over a year-plus younger player who is likely to age better. Letting Loui Eriksson walk and signing Backes instead is a move that likely will be commended by Bruins fans. Why? Because this is Boston, where sports fans place a higher importance on their hockey players hitting than their baseball players hitting. The belief dictates that if you aren’t physical, gritty or nasty, it means you don’t try. It also means you’re soft. Worst of all, swear



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Abdel Nader - 7/17

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Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.

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7-22 Red Sox Review with Christian Arcand

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ESPN hockey writer Joe McDonald joins Ken Laird to talk #Bruins free agency 7-2-16

Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

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D&C with Bradfo - Chris Sale and Red Sox trade possibilities 7-26-16

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OMF - Jordan rides the fe…

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Dale and Holley close out the show with the best sound of the day!

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