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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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04/15/15 06:57 EST
The Bruins tied Peter Chiarelli’s hands behind his back. Then they fired him. Like him, hate him or own a Seguin jersey, that’s how the architect of the 2011 Stanley Cup champions’ time with the Bruins ended. If this firing is just about missing the playoffs, then Cam Neely should resign. He’s the one who wouldn’t let Chiarelli move any good assets at the trade deadline, thereby preventing an honest push from the GM to get the Bruins in. Whether or not the team reached the postseason was so important to the Bruins that guys lost their jobs, yet they didn’t let their GM do his job to try to get them in. “As we approached the trade deadline, I had a conversation with Peter to make sure we were protecting as many assets as we could,” Neely said Wednesday. That conversation should have ended with Chiarelli asking Neely to write him a recommendation. This season’s team obviously wasn’t worth investing in — and Chiarelli might
04/14/15 07:49 EST
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If the salary cap were no object, Milan Lucic would be the least of the Bruins’ concerns. For a team with good-not-great wings, Lucic can make an impact one way or another. The Bruins learned that this season when, after early season struggles, he found his game as a third-liner. Above all, he’s a nightmare to oppose. A 26-year-old power forward with a 30-goal season under his belt (albeit from four years ago) is something every team would like to have. Yet the salary cap is very real and so too are the troubles for teams that pay players too much. Lucic carries a $6 million cap hit and will continue to do so until he hits unrestricted free agency following next season. Lucic was not worth the money this season, one in which he managed only 18 goals. If the team got to the playoffs and outlasted their opponents, he would be a reason why, thus making his price tag more justifiable. As it turned out, the Bruins instead had to pay nearly half a million against the cap for each of
04/13/15 11:24 EST
Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien would have been at the podium on Monday as Bruins general manager and head coach, respectively, no matter what. The fact that they gave their annual year-end breakup day press conference was not an indication that they are staying. They don’t know if they are. “I couldn’t tell you,” Chiarelli said of when he expects to hear of his fate. “[It’s] business as usual until we hear otherwise.” Regardless of who makes the decisions, change will occur on the Boston's roster.While Chiarelli could still be fired, he had authorization to tell unrestricted free agents Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille that they wouldn’t be back. Between the fourth line’s struggles this season and the fact that both were healthy scratches down the stretch, Rene Rancourt probably could have given the former Merlot Liners the news with confidence. For all the criticism Chiarelli takes for liking his roster too much, he turns it over
04/12/15 01:02 EST
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Bruins not going deep in the playoffs during the Zdeno Chara Window is a shame. The Bruins not reaching the playoffs during the Chara Window could be a starting pistol for changes. The Bruins kept the band together after the team blew a 3-0 series lead to the Flyers in 2010. It was probably an easier decision for Jeremy Jacobs then than it will be for Charlie Jacobs now. The leadership group was not far into its tenure — Julien was in his third season with the team — and the expectations for that club were not as high. The bar has been set extremely high in recent seasons with two Stanley Cup Final appearances and one Presidents’ Trophy over the last four seasons. The B’s were expected to step back this season, not fall off. By stashing most of Jarome Iginla's money on this year's cap, Peter Chiarelli went for it last season and paid for it this season. He expected Boston's young players would be able to make up for the money the team couldn't



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NFL Sunday - the Easter/offseason edition - with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price --Hour #2-- 4-5-15

Greg and Chris discuss the Pats kicking the tires on Rolando McClain, something that shocked both of these guys. They also get into the Aaron Hernandez trial and Robert Kraft appearing as a witness last Tuesday. Aaron Schatz, Football Outsiders, called the show to talk offseason free agency, Pats HOF/Parcells and more. The guys also got into the NFL schedule coming out soon and who the Pats will open with.

Aaron Schatz, Football Outsiders, joins Dickerson and Price on NFL Sunday 4-5-15

The intelligent and knowledgeable Aaron Schatz calls the boys to discuss the Patriots offseason, how some teams don't need to make moves in free agency to improve, the Pats HOF debate and much more.

NFL Sunday - the Easter/offseason edition - with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price -- Hour #1 -- 4-5-15

In hour 1 on this fine Easter Sunday, Greg and Chris discuss the Patriots Hall of Fame - who's in, who's not and who should be? They also get into the NFL draft and discuss some particular names Pats fans should keep in mind with WEEI.com's Mike "Trags" Petraglia.

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Brian Scalabrine: I am the biggest Marcus Smart fan. 4-2-15

Brian "White Mamba" Scalabrine joins the guys to talk about the Celtics playoff push, the development of Marcus Smart and James Young, and the prospect of Brad Stevens leaving the Celtics for a college job.

We Love Anthony Davis - Celtics Playoff Push, 3-25-15

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SB Nation's Paul Flannery joins Mike Mutnansky, 2-19-15

Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline

Xander Bogaerts with Joe …

Xander Bogaerts with Joe and Dave

Xander had the game winning hit in the bottom of the 9th to get the Red Sox on top of the Baltimore Orioles 3-2, he talked with Joe and Dave after the game about what his thought process during the at-bat was and the excitement of a walk-off.

Buster Olney, ESPN: Buccholz quit on Sunday. 4-16-15

Buster Olney of ESPN joins the guys to talk about the first two weeks of the baseball season. They discuss the struggling Red Sox rotation and the potential of the high-powered offense.

Ryan Hanigan with Joe and Dave

Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan after the Red Sox come back to beat the Nationals 8-7.

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean…

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #1 - 4-19-15

DJ, Naoko and Pete get into the huge week for the Bruins that saw the franchise move on from GM Peter Chiarelli. They discuss why that was done and if they agree. What does this mean for Claude? They talk about Claude and if he can exist here. If not, who would work in Boston? They also get into the NHL Draft Lottery last night and talk to ESPN Boston's Joey "National" McDonald live from Tampa, Florida.

Pierre McGuire: Bruins will need help to get into the playoffs 4-9-15

Cominf off a terrible game agaisnt the Capitals, Pierre McGuire discusses Claude Julien's decision to mix up the lines as well as the Bruins two remaining games.

Answer The Question Kirk …

Answer The Question Kirk 4-17-15

The latest edition of Answer The Question Kirk with Rob Bradford and Gary Tanguay.

Danny Ainge on the Celtics chances against Cleveland 4-17-15

The Celtics president of basketball operations joined the show to preview Cavs Celts.

Todd McShay on the Pats draft 4-17-15

The guys discussed the Pats draft with Todd McShay.

Aloha Friday - Christian …

Aloha Friday - Christian The Country Star. 4-17-15

Kyle Draper and Sports Radio Hack Lou Merloni make up after beefing earlier in the week, Aaron Hernandez gets taken down by Larry Willmore, and our very own Christian Fauria makes his Country Music Debut

Mike Gorman: Celtics will win in 6. 4-17-15

Celtics play-by-play announcer Mike Gorman joins the guys to defend his prediction of Celtics in 6.

Are the Red Sox instructing Hanley not to dive in the outfield? 4-17-15

After some suspicious outfield play from Red Sox Left Fielder Hanley Ramirez, the guys question whether or not he has what it takes to play in the outfield, a position he has never played before.

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