Columnists
RSS Feed  RSS
Weei » Columnists » Graig Woodburn
About Graig Woodburn

Graig Woodburn began covering the NHL in 1983. From 1999-2009 he covered the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings for the Press-Enterprise in suburban Los Angeles, including the Ducks' run to the 2003 Stanley Cup finals and their 2007 championship. He also has provided extensive NHL coverage for The Associated Press and various Sporting News publications. Woodburn grew up playing hockey in Ipswich.

"Share
MOST RECENT COLUMNS
06/26/10 02:41 EST
LOS ANGELES -- They may not always have shown a lot of zip on the ice, but there has been no shortage of intensity with the Bruins’ offseason game. Friday represented the culmination of a hectic but highly decisive stretch. Since their heartbreaking end to the season, the Bruins have: --Re-signed potential unrestricted defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and Johnny Boychuk; --Retained enforcer Shawn Thornton, signing him to a two-year extension before he could reach free agency; --Traded mercurial defender Dennis Wideman for young goal scorer Nathan Horton and grinder Gregory Campbell; --Then convinced Mark Recchi to return for a 22nd NHL season. With potential franchise player Tyler Seguin added to the mix via the No. 2 pick on Friday, it’s time to take stock as to where these moves leave a team that was last seen wobbling dazed and confused after squandering a 3-0 series advantage and a 3-0 Game 7 lead to the Philadelphia Flyers. There is no doubt that adding Horton and Seguin
06/05/10 10:59 EST
SPONSORED LINKS
In a perfect black and gold world, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was set to recover from a lacerated forearm and return to the Bruins lineup in time for the Stanley Cup Finals. Had the Bruins avoided squandering a 3-0 series lead to the Philadelphia Flyers and then managed to skate past the Montreal Canadiens in the conference finals, they would be battling the Chicago Blackhawks for the Cup this week and Seidenberg would be right there with them. Well, let’s just say that plan didn’t actually work out like anyone hoped. There may not be a ready blueprint from recovering from an epic playoff collapse such as befell the Bruins, but GM Peter Chiarelli has wasted no time doing his part to put key pieces of the B’s house back in order. Chiarelli and the Bruins locked Seidenberg, a potential unrestricted free agent, into a four-year contract Saturday. The reported $13 million deal will come with a reasonable $3.25 million annual salary cap and should initially assure the Bruins
05/19/10 08:24 EST
Tim Thomas said he is going to think about it. So should the Bruins. As the B’s gathered their individual equipment and prepared to depart for the summer Tuesday, Thomas told the media horde in the Bruins locker room he is going to take some time to sort out his season and his future. There is plenty to think about. Less than a year ago, Thomas was receiving the greatest honor someone in his profession can achieve when he was awarded the Vezina Trophy as the best goalie in the NHL. Now, many folks would claim he’s not the even the best goalie on his team. With Tuukka Rask emerging as the Bruins starter late in the season and through the playoffs, there’s been plenty of speculation Rask represents the present and future promise of the team and Thomas should be traded. The argument gathers force when buttressed by the fact Thomas has three years left on a $20 million contract with a $5 million annual salary cap hit. The plan would be to trade the Thomas, and in
05/15/10 01:12 EST
The Bruins are indeed history. Done. Gone. In a night of hockey that was as exhilarating as it was cruel, the Flyers completed a historic and highly resilient comeback with a 4-3 victory over the Bruins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals before a shocked crowd at TD Garden Friday. As quickly as you can say, “Let’s build a 3-0 lead, blow a 3-0 lead, build a 3-0 lead, blow a 3-0 lead,” a postseason with unexpected hopes and promise is over. The Flyers now advance to play the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Finals, while the Bruins take their place along side the 1942 Detroit Red Wings and the 1975 Pittsburgh Penguins as the only NHL teams that have squandered a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series. It didn’t have to be that way. There will be plenty for the Bruins and their fans to ponder in the coming weeks, but figuring out what exactly led to the team’s epic hockey meltdown should involve considerable blame landing at the Bruins



Audio On Demand

It Is What It Is Cast: Re…

It Is What It Is Cast: Reggie Wayne makes his practice debut with Patriots

WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.

Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

Head coach Bill Belichick sits down with Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran on Patriots Monday and discusses the team's progression in this preseason, and the acquisition of WR Reggie Wayne.

DE Chandler Jones with Dale, Holley and Thornton

Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran talk with Patriots DE Chandler Jones as he comes off the practice field on a Patriots Monday.

We Love Anthony Davis - S…

We Love Anthony Davis - Space Jam and Celtics Summer League with Jay King. 7-23-15

Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.

We Love Anthony Davis - Michael Holley Recaps NBA Free Agency 7-9-15

Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.

We Love Anthony Davis - Are the Celtics doomed? 7-1-15

How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.

Henry Owens Player Of The…

Henry Owens Player Of The Game Interview 8-21-15

Joe & Dave talked to the rookie left-hander, who allowed one earned run in eight innings as the Sox beat the Royals at Fenway.

Dave Dombrowski, Red Sox President of Baseball Operations 08-19-15

Joe and Dave are joined buy newly appointed President of Baseball Operations for the Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski. Dave talks about wanting to hit the ground running in Boston, and joining the organization during the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.

Jackie Bradley Jr Player Of The Game Interview 8-15-15

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox outfielder, who had a fantastic day, knocking in seven runs, scoring five runs, and hitting five extra-base hits in the win against the Mariners at Fenway.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney wit…

Bruins GM Don Sweeney with Dale and Holley

Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the Sunday Skate crew to discuss the future of the Bruins franchise 4-19-15

The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

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!

Chris Mortensen is wrong …

Chris Mortensen is wrong again 8-28-15

We break news on the Patriots denying Mort's report of an apology by the Krafts.

Sean McDonough on the firing of Don Orsillo. 8-27-15

Sean discussed his own firing from the Red Sox broadcast booth.

The Don Orsillo aftermath 8-27-15

The guys discussed the latest on Orsillo.

Three For All -- Ronda Ro…

Three For All -- Ronda Rousey fires back at Floyd Mayweather, IK Enemkpali in the news again and the newest Madden player ratings 8-27-15

The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Ronda Rousey telling Floyd Mayweather that she makes more money per second than him, IK Enemkpali's strange headline in the news, and Danny unveils his thoughts on the player ratings for the new Madden game.

Steve Buckley on with Merloni and Fauria 8-27-15

Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald calls in to talk about his fundraiser, The Old Time Baseball Game tonight. Steve also gives his input on what the Red Sox should do with Hanley Ramirez.

Jerod Mayo on with Merloni and Fauria 8-27-15

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo comes on with Lou, Christian and Danny to give his brief, Patriot-like answers about preseason and their upcoming game against the Carolina Panthers while Christian has fun with the Panther's stadium sound effects. After the interview, the guys get into a heated debate over tipping valet drivers.

Chris Mortensen details d…

Chris Mortensen details deflategate tweet saga, claims Kraft family called him to apologize

We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.

Do your job? How long does Bill Belichick want to coach?

We discuss the snippet from the NFL films special 'Do Your Job' about how long Belichick plans to coach, which was expounded by well in a column by Tom E Curran on CSNNE

John Harbaugh says don't impugn player's character, only John is allowed to do that

We discuss the weasel-like ways of the Baltimore Ravens and their coach John Harbaugh, who conveniently do it to other players and teams when it suits their purposes.

Chris Mortensen made some…

Chris Mortensen made something up?!?!?!?!

Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?

Bob McGovern, Boston Herald Legal Analyst

Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.

Chris Villani talks deflate gate and Chris Mortensen

Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.

Fantasy Football Podcast …

Fantasy Football Podcast “Draft Strategy”

It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!

SoccerCast - Best transfer moves, Alex hates Arsene Wenger & how far can the Revs go? 8-27-15

Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?

D&C’s Breaking Balls: The Patriots have a problem with ESPN 08-24-15

Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.

Don Orsillo is out at NES…

Don Orsillo is out at NESN 8-25-15

The guys discussed the news surrounding the Sox play by play announcer.

More from this show

Sean McDonough on the fir…

Sean McDonough on the firing of Don Orsillo. 8-27-15

Sean discussed his own firing from the Red Sox broadcast booth.

More from this show

Chris Mortensen details d…

Chris Mortensen details deflategate tweet saga, claims Kraft family called him to apologize

We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.

More from this show

Lester Munson is a fraud!…

Lester Munson is a fraud! 8-21-15

Dale, Thornton and Dickerson discuss and find many problems with Lester Munson and his latest article.

More from this show

The Inside Line - Present…

The Inside Line - Presented by DraftKings - Michigan International Speedway

Hosts: Tyler Burnett and Robbie Mays discuss fantasy racing ahead of the Pure Michigan 400.

More from this show

Weei Writers