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02/15/2011 - 11:40pm
Chiarelli: Bruins still active in trade market
By: DJ Bean

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held a press conference late Tuesday night following the team's acquisition of Senators center Chris Kelly. Chiarelli spoke highly of Kelly, whom he knew from his days in the Ottawa front office, describing the 30-year-old as a "two-way center" with "lots of playoff experience" who could "play up and down the lineup."

 

While the move addresses one area, the GM suggested there are more trades to be made.

 

"I've been pretty public with saying I'd like to get a defenseman. That's still in the works," said Chiarelli, who added there are nine defensemen the team is seriously considering. "I've had discussions on a number of fronts. I would say a couple of them are closer, but I don't have anything imminent."

 

When asked later by a reporter if he thinks he'll make a trade for a defenseman, Chiarelli paused contemplatively...

02/15/2011 - 10:44pm
UPDATE: Bruins trade for Chris Kelly
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins traded for Senators forward Chris Kelly, the team announced Tuesday night. The B's will send their own second-round draft pick to Ottawa in the deal, and general manager Peter Chiarelli was expected to hold a press conference at around 11:15 p.m. 

 

Kelly has 12 goals and 11 assists this season for 23 points in 56 games. He has a minus-11 rating and has averaged 15:38 of ice time per night.

 

The 30-year-old has another year remaining on his contract after this seaosn and carries a $2.125 million cap hit. 


02/15/2011 - 9:37pm
Kessel, Grabovski lift Leafs over Bruins
By: DJ Bean

With trade rumors surrounding the team, Phil Kessel and Mikhail Grabovski proved to be all the Maple Leafs needed on Tuesday night as they beat the Bruins, 4-3.

 

The Bruins received goals from Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell and Patrice Bergeron. Kessel, who entered Tuesday riding a streak of 14 straight games without a goal, scored twice on the power play for the Leafs, while Grabovski had two goals of his own.

 

Paille, who was playing in his first game since being suspended four games for a blindside hit on Stars forward Raymond Sawada, opened the scoring 8:04 into the night thanks to an odd bounce off Mike Komisarek. The Leafs responded in the first period when Kessel batted a rebound past Tim Thomas with Zdeno Chara in the penalty box for boarding.

 

Toronto would take a 2-1 lead in the second thanks to Grabovski’s strike, though the B’s came back with a power-play tally from Campbell and...

02/15/2011 - 6:11pm
Sox trade Coello to Cubs for Thomas

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox announced that they have traded right-hander Robert Coello to the Cubs in exchange for minor league infielder Tony Thomas.

 

Thomas is a 24-year-old second baseman who had 51 extra-base hits in 116 games in 2010. For the season, he hit .276 with a .338 OBP, .485 slugging mark and .823 OPS for Double-A Tennessee of the Southern League. A baseball source described him as an athletic second baseman with excellent makeup, good instincts and feel for the game who plays the game with high energy.

 

The Florida State product — a third-round pick in the 2007 draft — displays gap-to-gap power with the occasional ability to clear the fences when pulling the ball. He’s hit 11 homers in each of the last two years, both in Double-A. He’s also stolen 78 bases in just over 400 minor league games, though just 28 of those have come in the last two years in Double-A.

 

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02/15/2011 - 5:11pm
Buchholz eyes Lester-type extension

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox haven't talked with Clay Buchholz or his representatives yet, but the pitcher said that he would be open to exploring a Jon Lester-type of extension with the team. Lester signed a five-year deal worth $30 million before the 2009 season (with a team option in 2014 worth $13 million).

 

"I think that would definitely be a base model for it — numbers-wise, security reasons, I think every player with less than three years of service time, that’s what they strive for," said Buchholz. "I’m not saying I’m as good as Lester or I deserve what he got, but just from the other guys who signed their deal in the past year or so with the same service, I think that’s definitely a good starting point if there ever was one."

 

The Sox have a team policy that a long-term deal with players who have accumulated fewer than six years of service time and remain under...

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