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01/28/2011 - 9:21pm
Kessel chosen last in All-Star fantasy draft
By: DJ Bean

Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel was the last pick of the NHL All-Star fantasy draft on Friday night. The former Bruin, traded by the B's to Toronto for a collection of draft picks prior to the 2009-10 season, went with the 36th and final pick of the draft to Team Lidstrom.

 

For being the last player picked, Kessel was given $20,000 to donate to the charity of his choice, as well as a Honda CRZ Sport Hybrid car. Kessel has 19 goals and 15 assists for 35 points this season.

 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.


01/28/2011 - 8:25pm
B's All-Stars drafted to different teams
By: DJ Bean

Bruins All-Star representatives Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas will play as opponents in Sunday's All-Star game. Chara was made the seventh overall pick by Team Staal in the Friday night's fantasy draft to determine the rosters, while Nicklas Lidstrom selected Thomas with the 10th overall pick.

 

Eric Staal made Hurricanes teammate Cam Ward the first overall pick in the draft, causing Thomas to be available later for Team Lidstrom, who chose Lightning center Steven Stamkos second overall. 

 

Asked earlier this month what would happen if Thomas and Chara were to play on different teams in the All-Star game, Thomas replied, "I win, he loses."

 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.


01/28/2011 - 7:37pm
Mankins doesn't think Pats want to keep him
By: DJ Bean

Patriots guard Logan Mankins told the Boston Herald on Friday that he doesn't believe the Patriots want to re-sign him. Mankins, the team's first round pick (32nd overall) in the 2005 draft, is a free agent and feels his next deal could be with a different team.

  

“I would never say the door is totally shut,’’ Mankins told the Herald. “But the way it’s looking right now, I don’t see it happening. I don’t see them trying to keep me, unless it’s with the franchise tag.’’

 

Mankins, who sat out the first seven games of the season over his displeasure with his contractual situation, said he would be unhappy with the team if they were to franchise him. 

 

“No, I wouldn’t be happy about that, if that’s what...

01/28/2011 - 3:17pm
Epstein on roster: 'We're more or less set'

Speaking at an event honoring the Red Sox’ Opening Weekend Experience winners at Fenway Park, general manager Theo Epstein said that other than a potential late minor-league signing the team’s spring training roster is fully constructed.

 

“Who knows when there might be a waiver claim, or one more minor-league sign,” said Epstein, “but, we’re more or less set.”

 

The GM did note that one area the Red Sox might add another piece for depth on a minor-league deal is in the form of a potential starter.

 

“We do feel OK about our starting depth. That’s one area we’re still looking, there might be a late minor-league sign, somebody who can go to Triple A,” said Epstein, who has already signed veteran starters Brandon Duckworth and Jason Bergmann for organizational depth. “But right now those guys are looking for major league jobs, so we...

01/28/2011 - 1:58pm
King on D&H: 'I like Pittsburgh'

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday to talk about the latest news in the NFL.

 

The Titans' decision to fire Jeff Fisher with one year left on his contract was a surprise to many, but King said it makes sense for owner Bud Adams if he did not plan to give Fisher an extension.

 

"If you look at the Tennessee Titans right now, they're fated to have the kind of year — if there's a normal NFL season in 2011 — that the Carolina Panthers have just gone through, if Fisher had stayed — lame duck coach, no starting quarterback, problems all over the roster as far as depth and ability go," he said. "That's a bad team right now. So, first of all, if you're Bud Adams, why do you want Jeff Fisher to be a lame duck? Why can't you start your rebuilding process right now? You look at it right now, it makes a lot of sense. But that...

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