BELFAST -- Zdeno Chara expressed on Friday his desire to stay with the Bruins beyond this season, the final one of his contract. Though Chara has said throughout the process that he would like to have a contract extension wrapped up before the regular season begins, a source familiar with the negotiations has told WEEI.com that though they are "shooting for" finishing a deal before the Oct. 9 opener against the Coyotes in Prague, they are "not sure it is possible."
Chara is planning on playing until he is 45, something he feels he can do based on his tireless commitment to his fitness. It is unlikely that this deal will be his last, given the scrutiny placed by the league on deals that go past a player's 40th birthday and that such a pact would be an 11-year deal. Chara understands that it might take more than one contract to get him through the rest of his career, but is hopeful that any progress made since an offseason...
Hall of Fame baseball analyst Peter Gammons joined The Big Show on Friday, offering his thoughts on a variety of topics, including his opinion on what the Red Sox will do with the $12.5 million option for David Ortiz in 2011.
"I think they will pick it [the option] up," said Gammons. "Because I know they're really worried if they don't he's going to be hitting against right-handed pitchers in either New York or Tampa. I think that's a tough thing to swallow. He may not be happy about them picking up the one year … but he did sign the contract. I understand where he's coming from and I understand how terrific he's been for this franchise, but that's the luck of the draw."
Gammons was asked if he thought the Sox were more likely to make a run at Jayson Werth or Carl Crawford in the offseason. The two outfielders are considered the top positional players in the 2010 free agent class.
Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre has left the team to be with his wife in Los Angeles, where she is due to give birth to the couple's third child.
Terry Francona told the media Friday that Beltre will not return this weekend, thus ending his 2010 season. The third baseman will now head into free agency on the heels of a season that saw him hit .321 with 28 HR and 102 RBI, all numbers ranked among the top 10 in the American League.
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After being limited in practice on Thursday with a sore groin, Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder was held out of practice in South Florida on Friday as the Dolphins prepare to host the Patriots on Monday night at Sun Life Stadium.
The Red Sox finish their 2010 season with a three-game set at Fenway vs. the Yankees. Though it's a role they would have had no interest in when the season began, the Sox (87-72) are now reduced to playing potential spoiler to the Yankees (94-65), who enter the series tied for first in the AL East with Tampa Bay.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-6, 4.72 ERA) makes his final start of the season for the Sox. He will be opposed by Andy Pettitte (11-3, 3.17 ERA), who allowed 10 hits and six ER in 3.1 IP in his start vs. the Sox on September 24.
Matsuzaka -- SP
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We check in with former Patriot and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi for his take on a week of bad news in the NFL, and his thoughts on the Patriots rebound win over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Big Vince after the Patriots secured their first win of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Bill Belichick on a Patriots Monday for his thoughts on the Patriots win over Minnesota, and what the Pats will face in the home-opener against the Raiders. Bill also declined to comment on the 'league-matters' including the Adrian Peterson case.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Red Sox offseason, Dustin Pedroia's injury, and Giancarlo Stanton
Joe and Dave talk with Will Middlebrooks after he helps the Red Sox get back into the win column earning the victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
After Saturday nights big win at home against USC, Coach Addazio joined the show to discuss how BC imposed their will on their will on USC, and how important it is for the region to care about college football.
At a concert this weekend, Kanye West ordered that the whole crowd stand up, and that the show would not continue until EVERYBODY was standing. He didn't realize the venue was wheelchair accessible, and that he was yelling at 2 disabled fans. Also Christian and Joey set the table for a karaoke showdown.
Julian Edelman had 6 catches and a TD to help the Pats even their record at 1-1. He spoke with Lou, Christian, and Tim to talk about Chandler Jones' lightning speed on the FG block return.
We check in with Big Vince on a Patriots Monday after win one of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
An impassioned Dale Arnold and Michael Holley discuss the child abuse case of Adrian Peterson, and how the Vikings wasted little time in reinstating him to active duty after sitting him for one week vs the Patriots.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
John, Gerry and Kirk's first ever post show podcast. Enjoy.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
The Pats looked much better than they did against Miami. Chandler Jones had a huge game with a blocked FG that he returned for a TD. But how much of this victory was a result of how BAD Matt Cassel played, or the fact that Adrian Peterson was inactive?More from this show