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01/27/2011 - 8:54am
Chiarelli: On the lookout for a defenseman
By: DJ Bean

In an interview with WEEI.com Wednesday night, Bruins' general manager Peter Chiarelli said that in a 'perfect world' he would be able to acquire a defenseman that could 'log some minutes,' but he has been pleased by the way the team has come together of late.

 

“I’d say the last 10 to 12 games, I feel that there’s been some chemistry developed,” the general manager told WEEI.com. “As a manager, I always look to improve the team. I’m not going to stop trying to look to improve the team, but we’ve added a couple of pieces and made a couple of tweaks here and there.

 

“[Brad] Marchand playing up with [Patrice Bergeron] has given that line some energy. Obviously, [Steven] Kampfer tweaks the D a little bit as far as puck-moving, and our goalies have...

01/27/2011 - 8:36am
Pedroia: Foot has offered 'some surprises'

After conducting his daily rehabilitation/workout at Foothills Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center in Gilbert, Ariz., Dustin Pedroia admitted to WEEI.com that "there have been some surprises" in his offseason while coming back from surgery on his left foot.

 

"I'd say there have been some surprises," Pedroia said. "I thought when I had surgery on my foot, in three months I would feel 100 percent, and that wasn't the case. It's been a lot tougher than I thought it was, and what everyone thought it would be. 

 

"The people that have had this injury, there's not a lot in baseball, but in other sports Yao Ming and, shoot, he still hasn't recovered, and Grant Hill had it and he's kind of back normal. It's a weird bone to break without a non-stress fracture. Mine is from impact and you never see those injuries from impact. They say that stress fractures with this injuries is different,...

01/27/2011 - 6:42am
Mashup: Jewish player sues Ducks

Religion played a key role in two top stories from Wednesday. In one, a Jewish hockey player sued the NHL's Ducks for religious discrimination because he said the team failed to prevent harassment by coaches of the minor league team he was assigned to in 2008-09. Jason Bailey claims he was the target of anti-Semitic comments by Bakersfield Condors head coach Marty Raymond and assistant Mark Pederson. After Bailey complained during the season, the coaches were suspended and wrote letters of apology to Bailey.

 

In a more bizarre story, Lions linebacker Zack Follett responded to criticism about his comment that oft-injured teammate Matthew Stafford was a "china doll" first with an apology and then with a five-minute video rant in which he blames the media and then moves on to target Satan, saying the devil is coming at him through the media and Twitter.

 

Check out those stories (as well as Follett's video),...

01/26/2011 - 11:37pm
Steinbrenner: Yanks 'have to [expletive] win'

Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner, in an interview with the New York Post, offered echoes of the bombast that characterized many of his father’s win-at-all-costs proclamations.

 

“We will do what we have to do to win,” Steinbrenner said in the interview. “We have the highest payroll and the reason is we are committed to our fans to win.

 

“We just have to [expletive] win.”

 

Steinbrenner said that he believed the Yankees had one of the four best teams in baseball, but it remained to be seen whether his club would emerge as the best in the game. He also suggested that the Yankees would not apologize to anyone who criticizes them for their aggressive spending so long as baseball redistributes some of the team’s income...

01/26/2011 - 10:32pm
Julien on Looch: 'Seen what he's capable of'

Milan Lucic scored his 20th goal Wednesday night in the Bruins' 2-1 win over Florida, and his coach is hoping to see more of that from the power forward in the post-All Star break portion of their schedule.

 

"I think what we've seen in the first half is what he's capable of doing for us as we move on," Claude Julien said. "He's also one of those players that I think has always come up big in the big games, such as playoffs and all that stuff. He's one of those guys who always rises to the occasion and you hope that continues as well."

 

For more, including video, visit the Bruins team page at weei.com/bruins and the Big Bad Blog


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