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10/21/2010 - 11:40am
Rask expected to start B's home opener
By: DJ Bean

Tuukka Rask was first off the ice in the Bruins' morning skate on Thursday, an indication that he will start the team's home opener against the Capitals at TD Garden. Rask has started just one of the Bruins' first four games this seasons, a 5-2 loss in the season-opener in which he allowed four goals to the Coyotes on 36 shots. 

 

"It's fun," Rask said of starting the home opener. "It's been a while since the last start, so it should be great."

 

Tim Thomas has started the last three games, allowing just two goals over the span and picking up a shutout in the process. The team has won all three of Thomas' starts. For more on the Bruins, visit their team page at weei.com/bruins. 

 

 


10/21/2010 - 9:41am
Brickley on D&C: No goalie controversy

NESN analyst Andy Brickley joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about the Bruins. One of the big questions surrounding the B's is the issue of who is the No. 1 goaltender. Both Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas have staked their claims, but Thomas has been the hot goaltender in the early part of the season. "I don't like that word, controversy," Brickley said. "It may be accurate, but I don't like it. I just think it's depth and competition to a position that's critical to winning games." 

 

Brickley noted the Bruins teams he played on that featured Andy Moog and Reggie Lemelin. "It has a way of sorting itself out," Brickley said. "Maybe it's a 60-40 split, maybe it's 50-50, maybe it's 70-30 because one of them outperforms the other. What you try to do ideally, is when you get to the postseason, you establish your number one guy." 

 

Brickley has been impressed with rookie...

10/21/2010 - 9:32am
Kerry Wood thought he'd land with Red Sox

Before he was dealt to the Yankees at the July 31 deadline for non-waiver trades, reliever Kerry Wood thought that he was going to be dealt from the Indians to the Red Sox. At the time, the Sox had a pressing bullpen need, and the proponderance of rumors suggested that Boston might seek to shore up its weakness with the 33-year-old right-hander.

 

Boston had been scouting Wood, and he expected that if he was to be dealt, it was likely to the Sox. And so, Wood was surprised to find out that he'd been traded to the Yankees just before the 4 p.m. deadline that day.

 

"I actually thought [Boston] was where I was going. When they sat me down in  Toronto, I thought that’s the only team I’d heard anything about [their  interest], was the Red Sox," Wood recalled earlier this month. "I hadn’t heard anything about the Yankees. So for a couple of days, I thought it was the Red Sox, then...

10/21/2010 - 8:54am
Butterfield also a finalist for Jays' job

According to an industry source, Blue Jays’ third base coach Brian Butterfield is one of the four finalists for the Toronto managerial opening. Butterfield, 52, a native of Maine who still lives in the state, has also served as the Jays’ bench coach during his nine-season tenure with the Jays. He has managerial experience in the minor leagues in the Yankees’ organization.

 

Others identified as finalists for the Jays’ job (which was held by Cito Gaston for the past 2 1/2 seasons) are Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, Sox pitching coach John Farrell, and Sandy Alomar Jr., the Indians’ first-base coach. Neither Butterfield or representatives from the Blue Jays’ organization were available for comment.

 

For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


10/21/2010 - 8:22am
Goodell on D&C: No room for illegal hits

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell joined the Dennis & Callahan Show Thursday morning to discuss a variety of topics, most notably the league’s approach toward disciplining players for illegal hits. Goodell was in Boston Wednesday night to be honored by the Sports Legacy Institute, and is in the midst of a week where the NFL has fined three players (including Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather) a total of $175,000 for illegal hits levied during last weekend’s games. (To hear the entire interview, click here).

 

The main topic Goodell addressed was how the NFL is approaching the disciplining of players going forward in regard to illegal hits/contact. The commissioner stated that he doesn't believe there will be any other dramatic alterations in terms of what fans will see on the field in regard to discipline, and that the NFL has a policy in...

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