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02/27/2012 - 4:20pm
B's add Zanon, Rolston, Mottau at deadline
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins added three players on the day of the NHL trade deadline, swinging a deal with the Islanders for former Bruin Brian Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau, as well as acquiring defenseman Greg Zanon from Minnesota. 

The Bruins sent AHL defenseman Marc Cantin and forward Yannick Riendeau to the Islanders in exchange for Rolston and Mottau. Defenseman Steve Kampfer was traded to the Wild for Zanon. 

Zanon's 212 blocked shots was second in the NHL last season. The 31-year-old has a minus-1 rating with two goals and four assists for six points this season. He has averaged 18:37 of ice time per game. 

First acquired by the Bruins from the Avalanche in the Ray Bourque trade in 2000, Rolston, now 39, played five seasons in Boston, includinga 31-goal campaign in the 2001-02 season. He has also played for the Devils, Avalanche, Wild and Islanders. In 49 games this season, he has four goals and five assists for nine points.

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02/27/2012 - 3:17pm
Valentine: Francona 'paid for saying stuff'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Asked about the comments by former manager Terry Francona suggesting that the Red Sox' clubhouse beer ban was a "PR move," current skipper Bobby Valentine -- who instituted the ban -- took issue with the proclamation.

"Any comments on that? You need a comment? My opinion, if it was PR move you mean?" said Valentine. "I don't know. How was it PR? Well, you know, I don't really have a comment on that. It means like 20 teams are looking for PR and that's why they're making good decisions. I don't have a comment on that."

However, Valentine -- who held the job of baseball analyst on ESPN that Francona is now performing -- did suggest that Francona was speaking from a different perspective as a media figure than he did as a manager.

"Remember, you're getting paid over there for saying...

02/27/2012 - 1:45pm
Fire at Fenway Park causes $100K damage

Editor's note: Amount of damage updated to $100,000 by Boston Fire Department at 12:41 p.m.

A small fire in the mail room at Fenway Park caused an estimated $100,000 damage, according to a tweet from the Boston Fire Department.

Firemen responded to a call at Yawkey Way at 11:26 a.m. to handle a fire on the second floor, in the administrative office area. The cause was an electrical short circuit near a wall-mounted light fixture. Most of the damage was caused by smoke and water.

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


02/27/2012 - 10:50am
Ortiz on D&C: Tired of media 'talking trash'

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz paid a visit with Dennis & Callahan Monday morning at spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.

Ortiz last week got upset after hearing a reporter suggest that Ortiz, at age 36, could see a dropoff similar to the one Red Sox legend Jim Rice had at the same age in 1989.

"I don't really care about what anybody says. You can say whatever you want. That won't get in my way," Ortiz said. "I look at myself as a guy that, when I was 15, I didn't really know what I wanted to be. So, nobody can come out right now and tell me who I'm going to be tomorrow or the next day or the next few days. The problem was how people want to put negativity on people's heads. I don't think it's fair. … These people are always talking trash. I've been here 10 years. They always have something to say."

Added Ortiz: "I'm not Jim Rice. I'm David Ortiz. We've got to be different."

Ortiz also...

02/27/2012 - 10:29am
Francona: Sox' beer ban 'a PR move'

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona on Monday weighed in on the team's decision to ban alcohol in the clubhouse following reports of pitchers drinking during games last season.

"I think it's a PR move," Francona said during an appearance on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning." "I think if a guy wants a beer, he can probably get one. You know, it's kind of the old rule. ... If your coach in football says no hard liquor on the plane -- I mean, you serve beer and wine -- somebody's going to sneak liquor on the plane. If you furnish a little bit, it almost keeps it to a minimum."

Added Francona: "I don't think it's a surprise that they put this in effect, or the fact that they announced it. It's probably more of a PR move just because, you know, the Red Sox took such a beating at the end of the year."

Francona implied that had he remained at the helm of the team, the situation might have...

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