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09/10/2012 - 1:11pm
Krejci wants Thomas back with B's
By: DJ Bean

BOLTON -- David Krejci said prior to Monday's Bruins golf tournament that he hopes Tim Thomas eventually comes back to the Bruins. 

The Thomas subject has been a rather touchy one when it comes to the Bruins. He told them after the season he'd be taking the year off, leaving them with a potential salary cap burden. Furthermore, his exit paved the way for Tuukka Rask to get his chance as a starting goaltender.

Bruins players have generally danced around the subject of what might happen if Thomas were to return after next season, but when Krejci brought up the subject Monday at the team's golf tournament in Bolton, the center made it clear that wants Thomas back with the Bruins. 

"I was in shock a little bit just like everybody else I guess, but you've got to respect his personal life," Krejci said when asked his reaction to Thomas' decision. "If he wants to take a year off, then he should do what he feels is right for...

09/10/2012 - 12:37pm
Ference: 'Pretty tough to be optimistic'
By: DJ Bean

BOLTON -- Wearing an NHLPA hat with his golf attire, Bruins defenseman and former player rep Andrew Ference said prior to the team's golf tournament Monday that he doesn't see much reason for optimism that a new collective bargaining agreement will be reached before the current one expires this Saturday.

"I don't know if optimistic's the right word, not with the way things have been going so far," Ference said. "It's pretty tough to be optimistic. I think at the beginning of the summer there were a lot of great talks. Hopefully that can continue and we can see some progress. Obviously this next week or two is pretty big."

Upwards of 200 NHL players are set to meet this week in New York, as will the league's board of governors. 

"Hopefully they'll get some different viewpoints on the table and let some of the other people talk from around the league," Ference said. "… You'd hope that in the next...

09/10/2012 - 12:04pm
Ridley on M&M: Goal is 100 yards per game

Patriots running back Stevan Ridley, coming off Sunday's 125-yard, one-touchdown rushing performance in a 34-13 victory over the Titans, joined Mut & Merloni (and Patriots Hall of Fame inductee Troy Brown) on WEEI's Patriots Monday to talk about his breakout performance.

"I wasn't expecting to have -- what was it, 21 carries, 124, 125 [yards], something like that?" Ridley said. "I definitely didn't see that coming. But a goal that I set for myself going into each game is I want to try to get a hundred on the ground for this offense. Because we have such a strong passing attack, and I think that the creases are in there. So, for me, that is my main focus that I'm focusing onto.

"Going into what I over-expected or didn't see coming, I definitely didn't see a bill-25 on the ground yesterday. But I'm thankful. I'm very blessed that I was able to go out there and do that."

Ridley was benched late last season after...

09/10/2012 - 11:49am
Seguin on next deal: 'It's looking good'
By: DJ Bean

BOLTON -- Speaking before the Bruins' annual golf tournament at The International, Bruins right winger Tyler Seguin said that he would like to sign his next contract before the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement (Saturday), and that he's comfortable with where things stand in negotiations. 

"There's been discussions," Seguin said. "It's looking good, and I'm looking forward to hopefully playing in Boston for many years." 

The 20-year-old Seguin is set to enter the final year of his entry-level contract, and fellow 2010 draft stars Taylor Hall (seven years at $6 million per) and Jeff Skinner (six years, $5.75 million per) have already signed their next contracts. 

Seguin, who led the Bruins with 29 goals last season, said that the sides started talking after the season and that negotiations have "definitely picked up quite heavily since then." He added that negotiations have...

09/10/2012 - 10:38am
MLB investigating Sox waiver wire leaks

According to an industry source, Major League Baseball is investigating the unusually high number of reports regarding waiver wire activity involving the Sox throughout August. MLB has told the Red Sox, however, that the organization is not under suspicion for leaking any of the information. (Teams usually are motivated to not have such information leaked out due to reaction from their own players, along with possible ramifcations for any potential trades.)

Under MLB rules, any team or person found to have leaked information regarding the waiver wire process is subject to significant fines.

"That's a lot of money somebody needs to be forking out, because all that does is put stress in guys' heads," Cody Ross said regarding the trend when asked on Aug. 24. "It's B.S., basically. I've never in my life seen it [like it was in August), and it shouldn't happen."

Typically teams put a vast majority of their players through...

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