The New Jersey Devils are the apparent winners in the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes. The superstar forward has been dealt by the Atlanta Thrashers to New Jersey, according to Kevin Allen of USA Today on his Twitter page. The Bruins were one of several teams reportedly interested in acquiring the star before the March 3 trading deadline, along with the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers. News of the deal comes just hours after Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said the team would be "aggressively moving forward" after Kovalchuk, a two-time 50-goal scorer, turned down offers of $101 million over 12 years and $70 million over 10 seasons.
WEEI.com's Lou Merloni reports that after talking to Nomar Garciaparra, the former Red Sox shortstop is intent on playing in the majors for the 2010 season if the right the situation presents itself. Garciaparra said his calf, which has been hindering the 36-year-old for the past few years, feels better now than it has in quite some time. Garciaparra has talked to a few major leagues teams but is holding out for the right situation. He also has had conversations about potentially doing work with the MLB Network. Garciaparra played in 65 games with Oakland last season, hitting .281 with three homers. The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported that Garciaparra was "widely expected to retire." For more Red Sox and MLB news, see the Full Count blog.
WALTHAM -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers spent nearly 30 minutes with Marquis Daniels and the second unit at the end of practice as he tries to help Daniels get back to speed in time for a possible weekend return to action. Daniels has missed 27 games since having ligament surgery on his left thumb. After several days of shooting and basketball-related drills, Thursday marked Daniels first practice back with the team. “It wasn’t a great practice for him," Rivers said. "We didn’t do a lot. We didn’t do really anything live so it wasn’t a great practice for him. Just trying to get him some rhythm, which is good.” Rivers added that he doubts Daniels will be ready to play against New Jersey on Friday but more likely set for a Sunday return against Orlando. For more, including video of Daniels at practice, visit the Green Street blog.
WALTHAM -- Paul Pierce spoke on Thursday for the first time since being diagnosed with a left mid-foot sprain that forced him to miss Wednesday night's game against Miami and likely will keep him out of action against New Jersey on Friday night. But the All-Star forward said he has reason to think he might be back by Sunday when the team takes on the Orlando Magic at TD Garden. “I can walk on it," Pierce said. "It’s just a basic mid-foot sprain. It’s not the end of the world. I’ve had worse injuries, to tell you the truth. And the good thing about it is I didn’t have to go into a boot. I’m still walking around on it. It’s just about the pain going away. It’s a sprain, but it’s not the worst sprain I’ve ever had.” Pierce said he definitely plans on taking part in the All-Star 3-point shooting contest and is hopeful for the All-Star Game itself on Feb. 14 at Cowboys Stadium. For more...
Boston College released its football schedule on Thursday. Highlights of the 2010 season include bringing Notre Dame and Virginia Tech to Alumni Stadium as well as beginning an eight-game series against Syracuse. The season opens on Sept. 4 against non-conference opponent Weber State.
For the full schedule, visit The BC Blog.
We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.
Patriots’ defensive end, Rob Ninkovich, joins Mut and Merloni on a Patriots Monday after the team’s victory in Houston. Rob addresses the postgame comments of Texans’ defensive lineman Antonio Smith and the defense struggling against the run.
Tom Brady joined the show fresh off the teams 9th win of the season in Houston. He dismissed Antonio Smith's spying allegations and told the guys he has already moved on.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
The manager of the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox joins Salk and Holley at Mohegan Sun. Farrell chats with Mike and Michael about all the hot stove moves including the departure of centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier examine all the off-season moves on the Hot Stove Show. Rob and Alex also catch up with Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan and ask him about the Rangers acquiring first baseman Prince Fielder.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed the first ever dog custody battle in New York City.
The guys opened the show discussing the major court decisions for Alfonzo Dennard and Jameis Winston coming today. They also touched on the Lunenburg scandal.
Johnny Damon joins Mut and Merloni to clear the air about his free agent signing with the Yankees and discusses Ellsbury's signing.
Mut and Merloni react to former Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees.
Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees and the possibility of the Red Sox trading for Andre Ethier.
Today’s topics include frustrating superstars, Boston-New York rivalries, tough losses and more.
Salk and Holley discuss the similarities and differences between Jacoby Ellsbury’s situation and Johnny Damon’s departure eight years ago. Mike and Michael analyze what the fan reaction could be when Ellsbury returns to Fenway in pinstripes.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
Mike Lupica of the Daily News joined the show to give the New York reaction to the Ellsbury signing. He said that the Yankees drastically overpaid.More from this show
The guys discuss the breaking story of Pierzynski agreeing to a deal with the Red Sox.More from this show
We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats' win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.More from this show