In a play that was somewhat similar to Bruins forward Milan Lucic's collision with Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin was called for charging after knocking over Stars goalie Richard Bachman in Tuesday's game. However, in this case, Hagelin touched the puck first and tried to avoid the collision yet still was penalized.
Rangers coach John Tortorella was irate at the officials after the play, and then he offered one piece of advice to his player. "I told him to do it again," Tortorella said. "The goalie's out 20 feet and [Hagelin] is going after the puck. That's his job. So I said, 'Do it again.' "
Hagelin said referees appear to be more sensitive to protecting goalies after Lucic's play. “The refs have been calling those lately after the hit on Miller," Hagelin said. "I felt like I had step there on the goalie and I actually got a shot off, and then I tried to stop and turned to the left. The...
According to a major league source, the Red Sox have yet to make a contract offer to free agent catcher Jason Varitek.
Varitek's future with the Red Sox was put in doubt Tuesday when the team signed catcher Kelly Shoppach to a one-year, $1.35 million deal (which, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, could reach as $1.75 million with incentives). With the presence of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, rookie Ryan Lavarnway, and Shoppach, the Sox' catching position would appear to be set, although a source said that the team and Varitek's agent, Scott Boras, would continue to talk about a potential fit.
The 39-year-old Varitek, who was not offered arbitration by the Red Sox, played in 68 games in 2011, hitting .221 with a .723 OPS. He has played his entire major league career with the Red Sox, having been dealt from the Seattle organization in 1997.
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Responding to a call from his coach to be a "good brat," not a "bad brat," Brad Marchand scored twice off faceoff wins from Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask stopped all 41 shots, as the Bruins won their first game without captain Zdeno Chara, 3-0, over the Kings Tuesday night at TD Garden. It was Rask's ninth career shutout and first this season. He was outstanding in the third, stopping 20 shots, three more than he had to save in his last shutout last March 1 at Ottawa.
For Marchand, it was a positive response to his $2,500 fine on Monday for slewfooting Matt Niskanen of the Penguins on Dec. 5 in Pittsburgh, a move that prompted coach Claude Julien to say Tuesday morning that he wanted to see the "good brat" style of play. The Bruins winger scored his first goal of the month and his first since Nov. 30, a stretch of five games.
Steve Kampfer was called upon to fill the roster spot of Chara, who suffered a...
Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was a guest of Mut and Merloni on Tuesday. The Boston Herald had a report Tuesday that detailed an incident between Games 2 and 3 of the Miami series last season that included Rondo using harsh language and then throwing a bottle at a screen during a team video session.
"It was a heated meeting, obviously a lot of emotion inside the locker room," Rondo said. "We all wanted to win, we were down 0-2. Just, some things happened in those last 10 minutes of the meeting. We’re here now, though."
Rondo has been the subject of much trade talk recently, with an anonymous NBA GM telling the Herald in the same report that Danny Ainge has "offered [Rondo] around the league."
"I haven’t talked to them at all about the trade," Rondo said. "I...
WALTHAM -- With training camps opening around the league and roster uncertainty tearing apart would-be trades of superstars, several veterans on the Celtics echoed a sentiment among many in the NBA that the league is rushing its players toward the start of the season.
"I feel very rushed," Ray Allen said at the team's media day on Tuesday. "I can't say I've been particularly happy with the way things have transpired over the last two or three weeks but I think everybody is in the situation where we just have to do the best with what we have and we have to adjust to the situation at hand and it's a challenge for all of us and we're all going through it.
"There's nothing more you can do about it but prepare yourself physically and mentally. Young guys, carry them along with us. For the veteran guys, we have to be ready for difficulties and great challenges."
Captain Paul Pierce pointed toward the league's...
Giardi and Price discuss the mega deal that CB Josh Norman signed with Washington and if he is worth it. They also relate it to the Pats and Malcolm Butler. Does the Norman deal mean that Butler is about to cash in and will the Pats go along for the ride? This leads to a discussion on other players the Patriots need to extend very soon.
Danny Vitale, the SuperBack - a fullback/TE hybrid type - joins GIardi and Price on NFL Sunday to discuss the process of entering the NFL Draft, the combine and interviewing with various NFL teams including your New England Patriots.
With the NFL draft only a few days away, Mike and Chris preview how things are shaping for the Pats and the rest of the league. It will be a strange this year since they don't have a first round pick - how will Belichick and company approach this dilemma? Also, would the Pats contemplate the idea of trading Jimmy G?
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves
We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft
Schill joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk after his controversial Facebook post sparked outrage on social media.More from this show
Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.More from this show
As predicted, ESPN canned Curt Schilling regarding the North Carolina transgender laws. Glenn and Lou react.More from this show
Tomase calls in to defend his take on Curt Schilling being dismissed from ESPN.More from this show