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09/14/2012 - 4:34pm
Caron to AHL, Hamilton back to OHL
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins announced Friday that they have sent 23 players to Providence, a list that is led by winger Jordan Caron. In addition to announcing the players assigned to Providence, the team also assigned defenseman Dougie Hamilton and goalie Malcolm Subban to their OHL teams. 

While the transfer agreement between the NHL and CHL has expired, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said last week that he believes teams would be able to have junior-eligible players start a locked out season in junior and then come to the NHL when a new collective bargaining agreement is in place. The team intends to do that with Hamilton, who had 72 points in 50 regular-season games last season. 

The following players were sent to Providence: Matt Bartkowski, Ryan Button, Carter Camper, Jordan Caron, Colby Cohen, Tommy Cross, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek, Michael Hutchinson, Jared Knight, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, Adam Morrison, Tyler Randell, Max...

09/14/2012 - 3:17pm
Seven questionable for Pats Sunday

FOXBORO -- Dan Connolly and Shane Vereen lead a list of seven Patriots listed as questionable for Sunday's home opener against the Cardinals at Gillette Stadium. All seven were limited on Friday as the Patriots had their second straight day of perfect attendance at practice, which was in shorts and shells on the main stadium field.

For the Cardinals, quarterback John Skelton (ankle) did not practice all week and is listed officially as doubtful with the Cardinals expected to start Kevin Kolb, who led Arizona on a late fourth quarter, game-winning drive against the Seahawks. Star cornerback and return specialist Patrick Peterson (groin) and veteran safety Adrian Wilson (ankle) are both officially listed as questionable (50-50) but both are expected to play. Here's the complete injury report released by the Patriots Friday afternoon:

Limited participation

G Dan Connolly (head)...

09/14/2012 - 12:09pm
King on M&M: 'Fantastic' start for Patriots

Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King made his weekly appearance on Mut & Merloni on Friday as part of WEEI's Patriots Friday coverage.

Looking at the Patriots' season-opening victory over the Titans, King joined the legions who were impressed with New England's dominant defensive effort.

"I think what was really encouraging to them is that to hold a team as good on the ground to 20 yards rushing, to one-point-something per carry, is utterly fantastic," King said. "I also think that one of the things you saw in that game is that the Patriots are going to get great contributions from the young defensive rookies and young defensive players, obviously, because they got something out of both [Chandler] Jones and [Dont'a] Hightower in that game last week.

"Any time you face a young quarterback who really is not on his game yet -- and Jake Locker isn't, and it's going to be the same thing this week with Kevin Kolb. I don...

09/14/2012 - 11:38am
Bruins players ready for 'inevitable' lockout
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- On Friday, Bruins players as well as a few other local skaters (including Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle and Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney) took the ice at Ristuccia Arena for the last time in possibly quite some time. With the owners set to lock the players out Saturday at midnight (something Gregory Campbell called "inevitable"), the players will have to hold any informal sessions elsewhere as some stick around and some look for other work during the lockout.

Captain Zdeno Chara plans to stay in Boston for the time being, but he said Friday that as the two sides continue to negotiate, missing games helps nobody.

"Everybody [loses]," Chara said. "The players sacrifice, the owners sacrifice, the fans sacrifice. Everybody loses something. There's no question about that." 

The players were back in Wilmington after spending the previous two days in New York for meetings with the players'...

09/14/2012 - 11:25am
Perfect practice attendance for Pats

FOXBORO -- The Patriots had everyone on their 53-man roster at practice for the second straight day on Friday as the team worked out in shorts and shells on the main Gillette Stadium field. 

It was the second straight day back at practice for offensive lineman Dan Connolly, who was listed as limited on Thursday with a head injury. Connolly suffered the injury while serving as fullback on Stevan Ridley's one-yard TD run on Sunday in Tennessee. 

Shane Vereen returned to practice this week and was again on the field as he attempts to return to action after a foot injury sidelined him during the preseason game on Aug. 24 at Tampa Bay. Vereen and Connolly were among the seven Patriots listed as limited at full pads practice on Thursday. 

The Patriots open the home portion of their regular season schedule on Sunday against the Cardinals at 1 p.m. at Gillette Stadium. For more, visit the Patriots team page at...

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