PRAGUE -- According to multiple reports, rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski was notified on Wednesday by general manager Peter Chiarelli that he would be the final player released from Bruins camp before the team opens the regular season with two games against the Coyotes (the team is allowed to carry an extra goalie overseas, but Nolan Schaefer will also likely be sent to Providence before the team begins play in North America).
Bartkowski, 22, did not dress in either of the team's games against the Belfast Giants and Liberec HC, and after Wednesday's practice seemed to take the right attitude.
"I don't really worry about it. If it happens, I'm just going to take it and do what I have to do to work my way back up," Bartkowski said. "All of the positives that I've learned here, I'm just going to take those down with me and work on them and earn my spot [in the NHL]."
The Patriots and Vikings reportedly have completed a deal that would send wide receiver Randy Moss back to Minnesota for a third-round pick in the 2011 draft. ESPN's Adam Schefter appeared on Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning and confirmed the trade.
Moss, 33, is a seven-time Pro Bowler who was drafted by the Vikings in 1998 and played in Minnesota for seven years before being dealt to Oakland. A miserable two-year stretch with the Raiders followed before the receiver was reborn in New England with Tom Brady. In 51 regular-season games with the Patriots, Moss has 50 touchdown catches, including an NFL-record 23 in 2007.
However, Moss, who is in the final year of a three-year contract he signed after the 2007 season, had made it known on several occasions that he did not anticipate being brought back to the Patriots after this season. In a memorable postgame press conference following the season-opening win over the Bengals, Moss...
ESPN's Chris Mortensen joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the rumored Randy Moss trade to the Vikings. Mortensen said his sources are telling him the deal will go through Wednesday, and the analyst tried to explain why the trade will be made.
"I think if you just look at the DNA of the Patriots, from the owner Bob Kraft to Bill Belichick, and Jonathan Kraft and what have you — from Week 1 when Randy Moss decided to make a very clear statement that, 'Yes, I want to be a Patriot but I want to be a contract but I want a new contract,' that's just not the Patriot Way, is it?"
Added Mortensen: "The contract thing probably was going to rear its ugly head more than one more time this year."
Mortensen said there were signs on Monday night that Moss was being iced out of the offense, on a night when he had no catches and the Patriots posted a...
The Titans were penalized 10 times for 111 yards on Sunday in a 26-20 loss to the Broncos, and then Tennessee was on the receiving end of some criticisms from Denver players and coaches. Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton called the Titans "cheap" after the game, and coach Josh McDaniels followed up on Monday by implying the team is taught to play dirty, saying, "You either coach it or you allow it to happen." Titans coach Jeff Fisher denied the charges. Read more about that story and others, plus check out video, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.
The rumored trade between the Patriots and Vikings would send Randy Moss to Minnesota for a third-round draft pick, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter. The story quotes a source as saying, "I'd be shocked if it doesn't happen," and predicted the deal will go through Wednesday.
Moss, a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver, is in the final season of his four-year deal with the Patriots. He was acquired from the Raiders for a fourth-round draft pick prior to the 2007 season.
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