Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk is considered questionable for Thursday night's game against the Blue Jackets after he missed the team's morning skate with flu-like symptoms.
With Boychuk potentially out, Andrew Ference may make a quicker return to the lineup than initially expected. If Ference is unable to go, the Bruins would need to make a call-up in order to ice six defensemen.
"Right now [Ference] is fine, and unless that changes over the course of the next few hours, we don't anticipate calling anybody up," Claude Julien said. "He felt good this morning, and that was something that we had to look at with Johnny's situation. Had he not been, we would have probably been more cautious and called somebody up."
Forward Daniel Paille is also considered a game-time decision for Thursday night's game. He has been practicing with the team wearing a full cage due to the slapshot he took to the face last Monday...
MILWAUKEE -- According to a major league source, the Red Sox have talked with former Expos and Mets GM Omar Minaya about accepting a position in the organization, likely as a special assistant to GM Ben Cherington. Minaya is believed to be weighing numbers from a number of organizations about the type of front office role he would be interested in pursuing after spending the 2011 season on the sidelines.
Minaya was named GM of the Mets in 2004, and helped build a club that advanced within a game of the World Series in 2006 but that suffered season-ending collapses and narrowly missed the postseason in both 2007 and 2008. That said, he is viewed as an outstanding talent evaluator, resulting in seemingly widespread interest by a number of clubs -- including the Red Sox -- in adding him to a front office.
News of the Sox' interest in hiring Minaya...
Heidi Watney, the Red Sox field reporter for NESN since 2008, is leaving the network. Several reports have indicated the 30-year-old Watney is going to California to work as a sideline reporter for the Lakers on Time Warner Cable.
“Heidi Watney will not be returning to NESN next year," said NESN President & CEO Sean McGrail said in statement first published by Ken Fang. "She is pursuing other opportunities that would bring her closer to her family on the west coast. We respect Heidi’s decision and would like to thank her for everything that she has brought to NESN over the past 4 years and wish her the very best."
A native of California and a University of San Diego graduate, Watney worked at the FOX affiliate at Fresno before landing the job with NESN in June 2008.
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Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski and Logan Mankins are positional leaders in early AFC Pro Bowl voting results.
Brady tops all AFC players with 537,780 votes, second only to Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers (589,801) among all NFL players. Welker is second to Detriot's Calvin Johnson among NFL receivers, and Welker's 430,945 votes stand fifth among NFL players. Gronkowski leads all NFL tight ends with 334,909 votes.
Fan balloting for the Pro Bowl runs through December 19.
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Koby Clemens, one of Roger Clemens' sons, is expected to be banned from international play this winter after abandoning his Puerto Rican team, according to a report from a Puerto Rico newspaper. The Astros minor leaguer apparently left the Mayaguez Indians last Wednesday without providing a reason. The team filed paperwork that bans Clemens from playing for any other winter league team in the Caribbean Baseball Confederation, which includes Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Explained team owner Daniel Aquino: "I'd like the fans and everyone else to know that we're not looking to sanction Clemens. Even less do we wish to do him harm. We're only following procedure."
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox John Farrell for our weekly discussion about all things Red Sox.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after he had another multi-hit game as the Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
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.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.
The guys discuss the hot debates in the three-man NESN booth during Tuesday night's Red Sox game.
After hanging up on D&C on Tuesday when accused of carrying water for the Worcester District Attorney, Worcester morning radio host Jim Polito talks with glee on his radio show about his interaction with Dennis and Callahan
Comedian Jim Bruer says he was on vacation in Mexico and talked to Jastremski about deflategate.
The guys talk about NESN's experiment with a three person booth on Red Sox Telecast. They also talk about who they think should be in the booth with Dave O'Brien
DJ Bean talks to the guys about the Bruin's signing of Kevan Miller, and the state of the Bruins off-season.
We discuss the Patriots filing of an amicus brief to federal district court in support of the ongoing battle that has ensnared their quarterback.
We look at four instances where Roger Goodell flat out lies or twists himself into a pretzel when asked a question to which there is a definitive answer to... but he never answers them.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with former Patriots backup quarterback Jim Miller about Tom Brady and his mindset as he continues to battle Deflategate. Miller offers up his own thoughts on Brady’s play and what sets him apart from other signal-callers of his generation. Miller also breaks down New England’s offseason to this point on the calendar, and offers his thoughts on which team might be poised to challenge the Patriots in the AFC East.
This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
Kirk rants about Gerry being Corporate Callahan and commands Paul to shut Gerry's mic off.More from this show
Brady lawyer, Ted Olson, speaks about the latest Deflategate news on GMA and Gerry reads Larry King's latest Kings Things.More from this show