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07/30/2010 - 11:37am
Wheeler didn't want to leave Boston
By: DJ Bean

With Friday's announcement that the Bruins have agreed to a salary awarded in arbitration for the first time since Peter Chiarelli took over as general manager, it became official that right wing Blake Wheeler would be back in Boston for the 2010-11 season. The 23-year-old Wheeler told members of the media Friday that it's exactly where he wants to be.

 

"It never crossed my mind, being with another team," Wheeler said. "I think that would be a pretty big surprise for me, but throughout the whole process, even if that was an option, I definitely wanted to be in Boston. Not only because our group of guys is so good and we've had such a good locker room over the last couple of years and such great team chemistry. I think we're right on the cusp of getting to...

07/30/2010 - 10:17am
Kraft on Brady: 'He's going to be here'

Speaking to the New York Times, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said that Tom Brady would return 'one way or another' and that he was confident the quarterback's contract would be extended beyond this season. "He's going to be here," Kraft told The Times Thursday. "I love the guy. We're so lucky to have him. I have an emotional attachment because I remember him coming in as the fourth quarterback, being a skinny beanpole of a kid."

 

The article points out that Brady is going to be making $6.5 million this season -- $3.5 million in salary -- which pales in comparison's the $14 million on the contract of Peyton Manning, whose contract is also expiring after this season. The contract negotiations involving both players have been complicated somewhat by...

07/30/2010 - 10:16am
Bruins come to terms with Wheeler
By: DJ Bean

After having to wait extra long to find out what his 2010-2011 salary would be Thursday, Bruins right wing Blake Wheeler's $2.2 arbitration award was agreed to Friday morning by the Bruins.

 

 

“It is never a pleasant experience for either side to go to arbitration,” said Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli. “However, as a manager, you know that the player will be under contract for the following year either way. We talked to Blake before and after the hearing and we are satisfied to have a good, young player under contract for another year.”

 

In Wheeler the Bruins retain a young forward who has averaged just under 20 goals in his first two NHL seasons. The 6-foot-3 winger scored 18 goals and 20 assists for 38 points last season. For more on the Bruins, go to weei.com/bruins.

 


07/30/2010 - 9:23am
Belichick: 'We expect [Burgess] to be here'

FOXBORO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the fact that outside linebacker Derrick Burgess was unexpectedly absent from the first day of training camp on Thursday.

Speaking at his Friday morning press conference, Belichick sounded like he was caught slightly off guard by the fact that Burgess wasn’t in attendance at either practice on Thursday. According to reports, the 31-year-old is contemplating retirement.

“Derrick wasn’t here yesterday, and we expect him to be here,” Belichick said. “We’ll just deal with it going forward.

“I’m not sure I know all the information I need to know,” added the coach. “We’ll take it day-by-day.”

Burgess was not around, and in his place, the Patriots used a variety of players at his outside linebacker spot, including rookie Jermaine Cunningham and veteran Pierre Woods.

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07/30/2010 - 7:51am
Mashup: ESPN defends pulling LeBron story

ESPN explained and defended its reasoning for pulling its story on LeBron James' exploits in Las Vegas. ESPN website boss Rob King claimed the story was never meant to be posted, and reporter Arash Markazi "did not properly identify himself as a reporter or clearly his intentions to write a story." King insists that ESPN made the decision on its own, "without influence from any outside party." Also in the news Friday, Rick Pitino "has had his reputation reduced to the butt of a joke," writes one Kentucky columnist covering his court case, and USC football coach Lane Kiffin is slowly convincing media members that he's not as bad as he's made out to be. Read more about all these stories at Friday's Morning Mashup.


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