According to a tweet from TSN's Darren Dreger, controversial NHL discipline czar Colin Campbell is stepping down as NHL senior vice president and director of hockey operations, and his likely successor is longtime NHL forward Brendan Shanahan.
Campbell, the father of Bruins forward Gregory Campbell, drew the ire of Bruins fans last year when he decided not to punish Penguins forward Matt Cooke for his blindside hit on Marc Savard that left the Bruins center with a concussion. The league altered its rules after that incident to make it easier to punish such behavior.
Shanahan played 22 seasons in the NHL — with the Devils, Blues, Whalers, Red Wings and Rangers — before retiring in 2009. He is the only NHL player with 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes. He has been serving as the league's vice president of hockey and business operations.
Hall of Fame defenseman Brian Leetch joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday morning to talk about the Stanley Cup finals, which begins Wednesday night in Vancouver.
Leetch, who grew up in Connecticut and played collegiately at Boston College, was asked about the Bruins being underdogs in this series.
"I know they don't feel an underdog," he said. "When you have two good teams playing, sometimes it's just an easier pick to pick the team with more points during the regular season, or they had a couple of better stats. But you look at their stats up and down, these teams — we've almost gotten to 100 games now — are almost identical. Right through the playoffs and the regular season, there's not much that separates them. The goaltending is both excellent, their top players, their depth."
Asked about the Bruins being physical while avoiding penalties, Leetch said: "I think when we talk about the Bruins...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Wednesday that the team does not expect Daisuke Matsuzaka to undergo surgery after getting a second opinion on his injured right elbow in Japan.
"Diagnostically, everything is kind of the same," Francona said before Wednesday's matinee with the White Sox at Fenway Park. "We have to figure how to best go about this. The player or pitcher has to have some opinion, too. But I think you're always going to go about it non-operatively, first. That just seems like it makes sense to me."
Matsuzaka is expected back in Boston Wednesday night after getting recent consultation in his homeland of Japan. The righthander went on the disabled list on May 17 with a strained right elbow after posting a 3-3 record with a 5.30 ERA in eight appearances for the Red Sox this season.
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Josh Reddick is back in the lineup for the Red Sox against the White Sox and tough right-hander Gavin Floyd. Reddick received a call-up from Triple-A Pawtucket last week in order to spell J.D. Drew while the right fielder was nursing an ailing hamstring. Whether Drew is out of the lineup due to injury or the matchup (he is 2-for-14 with four walks and seven strikeouts against Floyd) remains to be seen.
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Sports Illustrated polled 185 major leaguers to determined the most overrated players in baseball. Three Yankees topped the list: Alex Rodriguez (18 percent), Joba Chamberlain (12) and Derek Jeter (7). Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon received 4 percent.
"I've been on this list before. I think it will be like that for the rest of my career," Rodriguez told the New York Daily News Tuesday. Asked if he was one of the players who was polled, A-Rod said: "I have so much respect for anyone that wears a major league uniform, I would never answer that."
Jeter brushed off a question about the poll, but Chamberlain joked that he was "disappointed that I'm not No. 1." Said the reliever: "My bills are still paid and I still have a job. I could care less as long as I'm still getting outs and doing the things I need to do."
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We check in with head coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday for a look at all aspects of the win over the Bills, and a look ahead to the Broncos.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
The stove is hot. Mut, Bradford and Tomase are talking about the reports of David Ortiz’ retirement announcement, as well as their thoughts on the trade the Red Sox made for closer Craig Kimbrel
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.
The guys discuss the reports that the Sox are one of the teams most interested in free agent David Price and Chris compares shopping for an ace to shopping for ice cream.
Mike Florio previews Pats-Broncos & gives his thoughts on Terrell Owens possibly working out for the Pats.
Butch and Chris talk about the Pats possibly bringing in Terrell Owens for a workout & argue over if Danny Amendola should still be returning punts.
Glenn and Tanguay argue over how well Tom Brady throws the deep ball.
Tanguay is worried that Newton will win the MVP but he & Glenn backup Brady's case for the award.
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Today's 4@4 segment consisted of who we believe will be the next Patriot Inducted into Hall of Fame. We talk Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, and Randy Moss.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak to Peter King of MMQB/SI.
With Oklahoma sneaking its way into a playoff spot, the Big 12 is still alive. Anthony and Austin give you picks for rivalry week and break down all things college football.
Buck and Soog talk about Ronda Rousey's loss, the state of the UFC and favorite things about Thanksgiving.
Glenn and Christian kick off the show playing some of the audio of Christian's call to a Vegan hotline last year around this time, and then the conversation turned to the importance of a 16-0 season now that big injuries have decimated the skill positions.More from this show
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