Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke told WEEI.com that while former Bruin Phil Kessel came at a steep price, the acquisition of the 22-year-old forward has been worth it for the Leafs. "I use the analogy of an orchestra," Burke said. "I think you need a first violin and you need a guy on the drum. ... Phil Kessel is a first violin." Kessel, who returns to Boston to take on his old team Saturday, has eight goals in 14 games with the Maple Leafs this year. To see more analysis from Burke regarding Kessel, go to the Big Bad Blog.
Although he said the Red Sox have not contacted him about preparing to play some first base in 2010, Mike Lowell said Wednesday night that he isn't averse to the idea. "I wouldn't rule it out, absolutely not," he said. "I'm a realist. If they think that makes us a better defensive team, that's fine. I don't have a major problem with that. I would have to work on it. I think Triple A was probably the last time I played first. I played for about three or four games. But that doesn't mean I think I can't do it. But I haven't been asked." Lowell won the Gold Glove in 2005 while playing third base for the Florida Marlins. The only other position he has played in his major league career other than third has been second base, where he played nine games in '05. As Lowell referenced, the only time he has played first base in his professional baseball career came when he manned the spot for four games with Triple A Columbus in 1998.
According to a major league source, second baseman Orlando Hudson is another middle infielder the Red Sox have shown some interest in. The 31-year-old second baseman, a Type A free agent, wasn't offered arbitration by the Dodgers, whom he won his fourth Gold Glove with, last season, while hitting .283 in 149 games. Any move regarding Hudson would coincide with Dustin Pedroia moving from second base to shortstop. The Red Sox have reportedly also shown interest in Mark DeRosa, Adam Kennedy, Adam Everett, and Placido Polanco, who was linked the the Sox for the first time, Wednesday night, by MLB.com. According to a source, it appeared as though Polanco was close to signing with the Phillies to become their third baseman as early as Thursday. For more see the Full Count Blog.
Join WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, Alex Speier, and Lou Merloni talking all things Hot Stove, Thursday at noon. Bring your questions and comments regarding baseball’s offseason as the Winter Meetings reside just a few days away. To participate go to the Full Count Blog by click here.
Corey Raji scored 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds, and Boston College held off a late Michigan surge for a 62-58 victory over the Wolverines Wednesday night in Ann Arbor, Mich. Also for BC, Reggie Jackson had 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Joe Trapani contributed 11 points, 12 boards and three blocks. The Eagles (5-2) led by 10 points at halftime, 34-24, and by 11 with three minutes remaining before the Wolverines closed the gap. With the win, BC remained undefeated in four years of participation in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It was the third straight loss for Michigan, which was ranked 15th last week before slumping out of the Top 25. BC next hosts undefeated Miami on Saturday afternoon (3 p.m.) in the ACC opener for both teams.
Dr. Tony Schena joined the show to give insight into what lies ahead for Rob Gronkowski. He said a tough road is in front of the Patriots tight end.
We discuss the improbable win over the Browns and the loss of Rob Gronkowski with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday.
Ninkovich sits in with Mut and Merloni to look back at yesterday’s comeback win against the Browns. Rob also explains the range of emotions the team experienced after Rob Gronkowski suffered a potentially season ending injury.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
It's a baseball round table from the winter meetings in Orlando, Rob Bradford talks with Ian Browne, Scott Lauber, Tim Britton, and Jason Mastrodonato.
Buster joins Mut and Merloni live at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Buster explains that the market for Stephen Drew has cooled off considerably and executives around the league believe he will return to Boston.
Hazen talks with Mut and Merloni about the on-going offseason process. Mike explains how the Red Sox dove in to free agency immediately after the team’s World Series win. He also explains how the team creates opportunities for young players that are ready to make the jump to the Major League level.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Our favorite segment of the week, Answer the question Kirk. Today he answered how many sexual partners he has had.
Our departing producer Thom and our new producer Craig took to the scale to see who was bigger.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed the execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle in North Korea.
Jackie MacMullan joins the show to discuss the return of Doc Rivers to Boston and what really happened during the offseason that led to Doc's departure.
Brick joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Shawn Thornton's on ice actions last week against the Penguins and what type of suspension he may be facing.
Mut and Merloni react to Doc Rivers' emotional return to Boston and they discuss the way he left the Celtics.
We debate the hit, and what Shawn Thornton deserves to get and will get for a suspension from the NHL when he faces his discipline hearing on Friday for his K/O hit of the Penguins Brooks Orpik.
We check in with Jack Edwards of NESN and focus on the Bruins, and more specifically Sean Thornton's upcoming discipline hearing for his cheap-shot hit on Brooks Orpik of the Penguins.
We focus on multi-sport athletes in today's four topics at 4PM.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
No Jenny Dell today, but Mikey's back and we're answering questions bitches!
We answer what you ask... and by we mean Salk, Holley and special guest Jenny Dell of NESN!
Answering questions, its what we do.
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