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10/08/2010 - 7:35am
Bergeron would have signed 'no matter what'
By: DJ Bean

PRAGUE -- Patrice Bergeron boasted both a new contract (three years, $15 million) and optimism for the direction of the franchise as both he and general manager Peter Chiarelli adressed reporters in a press conference following Friday's skate. Now 25, Bergeron will play out the last year of his current contract at a $4.75 million cap hit before coming in at $5 million in each of the next three seasons. Bergeron's camp and Chiarelli negotiated the deal throughout the offseason, but the center made clear that he knew the outcome of the negotiations long before the agreement was reached.

 

"I knew it was going to get done, because at the end of the day I was the one who was going to say yes no matter what. I just wanted to stay in Boston and I think Peter and the Bruins knew it all along."

 

Sitting alongside Bergeron, Chiarelli sang the center's praises, summing hip his value to the team as being more than...

10/08/2010 - 6:53am
Mashup: More umps' blown calls

It's the baseball postseason, which means umpires' blown calls are magnified and calls for instant replay get louder and louder. In Thursday night's Twins-Yankees game, home plate ump Hunter Wendelstedt struggled with the strike zone and ejected Twins manager Ron Gardenhire for bringing it to his attention. In Game 2 of the Rangers-Rays game, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was tossed for complaining about an apparent missed check swing call that proved to be a turning point. Now, reports are emerging that the players union has requested an offseason meeting to discuss the umpiring problem. Read more about that story, plus get the update on Brett Favre's X-rated controversy as he prepares for his return to New York, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


10/08/2010 - 6:25am
Mayo on D&C: Moss 'a great teammate'

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and talked about the Randy Moss trade. Asked on a scale of 1-10 how surprised he was when he founds out Moss was sent to the Vikings, Mayo said: "I'd say about an 8. But at the end of the day, it's the nature of the business."

 

Mayo said he did not have any insight as to why Moss was traded, and he considered the receiver a friend. "He wasn't a distraction at all," Mayo said. "He's a great teammate. Great in the locker room. To my knowledge, he hadn't done anything wrong, as far as in the locker room."

 

With Moss out of the equation, Brandon Tate is expected to become a much bigger part of the offense. "He's a good player, hungry to learn," Mayo said. "And we have other guys like Julian Edelman who are ready to step up and make plays."

 

Mayo said...

10/08/2010 - 6:13am
Report: Patriots inquiring about Jackson

The Patriots have reportedly looked into acquiring disgruntled San Diego wide receiver Vincent Jackson, according to CSNNE.com, with New England possibly offering offensive lineman Logan Mankins in return. The two players are in similar situations — both of whom are restricted free agents in the fifth season in the league who are sitting out rather than playing for their tender offers. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


10/08/2010 - 2:41am
Bruins give Bergeron 3-year extension
By: DJ Bean

PRAGUE -- The Bruins and center Patrice Bergeron have agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $15 million, the team announced late Friday morning. The deal will carry an annual cap hit of $5 million, making him tied with Tim Thomas for the team's highest cap hit in the 2011-12 season (captain Zdeno Chara remains unsigned following the coming season). RDS was the first to report the agreement.

 

Bergeron was set to become a free agent at season's end, and after a very impressive preseason, the Bruins avoid the risk of seeing the 25-year-old center put together a career year and leave via free agency. Chara now becomes the team's top priority regarding contracts, as he is in the final year of a five-year, $37.5 million deal signed back in 2006. 

 

Bergeron's career high for points in a season is 73, which he recorded in 2005-06, his second NHL season. In 73 games last season, Bergeron picked up 52 points before...

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