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01/26/2011 - 6:00pm
Welker: I don't deserve contract extension

Wes Welker told the Boston Herald on Wednesday that he feels that he does not deserve a contract extension. The wide receiver -- who is eligible for free agency after the 2011 season -- said his performance in 2010 did not justify a new deal from the Patriots.

 

"I think everybody wants a new deal, but I wouldn't say anything I did this past year would warrant one or anything like that," Welker told the Herald. 

 

Welker caught 84 passes for 848 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010, a marked decline in production from his previous three seasons in New England (112 catches in 2007, 111 in 2008 and a league-best 123 in 2009). Welker also dropped 13 passes in 2010, which ranked among the top five in the league.

 

"For me, I feel like it was a disappointing year," Welker said. "I feel like I didn't play my best ball. Having that kind of year definitely drives me. It makes me want to...

01/26/2011 - 1:54pm
Milbury on D&H: Savard a delicate issue

NESN hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday. Milbury gave his thoughts on the Marc Savard situation, after news broke Wednesday morning that Savard went home to Ontario to rest his head.

 

"With the two hits that he took recently, and now this reaction, I think long term is the way it's going to be," Milbury said. "Whether they do it officially or not is I guess another matter to discuss. Either way, they're going to have to handle this one very delicately. We all know the concussion thing is a huge concern these days and a huge topic of discussion in the NHL. So, I think the Bruins will handle this one very conservatively."

 

Milbury said people who want to remove the instigator penalty are barking up the wrong tree. "Does anybody really think that being able to go up and smack somebody in the head with his fist without the guy being ready is a...

01/26/2011 - 1:14pm
Savard returns home to Ontario
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Milan Lucic spoke with concern about teammate and friend Marc Savard on Wednesday. Savard suffered his second concussion in less than a year when he banged his head against the glass Saturday in Colorado following a hit from Matt Hunwick. 

 

Bruins coach Claude Julien said Wednesday that Savard has since returned home to Ontario to rest. Lucic noted that it's tough to project when a player might return from a concussion, he would rather Savard do what's best for his health than rush back. 

 

"We hope that we get to see him back this year, but you've got to think for his health number one," Lucic said. "You've got to make sure he makes a full recovery and doesn't make a mistake in coming back too early and puts his life in jeopardy."

 

Savard missed the final 18 games of the 2009-10 season after suffering a concussion on March 7 on a hit from Penguins forward...

01/26/2011 - 12:58pm
Thomas expected to start vs. Panthers
By: DJ Bean

Tim Thomas was the first Bruins goaltender off the ice at the team's morning skate, an indication that he will be the starting goalie against the Panthers on Wednesday. Thomas, who was named the NHL's First Star of the Week last week, took a 2-0 loss to the Kings Monday night in Los Angeles.

 

Thomas is 23-5-6 on the season and leads the league with a .945 save percentage, 1.83 goals against average. He is tied with Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with seven shutouts. 

 

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01/26/2011 - 12:50pm
Mannix on D&H: Hamilton deal unlikely

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated joined the Dale & Holley show Wednesday morning to talk about the Celtics and the NBA.

 

There's a rumor going around that the Celtics are interested in Pistons shooting guard Richard Hamilton, but Mannix downplayed it.

 

"That's just a rumor," he said. "The only way they acquire him is by buyout. Right now, the ownership situation in Detroit is in such flux that that buyout, it ain't coming anytime soon. And I'd be really surprised if it came before March 1st."

 

Mannix acknowledged that "Hamilton would be a great asset in Boston" and "something has to happen" because Hamilton and coach John Kuester are at odds. However, Mannix said, "I just don't see him getting bought out right now. He's owed $25 million over the next two years. If he's not willing to take a significant pay cut from that — and I'm talking in the $...

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