NHL commissoner Gary Bettman released a statement Wednesday after the plane carrying KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed, killing 43 people including former Bruins defenseman Brad McCrimmon (the head coach of the team), as well as former NHL players Ruslan Salei, Pavol Demitra, Karel Rachunek, Karlis Skrastins and Josef Vasicek.
"Though it occurred thousands of miles away from our home arenas, this tragedy represents a catastrophic loss to the hockey world -- including the NHL family, which lost so many fathers, sons, teammates and friends who at one time excelled in our league," Bettman said. "Our deepest condolences go to the families and loved ones of all who perished.”
According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, no plans have been made regarding how the team will repopulate its roster.
FOXBORO -- Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was the only player not spotted at the beginning of Patriots practice on Wednesday afternoon on the main Gillette Stadium field. The team worked out in full pads in preparation for their season opener Monday night in Miami against the Dolphins.
Linebackers Dane Fletcher and Jermaine Cunningham were among the seven players to return while newcomers Dan Gronkowski and linebacker E.J. Edds were also on hand for their first practice after being added to the 53-man roster earlier in the day. Also returning were Taylor Price, Stevan Ridley, Kyle Arrington, Shane Vereen, Jeff Tarpinian and Mark Anderson.
Hall of Fame baseball writer and analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the latest Red Sox news.
The biggest news out of Toronto this week is the ankle injury to Red Sox starter Josh Beckett.
"I don't think we know until he goes out there," Gammons said of the injury's severity. "It's his push-off ankle. They say, 'OK, it's all right.' It's kind of like saying, 'Well, geez, [Clay] Buchholz feels great,' when he hasn't thrown yet. You don't know.
"I think what worries me here -- hopefully I'm just being worrisome -- but Beckett has become such a precise pitcher. He's very thoughtful. He's not throwing 98 the way he did when he was a kid. And yet, he is so precise. He takes the time to make really good pitches. The changeup has come so far. You just worry that if he gets thrown off a little bit, what is he going to be? He's a very, very tough guy. But we're...
FOXBORO -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady admitted Wednesday that the team's offensive unit has overcome some inconsistencies if they are to reach their ultimate goal of winning a fourth Super Bowl. Brady and the Patriots returned to the main Gillette Stadium practice field Wednesday in preparation for the season opener Monday night in Miami.
"We're a long way from figuring out where we're going to be," Brady said. "I'm sure every week we're going to improve if we keep working hard at it. But we've only been togther five or six weeks. I'm sure there's going to be good, I'm sure there's going to be things we need to correct. Hopefully, we do enough to win."
The Pats blew out the Jaguars and Buccaneers by a combined 78-26 in the first two preseason games before losing in Detroit and home to the Giants to finish the exhibition season 2-2.
"There's only one team every year that has a good season and we haven't been...
Editor's note: Updated at 1:05 p.m. to reflect confirmation of McCrimmon's death.
Former Bruins defenseman Brad McCrimmon is among those who died after a plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team crashed after takeoff at an airport in Tunoshna, according to reports out of Russia. McCrimmon, 52, who played in Boston from 1979-82 and was an assistant coach for the Red Wings the past three seasons, was the head coach of the Russian team.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock confirmed McCrimmon's death to Detroit media. "I know that Brad was on the flight, but that's all I know," Babcock said. "So, obviously, it's a tough day around here. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family."
Reports indicate the jet crashed into a radar tower just seconds after takeoff and caught fire after hitting the ground, killing 43 of the 45 people on board. The plane carried 37 team members and eight flight staffers. Former...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Kirk Minihane's Thursday Headlines welcome interns Tim and Conor to dicuss their trip to the Trump luncheon in downtown Boston.
A guest appearance by Chris Simms on WFAN with Boomer Esiason forces John, Gerry and Kirk back down the DeflateGate wormhole.
The Olympics in Brazil might have a few strange characters around, plus the guys discuss some changes in WEEI management and the sales staff bringing them breakfast
WEEI Bruins Reporter DJ Bean joins Glenn and Lou to talk about the B's waiving Dennis Seidenberg, and the Jacob Trouba rumors.
Glenn and Lou try to figure out what the Sox can do to right the ship
Ugh. Dale and Michael after another crap-fest of a Red Sox game break it all down and listen in to John Farrell and David Price's post game comments.
We close the show out with some of the best cuts of the day.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Ben, Russ and Alex start the show by discussing the breaking news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is headed to Manchester United. They also continue to cover the EURO's and Iceland's improbable run through the tourney. And of course, inevitably, they address Lionel Messi's announcement that he is retiring from Argentina.
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