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10/20/2010 - 3:08pm
Rask: Goalie controversy talk 'kind of sucks'
By: DJ Bean

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, seemingly the Bruins' No. 1 goaltender entering the year, has played in just one of the team's first four games of the 2010-11 season. Rask started the season-opener in Prague, a 5-2 loss, with Tim Thomas parlaying his start the next day into three straight wins between the pipes for the Bruins. Rask isn't overly concerned with playing time, but the notion of a goaltending controversy in Boston has been disappointing for the young Finnish netminder.

 

"You guys do your jobs, you write [your stories]," Rask told WEEI.com on Wednesday. "We know where we stand. We know what the deal is. Obviously you guys try to create stories and people read you and stuff, but when you talk about goalie controversy, obviously we don't feel that way. It kind of sucks, but there's nothing we can do about it."

 

The Bruins play their home-opener on Thursday at TD Garden against the Capitals. For...

10/20/2010 - 2:16pm
Brady: 'It's a dangerous game'

FOXBORO -- Reacting to the whirlwind of controversy in the NFL over helmet-to-helmet and head shots and the league's swift reaction, Tom Brady said Wednesday that the league and its players are trying to walk a fine line. His teammate Brandon Meriweather was fined $50,000 for his hit on Baltimore's Todd Heap while Pittsburgh's James Harrison was fined $75,000 and says he's considering retirement because the league is overreacting. 

 

“To tell you the truth, I didn’t see the play and I still haven’t seen the play," Brady said of Meriweather's hit. "It’s a dangerous game, it really is. I think we all signed up to this game knowing that it’s dangerous. I know Rodney Harrison did too, and I heard some of Rodney’s comments about the style of play. Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt.

 

“That’s not why we play the game, but we also know that the physical nature of...

10/20/2010 - 1:22pm
Pats practice: Edelman, Taylor absent

FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman, Fred Taylor and Jarrad Page were all missing from the open portion of Patriots practice on Wednesday as the team began on-field preparations for the San Diego Chargers this Sunday in Southern California.

 

Edelman suffered a head injury in the second half of Sunday's win over Baltimore while Page sustained a calf injury. Neither player returned. Taylor has missed the last two games since injuring a toe during the game against Buffalo on Sept. 26 at Gillette Stadium. The team practiced on the upper practice fields in sweats and shells. 

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


10/20/2010 - 1:10pm
Hale, Farrell finalists for Blue Jays job

According to industry sources, both Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale and pitching coach John Farrell are among the three finalists in line for the Blue Jays' managerial position. According to a source, the other candidate is former major league catcher Sandy Alomar Jr., who has most recently served as the first-base coach for the Cleveland Indians. Farrell first talked to the Jays in the week immediately following the regular season, while Hale met with Toronto the following week. Hale has experience managing in the minor leagues, while neither Farrell or Alomar Jr. have held any managerial jobs. Toronto is expected to finalize its search by next week.

 

CSNNE.com first reported the list of finalists. For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


10/20/2010 - 12:48pm
Milbury on D&H: 'Pleasant dilemma' for B's

NESN and NBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday. The first topic of conversation was the Bruins' goaltending situation. Tim Thomas has started the last three games, after Tuukka Rask appeared in the season opener.

 

"I'm a little surprised they went with [Thomas] three in a row given the fact that they had so much time off," Milbury said. "Apparently they're going to use Rask either Thursday or Saturday, but that's a long layoff beteween starts. However, as you guys both know, it's a pleasant dilemma to have when your goaltending is too deep. You can't knock what Thomas has done in his three starts. He's been terrific. Rask is going to have to wait his chance again."

 

Asked if the Bruins might be showcasing Thomas for a possible trade, Milbury said, "No, I don't think so, not at this stage. It may be a byproduct of him playing well,...

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