The Bruins had a new look to their lines on during practice Friday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. Forward Michael Ryder skated with the red jerseys, normally the spot for the checking line and reserves with Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille, Steve Begin and Trenth Whitfield. Blake Wheeler skated in grey with Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka in grey while Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi wore the yellow sweaters.
The Bruins hottest player, David Krejci, has two new wingmen in Marco Sturm and Miroslav Satan.
"There is [Sturm] who is our leading goal scorer who hasn't scored in 11 games," coach Claude Julien said. "So, maybe Krejci can get him to score some goals and maybe [Sturm] can be inspired a little bit by playing with a guy who is extremely good with the puck and made some nice plays ... You do somethings to try and switch things up."
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According to a story by Steve Buckley on the Boston Herald's website, Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl told Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo he would not be a candidate for the Eagles' coaching vacancy. DeFilippo said he spoke with Pearl on Friday morning to ask about other candidates, and Pearl proactively addressed his possible interest.
Said DeFilippo: “Bruce said to me, ‘You know how much I love Boston College. And I’d love to come back there. But Tennessee took a real chance on me, and I owe it to them to stay here and finish the job.’ ”
Pearl is a native of Sharon, Mass., who was a student assistant at BC under Tom Davis in the early 1980s.
“It was a very interesting talk,” DeFilippo said of his conversation with Pearl. “I’ve known Bruce for five or six years, and I think the world of him.”
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking before the Red Sox' final Grapefruit League game, against the Nationals at City of Palms Park, relief pitcher Scott Schoeneweis confirmed that -- barring any last-minute waiver claims or trades -- he will be on the team's Opening Night roster. A little time later, Red Sox manager Terry Francona also spoke of the decision to add the lefty as the final pitcher on the team's 12-hurler staff.
With promotion of Schoeneweis to the big league roster, the Red Sox will be sending Joe Nelson to Triple A. Alan Embree also will begin in Pawtucket.
"I don't know if I can flat-out give you one thing because I don't think that would be fair to [Nelson]," Francona said of if there was a key factor in making the decision. "We're looking at organizational depth, and lefties. We went around the room, let everybody have their say. It was a tough decision. It was a very tough decision....
Butler's underdog story has been compared to the movie "Hoosiers," but the team also has a player whose story is similar to that of "The Blind Side" — junior guard Shawn Vanzant, who was taken in by a Florida family as a youngster. Read more about that, along with a story about a gravely ill Butler alum battling ALS who will make the trip to the Final Four. Those stories and more, incuding videos and trivia, can be found at Friday's Morning Mashup.
After another frustrating home loss and the Bruins' second straight game without a regulation goal, B's coach Claude Julien and team leader Mark Recchi openly questioned the team's desire and heart. "We have to find ways to win these games," Recchi said. "We did in New Jersey because we had everyone in. Tonight, we didn't have everybody there, so the results are there."
Julien added that he was frustrated to see the team's best shooter, Michael Ryder, finish with zero shots on goal. "There's no doubt we have some players who could've been much better for us tonight," Julien said. "Ryder is probably our best shooter and ends up with zero shots. Those are the things we needed from those players."
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Fred Smerlas, Steve DeOssie and Butch Stearns break down all aspects of the Patriots win over the Lions, and take your calls as well.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the Patriots' 34-9 win over the Lions, the team's seventh win in a row. The defense stepped up again and now gets a crack at Aaron Rodgers next Sunday.
The guys give their final thoughts and predictions leading up to the 1pm matchup with Detroit.
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston
Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson joins Danny Picard to talk about the Red Sox going after Jon Lester and other free agents.
The Hot Stove guys are talking about Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester's contract offers from the Red Sox. They then por one out for the Giancarlo Stanton rumors being put to bed.
The Hot Stove boys are back again, talking about Jon Lester, Pablo Sandoval, Giancarlo Stanton's b
Dale and Michael get Jack Edwards' 'state of the B' report and talk about the win over the Blues at the Garden on Tuesday.
Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins struggles, the NHL franchise in Las Vegas, and the return of the glow puck!
BC's head coach joined the show to preview the Florida State game.
Rodney Harrison previewed the Patriots and Lions with the guys.
The top stories of the as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Detective Fauria tells us the infamous gloryhole story from VICE squad and other stories Christian's past.
Just out of practice, Kyle Arrington joins the guys to preview Pats-Lions
Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station 97.1 The Ticket's Stoney and Bill show . Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.
We check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin for his weekly update on all things NFL. We talk to Michael about the Raiders first win, the LeGarrette Blount saga, and how the Pats will do against the Lions this weekend.
Michael and Dale discuss Jonas Gray's tardiness, and try and predict how the running-back will respond and make up for his error.
We talk with Tom E Curran and debate whether or not the Patriots current performance is more reminiscent of the 2004 or 2007 Patriots.
Brandon covers the NFL, particularly the Detroit Lions for Bleacher Report. He gives us his thoughts on this Sunday's game and how the Lions stack up against the Patriots.
Mikey, Villani, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are talking Patriots-Lions and how the team this year stacks up to Patriots teams of the past.
Some more Musical Mikey Magic to get ready for Sunday's Patriots-Lions game.
Jerry Thornton's first podcast explores sports stories that would make for interesting 30 for 30 documentaries.
Andy Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal joined WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin to talk about the play of Vermont and Providence, as well as other happenings around Hockey East. Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy also joined the show to talk about his team’s good start, his freshman class and how he uses possession stats.
Joining the show today Mut the all-purpose back of WEEI. We talk about players we have hated over the years as well as Rajon Rondo and what is ailing the Celtics.
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