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09/04/2009 - 12:51pm
Chiarelli not concerned about distraction of Kessel holdout

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli addressed the media after Friday morning's announcement of Claude Julien's contract extension, and updated the media about Phil Kessel's contract situation. Chiarelli continued to stress that "Phil is a terrific young player" and that "he'll do anything he can to keep him on the (Bruins)" amid rumors that the 21-year-old restricted free agent is being shopped to several other NHL teams. Chiarelli also said he wasn't concerned about the potential effect that a Kessel holdout could have on the rest of the Bruins team with training camp less than two weeks away.
“It becomes a distraction because the other party starts making it a distraction,” said Chiarelli. “I understand all the tools of their trade too. I used to be an agent. So you deal with it. We have a strong room, we’ve got strong leadership. It’s just part of the game. I just get a little disturbed when they talk about...

09/04/2009 - 11:43am
Julien signs a multi-year contract extension with the Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien was entering the final year of a three-year pact signed in the summer of 2007, but added onto that deal with a multi-year contract extension announced by B's general manager Peter Chiarelli on Friday morning at the TD Garden. Chiarelli wouldn't disclose the terms of the deal, and also said that he hasn't yet embarked on expected extensions for the other members of the B's coaching staff. "Claude has shown tremendous propensity to get the maximum results for our team. To me, Claude is a roll-up-your-sleeves kind of guy that really connects with the players," said Chiarelli. "I think he commands the respect that a coach needs to get to be successful while maintaining a common sense, humble approach. We're very happy that he's in the mix for years to come." For more check out the Big Bad Blog.


09/04/2009 - 12:18am
Wakefield scheduled to start Saturday

Tim Wakefield, who threw 25 pitches in a side session Thursday, has been told that he will be the Red Sox' scheduled starter Saturday in Chicago against the White Sox if he experiences no setbacks Friday. Junichi Tazawa was originally slated to start Saturday, but after Wakefield's bullpen session at Tropicana Field prior to the Red Sox' 6-3 win over the Rays, it was determined that, barring any worsening of his back or calf, he was fit to make the Saturday start.


09/03/2009 - 10:41pm
Hoyer leads Pats to 38-27 win over Giants in preseason finale

Facing a 21-0 first-half hole, back-up quarterback Brian Hoyer made his case to be the No. 2 behind Tom Brady by leading the Patriots back to 38-27 win over the New York Giants in the preseason finale at Gillette Stadium. Hoyer, a rookie out of Michigan State, played the entire game and finished 18-of-25 for 242 yards and a touchdown pass to Robert Ortiz. Brady and Andrew Walter both had the night off. BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 120 yards and three scores, including a 32-yarder that put the game away late in the fourth. The Patriots must cut their roster to 53 by Saturday. The season opener is a week from Monday night, Sept. 14, at Gillette against the Buffalo Bills. For more, visit the football blog, It Is What It Is.


09/03/2009 - 10:24pm
Red Sox take series' finale

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz gave up three runs over six innings, Rocco Baldelli hit a solo home run, and the middle-of-the-order combination of Victor Martinez, Kevin Youkilis and Jason Bay went a combined 7-for-14 with four RBI to lead the Red Sox past the Rays, 6-3, in the teams' series finale at Tropicana Field. Billy Wagner, Daniel Bard, and Jonathan Papelbon combined to pitch three innings of scoreless release to help the Sox extend their lead over Tampa Bay in the Wild Card standings to six games.


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