Fresh off of wrapping up the NHL general managers meetings in Florida, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday in a conference call that the recommended rule change regarding hits to the head "will go through" and that the "planets aligned" for the rule when Marc Savard was hit in the head by Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke the day before the meetings.
The recommended rule change states: “A lateral, back pressure or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and or the principal point of contact is not permitted. A violation of the above will result in a minor or major penalty and shall be reviewed for possible supplemental discipline.”
Chiarelli also spoke on the hit itself and Cooke's non-suspension. "They couldn't find an infraction that he violated in that hit," Chiarelli said. "They ruled that it was a shoulder to the head, and there's nothing...
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- While talking to the media regarding Nomar Garciaparra's retirement, Jason Varitek divulged that his recent absence has been because of his father's illness. Varitek, who left the Red Sox' camp late last week, didn't get into particulars regarding what the medical issue was.
"As far as details on it, I'll grant my mom's wishes and kind of keep things ... we're just in a stage where we need to keep things in-house until we have a little more direction where things are going to go. It's my dad," He's fighting a battle right now. We'll leave it at that."
Varitek, who returned to Fort Myers last Tuesday night, didn't know what his schedule would be going forward, not ruling out taking another trip back to be with his family in the Orlando area.
"It's my dad so I'm not going to say I'm here for good," Varitek explained. "As far as extended period, I have...
NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell announced Wednesday afternoon that Penguins forward Matt Cooke will not be penalized for his hit to Marc Savard's head Sunday that left the Bruins center with a concussion. Campbell noted that he did not suspend Philadelphia's Mike Richards for a similar hit on Florida's David Booth in October. That hit caused Booth to miss 45 games.
Campbell said that if proposed new rules are in place next season, Cooke would have received a suspension.
Prior to the decision, Cooke spoke with reporters following Pittsburgh's practice and expressed concern for Savard. "I made efforts to contact him," Cooke said, according to the team's website. "I did as much as I could."
Asked what he thought while watching a replay of the hit, Cooke said: "I didn’t see anything different than the way it happened in the game. I tried to finish my check."
Nomar Garciaparra, following the press conference in Fort Myers to announce his retirement, visited with the Dale & Holley Show to discuss his return to the Red Sox to conclude his playing career, and the beginning of his next professional challenge as a member of the media.
"There was a time in this offseason, I was training, I was working out this offseason getting myself in shape, and I came home and looked at my wife and said, ‘My tank is empty.’ I just physically couldn’t do it. I couldn’t work out the way I like to, what it takes to prepare myself to play at this level," Garciaparra said. "It’s good to be able to say that. For me, it’s a real thrill to be able to say, ‘It’s empty, and I’m okay with it,’ obviously, to be able to look in the mirror and say I’ve given it everything I possibly could."
Garciaparra said that he was...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price explain how the Patriots held off the Jets, 17-16, Sunday at MetLife Stadium to improve to 12-3 and lock up a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.
Greg and Steve give their final thoughts and predictions for what is about to go down at MetLife Stadium today.
Curran calls the guys to discuss the game today and gets into the effect of having no Edelman. He talks about Amendola's role, the Pats running game and more.
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
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.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Jon talks about his experiences with free agency, what it would have taken to sign him to the Red Sox last season, and his experiences with fans since signing with the Cubs.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with newly signed Red Sox pitcher, Wade Miley. They talk about the story that came out about the D-Backs wanting him to switch to a gluten-free diet, and what he expects coming from the N.L. West to the A.L. East.
The boys are back at it, Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher and new Chicago Cub Jon Lester, they then talk with new Red Sox pitcher and ongoing consumer of gluten, Wade Miley.
Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.
Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL
Tom joined the show to discuss the close win over the Jets and Rex Ryan's comments.
Tim Hasselbeck on week 16 in the NFL.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Christian quizzes Lou and Tim on which songs were used for torture by the CIA, and Tim is upset he couldn't remember Team America: World Police
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins MFB to discuss Jim Harbaugh rumors, Rex Ryan's future, and why the Patriots may be better served by not wraping up the number one seed in the AFC this week
Christian shares what he believes will be the three keys to this Sunday's game against the New York Jets
We check in with the playmaker, the hall of famer Michael Irvin for a look at the NFL and all things Patriots as they prepare to face the Jets.
Dale and Michael discuss the trade of Rajon Rondo, and whether it ultimately was a good deal for the Celtics.
We break down Rex and the Jets vs the Patriots with CSNNE's Tom E Curran
Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.
Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .
Jen Royle joins the show to talk about The Taste and what its like working with amazing chefs and how her personality is going over with viewers.
What should Danny Ainge do with these Celtics? Is Anthony Davis the second best player in the NBA? Are the Warriors truly contenders?
Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy joins DJ to discuss the "uncoachable(?)" Taylor Hall and revisit the Tyler Seguin trade. Ryan also shares his issues with how the Bruins are run.
Tim Hasselbeck on week 16 in the NFL.More from this show
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