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03/10/2010 - 6:27pm
Chiarelli discusses Savard issue
By: DJ Bean

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...

03/10/2010 - 4:37pm
Patriots, Faulk agree on deal

The Patriots have just announced via their Twitter page that veteran running back Kevin Faulk has agreed to a contract, a deal WEEI.com has confirmed that is a one-year contract. The 33-year-old Faulk has spent all 11 years of his professional career in New England and is one of only a few players left in the Patriots locker room who played on all three Super Bowl championship teams. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


03/10/2010 - 3:44pm
Varitek's absence due to sick father

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...

03/10/2010 - 3:41pm
Campbell: No suspension for Cooke

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."

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03/10/2010 - 1:21pm
Nomar on D&H: Tank is empty

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...

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