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06/28/2011 - 11:35pm
Report: B's looking to trade Kaberle's rights
By: DJ Bean

According to a tweet from TSN's Darren Dreger, the Bruins sent out an email Tuesday offering Tomas Kaberle's negotiating rights to other teams. Any team that acquired Kaberle would, as the Bruins do now, be able to negotiate with the defenseman exclusively leading up to the opening of free agency on Friday.

Kaberle, 33, is one of only two unrestricted free agents from the Bruins' Stanley Cup champion lineup. Acquired on Feb. 18 in exchange for center Joe Colborne, a 2011 first-round pick and a 2012 second-rounder, he had one goal and eight assists for nine points in 24 regular-season games with the B's. He and Dennis Seidenberg tied for lead among Bruins' defenseman in postseason points with 11.

Rights to free-agents-to-be can be moved by the teams with which they last played, as the Flyers traded for the rights to goalie Ilya Bryzgalov before locking him up...

06/28/2011 - 11:02pm
Epstein: Not too early to make trade

PHILADELPHIA -- Speaking to Joe Castiglione on the Red Sox Pre-Game Show on WEEI, Theo Epstein on Monday addressed the topic of the July 31 trade deadline. With possible needs in right field and starting pitching, the Sox seem to be obvious contenders to be buyers at the deadline. However, in a season that has seen many expected also-rans -- think Pirates, Nationals and Mariners, among others -- in the playoff mix, Epstein is aware that the amount of teams willing to deal could be fewer than might have been expected at the start of the season.

"Looking ahead, it does seem like there are so many teams in it and not a lot of obvious sellers," said Epstein, who is in Philadelphia for the Sox-Phillies series. "But it's never too early to think about the trade deadline and never too early to make a trade at this time of year. But people always take a snapshot of what you look like in one series or one roadtrip, and then those are your...

06/28/2011 - 10:19pm
Bird: I never would have coached in Garden

In a wide-ranging interview with The Big Show's Glenn Ordway, Celtics legend Larry Bird said that he never would have coached against his old team in the original Boston Garden. "All my memories, I just wanted them to be as a player," Bird said. "Even here in Indiana, I told Donnie [Walsh] if the Garden was still up I would never go in there as an opposing coach and play the Celtics as an Indiana Pacer coach. I just couldn't do that. But they tore it down and I got in there in the other Garden and it didn't bother me as much."

Asked if he would have turned the team over to his then-assistant coach Rick Carlisle, Bird answered, "Carlisle did a lot of it anyway. No, I just wouldn't have taken the job. I just couldn't do that. I couldn't see myself walking in the Boston Garden as a visitor. I just couldn't do that."

As for his opinion of the modern game, Bird said that things haven't changed all that much.

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06/28/2011 - 10:08pm
Antoine Walker pleads guilty to felony

Former Celtic Antoine Walker pleaded guilty to writing bad checks to cover a Las Vegas casino debt, but will likely escape jail time according to the Las Vegas Sun. Walker changed his plea from not guilty through his attorneys and will instead face probation and be forced to pay off a $750,000 gambling debt owed to three Las Vegas casinos.

The 34-year-old Walker is attempting a comeback and played last season with Idaho in the NBA's Development League. He last played in the NBA in 2008 and was a three-time All-Star with the Celtics.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


06/28/2011 - 10:06pm
Ty Law: I'd like to retire as a Patriot

Like his former teammate Willie McGinest, former Patriots cornerback Ty Law said he'd be interested in signing a one-day contract with New England and officially retiring as a member of the Patriots.

Speaking before The Tradition Tuesday night at the TD Garden, Law said he's "pretty much" retired at this point, but added that he'd like the "opportunity" to retire as a Patriot.

"That would be … that’s one of the reasons I haven’t officially turned my papers in because I would like to at least say the last contract I sign was with New England," Law said. "That would be an honor if I was able to do that, if Mr. Kraft was to bless me with something like that, that would be the icing on the...

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