WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, who has missed most of Boston's last 20 games with a groin injury, may be a strong possibility to play in Game 1 of the Bruins' first-round playoff series against the Sabres. Ference and coach Claude Julien said that he could be close and that it is a matter of getting clearance from the trainers. Ference will need offseason surgery a week to a month after the playoffs end, depending on the level of swelling in the area.
"I think so," Ference said of his availability. "I still have to get cleared and stuff, but we will see. ... It is not important that I am in there, it is important that healthy people are in there to help the team. If my injury is good enough, then obviously you do whatever you can to get into the lineup."
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Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork spoke to the media Tuesday morning from Gillette Stadium and addressed the disappointing finish to last season. "I think everybody knows where we left off last year. That's not a big surprise. It was a disappointing year for us all. I think everybody understands the level of play needs to be heightened," Wilfork said. "I take responsibility, each guy has to take responsibility, so that's what I'm going to do. If I'm on the field and I feel like I guy isn't giving it to me, I'm going to ask him to give it to me, and that's point blank, it's no hard feelings. We want to win, this is my seventh year here and last year was a pretty tough year. It wasn't Patriots football and we need to find a way to get back there."
As for the Jets' offseason moves and people saying New York now is the team to beat in the AFC East, Wilfork said: "The game is played between...
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning and discussed the Ben Roethlisberger situation as the Steelers quarterback prepares to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. "Do I think that action is going to be taken against Ben? I do," Schefter said. "And the reason I say that is because he has now basically brought embarrassment and unwanted attention to the shield, the NFL shield."
Added Schefter: "I know there are a lot of players around the league watching to see whether a Super Bowl-winning quarterback is handled differently than some other players who have trotted through the commissioner's doors. And I think partly because of that, the league must send a message, and certainly the argument can be made that it's worthy of being sent at this particular point in time."
Schefter said that the Steelers might be the ones who end up...
Attorney Harry Mannion told WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning he was retained recently to investigate a case involving Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that was “absolutely identical” to the accusations of a sexual assault he recently faced from 20-year-old Georgia College & State University student who claimed Roethlisberger assaulted her in a Milledgeville nightclub.
Roethlisberger was not charged for the incident in Georgia, but Mannion did say that this is part of a “super-troubling” history involving the Pittsburgh quarterback.
“Six months ago I was retained by a client of mine and a close friend to investigate allegations against Ben Roethlisberger in a Las Vegas nightclub that were absolutely identical to this Georgia girls story,” Mannion said. “The outcome was that the young woman did not want to proceed and we dropped it and we never took any...
According to a report on the website for television station WGGB in Springfield, the Celtics will sign former UMass forward Tony Gaffney today. The 6-8 forward was one of the last cuts by the Lakers in training camp and then went to Israel where he suffered a broken foot in his first month with Hapoel Gilboa Galil Elyon. He was named the Atlantic-10's Defensive Player of the Year in his senior season.
Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
WEEI's Chris Price joins Mut to talk about his experience of being in yesterday's Patriots championship parade, and which New England free agents could return to play for the Pats next season.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
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Curt Schilling didn't back down when twitter trolls took shots at his daughter. Dino, Gerry and Kirk applaud Schill's stand.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk look back at their weekend in Fort Myers. Who visited Mommy and Daddy over the weekend?
Dunkin Donuts liked Christian's "bacon covered doughnut" idea. SNL does an ISIS skit. The Pittsburg Pirates issued a statement condemning "Jihadi John's" Pirates hat.
With free agency looming, Adam Schefter, on Sportscenter, said that he thinks Darrelle Revis will NOT be re-signed by the Patriots and that they will cut him instead, making him the most coveted free agent on the market.
Barry Melrose joined the show to talk about the NHL trade deadline. Although Melrose likes the trade of Brett Connolly from Tampa to Boston, he thinks the team needs to make more moves to keep ahead of Florida, who just traded for Jaromir Jagr. He also weighs in on the job security of Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli.
Michael, Mike Mutnansky and Jerry Thornton talk Bruins AFTER the trade-deadline and check in with the fans.
We examine four trade deadline day deals that helped or affected Boston teams in recent history.
Michael, Mike Mutnansky and Jerry Thornton talk Bruins before the trade-deadline and check in with the fans.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about their time in Fort Myers and are joined by a special guest, Doug Lane.
Boston University coach David Quinn joins WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin to discuss the Terriers’ Beanpot title and how he feels about his team as the postseason approaches. Quinn also discusses reports about NHL interest in goalie Matt O’Connor and briefly touches on a recent misstep by Jack Eichel.
After a wild trade deadline, Ben Kichen and Sam Packard breakdown the Celtics and the rest of the NBA. Then Sam yells at Ben about the use of analytics in basketball. Ben yells back.
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