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06/26/2009 - 6:05pm
Report: Kessel for Kaberle trade talks are 'quite possibly dead'

MONTREAL -- TSN has had their finger on the pulse of the Bruins' activity here during NHL Draft weekend in Montreal, and -- according to their report -- the Phil Kessel-for-Tomas Kaberle trade talks are "quite possibly dead". According to the report, there was a fairly major miscommunication between the two hockey clubs with the Bruins believing that the Leafs No. 7 pick in the first round was part of the package.
With the Leafs/Bruins deal apparently shelved, the B's brain trust will likely now go back to attempting to improve their position in the first round from their current pick at No. 25.
 


06/26/2009 - 4:20pm
Lineups: Lowell out again as Sox take on Braves

Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, due to ongoing discomfort in his right hip, is once again out of the starting lineup with the Red Sox in Atlanta to play the Braves. A night after batting cleanup, David Ortiz will move back down to the fifth spot in the batting order, as Kevin Youkilis returns to the lineup. Mark Kotsay will also spell Jacoby Ellsbury in centerfield.
 
RED SOX
 
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
J.D. Drew, RF
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Jason Bay, LF
David Ortiz, 1B
Jason Varitek, C
Mark Kotsay, CF
Nick Green, SS
Josh Beckett, SP


06/26/2009 - 3:15pm
Ainge on The Big Show: '(Rondo) is going to be a terrific point guard for the Celtics'

Celtics Executive Director of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ainge, in an interview on WEEI's Big Show on Friday afternoon, clarified some of his recent comments about point guard Rajon Rondo earlier in the week. While Ainge has been portrayed as having been critical of Rondo during an interview on the Dennis & Callahan Show -- in which the G.M. acknowledged that Rondo had been fined for the "unacceptable" act of having been late for practice during the playoff series against the Magic -- he insisted that any concerns about the point guard's behavior were isolated, and that the team has moved on from them.

"I think we value Rondo more than anybody else in the league values him and we know everything about him -- all the good and the bad that comes with a 23-year-old kid who's been put in a pressure kicker," said Ainge. "I...

06/26/2009 - 1:43pm
Sources: BC and BU will play outdoor game at Fenway Park on Jan. 8

According to a pair of hockey sources with knowledge of the Winter Classic event, storied rivals Boston University and Boston College have agreed to play each other in an outdoor college hockey game at Fenway Park on Jan. 8. The sources told WEEI.com that the game will take place exactly a week after the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers take part in the Winter Classic on New Year's Day at Fenway Park. Talks are still underway for a second college hockey game paired with BC/BU at Fenway, and it could be either two different Hockey East men's teams or a pair of Hockey East women's teams in second part of the college doubleheader.
The Boston College/Boston University college hockey undercard is expected to be finalized and part of the announcement at Fenway Park when the NHL makes the 2010 Winter Classic official next month.


06/26/2009 - 9:47am
Report: Kessel and top pick offered to Toronto for All-Star defenseman, pick

MONTREAL -- According to a report by Bob McKenzie of TSN.ca, B's GM Peter Chiarelli and his front office cohorts have made their first move of the weekend and offered restricted free agent winger Phil Kessel and their first round pick to Toronto for four-time All-Star defenseman Tomas Kaberle and the seventh pick in the 2009 draft. McKenzie later altered the report, and said that the B's offered Kessel and a future draft pick for Kaberle -- and Toronto's No. 7 pick wasn't involved in the proposal.
According to the report, Leafs GM Brian Burke is "canvassing the league to see if there are any better offers out there" and several other teams have entered the mix. Kessel scored a team-high 36 goals and 60 overall points in a breakout year for the Bruins, but hasn't been able to come to an agreement with Boston on a contract for next season and beyond. Kessel is...

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