B's GM Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday afternoon that Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning has agreed to a multi-year extension with the club. Benning is entering his fourth year with the B's -- and third season as assistant GM -- after departing the Buffalo Sabres organization following a 12-year run in their front office. Don Sweeney was also named an assistant general manager of the Bruins last week, and both Sweeney and Benning will share the far-ranging hockey duties encompassed by the role.
“Jim plays a critical role in our management group,” said Chiarelli. “He takes a very aggressive and proactive approach in his recommendations and assessments underscoring his tremendous management ability and experience. His player evaluation is amongst the tops in the industry and his business acumen supplements our group greatly. We were very fortunate as an organization to hire him...
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein feels confident about his team's chances going into its sixth postseason in the last seven years. "I think we're a really good club," Epstein said prior to Wednesday's game at Fenway. "I think if you look at what we accomplished this year, we're really good. I think there are a lot of really good teams out there. How are we going to play in October? No one can answer that. The track record of a lot of these players is they answer the bell when it matters most and we'll see if we do or we don't. I hope we do but that's not based on a feeling any one person has at the end of the year. It's based on how good we are and how well we play when it matters most." For much more from Theo's pregame address Wednesday, visit the Full Count blog.
The Bruins sent Vladimir Sobotka to the AHL's Providence Bruins on Wednesday afternoon in a surprise move just prior to the beginning of the NHL regular season Thursday. It appeared that Sobokta had made the big club in Boston after a solid final kick during the preseason, but the move sends a clear message that center David Krejci is 100 percent healthy to start the season. The B's now have 21 skaters on their active roster, with only one extra defenseman and a backup goaltender to go along with 19 players slated to skate against the Washington Capitals Thursday night. The Sobotka demotion was first reported by the Providence Journal on Wednesday afternoon.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona spoke to the media the day after his team clinched the American League wild card. Francona said that is important for his regular starters to get some rest, especially Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury. When asked how much building momentum during the last week of the regular season meant, Francona responded: "Zero ... The next five games are kind of cosmetic." The manager also said that it was great to have the team together to celebrate the accomplishment. Said Francona: "For them to let it loose like that together, I think it's great." Francona and his staff have tenatively scheduled a playoff planning meeting for Monday. "We won't make our roster out until after that meeting," he said.
— Mike Lowell said that everything has responded well to his Synvisc/cortisone injection
— Josh Beckett threw 62 pitches and said: "...
Patriots Injury Report For Wednesday
Did Not Practice
OT Nick Kaczur (ankle)
LB Jerod Mayo (knee)
NT Vince Wilfork (ankle)
CB Darius Butler (thigh)
WR Randy Moss (Back)
WR Matthew Slater (elbow)
DB Shawn Springs (knee)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
CB Jonathan Wilhite (groin)
DT Mike Wright (shoulder)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)
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.
The boys give the list of inactive players for the Pats today and what they mean for today’s game. They also look ahead to what is on the horizon for New England.
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
Curtis spoke with some nut jobs outside the courtroom.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Jeff Goodman discussed the Rondo trade.
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.
Dale and Michael are live on the air as the Rondo deal goes down.More from this show