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Connelly’s Top Ten: Daylight Savings, Pistol Pete and 6-4-3

By on March 6, 2015 at 7:52am

1. Red Sox stat:

* The 1949 Red Sox hit into 207 double plays in 154 games – eight players hit into double digit double plays: Doerr (31), Tebbetts, Goodman, Stephens, Pesky, Zarilla, Williams, DiMaggio

2.  Like father like son: The Hulls scoring 50 goals

* Brett Hull 1990-1991 – 50 goals in 49 games

* Brett Hull 1989-1990 – 50 goals in 50 games

* Bobby Hull 1965-1966 – 50 goals in 52 games Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Daylight Savings, Pistol Pete and 6-4-3 »

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The Bruins announced Friday that they signed Reilly Smith and Torey Krug to contract extensions. Both players had been playing on one year deals this season. Krug’s deal is a one year extension through the 2015-2016 season at $3.4 million. Smith’s deal is a two year extension through 2016-2017 that is worth a total of $6.85 million. Prior to the signing of these deals, both players were set to become free agents at the end of this season.

Thus far in 2014-2015, Krug has scored 11 goals and added 20 assists. He is a power play specialist who can add spark to the Bruins offense from the blue line. He also has a plus-six rating on the season. Smith has 12 goals and 23 assists this season while playing mostly a top six role on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. He also has a plus-eleven rating through 62 games. Both players turn 24 in April and could be a part of the Bruins long-term plans amid rumors of a possible team shakeup this coming Summer. Continue reading Bruins Sign Reilly Smith, Torey Krug to Contract Extensions »

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Brett Connolly Injured

In a year that’s been riddled by injuries and under-performance, the trade deadline brought really only one player to the Bruins with any offensive upside. Wednesday morning, that player got hurt and will miss the next 6 weeks. Brett Connolly joined the Bruins for his first practice as a member of the team, but he took a Dennis Seidenberg slapshot off the hand and broke his finger.

Of course this happens. The little beacon of hope we had coming in never got his chance to dress as a member of the team and now the outlook is shaky. He’s basically out for the remainder of the regular season, giving him no chance to develop any kind of chemistry with his new teammates and hurting the Bruins’ chances of postseason in the first place. They’re already without center David Krejci for month or so as well.

Bergeron to be the next Captain

Continue reading Connolly Injury and Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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At the position of catcher, the Boston Red Sox have a combination of youth and experience in Christian Vazquez, Ryan Hanigan and top prospect Blake Swihart.

Vazquez proved dependable behind the plate last year. Dan Shaughnessy reported in a Boston Globe article last week about the growth and impact he had last season, specifically quickly turning plays and enduring the changing cast of characters on the mound. Even more impressive was Vazquez ability to be a consistent asset at the plate with bat in hand. Over 55 games and 175 at bats, after the call up to the majors, Vazquez slashed a .240/.308/.309. These are not overwhelming numbers, but with 20 RBI and 19 drawn walks he made more of an impact than most by getting himself on base or assisting his teammates in crossing home plate. Continue reading Red Sox 2015 Preview: Vazquez, Hanigan, Swihart »

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Vince Wilfork tweeted Thursday that he will be a free agent after the Patriots declined his option for next season. (Getty Images)

Vince Wilfork announced on Thursday that he had been informed by the Patriots that they would not be picking up the two year option in his contract. The move will make Wilfork, an 11-year veteran, a free agent to sign with any team. The move will save New England $8 million in salary cap space.

Continue reading Vince Wilfork, Patriots Part Ways After 11 Seasons »

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Mookie Betts could find himself the starter in center when spring training ends. (AP)

The Boston Red Sox had trouble with health as well as a lack of power and average in the outfield in 2014, but the additions of Hanley Ramirez, a healthy Shane Victorino and even the Cuban Rusney Castillo should be an upgrade of the minor leaguers and bench players the Red Sox had for most of last season. Sure, the trade of Yoenis Cespedes hurts the pop a bit, but it should should be an intriguing outfield to watch in spring training.

Left Field: Hanley Ramirez, Daniel Nava

Ramirez will see the bulk of the playing time in left, but Nava should be able to sneak a start here and there against a tough right-handed starter. Continue reading Red Sox 2015 Preview: Ramirez, Victorino, Betts, Castillo, Nava »

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Current Personnel: LeGarrette Blount, Jonas Gray, James White, Tyler Gaffney, Brandon Bolden

Key Free Agents: Stevan Ridley (UFA), Shane Vereen (UFA)

Need Level: Moderate

Possible Fits: Re-sign free agents, Jay Ajayi (Boise St.), David Cobb (Minn.), Terrence Magee (LSU)

The Patriots are at an interesting spot when it comes to the running back position. There is a chance that they could lose their two best backs in free agency while still not being sunk at the position. Continue reading Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Running Back »

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