Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders

The Bruins acquired right wing Brett Connolly from the Tampa Bay Lightning early Monday morning for two second round picks. The two picks will be the Bruins natural selections in the 2015 and 216 drafts. Connolly, 22, was drafted sixth overall in the 2010 draft, just four selections after the Bruins picked Tyler Seguin.

Connolly, who is 6’2” 181 pounds, will add size to the right wing position. He has 12 goals and three assists in 50 games this season. In his NHL career, he has 18 goals and 14 assists in 134 games. He also scored 31 goals in the 2012-2013 AHL season which led the league. Connolly is a restricted free agent after this season, which gives the team the opportunity to keep him around beyond the 2015 campaign.

The Bruins could still possibly make more moves ahead of the deadline. They will play their next game at home Thursday against Calgary.

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Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower will be sidelined for the next six to seven months due to surgery that repaired a torn labrum in February. Hightower sustained the injury during the 2014 season and played with it throughout the playoffs and Super Bowl.

Hightower was coming off arguably his best season with the team in which both he and fellow linebacker Jamie Collins elevated their games when Jerod Mayo was lost for the season in October. Continue reading Patriots Linebacker Dont’a Hightower Out 6-7 Months »

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1. Celtics:

* They are exciting BUT you can’t lose a 26-point lead to the top team in the league – horrendous game by Brad Stevens. His team lacked composure, shot selection (step back, defended three pointers – team shot 8 for 31 from three point land), no ball movement

* They have become must watch TV – pushing the ball and working hard on defense

* 65 Three pointers in the game – Amazing how the NBA has become a jump shooting league – I think they should get rid of the three point line

* Isaiah Thomas might be one of the five most electrifying player in Celtics history

* Isaiah Thomas might be the best end-of-the-quarter weapon since Larry Bird

* Steph Curry is not only the best shooter in the league but also the best dribbler

2. NFL stats:

* The Patriots, Giants and Charges combined for 1,295 rushing attempts this year – ZERO fumbles lost Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Celtics on Exciting Run but Lose 26-Point Lead »

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1. Local Stars the year after missing a season (or the majority of a season)

* Ted Williams – 1946 – 38 HR / 123 RBI / .342

* Ted Williams – 1954 – 29 HR / 89 RBI / .345

* Larry Bird………1989 – 24.3 points / 9.5 rebounds / 7.5 assists

* Cam Neely……..1993           – 50 goals (49 games)

* Tom Brady……..2009 – 28 TD to 13 Int / 4,398 yards

2. Celtics stuff:

* Celtics are now on pace for 33 wins

* Celtics have Clippers pick, who are 5-7 over their last 12

* Hello Dallas – Welcome to Rondo world

* Isaiah Thomas the best sub six foot player on the Celtics since Tiny Archibald Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Comebacks, Championships and Doobie Brothers »

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Current Personnel: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo

Need level: Low

Possible fits: None

Had the Patriots not drafted Garoppolo in the second round of the 2014 draft, this position would have a higher need. Continue reading Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Quarterbacks »

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Looks like Theo Epstein is putting together the 11 year reunion tour as the Cubs have hired Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis as consultants for this season. (Yahoo Sports)

It had been 86 years between World Series titles when the Boston Red Sox finally won in 2004. It has been 20 years longer (and counting?) for the Chicago Cubs, and former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is trying to recreate the formula that led him to that drought-ending title a little over 10 years ago in Boston.

Apparently, he’s going about it quite literally, as the Cubs have hired former Red Sox Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis, who both played on the 2004 World Series Champion Red Sox, as consultants. Get the band back together, Theo!

Continue reading Cubs Hire Manny, Youkilis to Try to Become ’04 Red Sox…Literally »

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What can we expect for the Boston Red Sox starting rotation in 2015? (USATSI)

The Boston Red Sox starting rotation lacks the star power that the 2015 lineup bolsters, but it does provide a sort of lack of depth that was not there in the 2014 season. The starters should be able to eat up innings while also being durable from whoever the “ace of the staff” is to the fifth starter. The Red Sox just need these pitchers to pitch deep into the games while keeping the opposition to fewer than five runs per game.

Wade Miley

Not only do the Red Sox start the season in a National League ballpark, but the Philadelphia Phillies have a couple aging lefties in Chase Utley and Ryan Howard who Miley could take advantage of in his first start for the team. Continue reading Red Sox 2015 Preview: Buchholz, Porcello, Miley, Masterson, Kelly »

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