Another trade has come and gone and the Bruins have stayed out of the spot light once again. I’ve covered this topic before, and in the past I’ve stood by Peter Chiarelli’s relative inaction at the deadlines because the Bruins already had such a good core that it wasn’t necessary to go out and make a big deal. However, this time around I just can’t support Chiarelli. The Bruins have some major needs on their roster and he didn’t do much to address them.
All told he made 3 trades today of varying significance. While he was able to grab a couple nice pieces without giving up much of anything, he really didn’t do much to address the Bruins’ needs. Let’s take a deeper look at each of these trades, as well as an unfortunate transaction they may grow to hate.
2 Second Round picks for Brett Connolly
Early this morning the Bruins traded their second round picks in 2015 and 2016 to the Tamba Bay Lightning for RW Brett Connolly. Connolly was the 6th overall pick in 2010, the year the Bruins drafted Tyler Seguin, and has some offensive upside. He’s a speedy player with a quick release and good hockey IQ. Like Ryan Spooner, he hasn’t been able to fully develop into a top 6 forward on an NHL roster but will get a fresh look in Boston. Continue reading Bruins Dissapoint at the Trade Deadline »
Tags: Brett Connolly, Craig Cunningham, Jared Knight, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Caron, Max Talbot, Paul Carey, Tyler Seguin, Zack Phillips
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 »
Tags: 2015 MLB Season, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Jon Lester, Kevin Youkilis, Manny Ramirez, Spring Training, Theo Epstein
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.
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 »
Tags: Boston Red Sox, Brandon Workman, Clay Buchholz, eduardo rodriguez, Edwin Escobar, Joe Kelly, Justin Masterson, Rick Porcello, Wade MIley
It seemed the Boston Celtics of the future were finally taking shape. Isaiah Thomas arrived at the trade deadline to take over as the starting point guard of the next few years, Kelly Olynyk was getting ready to return from his ankle injury, and the Celtics were just a game and a half out of the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. All signs were pointed towards a playoff push, whether Celtics fans liked it or not.
But before Thomas could even put on his new uniform, Olynyk could take the floor after missing 12 straight games, or a playoff push could gain any momentum coming out of the All-Star break, Jared Sullinger, the Celtics’ best big man, was in a walking boot and ruled out for the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his foot.
Continue reading Celtics Rule Sullinger Out for Rest of Season »
Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Avery Bradley, Brad Stevens, Danny Ainge, Eastern Conference, Isaiah Thomas, Jared Sullinger, Marcus Smart, NBA Playoffs
Philadelphia Phillies, left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels “want[s] to win” and feels that his best shot at achieving that goal is through a trade to another team, according to Bob Nightengale of USAToday. One of the most recent teams with an offer on the table at this time is our own Boston Red Sox.
Continue reading Cole Hamels Voices Interest in Trade From Phillies to Red Sox »
Tags: Cole Hamels, philadelphia, Phillies, Pitcher, win
What in the hell just happened? The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and it seems like half of the league’s point guards have suddenly changed teams.
After rumors pegged the Boston Celtics as “contenders” for Goran Dragic and in on the Denver Nuggets’ Ty Lawson, Danny Ainge didn’t land either, as Dragic ended up with the Miami Heat and Lawson stayed put. But even after the Phoenix Suns offloaded their malcontent point guard, somehow, some way, Ainge managed to convince his former assistant and current Suns GM Ryan McDonough to part with a second of his three-headed point guard monster, Isaiah Thomas, just before the clock turned 3pm EST.
In exchange, the Celtics surrendered Marcus Thornton and the 2016 first round pick acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Not bad, Danny. Not bad.
Continue reading NBA Trade Deadline Madness: Celtics Somehow Land Isaiah Thomas in Suns’ PG Firesale »
Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Danny Ainge, Detroit Pistons, Eastern Conference Playoffs, Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton, Miami Heat, NBA Trade Deadline, Phoenix Suns
The NBA trade deadline is less than 48 hours away, and the question that now looms over the Boston Celtics is what should they do at the deadline?
The Celts roster as it stands now has good depth. The C’s bench is one of the best in the entire NBA, as they are ranked No.7 in the league in points per game (39.5). So with that said, the Celtics should look to trade away some more of their veteran talent, and acquire more assets to better their future.
The Celtics have been very busy making deals this season, with Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green being their two big moves. Two more players that make the most sense for the C’s to trade are Marcus Thornton and Brandon Bass. Both of these players have expiring contracts, which every team in the NBA likes to acquire. Both Thornton and Bass can also help bolster a contender’s bench. Continue reading What the Celtics Should Do at the Trade Deadline »
Tags: Brandon Bass, Celtics, Jeff Green, Marcus Thornton, Rajon Rondo, trade deadline