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The recent acquisition of right-handed pitcher John Cornely from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations begs a big question. Why are the Red Sox content to purchase pitchers only to place these players in the minors?

1) Would it not be better to spend money on pitchers that can help the team at the major league level? 2) If Major League Baseball had a salary cap like the National Football League, would the same decisions be made about pitching acquisitions? Continue reading Red Sox Acquire RHP John Cornely, Another Arm for Minors »

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The Bruins announced Wednesday morning that they promoted Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney to General Manager position.

Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs praised Sweeney: “Don Sweeney stood out amongst an incredibly talented group of candidates that we considered for this hire. He carries a unique and impressive mix of playing experience, front office experience and business acumen.”

“Don has complete understanding of what it means to be a Bruin”, Jacobs continued, “and we have full confidence in him to steward the organization back to being Stanley Cup contenders year in and year out.”

The 2015-16 season will be the tenth for Sweeney in the Bruins front office. The Harvard economics graduate played for the Bruins for 15 seasons as a defenseman.

The promotion of Sweeney increases the chances that coach Claude Julien will stay in place, although no announcement has been made on that front. It also means Jacobs and team President Cam Neely believe in their core and don’t want to completely change the make up of the roster. That doesn’t mean a major trade or two won’t happen, however. Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic could still be trade bait, but them moving on is a bit less likely than if a team hired an external candidate.

 

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When Robert Kraft strolled to the podium at the NFL Owners’ meetings on Tuesday, one could expect just about anything. Since the “Deflategate” controversy and league penalties, one of the league’s most powerful owners was at odds with the offices on Park Avenue in New York.

Given his harsh statements toward the league prior to Super Bowl XLIX and his statements both after the league sanctions and to Peter King over the weekend,  he was viewed as an owner that would not only appeal the penalties, but possibly (although unlikely) go all the way to court.

Instead, Kraft did a 180 and announced that the team would accept the NFL penalties “reluctantly.” These penalties include the loss of a first and fourth round draft pick as well as a $1 million fine. Quarterback Tom Brady is still going ahead with his appeal of a four game ban.

Kraft said in part: ““I don’t want to continue the rhetoric that’s gone on for the last four months. I’m going to accept, reluctantly, what he (Roger Goodell) has given to us and not continue this dialogue and rhetoric, and we won’t appeal.’’

A league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Kraft and Goodell had met prior to this press conference and even hugged. Many believe that Kraft offered to accept the team penalties in exchange for a lessening or eliminating of Brady’s suspension. So far, nothing has changed on the Brady front.

The reaction among fans was mixed. Some felt Kraft was doing the right thing by accepting the penalties and trying to move on. Others felt he was turning his back on his team for the good of his fellow owners and profits. Still more were puzzled at why an owner who had insisted on innocence was now accepting some measure of guilt by taking the penalties.

The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. Kraft still may feel his team is innocent, but that he would not win the appeal fight. If he was able to cut a deal and get Brady on the field for week one, then it is understandable. If not, then it is tough to justify spending so much time publicly fighting something to then just change course unless Kraft either knows members of his organization are guilty or he didn’t have the support of other owner’s in his fight.

One has to wonder also how Bill Belichick feels about all this. His press conference the Saturday after the allegations broke was the strongest public defense any member of the organization has done. He is also someone who highly values draft picks and has now lost two of them. And it is safe to say he would have been able to get the Patriots to play well without Brady in the first two or four weeks of the upcoming season. Now it seems all his efforts to prove his operation’s innocence has been for not.

The next crucial date in this saga will be Brady’s appeal. If the four games hold up, then Kraft’s acceptance is not only a loss for New England, but likely to ruffle the feathers of his two most important employees, Belichick and Brady. If the suspension is reduced, then Kraft will be praised for putting Brady above himself. Until then, it is likely we won’t hear anything from either side.

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NHL free agency begins July 1st and it’s a date many fans and media outlets look forward to. Any player not under contract with their current team  is free to seek offers and sign with any other team in the league.The Boston Bruins currently have eight players from their starting roster this past season who are not under contract for next season, qualifying them for free agency. Greg Campbell, Dan Paille, Carl Soderberg, Adam McQuaid, and Matt Bartkowski are unrestricted free agents (UFA). Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Spooner, and Brett Connolly are the Bruins restricted free agents (RFA).

Back-up goaltender Niklas Svedberg was also qualified to hit the NHL market, but he has already fled the country and signed in the KHL.

That leaves the Bruins with five forwards and three defenseman to re-sign or not to re-sign. Continue reading The Eight Bruins Free Agents and What They Should do with Them »

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Why the Wait on Bruins GM?

May 19, 2015 at 8:24am in Bruins, NHL, Opinion
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It has been over a month since Peter Chiarelli was fired as the Bruins general manager. Since then, Chiarelli has been hired by the Oilers and the Devils have also filled their general manager vacancy with potential Bruins candidate Ray Shero. The Bruins have still yet to hire a new man to run the front office behind team President Cam Neely despite several interviews. Rumors and reports have suggested that Don Sweeny, the current Bruins assistant general manager, is a likely candidate. But if that is the case, why has he not been named to the post yet?

There is one potential candidate that could be holding everything up: Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton. Gorton is no stranger to Boston, he was the assistant general manager under Mike O’Connell in Boston and was the interim head during the 2006 offseason before Chiarelli left Ottawa to take over.

As the assistant general manager, Gorton built a substantial part of the 2011 Bruins Stanley Cup Champion team, helping draft both David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron as well as signing Tim Thomas to both his initial deal and his extension. His 2006 offseason as interim general manager was one of the best of the last decade for the Bruins. His first three draft picks were Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic, and Brad Marchand, a haul that any front office executive would be jealous of. He also helped sign Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard that offseason, although Chiarelli and Jeremy Jacobs also had strong influence on those two moves.

Currently in his post as the number two man behind Rangers top man Glen Sather, Gorton has helped build a Rangers team that is in the Eastern Conference Final for the second year in a row. The team advanced to the Stanley Cup last season as well. The Rangers have a strong core of defensemen and a plethora of speed up front, two things the 2015 Bruins were sorely lacking.

The trouble with Boston hiring Gorton is that because the Rangers are still in the playoffs, he is not available to even be interviewed yet and if they advance to the Cup Final he may not be available for another 4-5 weeks, a long time to wait for a team at a crossroads. It is not a sure thing that the Rangers will make Gorton available to interview even then, as Sather is 72 years old and may have Gorton in mind as his eventual replacement.

Gorton would be the best hire, in this writer’s humble opinion, but the Bruins cannot wait around too long to nab their man. If hired Gorton may want to change coaches, a process that gets more difficult as the offseason continues. He also would have little time to evaluate the roster before the draft in late June and free agency in July. Until the Bruins make a decision the Bruins will remain a front office in flux, which is not good for anyone.

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Boston Red Sox v St. Louis Cardinals

Allen Craig was damaged goods when the Red Sox received him from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for John Lackey during the 2014 season. Last season he had a nagging foot injury that he never really recovered from forcing him to underperform, and more recently be sent to AAA Pawtucket Red Sox.

He is no longer part of the 40-man roster and, right now, has little-to-no true trade value for Boston hitting .135/.237/.192 this season. He can turn that around, if he allows himself time to heal. Continue reading Allen Craig to Pawtucket, Removed from 40-Man Roster »

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Jerry Remy (Image from NESN)

Wondering where Jerry Remy is? So were we… until Rem-Dawg finally Tweeted Monday that he’ll be back on Tuesday:

Remy has been out since the beginning of May, only saying that he wasn’t “feeling well.”

Like him or not, his commentary has been missed, for sure.

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