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1. Boston success:

Since 2002, the Boston teams have been 20 Conference Finals (or an amazing 1.54 every year for 13 years): What other four-sports-team cities are close?

* Detroit……..14

* Philly……….10

* Chicago……..8

* New York…..8

2. Bruins stuff:

* David Krejci is on pace to average 63 games over the last three years Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: I Miss the Patriots »

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Dallas Stars v Boston Bruins

After playing their best hockey of the season in January, the Bruins have stumbled to begin February. They are 1-3 in their last four games. They have looked slow and sloppy, two bad signs for a team fighting for a playoff spot. They have also looked lazy at times, which is the strongest indictment that can be levied against a team that prides itself on toughness and physicality.

The most glaring element the Bruins have struggled with is defending speed. Carl Hagelin was a force against them when the Bruins faced the Rangers at Madison Square Garden and the Montreal Canadiens speed gave them fits. The most troubling loss was Tuesday night’s effort against the Dallas Stars and old friend Tyler Seguin. The Stars scored two (yes two) short-handed goals and left the Bruins at an almost unthinkable -2 on the power play. The Bruins looked completely lost in the first period, heading to the dressing room down 3-1. They were able to tie the game at 3-3 but then gave up their second shorthanded goal followed by an empty netter for the final of 5-3. In total, the Bruins played roughly five minutes of good hockey, the start of the second period, throughout the entirety of the game. Continue reading Bruins Renewed Funk Raises Persistent Questions »

Dustin Pedroia leads a strong Red Sox infield in 2015 (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Red Sox are expected to have one of the best lineups in baseball, and most of that comes from their versatility and depth around the infield. This could be one of the best offensive teams in baseball during the 2015 season, and with the rotation lacking luster at the top, manager John Farrell will need more offensive pop than the 2014 team could produce. Newcomer Pablo Sandoval adds a fresh new look at third base, but it will be a more familiar face lighting up the infield this season in Boston.

Red Sox have one of the strongest MLB infields

This preview includes the three players we can expect to see significant time at each of the infield positions, along with the designated hitter spot, and explains how each position could function in 2015 depending on the health and performance of the starter.

First Base: Mike Napoli, Allen Craig, Daniel Nava

Mike Napoli brings a powerful right-handed bat, plate discipline, and better defense than most at first base, a once foreign position for the former catcher. Continue reading Red Sox 2015 Preview: Napoli, Pedroia, Bogaerts, Sandoval, Ortiz »

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Well once again, the Boston Red Sox missed an opportunity to pick up a strong starting pitcher in James Shields. Shields, 33, agreed in principle to a 4 year, $75 million deal with the San Diego Padres that also includes an option for a 5th year.

This was expected, as the Red Sox recently signed Wade Miley, Rick Porcello and Justin Masterson to provide some depth along with Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly and Brandon Workman, among others. Cherington has been quoted as saying that the Red Sox will not make any additions to the pitching rotation prior to spring training, but with Cole Hamels possibly up for grabs, who knows what can happen. Will we see another addition to the pitching staff, or are the Red Sox quitting while they are ahead? Continue reading Red Sox Miss Golden Opportunity to Sign James Shields »

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Throughout the next several weeks, I will be taking a look at each positional grouping for the Patriots. I will analyze current talent in place, what the need level for improvement is, and who could possibly be brought in as an addition.

Current Personnel:

DT: Alan Branch, Joe Vellano, Vince Wilfork, Chris Jones, Sealver Siliga, Dominique Easley

DE: Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Zach Moore, Jake Bequette (Practice Squad)

Need Level: Moderate

Possible fits: Eddie Goldman (Florida St.), Markus Golden (Missouri),  Michael Bennett (Ohio State), Gabe Wright (Auburn)

Vince Wilfork and company played well this year, but upgrades are needed. Continue reading Patriots Position Review: Defensive Line »

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1. More Patriots / Super Bowl stuff:

* Funny that Rutgers Football did a congratulations ad in the special Boston Globe issue Sunday

* Running game who needs a running game: Leader rusher on Super Bowl champion Patriots – Jonas Gray 412 yards / 22 of the top 33 rushers in the NFL did not participate in the playoffs

* Talk about inequitable – Gronk has to pay 86% of the fine punk Bruce Irvin got for the Super Bowl fight in which Gronk had to defend himself against two punks

* How long before the lawsuits starting pouring in on Gronk – puck hits someone in the eye, paternity, etc?

* In the sound bites from NFL Films Josh McDaniels sounds like a little kid with Brady telling him which end is up

2. Five Patriots have salary cap slots next year in excess of $5mm:

* Revis…………$25mm

* Brady………..$14mm Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Sports Purgatory is Here »

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Bruins Trade Rumors

The next anticipated shake-up of the hockey world will likely come out of Winnipeg, as it appears tensions between LW Evander Kane and the team have finally come to a head. He has had lots of off-ice issues for years now and always seem to be clashing with the front office. Things got even worse on Friday when, after an incident with teammate Dustin Byfuglien, Kane informed the team that he was not going to play in the game that night. Long story short, he’s on the back burner and will likely be moved.

Of course, as with any big name rumored to be available, the Bruins are among teams expected to have a good deal of interest in Kane. And rightfully so– to a degree– because Kane’s a young, energetic, and explosive player. But this is not the right fit for this Bruins team and this Boston market. The media and fans tore apart Tyler Seguin‘s antics and 1-way play, and that was when he was a 20 year old kid with a Cup already on his resume. How are they going to feel about a player who’s a few years older and still immature? As talanted as he may be, let Kane be someone else’s headache. Continue reading Trade Rumors and Bruins Weekly Thoughts »

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