Bruins acquired Zac Rinaldo for a third round pick

With his recent hiring as the ninth General Manager of the Boston Bruins, Don Sweeney has made one thing clear; he is not afraid to pull the trigger to make deals.

The past four days have included a great deal of moves for the Bruins. With Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic gone, Don Sweeney continued his sculpting of the Bruins roster by trading a 2017 third round draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for forward Zac Rinaldo. This move can be seen as puzzling due to the fact that Rinaldo only scored 1 goal last season as well as 5 assists. In four years in the NHL, Rinaldo has scored a meager 8 goals. Don’t expect him to light up the lamp this year. Continue reading Trader Donny? Looking at Bruins GM Don Sweeney’s Recent Trades »

More common four-letter words may come to mind for the 2015 Red Sox, but Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts are starting to bring another one to mind: hope. (AP)

The 2015 Season for the Boston Red Sox has been defined by the latest tirade of four-letter words inspired by Rick Porcello’s latest pitching performance, Pablo Sandoval’s ninth inning fielding percentage, or any other seminal moment of disappointment. There are a lot to choose from.

But lately, strangely, I’ve been finding myself coming back to one four-letter word worse than any curse, more gut wrenching than the most creative string of expletives.

Hope. Continue reading The Newest Four-Letter Word for the Red Sox: Hope »

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(Internet meme. Not sure of original origin)

1. Red Sox – Bill James Predictions:

* Shane Victorino…Prediction – 129 games / Actual pace – 43

* Mookie Betts…….Prediction – 40 stolen bases / Actual pace – 25 stolen bases

* Pablo Sandoval…..Prediction – 18 HR / 82 RBI / Actual pace – 15 HR / 55 RBI

* Ortiz…………………Prediction  – 32 HR / 102 RBI / Actual pace – 25 HR / 74 RBI

* Napoli………………Prediction –  23 HR / 72 RBI / Actual pace – 21 HR / 61 RBI

2. In the same week – the Bruins and Celtics struck out at the draft:

* Bruins – Dougie Hamilton trade – USA Today – “No one believes they got enough for Hamilton” Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Down Draft »

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Matt Beleskey

Friday was a crazy day for the Boston Bruins.

Early in the day it was discovered that GM Don Sweeney had traded Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for three draft picks.

“Dougie for three draft picks? You have got to be kidding me,” much of Boston and I thought when we heard of the deal. Nobody was kidding though, this was real. This was Don Sweeney’s first trade as the Bruins general manager, kicking Hamilton out of town, and acquiring Calgary’s first round, and two second round picks.

Confusion ensued. Continue reading NHL Draft Day Dust has Settled, Now the Bruins Need a Winger »

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Terry Rozier (Justin Aller/Getty Images)

I wrote before the draft that having a pick outside the lottery meant that Thursday night didn’t really matter unless Celtics GM Danny Ainge pulled off something crazy. Well, it appears that he tried, failed and got a consolation prize of a bunch of limited but somewhat talented pieces to add to his roster of limited but somewhat talented pieces.

I also mentioned before the draft that the collections of picks Ainge has collected the last few years might not seem as valuable as it might seem and trading them sooner rather than later would be smart. Apparently, other teams felt the same way as one after another rejected the heavily protected future first rounders that Ainge was likely throwing at them to try and move up in the draft. Continue reading In Ainge We Trust… I Guess? »

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1. Red Sox:

* Napoli two hits – trade him

* Buchholz good start Wednesday night – trade him

* Jackie Bradley, who was robbed of the Gold Glove last year, two hits and threw another run out at the plate – give him right field and 200 at bats

* Think about a line up next year with Betts, Holt, Vazquez, Bradley, Bogaerts make a combined $3mm and then Pedroia, Sandoval, Ortiz and Hanley making $70mm.

* When you have to send Rusney Castillo and Joe Kelly down to Pawtucket in the same week – someone should lose their job

* The Red Sox are on pace to win 70 games – that means over the last four years – three of those years are the worst in the last FIFTY years. (70-92 – 2015 / 71-91 – 2014 / 69-93 – 2012) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Hank Finkel – Celtics Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes To You »

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USA Today Sports/ Mark Konenzy

The long wait for the 16th pick is over and the Celtics have selected Terry Rozier, guard, University of Louisville. With both big men Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor going in the top three and the Lakers making the move to take D’Angelo Russell number two overall, there were few surprises in the top three picks. The rest of the lottery showed many names that fans and experts predicted would be drafted however not necessarily in the order that most had thought. Continue reading Celtics Draft Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter, Jordan Mickey; Make No Trade »

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