Johnny Boychuk

The Bruins have agreed to trade defenseman Johnny Boychuk to the Islanders for second-round picks in the 2015 and 2016 drafts and a 2015 third-round pick, according to Newsday.

The reason for the deal was purely motivated by money, as the Bruins were right up against the salary cap (about $500,000 under). In the deal, the Bruins trade away Boychuk’s $3.667 million cap hit, giving the team some breathing room. Continue reading Bruins Trade Johnny Boychuk to Islanders for Draft Picks »

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1. Patriots preview – Cincy

* Cincy Defense is #1 in points allowed, turnovers, interceptions, touchdowns allowed

* Kicker Mike Nugent is only 2-5 from 40 yards out or more

* Adam Jones in secondary hoping to make it rain

* Running back Jeremy Hill out of LSU was guilty of the knockout game when at Baton Rouge

* Last three years AJ Green – 1,057 yds, 1,350 yds, 1,426 yds

* Bengals Hall of Famers – Charlie Joiner and Anthony Munoz

* Retired numbers – Bob Johnson 54

* Patriots record against them 14-9 (going into last year they had won four straight averaging 36 points a game)

* Corey Dillon is the leading rusher career at Cincy (8,061 yards)

2. Patriots roster (want to feel old)

* One player born in the 70′s

* Thirty-five players born in the 80′s

* Twenty-four players born in the 90′s Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Since, Patriots Roster, Jim Rice »

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dobson

Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reported Wednesday night that second year receiver Aaron Dobson had been deactivated against Oakland and Kansas City because he “mouthed off” to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

This is yet another chapter in what was a frustrating September for the Patriots, especially on offense. Dobson is a player who could be an asset to New England with his speed and his ability to get open and not having him or a player like him on the field has clearly been a detriment to the offense. The offense has struggles to move the ball in all four games and not having every hand on deck has hurt. Continue reading Report: Aaron Dobson Benched for “Mouthing Off” »

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A dejected Tom Brady sits on the bench as the Patriots were embarrassed by the Chiefs on Monday Night. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

That was the ugliest game in the Tom Brady, Bill Belichick era of the New  England Patriots. It’s safe to say everyone is feeling better about that 16-9 win last week after witnessing the primetime beatdown in Kansas City. The offense was nonexistent and the defense had no answer for whatever the Chiefs decided to throw at them. The Patriots already had a ton of questions going into the game on Monday night. All that game did was put all of those pre-existing concerns under the microscope of Monday Night Football.

- As everyone has seen all season, this offensive line is a huge problem. Tom Brady has a few good years left and so far all indications are he will be spending this year running away from defenders. They decided to switch things up last night and allow two rookies to start. Bryan Stork got the start at center while Cameron Flemming started at right guard. The starting line is irrelevant because by the time all was said and done Marcus Cannon subbed in for Sebastian Vollmer and Nate Solder on two separate occasions. That tells you all you need to know about the offensive lines performance last night. Clearly they are still unsure what their best combination is, but so far none of the options they have been trotting out there have done the job. At this point in the season it’s tough to find anything in free agency and few teams would be willing to trade away starting caliber offensive lineman during the season. The Patriots are one of those teams. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 4: Chiefs Embarrass Patriots in 41-14 Blowout »

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Patriots, Chiefs

PATRIOTS STARE DOWN THE GUN OF A 9-7 SEASON

1. MISC

* Patriots need toughness and now (fullback Sherman went for Hightower’s knee – that should have been a fight!) – Browner better show up this week and starting throwing haymakers in practice

* Blue Hoodie

* Patriots falling all over the place – change your spikes and compete!

* Edelman the only fighter on that team: Fought to make the tackle on interception, fought for the fumble in the end zone, amazing down field block on a Lafell screen

2. OFFENSE

* If you did the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument test on Josh McDaniel you would find that he has no creativity or imagination

* No hurry up?

* Yet another half shutout under McDaniels

* Three and out yet again on the first drive (remember when Ramon Martinez struggled in the first inning so they simulated an inning in the bullpen – try something) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: The End for Tom Brady and the Patriots? »

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Evan Turner (8points9seconds.com)

Monday was media day for the Boston Celtics, and in addition to getting to see the players in uniform for the first time in 2014—15, including the injured Rajon Rondo, the Celtics made some roster moves. The biggest one was the signing of free agent small forward Evan Turner, which was reported months ago but hadn’t been made official.

In addition, Boston waived veteran point guard John Lucas III and power forward Malcolm Thomas, who were acquired from Cleveland last week. The Celtics will enter training camp with 20 players after signing undrafted rookies point guard Tim Frazier, shooting guard Rodney McGruder and power forward Christian Watford. Continue reading Celtics Officially Sign Turner, Finalize Training Camp Roster »

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1. Red Sox Recap:

* Nava hit .270 – hats off to a great comeback year

* No Red Sox played 145 games, had 160 hits, scored 75 runs, only Ortiz had over 17 HR, Second to Ortiz in RBI was Napoli with 55, only one player had double digit SB

* Nineteen Red Sox had at least 90 at bats

* When an celebration event is orchestrated – you can’t have guys walking from the dugout to shortstop – the downtime kills the flow

* John Lackey led the team with wins with 11

* Clay Buchholz had 13 quality starts out of 28

* With Red Sox winning Saturday their draft pick went from 4th to 6th

* Napoli extension in the offseason was like the Mike Lowell extension after 2007 championship

* Season ended perfect – a loss and a 3:14 game

2. Ryder Cup:

* Bubba can’t be telling the crowd to make noise and then go 0-3 for the weekend

* How about Rose and Stenson shooting birdies on ten straight holes Saturday Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Adios Red Sox; Patriots Visit Loud Arrowhead Stadium »

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