The next couple weeks are

The next couple weeks are the catch-your-breath period in Boston Sports, as the Red Sox will soon be at spring training, and the cycle will begin all over again. Only five months until the Patriots start training camp again… Michael Felger looks at the Patriots next order of business, which is getting a new deal in place for Ted Washington. Michael Parente looks at some of the other tough decisions the Patriots are going to have to make during the offseason. Michael Smith reports on Pats outside linebackers coach Rob Ryan leaving the team to take the job of Defensive Coordinator for the Oakland Raiders. Yesterday, Lenny Megliola tried to read the tea leaves and envision a scenario in which Doug Flutie could return to the Patriots and be Tom Brady’s backup.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Steve Conroy chronicle the Bruins 6th win in a row, a 6-3 victory over the lowly Penguins. Dan Hickling reports that three power play goals got the Bruins second half of the season off to a good start. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook looks at some possible rule changes being pondered, many of which would effect the goaltenders and are being proposed with increased scoring in mind. Hickling’s notebook looks at some shuffling that Mike Sullivan had to do last night with Glen Murray being out.

Celtics links, including a nice feature by Stan Grossfeld on Red Auerbach, can be found at Fox Sports Net.

Michael Holley looks at the long fall of the UMASS basketball program.

Kevin Gray has a look at what the new ballpark in Manchester is going to look like, with the team hoping to move in for the 2005 season.

ESPN has Virginia/Duke at 7:00 followed by Lakers/Rockets at 9:00. ESPN2 has Sharks/Red Wings at 7:30.

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