Helton Talks Off, Schilling Talks On

I’m gone for four days, and apparently that is enough time for a blockbuster trade to be rumored, for talks to “heat up” and then for the trade to be declared dead.

Nick Cafardo and Jeff Horrigan report that trade talks centered around Rockies All-Star first baseman Todd Helton collapsed last night and will not be revived.

Gerry Callahan says that the Red Sox “quest to add an All-Star, a future Hall of Famer or a $10 million man at every position will apparently come up just short.” Steve Buckley tells us why Sox fans should be excited at Curt’s announcement.

Meanwhile, Curt Schilling used WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan as a platform to campaign for a new contract from the Red Sox, as he announced that 2007 will not be his last season after all. Jeff Goldberg looks at Schilling putting his political ambitions aside for a little while longer. Cafardo says that Schilling never meant to mislead anyone about his retirement intentions. Horrigan’s notebook has more on the announcement from Schilling.

Bruins

The Bruins continued their downward spiral with a 6-1 loss to the New York Rangers at TD Banknorth Garden last night. Fluto Shinzawa says that the club has tried everything and nothing is working thus far. Stephen Harris says that this loss may end any hesitation that GM Peter Chiarelli might have had over making a trade. Joe McDonald says that the Bruins didn’t do anything to win the hockey game last night. Douglas Flynn notes that at this point, the Bruins are closer to the bottom than they are to a playoff spot. Bud Barth says that roster changes appear to be looming after this one.

Karen Guregian says that Bruins coach Dave Lewis is still looking for someone to step up and carry the team to a few wins. Shinzawa’s notebook says that pulling Tim Thomas with the score 3-1 in the second period did not have the desired effect. Harris’ notebook says that Brad Stuart might likely be the first player to go in any trade of note as it appears the Bruins will not be able to sign the free agent to be. McDonald’s notebook has Brad Boyes working hard to shake a recent slump. Flynn’s notebook has more on Boyes. Barth’s notebook has rookie defenseman Bobby Allen still hopeful that the Bruins can put things together.

Celtics

Steve Bulpett has the Celtics being very self-critical in a team meeting yesterday in an effort to shake the soap opera theme of “The young and the winless.” Shira Springer says that the Celtics might finally be angry enough to break out of this 11 game losing streak. Bill Reynolds hopes the losing continues for the rest of the season. Bulpett’s notebook says that the Celtics still have hopes of turning the season around rather than going into the lottery.

Misc

I’m not too interested in Super Bowl coverage for the most part, and just looking for items that might involve the Patriots. Today in their notebooks Christopher L Gasper and Michael Felger have Bears linebacker Lance Briggs – likely the best free agent linebacker on the market this spring – making known that he isn’t a big fan of playing in a 3-4 defense such as is used by the Patriots.

Patriots.com has an article from Tom Casale on the Senior Bowl and what players from that event might be of interest to the Patriots.

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