Bruins Stand Pat, Pats Brewin’ Changes

The Bruins failed to make a trade prior to yesterday NHL trading deadline, choosing to stand pat with the roster that they currently have. Last night, Tim Thomas and the B’s scored a 4-0 shutout over the Ottawa Senators – a team they seem to own.

Fluto Shinzawa says that Boston “dominated a thoroughly disinterested Ottawa club” at the Garden last night. Bud Barth says that the close-knit Bruins were happy that their GM believed in them, and it showed on the ice last night. Steve Conroy has the Bruins tying their longest winning streak of the season, with their fourth straight victory. Douglas Flynn has the Bruins being able to carry their momentum from their recently completed road trip over to this game.

Mick Colageo has GM Peter Chiarelli showing faith in his club by standing pat at the trading deadline, whether it pays off for him remains to be seen. Stephen Harris declares that Chiarelli showed “wisdom and courage” by standing pat and refusing to include any of his young players in a deal and choosing instead to show faith in his current roster to make it to the playoffs.

Shinzawa’s notebook has a look at Chiarelli’s failed efforts to land Marian Hossa from Atlanta. Barth’s notebook says that Chiarelli putting his future in the hands of some unproven youngsters is a risky thing for his job. Conroy’s notebook says that a little rest appears to have gone a long way for Thomas in being able to record the shutout last night. Flynn’s notebook has Chiarelli showing confidence in his team by keeping them together for the stretch run.

Red Sox

Rob Bradford has Daisuke Matsuzaka working on yet another pitch to add to his arsenal, a two-seam fastball. Jeff Goldberg says that Matsuzaka is more relaxed and comfortable this spring, and it shows. Comparing him to Drew Bledsoe, Bill Burt declares that Coco Crisp can’t handle the pressure of playing in Boston and should be traded to somewhere where they don’t care quite as much about baseball. Gordon Edes has a look at former Harvard third baseman Zak Farkes, who is trying to make the transformation to a catcher in the Red Sox minor leagues. The article begins with an account of a tradition that Jason Varitek and Doug Mirabelli have of taking all the catchers in the organization out to dinner during spring training. Sean McAdam notes that depending on whether Crisp of Jacoby Ellsbury wins the starting job, the lineup could look much different from one scenario to the other.

Rob Duca says that Bartolo Colon would do well to try and follow the example and advice of Luis Tiant, who had a great career with the Red Sox after many thought he was washed up.
 Michael Silverman has the World Champs set to visit the White House and Walter Reed Army Hospital today. Bradford has Clay Buchholz impressing the veteran hitters during batting practice yesterday. Silverman notes that with Curt Schilling out, the health of Tim Wakefield becomes a much more important thing. Joe Haggerty has more on a mechanical change for Dice-K.

Bradford’s notebook has the Sox ready to take things slow with Colon. Edes’ notebook has Colon needing to deal with some weight and conditioning issues before he is ready to pitch to batters. McAdam’s notebook has more on Colon’s arrival to camp yesterday. Duca’s notebook has the Red Sox veterans set to hit Washington today to meet with the President. Goldberg’s notebook has more on the first glimpse of Colon in Boston colors.

Celtics

Marc J. Spears reports that there has been a “snag” in the buyout of Sam Cassell – owner Donald Sterling’s wallet.

Peter May looks at what the possible addition of Cassell to the Celtics could mean for Boston’s title hopes. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics hoping to keep the momentum going from the last two games of the road trip. Mike Szostak however, says that the road trip punctured Celts’ aura of invincibility.

The BSMW Full Court Press beats Dan Shaughnessy to the punch and compares Boston to the other cities in the NBA Eastern playoff hunt.

Patriots

Mike Reiss looks at yesterday’s release of Rosevelt Colvin by the Patriots in what appears to be a salary cap related move. Karen Guregian says that concerns over Colvin’s health also contributed to his release. She has a few other Patriots personnel notes and updates. David Heuschkel also has a report on the release of Colvin.

Christopher L. Gasper and Jessica Heslam report on Kevin Faulk being cited for marijuana possession at a rap concert in Louisiana.

Sean Jensen of AOL sports reports that two NFL sources claim that Randy Moss has a multi-year deal in place to remain with the Patriots.