New Deal For Varitek

Our long national nightmare is over. But a whole new one might be beginning. Scott Boras mouthpiece Jon Heyman was the first to report that Jason Varitek and the Red Sox have agreed on a two year deal. Tony Massarotti has confirmed it, but calls it one year with an option.

So while this will finally end the speculation about whether Varitek will be back with the Red Sox, if he performs at a level below what he did last year, it could be a recurring nightmare for Red Sox fans.

It was amusing this afternoon to read the news online, while listening to Glenn Ordway on WEEI talking about what his “moles” were saying about the 8:30am deadline and then have someone whisper the news to Ordway, causing him to have to change course right in the middle of his “mole” discussion. A few awkward pauses while Ordway read for himself, and then a “just as we were saying” pronouncement.

And in other news: Manny finally gets a contract offer

Bruins Fall To Devils In OT

Trailing 2-0 in the third period, the Bruins scored three goals to pull ahead of the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, only to see the Devils tie the game with under two minutes to play and then score again in OT to beat the Bruins 4-3 at the Garden.

Mike Loftus says that the Bruins aren’t impressed by the comeback they started but didn’t finish. Kevin Paul Dupont thinks last night’s game was particularly ugly, but typical of the Devils’ style. Rich Thompson has Claude Julien saying that the Devils created their own luck last night. Joe Haggerty has more on the Devils win.

Stephen Harris says that this one was likely a playoff preview for the two clubs. Glen Farley has a look at Devils defenseman Mike Mottau, an Avon native. Barbara Matson has Phil Kessel jumping right back into action last night. Tony Lee has Kessel glad to be back.

Dupont’s notebook has the Bruins riding Tim Thomas for now while Manny Fernandez is out. Thompson’s notebook has more on Kessel’s return.

Red Sox

The saga of the captain drones on and on and on and on…Tony Massarotti has Jason Varitek prepared to sit out or retire rather than accept the insulting $5 million offer from the Red Sox. Sean McAdam says that this whole thing should’ve just ended a long time ago. Daniel Barbarisi says that even if Varitek rejects the offer today, this whole thing still might not be over. Alex Speier says that the Red Sox don’t have the next Varitek in their system, catcher being the one spot that they haven’t been able to develop in the minors. Dan Lamothe looks at the sad story of Varitek and Manny Ramirez this winter.

Mike Fine says that the Red Sox infield looks strong for ’09. Joe McDonald has Sox prospect Nick Hagadone getting back on track following Tommy John surgery.

Celtics

Bella English reports on Lucky and the Celtics parting ways.

Marc J. Spears says that the Celtics are full of respect for the Detroit Pistons, even though the latter have struggled to assimilate Allen Iverson into their system. Jeff Howe has more on the Pistons’ struggles. Lenny Megliola takes a peek at a busy week ahead for the Celtics.

Mark Murphy looks at Paul Pierce being named an Eastern Conference reserve on the All Star team. Spears has Pierce the only Celtics named as an All Star reserve, disappointing the team very much. Robert Lee has more on Pierce’s appointment to the squad. Scott Souza has more on Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo being left off the All Star team. Jessica Camerato looks at a miscast All Star roster.

Dan Duggan wonders if the Spandex sleeves worn by Ray Allen and Eddie House have contributed to their hot shooting.

Misc

Check out PatriotsLinks.com for Super Bowl and Patriots stories.

Glen Farley looks at Gil Santos finally getting to sleep in after 38 years of doing morning sports at WBZ-Radio.

Michael Vega looks at Rodney Harrison’s role on NBC this week, and his future in the media.

Bill Griffith has a Super Bowl media column for SI.com.

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