Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins continuing to get their act together, this time with a 6-0 thumping of the Anaheim Ducks. Steve Conroy says that home cooking is apparently just what the Bruins needed. Bud Barth has the Bruins finding the cure to all their ailments at home. Mike Loftus has the Bruins doing the pushing in this one. Joe Haggerty has the Bruins returning to the style that has brought them success this season.
Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins bringing plenty of punch to last night’s game. Stephen Harris has the Bruins very interested in landing Chris Pronger. Bob Ryan has a piece on Michael Ryder, who contributed two goals last night in his second game back from surgery to repair three ‘broken facial bones.” Haggerty has the Bruins looking to pass a chemistry test at the trade deadline. Dupont has Petteri Nokelainen close to a return.
Shinzawa’s notebook has a minor league tuneup serving Matt Hunwick well. Conroy’s notebook has Petteri Nokelainen hoping to get back in action. Barth’s notebook has Milan Lucic setting the pace physically for the Bruins. Loftus’ notebook has Scituate’s Ryan Whitney having a rough debut for the Ducks.
Marc J. Spears has an exclusive Q&A with Stephon Marbury, who is set to join the Celtics this morning and be in uniform tonight. Mark Murphy has Marbury’s former coach, Flip Saunders saying that the guard will be able to help the Celtics. Lenny Megliola says that signing Marbury is a bold, but correct move for the Celtics.
Frank Dell’Apa in his notebook reports on the Gabe Pruitt arrest in LA. Richard Weir has Pruitt apologizing for his actions. Jim Fenton has more on Pruitt’s DUI arrest. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics looking forward to getting some rest as part of the upcoming schedule. Get more Celtics news and blogs at CelticsLinks.com.
Free agency began at midnight this morning, but the Patriots are expected to be fairly quiet this offseason. Mike Reiss says that the Patriots might make some moves, but don’t expect an Adalius Thomas-type splash in free agency. Christopher Price says that the team probably won’t even make any moderate sized moves.
Karen Guregian says that getting the Matt Cassel situation sorted out quickly will allow the Patriots to do more in free agency if they desire. Michael Felger offers four thoughts on free agency and what the Patriots should and could do. Guregian’s notebook has James Sanders hitting the open market at midnight.
Dan Shaughnessy and Sean McAdam have Rocco Baldelli set to make his Grapefruit league debut against his old team, the Tampa Rays. Adam Kilgore and Maureen Mullen have Jon Lester working on his changeup. Joe McDonald says that developing prospects has been the key to the Red Sox success. Rob Bradford has John Smotlz using his good friend Tiger Woods as inspiration.
Michael Silverman has Brandon Moss still finding his place with the Pirates. Joe McDonald says that the trade has worked out well for both Moss and Jason Bay. Bill Burt says that the spotlight is on Jason Varitek and Josh Bard for all the wrong reasons. Dan Lamothe launches a weekly TGIF Red Sox grab bag feature.
McAdam’s notebook has more on Lester’s changeup.
David Scott examines the fallout from yesterday’s Chad Finn OT column about WEEI. He also looks at Dan Shaughnessy playing mad-libs again.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at programming changes at ESPN Boston.
Bill Doyle has Comcast SportsNet making sure that only non-starting Celtics are eligible for their 6th star voting . He also notes that Jerry Remy is out with an infection and will be replaced by a number of guest analysts while he recovers.