Bruins Fall To Sabres, Retain Playoff Lead

The Bruins fell to the Buffalo Sabres last night 3-2, but thanks to an Atlanta loss, still hold the final playoff spot by two points.

The big story this morning is Boston College’s decision to fire head basketball coach Al Skinner.

3-2 Bruins loss was Thomas’ last stand - Mick Colageo says that after last night, there is no goaltender controversy in Boston.

Trying times for Thomas - Joe McDonald has Tim Thomas furious after being pulled last night after giving up three goals on 14 shots.

Sturm has his shot, but comes up empty - Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook has Marco Sturm failing to convert a crucial penalty shot.

More opportunity lost for the Bruins - Joe Haggerty has the Bruins falling “flatter than Dennis Wideman during one of his trademark stumbles on the ice.”

Run saved a run earned for Red Sox - Jeremy Lundblad examines how placing value on defense projects to pay off in the win column for Boston in 2010.

Manny Delcarmen’s still not all set - Scott Lauber has the Red Sox reliever still trying to correct his mechanics.

Dice-K to make three more rehab starts  – An extensive notebook from Brian MacPherson fills us in on a number of topics.

Sox hope these key batters will be a solid triple - Nick Cafardo talks to hitting coach Dave Magadan about Adrian Beltre, Mike Cameron and David Ortiz, and what he thinks of their work at the plate this spring.

Rivers still sorting out playing rotations - Gary Washburn has Doc River still trying to figure out who to play with just nine games remaining in the regular season.

Patriots should make tight end top priority – Glen Farley asserts that the Patriots biggest need is a young tight end with talent.

Over on Patriots Daily, we’ve got Catching Up With The Offseason, March Edition - a look back at all that happened with the team in the last month.

Did the Patriots turn down a top-10 pick in this year’s draft?

That is the assertion of Albert Breer.

The discussion spawned on Twitter as a result of this post on the Extra Points blogwhere Breer is discussing whether the Patriots made the right move in getting the 2011 first round pick of the Raiders in the Richard Seymour trade. Breer is trying to make the point that the Patriots decision to go with the 2011 pick based on the presumption that there will be a rookie salary scale in place is something that we can’t judge as a good or bad move right now.

That’s fine. Valid point. Breer was challenged a bit on the post on Twitter:

From the PD Twitter account: (Not from me.)

More obvious s***stirring from you with Seymour. Was 2010 pick even on table? And you gloss over potential 2011 rookie cap.

Breer:

Clearly anything not overwhelmingly positive isn’t cool. Plenty of propaganda out there for you. Won’t come from here.

PD:

Ah, the “kool-aid drinker blogging from mother’s basement” take. Original. I don’t want propaganda. I want a straight take…2011 pick maybe worse, maybe better. Rookie cap important detail. No way to know now, but you stoked fire anyway.

Breer:

Wasn’t that exctly what I said? Decision-making based on rookie salary scale sound, final result still unknown. Read it back.

PD:

Tone was trade not worth the risk. “Can still poke holes in decision”, “trade quite a gamble, even moreso”. Was it really? … so many holes: Was 2010 1st on table, or 2nd; No assurance of Raiders’ 2009 record; Seymour likely to bolt from Pats as UFA. And finally, your acknowledgment of rookie cap was glancing, at best. Tried to mitigate by saying 9th pick salary not so bad.

Breer:

Isn’t it, though? They paid for the 10th pick just two years ago, and I’d say that worked out OK. …Curious 2 cite depth of this draft, in explng dec-making, but have turned dwn Top 10 pick in it in uncapped environ.

PD:

Specious argument. Paying 10th pick in ’08 a deterrent to pay less in ’11? And any confirmation yet ’10 first was on the table? Lombardi: http://bit.ly/zjTeB “At first, this deal was being framed around a two in 2010 …but it moved to a one because the Raiders wanted to keep their draft alive next year””

And that’s where the discussion ends. Breer has ignored repeated requests from several users on Twitter to clarify his claim that the Patriots turned down the Raiders 2010 pick in favor of the 2011 one, just so they could be under the rookie salary scale and save money.

If that is true, then the Patriots should be open to criticism, as this 2010 draft is being lauded as the deepest in years, and the team could certainly fill a big hole with the number eight overall pick owned by the Raiders.

But where is the proof? When the deal went down, there were no reports of the Patriots having their choice of picks. In fact, Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post reported at the time (in the link provided in the above Tweet):

At first, this deal was being framed around a two in 2010, but it moved to a one because the Raiders wanted to keep their draft alive next year.

So which is it? Who is worthy of the criticism? The Patriots for turning down a top-10 pick this year, or Breer for throwing something out there to try and quiet a Twitter challenger? If the Patriots actually turned down a top-10 pick in this draft, isn’t that a huge story? One that should be reported further on?

One way or the other, this needs to be sorted out.

  • Tony

    Breer disappoints with his initial reaction to the criticism–the tired, old media comeback that anything said about the Patriots that is not effusive praise doesn’t want to be heard by the masses.

    This simply is not true.

    We want the facts, and we want fair criticism. We don’t want writers throwing stuff against the wall to see if it sticks; we don’t want agendas; and we don’t want writers being contrarian for the sake of it.

    If the Pats turned down the 2010 first rounder, then they should be roasted for it, because that pick could get them the dominant pass rusher they so desperately need. But if this is just speculation without any proof, or an attempt at pot-stirring, then Breer needs to take his lumps and move on.

  • Lance

    When Breer returned something clearly had happened to him and he’s now “Tomase on the Morrissey.” Clearly throws stuff out there just to see if it sticks to the wall. Dialogue like that merely confirms he is what he is, a hack. Just what this area needs.

  • L3s

    Doesn’t Breer have an editor who should be asking these questions?

  • Bullock

    I like Breer, not as much as Reiss, but I like him. I think he basically reported speculation, then criticized the Patriots based on his own flimsy speculation. I mean, if you can’t confirm or deny a report, then what is the purpose of your tweet/blog/story short of stirring the pot?

    It’s discouraging because I never thought of Breer as the kind of guy who would go about his reporting like this.

  • Peter Cottontail

    Please tell Bert Breer I’ll be dispensing candy around the world this weekend.

  • mike

    They were not offered a 1st round pick this year. It was a 2nd this year and the Raiders didn’t want to do it so they offered a 1st rounder next year. (per interview with BB on WEEI at somepoint last year)

    • Bruce

      Yes, thank you.

      I’ve also confirmed separately that the 2010 first rounder was never on the table.

  • sam

    twitter wars are just barely a step up from going through people’s trash.

    if this is what technological advancement leads to i’m holding out hope the nerds are right and the singularity is just around the bend.

    these two ‘twitterers’ should just get a room.

    • Scott

      Shouldn’t you be out on a ledge somewhere?

      What does the particular technology have to do with it? This site has been doing precisely this sort of thing since 2003. Previously, this exchange would have been through an e-mail, or a comments section to a blog post. What’s the difference?

      It’s no war. The writer contended something happened that would be of interest to fans of the team. Fans asked for clarification on the statement, primarily because they would like to know if their team passed on the 8th pick in this draft. Only the writer’s subsequent silence on the point led to the rest.

      Maybe you couldn’t read Bruce’s post clearly from way up there on your pseudo intellectual soap box.

  • raccoonradio

    news tidbit: All Red Sox games to air in Spanish on WWZN 1510
    starting with Opening Night

    • Bruce

      Nice tidbit, thanks…

  • Classless

    An amateur Pats beat writer beating to death the new angle “The Patriots are cheap and Bob Kraft is secretly running this team!”

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