Bruins Stock Up, Celtics Back In Action

The Bruins made a pair of minor trades yesterday, getting old friend Brian Rolston from the Islanders along with former Boston College star Mike Mottau, and also getting defenseman Greg Zanon from Minnesota.

The moves add depth and experience to specific roles, and we about the best that could be done without sacrificing top prospect Dougie Hamilton. Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins are a better team this morning.

In going over the moves yesterday, Michael Felger asked Joe Haggerty what there was to bash the Bruins about. (Maybe he said “bitch about” – I can’t remember exactly.) After needed to think a few seconds about it, Haggerty replied that if anything, it could be that GM Peter Chiarelli didn’t have the chips to make a really major move, but that would be stretching things.

A caller later asked why Felger was looking for things to bash the Bruins about, and suddenly everyone got really sensitive about the topic. Felger insisted he wasn’t looking to bash the Bruins, but he was just asking what the Bruins could be bashed about.

OK.

Then Massarotti piped in “These things always get TWISTED, Mike.”

Yeah, twisted. How so, exactly?

Then again this morning the episode was raised, and for some reason Fred Toucher felt the need to clarify Felger was being tongue-in-cheek about it. Why so sensitive? It’s OK if Felger is looking for things to bash a team about. It’s his M.O.

Felger and Mazz then spent the rest of the show bashing Josh Beckett, another favorite topic of Felger’s. Like most hosts, Felger has a number of “fallback topics.” Beckett is one. The Patriots drafting is another. The NBA/Celtics suck is one, and the Cap is Crap is a tried and true topic as well.

Meanwhile, Felger’s favorite model of NFL team building, the New York Jets continue to be in cap hell, as now Bart Scott, who is supposed to be the Rex Ryan mouthpiece and advocate, is seeking a trade, but the Jets likely can’t get one, since his $4.2 million dollar salary is guaranteed – a move done last offseason when the Jets were frantically trying to move cap space around to make a failed run at Nnamdi Asomugha. And oh yeah, the Pittsburgh Steelers could likely lose Mike Wallace described by Bill Barnwell as possibly the next Jerry Rice or Randy Moss, because of their own cap hell.

But remember – The Cap is Crap.

An aside – Tom E Curran seems to view things the same way:

I don’t get this about Felger. He’s smart, he can discuss topics intelligently, but too often falls back into whatever is going to stir people up, even it if makes him look dumb.

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Meanwhile, the Celtics are set to begin the post-All Star Break portion of their schedule, and hope to welcome back Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox tonight in Cleveland. Kevin Garnett apparently had some strong words for his teammates before the break, we’ll see if the response is here.

The Celtics will be a very interesting team to follow here over the next couple of weeks, as we watch whether they make any moves, and what the moves will be. Does Danny Ainge hold a firesale, hoping to piling up some picks, and take on more expiring contracts, or does he make a bold move in an effort to try and salvage a final run here?

There have been rumors about Rajon Rondo again, (one involves Pau Gasol) and this morning there is word that the Celtics are interested in Michael Beasley. (Jon Wallach on 98.5 this morning said how Beasley has been with 4 or 5 different teams already in his career. He’s played for two.)

Any Rondo deal would be made with the idea of making a run this season, I find the Gasol idea far-fetched, but intriguing. Would they go with Avery Bradley as the point guard? He’s had his moments this season, turning into a dynamic, on-the-ball defender, and making enough jump shots to keep defenses honest.It would be a lot to ask of him, however, and you would expect a veteran PG to be brought in. I still find it tough to believe that Rondo would be dealt, unless Ainge and Rivers feel they need to cut ties, and perhaps make a run at Deron Williams in the offseason. That also seems a longshot.

The Celtics biggest problem this season has been injuries. If they think they can work to get healthy and sneak into the playoffs with the current roster and perhaps a tweak or two, that might be the best option. They’ve shown flashes, but really need a completely healthy roster and a lot of luck in order to have a chance to do anything.

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Word came out late yesterday afternoon that Jason Varitek is expected to retire on Thursday. We can expect plenty of retrospectives and platitudes about the catcher in the days to come, and a couple are out already:

Jason Varitek and the trade that changed a franchise – Alex Speier.

An example of why Varitek was a man of respect – Danny Picard.

What Varitek has meant to Red Sox – Gordon Edes (video)

2011 still lingers, and isn’t going away anytime soon. Michael Silverman says that it isn’t the fans or media that won’t let go, it is the players. Steve Buckley says that this team needs to play game, quickly.

Nick Punto looks ahead, behind – Gordon Edes has the backup infielder in familiar surroundings and hoping to play his way into a bigger role.

There’s a catch with Welker, Patriots – Greg A Bedard looks at where things stand on the Patriots roster.

  • Angry Old Bastard

    "2011 still lingers, and isn’t going away anytime soon"….you got that right. Turned on D&C 3 different times this morning about an hour apart. (like a bad car accident, don't wanna see can't help but look) …each time they were obsessing over who the, "snitch is the clubhouse" was….funny about this Sports talk radio stuff, they never really talk about sports…

    • bsmfan

      Enter text right here!I had them on in the car and was switching back-and-forth with M+M.

      The first 20 minutes and throughout the show was making fun of Danica and the "wreck" the Daytona 500 was last night. (If you missed the crash into the Jet Dry truck, you should see it: http://www.sportsgrid.com/nascar/juan-pablo-monto… ) Given their track record with this type of stuff, it wouldn't make a "women's rights"-type happy. Sports talk isn't exactly aimed at them but if you wanted the #1 source for every "women can't drive joke", D+C were your place to be.

      They also spent some type making jabs at Pizzuti with all of the success going out outside of the Sox when it comes to FSV or NESV (whatever it is). Now, while I don't blame them here and it seems like this is part of the PR plan, they're at the point of sounding almost like Felger. Can't see the brass being happy about that if they're this obsessed with their image.

      I thought D&C was about to launch a contest for readers to discover who the leak was via armchair detective work. Isn't this a big about face from before? On another post, Bruce did bring up how Felger made the most noise here and now everyone is suddenly on that side. Felger's job got easier because now everyone is copying him, including on other stations that each other will not acknowledge, but can sit back knowing he was the impetus behind it.

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      Wiggens is talking hockey on SportsHub now.. wow.. ouch.. Why? He has never watched hockey before being required to if you live here and work in the media. He's constantly pushing this "WiggyWear" stuff that sounds like the promotional garb they push at clubs. And, some company still puts up money to pay for his sponsorship that makes 0 sense. I'll also reiterate my point on him having a serious presentation problem when it comes to articulating points that makes it a difficult listen.

      • latetodinner

        On Wiggins presentation point are you referring to his inability to speak English clearly?

        • bsmfan

          That's part of it. One could also say it's an indirect way of saying a person is stupid, which it is not. It is hard, for me, to listen because he doesn't have the voice nor delivery that articulates points well, and when he does make points on things like hockey, they're either some cliche, whatever is on the blogs/ESPN and nothing original. His command on the English language is also far from stellar. And, maybe it's just being some intellectual snob, but, to me, if you're going to be on the air, you need to have this.

          If the original intent of having him there is due to his NFL experience, right? Then why is he still on now that the NFL is in dormant mode until August? Could it be a similar experiment/venture as WEEI tried having barstool on before BradyBabyGate?

          Furthermore, their medium is radio (taking out the simulcast part). On radio, all you have is your voice. If you can't command part of the language you talk in, let alone manifest points properly, how does it work out well for radio?

          Maybe a better way would be to relate it to John Henry speaking in public. Few would disagree that he's a smart guy who clearly is great at making money. Put him in-front of a mic? Clearly not one of his strengths. That's why you hire someone to do this for you, which he has a whole team for.

  • bsmfan

    So, the "cap jail" call was the "Final Word" on F+M. I thought it was hilarious. As I said before, I've suggested now, twice, that F+M get on Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) who is one of the best experts on this subject. Still have not got him on. It's sad because Felger normally "admits" his mistakes but this is one where an entire mantra of his radio fandom would be destroyed. Curran, in his article, takes a pretty big hit at Felger on this.

  • Joe Quimby

    Not that it matters much to the point of the post but just for accuracy’s sake, the Bill Barnwell piece on Mike Wallace was supposed to be written from the point-of-view of an agent pitching his skills to teams that may want to sign him. It’s explained right at the start of the column.