The Bruins and Jeff Hackett

The Bruins and Jeff Hackett manage to come up with a win against Hackett’s former teammates. Stephen Harris gives us the highlights with nice bulleted points. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell focuses on Hackett’s emotions in facing the Canadiens. Steve Conroy looks at the much maligned Martin LaPointe, who was feeling good after getting himself a goal last night. Joe McDonald was also impressed with Lapointe’s performance. Jim Greenidge profiles Brain Rolston, who netted three assists last night. Karen Guregian notes that Hacketts wasn’t the first Canadien to trade the red and blue for black and gold. Jackie MacMullan has more on Hackett’s conflicted emotions and feelings he still has for his old teammates. Steve Conroy also uses this theme, and has the the jokes Hackett was making about taking the Canadiens out to dinner Wednesday night and getting them liquored up while he drank water shots. Jon Hussey takes a look at rookie Kris Vernarsky getting his first NHL goal last night. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook focuses on Lapointe, and a Sean O’Donnell injury update. Harris’ notebook has more on O’Donnell and also has Mike O’Connell confident that the Bruins can sign up Hackett to a new contract.

Theo Epstein did a chat last night on the Sons of Sam Horn message board and the Boston Dirt Dogs web site. Click the link to see the transcript of the informative session. Gordon Edes & Nick Cafardo team up today for the daily Millar update. They get a quote from a Japanese team official who when asked if the Red Sox were making enemies in Japan, made a reference to the movie “You’ve got mail” and said he knows this is not personal, it’s just business. Jeff Horrigan thinks it could be a long time before this gets resolved. He also notes that Sox media relations guy Kevin Shea is having thumb surgery today, the interesting part is that he injured the thumb while officiating the Harvard-Boston University Beanpot game Monday. Joe McDonald catches up with Trot Nixon and Lou Merloni as the winter caravan pulls into Pawtucket. Alex Speier looks at the early days and goals of the Epstein administration.

Ok…who was the first to say the Vin Baker era would be an unmitigated disaster? Check out Bill Simmons’ ESPN column from July, shortly after the trade was made. Was he not dead on? Michael Gee though, is a day late to the Vin Baker party. He also asserts that the reason Glen Ordway trashes Baker and the Celtics so much is because “WEEI has a vested interest in the notion the Celtics are doomed. Rival WWZN has the Celts’ broadcasts, and the only chance that station has for survival is if the team becomes a hot item in these parts.” Right. Shira Springer tries to unwrap the mystery of Baker. Mark Murphy wonders what the odds are that Baker shows up for the flight to Seattle. Murphy’s article looks like he’s the prize student of the Jim Donaldson school of sentence structure. Tim Weisberg chimes in on Baker as well. Christopher Price looks at Celtic plans for the All Star Break. Lenny Megliola catches up with Rick Pitino crony Jersey Red. They talk about how 9/11 changed Pitino, they talk about his hair, and how Jersey says he will not allow Rick to take another NBA job. *sigh* I thought we had heard the last of Jersey Red…

Kevin Mannix chats with Terrell Buckley about the best coach he’s ever played for, Romeo Crennell.

Bill Griffith previews the NBA All star weekend on TNT. Jim Baker has another rant by Charles Barkley. I called in sick on my Metro column this week, look for it to return next week.

Not too much for sports on tonight. All Star stuff is on TNT at 8:00 and ESPN at 9:00.