Whaaaat? The Bruins make a big move before the trading deadline? And it’s to *obtain* a player that can fill a huge hole for them down the stretch and in the playoffs? What kind of parallel universe were we in yesterday. Patriots getting some heat for letting Ted Washington get away and the Bruins making a move that could vault them into the conference elite? Kevin Paul Dupont has details of the deal that brings Sergei Gonchar. Stephen Harris says the addition of Gonchar is a big deal for the Bruins. Joe McDonald says the Bruins are now a major player. Michael Holley says its ok for Mike O’Connell to gloat over this move. Douglas Flynn says the Bruins are actually going for it. Karen Guregian says that this deal puts a bounce in the step of the entire Bruins team and organization. James Murphy says why stop with Gonchar? Dupont’s notebook looks at the possibility of more deals for the Bruins.
Michael Felger looks at the loss of Ted Washington to the Raiders and says Kevin Faulk is close to a new deal with the Patriots. Say goodbye, Kevin. (Sorry, Felger.) Felger raised the possibility of tampering by the Raiders, and Tom Curran looks at that aspect a bit more closely. Alan Greenberg says the loss of Washington leaves a huge hole in the Patriots defense. Michael Smith also addresses the loss of Washington, looks at destinations for Damien Woody, and reports that Roman Phifer has restructured his contract to a much more cap-friendly deal for the next two season. Good catch by Smith. Mike Reiss looks at who might replace Washington on the Patriots defense. Michael Parente also has a look at the situation.
Bob Ryan looks at yet another spring training for Johnny Pesky. David Hueschkel writes about Terry Francona, getting an early feel for his team. Tony Massarotti has a look at Jim Rice, who put up a monster 1978 season without the assistance of steroids or other enhancements, and how the current injected era pushes his remarkable accomplishments down. Nick Cafardo talks with sports attorney Harry Manion about the steroid issue. Lenny Megliola says that baseball will survive this steroid issue. Jeff Horrigan says that Johnny Damon and Gabe Kapler take the steroid talk personally. Steve Buckley has a pay column on one of his favorite subjects, former Sox minor leaguer Mike Spinelli, who was taking steroids in high school. Steven Krasner says the Sox have two open roster spots and 11 players trying to fill them. Bob Hohler looks at one of those hopefuls in Terry Shumpert. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Derek Lowe kicking off the spring training season today on the mound. The ProJo notebook looks at Johnny Pesky getting a field named after him. Hohler’s notebook looks at Manny talking about putting up a website to communicate with the fans. Hohler can’t tell if Manny is joking or serious about this idea.
Celtics links are over at Fox Sports Net, today Bill Simmons decides he should be running the team, and Mark Blount might be hightailing it out of here after the season. I don’t think the two items are related.
ESPN has Rangers/Bruins at 7:30. UPN38 (NESN outside Boston) has the Red Sox preseason opener against the Twins (who else?) at 7:00. TNT has Kings/Sixers at 7:30 and Pistons/Blazers at 10:00. FSN has BU/UNH hockey at 7:00. ESPN2 has college hoops.