The Bruins plugged in their new toys last night and came away with a 3-1 victory over a Rangers squad going in the opposite direction (selling off their toys) Ron Indrisano, Joe McDonald and Stephen Harris have the details from the Fleet. Kevin Paul Dupont says the changes on the Bruins are being very well received. Steve Conroy says that Sergei Gonchar is relieved to have been able to get off to a strong start with his new club. Dupont also has a look at the debut of Gonchar. Joe Gordon and McDonald look at Michael Nylander, who also made his Bruins’ debut last night. Douglas Flynn takes a look at the arrivals of the two ex-Capitals. Karen Guregian says that Mike O’Connell has done his job, now the players need to take it the rest of the way. Indrisano’s notebook has more on Nylander, Harris’ notebook also looks at the new second line center. McDonald’s notebook has more on Gonchar.
Michael Smith says that Damien Woody is just about signed sealed and delivered to the Detroit Lions. Smith was also the subject of some sniping between WWZN and WEEI during yesterday afternoon. With Michael Felger on the “Big Show”, Glenn Ordway and company decided to attack Smith for comments he made in yesterday’s article about a leak causing Ted Washington to leave the Patriots. Of course Smith did not mention Felger or the Herald by name, which is something that the ProJo’s Tom Curran did. But Curran didn’t catch any flak, mostly because he is a FSNE and WEEI guest. Thus it broke down to the petty dispute between WEEI and the Globe. The “Die Hards” on WWZN had Smith on, and had him try to counter the charges being made on WEEI. They said they had interns monitoring the 850 signal to relay to Smith what was being said. Silly stuff. Mike Reiss was the first to report that the Patriots and Kevin Faulk had agreed on a new deal, he has more details this morning. Tom Curran also has an update on Faulk. Smith’s notebook says the Patriots have made their annual foray into restricted free agency, signing Pittsburgh’s Rodney Bailey to an offer sheet. The 6-3, 300 lb Bailey is likely to stay in Pittsburgh, however as the Steelers will probably match the offer.
Bob Ryan talks with Mike Timlin about his career, pitching in Boston, and yes, game 7. The Sox opened up the exhibition schedule last night with a win against the Twins. Tony Massarotti says the Twins are hit hard by today’s economics. One who got away from them was David Ortiz, and he is the subject of a piece from Jeff Horrigan. Derek Lowe pitched two innings last night, Sean McAdam has a look at the performance of the Sox third starter and what he expects this year. David Heuschkel says Terry Francona is going to spend some time this spring batting Manny third and Nomar fourth to see how it works out. Bob Hohler talks with Nomar, who distrusts any MLB sponsored steroid tests. Gordon Edes has Gene Orza weighing in on the steroid issue. Horrigan’s notebook has more on the Manny/Nomar flip-flop, as does the notebook by Hohler. Krasner’s notebook also covers the same subject.
The Big Show did more of its favorite topic yesterday as well…talking about itself and the media. The subject was a post by Curt Schilling on SOSH, where he criticized the media, Greg Dickerson in particular, for comments he made on the air, and how the incident with Kevin Millar at batting practice was portrayed by the press as a whole. He mentioned how the media feels they have to make up stories. Ordway read all of Schilling’s post, despite the fact that Schilling has requested that the media not use any material he posts at SOSH. Pete Sheppard was of course indignant about Schilling and his way of doing things, and blustered on for a good amount of my drive home on the topic. Dickerson called in to defend himself, as he was the one targeted by Schilling after remarking on FSNE that “Schilling strikes me as a Schilling 1st team 2nd guy”.
Bill Griffith looks at reason why Pedro might not be talking to WEEI, and lines up some candidates for Bob Rodgers’ old job at NESN. John Howell also looks at the NESN situation. Dave Scott has a Friday editon of Scott’s Shots, including conversation with the good doctor Steinberg.
Celtics links are over at Fox Sports Net.
FSN has Celtics/Wizards at 7:30. ESPN has Mavs/Spurs at 8:00 and Nets/Warriors at 10:30.