The Bruins get top billing in this morning’s links, but unfortunately, not for a win. After leading much of the night, the Bruins lost the lead and the game in the third period, falling to the Canadiens, 4-3. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has coach Mike Sullivan saying that his team was outworked and didn’t deserve to win last night. Stephen Harris says that the Bruins once again provided wonderful entertainment for the Montreal fans. Mike Loftus has a look at Brad Isbister, one of the first Bruins acquired this offseason. Harris has a short piece on Nick Boynton’s efforts to get up to speed after his holdout. Hubie McDonough in the Union Leader writes that the new rules implemented by the NHL and AHL are working out quite well thus far. Joe McDonald looks at Rhode Island native Joe Capuano, who is back in the league as an assistant with the Islanders. Burrell’s notebook reports on the possibility of Ray Bourque joining the Bruins as a consultant, not as an assistant coach. Harris’s notebook looks at Brian Leetch becoming only the seventh defenseman to reach 1000 points in a career. Loftus’ notebook has more on Boynton working his way into shape.
Both Michael Felger and Nick Cafardo look at the Patriots offseason moves from this year, noting that most of them have not worked out as well as some off-seasons of the past. Jim Donaldson tries to examine whether the Patriots glass is half empty or half full. Eric McHugh has more on Tedy Bruschi, who aims to play in the Patriots next game, October 30th against Buffalo. Cafardo’s notebook examines whether the Patriots will try to get Bruschi to sign a waiver, looks at the AFC East and what’s wrong with the defense.
Lenny Megliola looks at the point guard possibilities for the Celtics, noting that the votes are still being tabulated to determine the winner of this competition. Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics have no problem with the new dress code edict handed down by David Stern this week. Peter May reports on the slow recovery of Al Jefferson, whose absence has been the “one indisputable downer of Celtics training camp”. Bulpett tabs Delonte West as the early favorite to be the starter at point guard. Mike Fine has a look at Justin Reed, who is always looking to help out others on the court and off. He studies his opponents carefully, looking at how he might be able to stop them. Elizabeth Gudrais reports on Bob Cousy speaking at the University of Rhode Island last night, and lamenting the loss of gentility and lack of humility in sports. Fine also has a piece on Marcus Banks and what his absence means for the club. Bulpett’s notebook looks at Brian Scalabrine, trying too hard to fit in with his new club.
Jon Couture says that Theo Epstein is caught in a numbers game with the Red Sox. Chris Snow looks at the Astros efforts to reach that World Series that has eluded the franchise. Snow’s notebook looks at David Eckstein.
The New York Sports News page has the word that Joe Torre will be returning to the Yankees next season. The Bay Area Sports page has a number of stories of interest, a couple articles on Tedy Bruschi, word of Victor Conte heading to prison for a short sentence and long time A’s radio man Bill King passing way.
David Scott reports on Rob Bradford moving from the Lowell Sun over to the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune to fill the spot vacated by John Tomase. John Molori looks at NECN revamping the weekend edition of Sports Late Night with Mike Giardi.
I’ve updated some of the links in the sections to the left. If you click on the “New England Media Outlets” header, the dropdown now also contains a list of blogs run by mainstream media (MSM) outlets. The list is growing seemingly by the day.
Check below for some quotes from last night’s “Chronicle” on WCVB which profiled Sports Radio WEEI.
FSN has Celtics/Bulls at 7:30. FOX has Astros/Cardinals game 6 at 8:00.