B's home opener may be Jan. 21 matinee against Leafs


B's home opener may be Jan. 21 matinee against Leafs

While details are still being hashed out between the lawyers for both the NHL and the NHLPA as they put the CBA into a written memorandum of understanding form that will last for a 48-game regular season, the news about the upcoming Bruins schedule is beginning to firm up.
CBCs Elliotte Friedman reported on Sunday night that each of the 30 NHL teams have received a memo from the league indicated that training camp should open no earlier than Saturday and that the shortened 2013 regular season should kick off on Jan. 19. The shortened NHL training will be roughly seven days, with 3-5 invites from the Providence Bruinsjunior hockey. The only exhibition is likely to be a scrimmage against the P-Bruins toward the end of camp.
A couple of NHL players indicated that the paperwork likely wont be ready for NHLPA approval until Thursday, and that could keep them away from their regular NHL practice facilities until then.
As previously reported on numerous occasions, the 48-game regular season will consist of seven games against divisional opponents and home-and-home contests against each of the other 10 Eastern Conference opponents. There will likely be no cross-conference games during the shortened season, which should make for an interesting Stanley Cup Finals.
For the Bruins it would appear that the schedule will remain the same as it originally was for at least their first few games. The Black and Gold are expected to open their season playing the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Jan. 19 and will hold their home opener at the Garden against Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs in an MLK Day matinee on Jan. 21.
Despite all of the legalities surrounding the opening of the NHL season, Bruins president Cam Neely weighed in with a statement pointing toward the excitement of dropping the puck on NHL hockey at TD Garden.
We are all very excited that the NHL and the NHLPA have reached a tentative agreement, and we look forward to dropping the puck and playing Bruins hockey in front of our fans at the TD Garden soon, said Neely.

Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'


Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

If you're upset with the way the Red Sox have played recently, well, David Price understands.

But things, he vows, will get better. And he adds that it's only when you've been in the deepest valley that you can appreciate the highest mountain.

Or something like that . . .

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

After Eduardo Rodriguez's horrific performance Monday night against the Rays -- 11 hits and 9 earned runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings, leading to a 13-7 Red Sox loss to a team that entered the game riding an 11-game losing streak -- the Sox succumbed to the obvious and shipped him back to Pawtucket.  

And they got no argument from Sean McAdam.

"I think this is the right move," CSN's Red Sox Insider told Dalen Cuff on Monday night's SportsNet Central. "Because, clearly, the step forward that [Rodriguez] took, however small, last week was more than wiped out and (he) regressed this evening the way he pitched. And things have to be worked out, both in terms of execution and his approach . . . "

In six starts this season covering 29 1/3 innings -- less than five innings a start -- Rodriguez has been, in a word, awful. His 1-3 record is bad enough, but couple that with an 8.59 ERA, an opponents' batting average of .315, a WHIP of 1.74 and nine home runs allowed (a rate that projects out to about 45 homers allowed in a 150-inning season), and you can see why a change had to be made.

“The bottom line is, [Rodriguez] is capable of more," said manager John Farrell.

But now comes the next question: Who replaces him? And that, noted McAdam, has no easy answer.

"What it means for the rotation going forward is completely uncertain," McAdam told Cuff. "In fact, (Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski) told us that there was no corresponding move. Of course, because this turn doesn't come up in the rotation for another five days with the off-day Thursday, it's not anything they need to address (immediately). And in all likelihood, they'll probably get somebody to pitch out of the bullpen here until that turn comes up."

So the Sox get five days to ponder a problem that seems, in many ways unsolvable.

"[There] aren't a lot of good candidates internally," McAdam noted, "and it's unlikely there's going to be any sort of trade . . . in the next four days to fill that spot