But Danny Woodhead really IS tiny

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But Danny Woodhead really IS tiny

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

A couple thoughts on the recent Danny Woodhead buzz:

There has been coverage overkill of New England's newest running back's diminutive size, it's true. Nobody is actually going to set a drink down on the guy's head because she's accidentally mistaken him for an end table. Not unless she has been shooting Mind Erasers at Daisy Buchanan's, but even in that case she will probably have tried to set her drink down on not just Woodhead but a barstool, toilet tank, or... air.

So I will acknowledge that there have been too many size similes thrown excitedly around. And then I'm going to add to the whole steaming pile. It's one thing to read articles about Woodhead and choke your Style Booklet in disgust, scoffing at the overwritten lines.... But come meet him sometime.

During the September 22 Patriots media scrum, one reporter grabbed another by a sleeve, "You've gotta' see this,'' the scribe said. The two of them tiptoed over to where Woodhead was being interviewed. The first reporter pointed, "Look,'' he whispered to his colleague, the way children point and whisper at sleeping kittens.

"Oooh,'' was the cooed response.

Such is the Woodhead effect. Among the Mike Wrights, the Gerard Warrens, and other enormous New England professional football players, Danny Woodhead looks like the kid who should be running around collecting jock straps in the locker room, not ducking NFL tackles on the gridiron.

The sight sincerely catches you off-guard.

And you won't find a plethora of tiny footballers on Boston's list of folk heroes, however long it appears to be. So have a little patience with the people whose job it is to cover this team. You can't really blame them when they pick Woodhead up by his little feet and bludgeon you to death with the pithy headlines and HOW AMAZING IT IS THAT SUCH A TINY PERSON MAKE SUCH GREAT BIG PLAYS.

I mean, the movie Rudy grossed almost 23M bucks. So, yeah. Give it time. The novelty will wear off eventually.

(Hilarious Photo via Sports Pickle)

Mary Paoletti can be reached at mpaoletti@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Mary on Twitter at http:twitter.comMary_Paoletti

Source: Bruins preparing offer sheet for Jets D-man Jacob Trouba

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Source: Bruins preparing offer sheet for Jets D-man Jacob Trouba

According to a hockey source, Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins “are preparing an offer sheet” this week for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba as an aggressive option to land a No. 1 defenseman after trades didn’t pan out at last weekend’s NHL Draft.

The Bruins have watched Trouba closely for some time, and clearly have an interest in the 22-year-old D-man with size, offensive abilities and a workhorse nature that’s seen him average more than 22 minutes of ice time per game since entering the league as a 19-year-old.

Trouba is coming off a six-goal, 21-point season while playing in 81 games for the Jets, and was a career-best plus-10 for Winnipeg. With Trouba a restricted free agent and the Jets locked into big money deals to fellow right shot D-men in Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers, the writing has been on the wall for some time that the Jets would need to give one of them up.

Now it appears the Bruins may be willing to put their money, and their assets, where their interest is, and come up with an offer sheet that totals a minimum of $47 million for Trouba’s services.

Part of that high total is crafting an offer that the Winnipeg Jets aren’t going to match, and part of that is the Bruins’ own doing while casually tossing away their own draft picks. Because they sent their 2017 third round pick to the Flyers for Zac Rinaldo and their 2017 second round pick to New Jersey for Lee Stempniak, the Bruins must put together an offer sheet with an average annual value (AAV) of at least $9.3 million that will require Boston to give up four consecutive first round picks as compensation.

The good news for the Bruins: for offer sheet purposes, AAV is determined by dividing the total compensation offered by the lesser of the length of the contract, or by five. For contracts longer than five years in term, this will result in a higher AAV than simply dividing the contract total by the number of years.

Example: a 7 year offer sheet worth $49 million total, would be considered an AAV of $9.8 million ($49 million divided by 5) for offer sheet compensation purposes. That means the Bruins could make an offer sheet to Trouba in the $7-8 million per season neighborhood on a seven year deal, a reasonable contract if Trouba turns into the No. 1 defenseman that the B’s are envisioning.

The real price for the Black and Gold would be surrendering four first round picks, but the Bruins have made five first round picks in the last two years while stockpiling their prospect cupboard. The B’s have also been hit-or-miss with their first round picks, so sacrificing a few of them for a surefire, young defenseman would theoretically be worth the price.

Clearly the offer sheet route is the product of Bruins’ frustration at being unable to broker a deal for Kevin Shattenkirk or Cam Fowler last weekend in Buffalo, and at the realization that they need a stud No. 1 defenseman in order to again be competitive in the Eastern Conference. Perhaps even the threat of an offer sheet could spur the Jets into dealing Trouba, just as the threat of an offer sheet pushed forward the trades of Dougie Hamilton and Brandon Saad last season. 

Dirty Water Media Bruins reporter James Murphy was also reporting the buzz that the B's are exploring their offer sheet option. 

Tomase: Red Sox are better than this but I have real concerns

Tomase: Red Sox are better than this but I have real concerns

John Tomase, Chris Gasper and Gary Tanguay discuss is the Boston Red Sox recent slump is more than just a slump and also when John Farrell needs to start worrying about his job security again.