NHL players 'cautiously optimistic', will resume meetings Wednesday


NHL players 'cautiously optimistic', will resume meetings Wednesday

There was no deal between the NHL and NHLPA on Tuesday night, but the long negotiation session which took place at an undisclosed location in New York City is a sign that the two sides are certainly looking to make it work.

At 9 p.m. ET, one NHL player inside that meeting said, "A deal won't be done tonight, but we're looking to have some traction."

When immediately asked just how much longer the meeting would last, that player said, "Probably, hopefully for a while. Nothing will get decided tonight though."

That meeting ended at approximately 10:45 p.m. ET, with no new CBA agreed upon. The two sides will resume talks sometime in the "late morning" on Wednesday, according to the player.

When asked where the two sides stand heading into those resumed talks on Wednesday, that player inside Tuesday's extended meeting said, "We are cautiously optimistic. Hope to keep the positive coming."

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner


Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.