Source: Report NHL lockout nearing end 'interesting, but not true'


Source: Report NHL lockout nearing end 'interesting, but not true'

From the everybody hopes that its true department:
WBZ sports anchor Steve Burton, seemingly out of left field, reported on Monday that a new CBA could be announced by the NHL as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday. According to Burton, owners and players have made great progress behind closed doors and it looks like the season will be salvaged, according to the @WBZsports twitter account. Burton also went with the report on the 6 p.m. telecast on WBZ-TV. checked in with a source and was told Burtons report was interesting, but not true. The source said it was the first they had heard of anything remotely close to that.
Similarly, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Sports Illustrated's Sarah Kwak that "not a single morsel" of the report was true.
But one interesting note about Burton: While hes not normally around the Bruins all that much during the season, he was the reporter who roke the news about Phil Kessel being diagnosed with testicular cancer during the 2006-07 season. So there is a small track record there for his having some unique insight into news breaking out of the Bruins camp. And keep in mind that WBZ's FM radio outlet, 98.5 The Sports Hub, is the Bruins' broadcast partner.

A group of players and six NHL owners are set to sit down for a meeting in New York City on Tuesday afternoon. Both NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr are stepping away from the bargaining table on Tuesday, and the hope is that some new blood can spark something.
NHL ownership from Boston, Pittsburgh, Calgary, Tampa Bay, Winnipeg and Toronto will be attending Tuesdays meeting, and reports indicate both Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews will be among the player representatives.

Every indication has been that the NHLPA is pursuing options for decertification and the NHL Board of Governors is set to schedule some kind of cancel date on the entire season during a scheduled Dec. 5 meeting. So news of an imminent deal is nothing short of shocking in all hockey circles.

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.