Beckett: Varitek will be missed


Beckett: Varitek will be missed

On Friday, Tim Wakefield announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. Wakefield was a huge part of the Red Sox organization, having been with the team for 17 season.

But another player's retirement may come on the heels of Wakefield's.

It's pretty much understood that there won't be a spot for Jason Varitek on this season's Sox team. The Sox have offered him an invite to camp, but with nothing more than a non-guaranteed minor league contract. With that, there have been talks about when, not if, Varitek will part ways with the Sox -- retirement or not.

Varitek has been the captain of the Sox for some time now -- the eyes behind the plate to so many memorable pitching performances, including no-hitters, one-hitters, countless shutouts, postseason wins, and two World Series championships. He will be remembered by Red Sox Nation for what he once was as a player -- not for what he has become. And his teammates, like Josh Beckett, will really miss him.

"I don't think you're going to find anybody in there that's played with Vartek that's going to say they're not going to miss him," Beckett said. "And likewise for Tim Wakefield.

" if Tek doesn't come back he's going to be missed severely," Beckett said. "Both in the clubhouse and out in the field. For me, I won't say especially, but for me for sure."

Varitek has been Beckett's exclusive catcher since Beckett joined the team. Now, he has to find his comfort zone with Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

"I think a lot of it just goes with the dialogue that I'm having with a couple of the guys right now," Beckett said. "Salty's caught me a couple times, and we're kind of relaying things to each other what he's seeing. And that was something that Tek was so good at, just reinforcing something whether I knew it or if I didn't know it he would come out and tell me, 'Hey this is what you're doing, you're getting around the ball,' whatever, just trying to get those guys to see the same things that he saw."

Saltalamacchia may never be the game-caller that Varitek was, but there's no reason to believe he and Beckett can't get on the same page and make it work.

Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win


Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars where Patrice Bergeron scored two goals.

Patrice Bergeron scores 2, Bruins beat Stars, 6-3, to end winning trip

Patrice Bergeron scores 2, Bruins beat Stars, 6-3, to end winning trip

Patrice Bergeron had two goals and an assist as the Boston Bruins beat the Dallas Stars 6-3 Sunday, improving to 6-1 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy.

The Bruins completed a 3-1 road trip.

Stars captain Jamie Benn and Boston forward David Backes began fighting just 2 seconds into the game and drew major penalties. They have a history between - this was the first time they've faced each other this season, and it was the third straight year they've fought.

The Stars had tied the game in the second period after trailing 2-0. But Frank Vatrano and Bergeron scored on deflections 40 seconds apart in the second, and Bergeron added his 16th goal of the season in the third period.

Brad Marchand, David Krejci scored in the first period for the Bruins. Marchand had two assists and Torey Krug had three assists.

John Klingberg and Jiri Hudler had second-period goals for Dallas, and Tyler Seguin scored in the third.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had 33 saves.

Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves for Dallas. Three of Boston's goals came on deflections.

Vatrano deflected Kevan Miller's drive from the right point through traffic past Lehtonen to break a 2-2 tie in the second. Bergeron and Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn became tangled in front of Lehtonen on the Bruins' fourth goal.

Marchand scored from the left faceoff circle at 5:56 of the first period after taking a pass from behind the net from Bergeron.

Dallas made it 2-all on the first power play of the game. Hudler scored on a snap shot at 11:49 of the second.

Boston regained a two-goal lead less than 4 minutes later when Vatrano and Bergeron scored at 14:41 and 15:21.

NOTES: Dallas D Johnny Oduya returned after missing 15 games because of an ankle injury. . Miller and Dallas LW Curtis McKenzie also fought in the second period. . Marchand has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games. . Krejci has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games. . Krug has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in seven career games against the Stars. . Hudler has 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 14 career games vs. Boston. . The visiting team has won the last seven games between the teams, dating back to 2013-14.


Bruins: Begin a three-game homestand on Tuesday against Arizona.

Stars: Play the fourth of five straight home games vs. Pittsburgh on Tuesday.