Morning Skate: Monday, April 2

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Morning Skate: Monday, April 2

The party has come to an end for the Winnipeg Jets as the playoff dream has died.

Yahoo! Sports Puck Daddy chats with Boston College standout, and New York Rangers draft pick, Chris Kreider after a great season with the Eagles.

Justin Bourne with his take on the PhillyPitt brawl, the greatness of Teemu Selanne and everything else happening right now in the world of the NHL.

Mike from Attleboro is looking forward to the Flyers and Penguins fighting their way to advancement in the playoffs after Sundays fireworks on NBC.

The big guns have gone silent for the Vancouver Canucks, but they still have a chance to win the Western Conference.

Zach Parise is still scheduled to be a free agent when the season ends, and the Bruins should still be very, very interested.

For something completely different:Ryan Leaf arrested again. This is not a recording. Just when you thought the former quarterback bust was all done misbehaving, he does it again.

Patriots release a pair from end of roster

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Patriots release a pair from end of roster

After importing a fleet of corners over the weekend, the Patriots released veteran Rashaan Melvin on Monday.

Melvin was claimed off waivers in October of last season as the Patriots were combing the league for cornerback depth. He’d been with the Ravens previously and was targeted repeatedly by Tom Brady in the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoff win. Soon after joining the Patriots, he was on the field against the Giants in Week 9 when Justin Coleman got injured. It didn’t go well as Eli Manning sought Melvin out and chewed him up.

The Patriots released Melvin in mid-December and then signed him back to their practice squad.

The Patriots drafted Cyrus Jones on Friday and reportedly added four more undrafted corners (the team hasn’t confirmed those agreements yet) so Melvin became expendable.

The Patriots also released linebacker James Vaughters, who they signed to a futures contract in January.

Red Sox President Sam Kennedy on the "State of the Sox"

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Red Sox President Sam Kennedy on the "State of the Sox"

In episode 9 of "The Baseball Show" podcast, Sean McAdam talks with Boston Red Sox Team President Sam Kennedy about a wide range of issues, including the pressure to win this season after two straight last place finishes, the long-term future of Fenway Park, increasing revenue with other events, and changing the schedule early in the season for more games played in better weather.

McAdam also talks about recent MLB suspensions for PED's of Chris Collabello of the Toronto Blue Jays and Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins. Should teams pay a penalty for their players' actions? Are suspensions too long?