The Patriots have just two wide receivers under contract for the 2012 season: Chad Ochocinco and Julian Edelman.
It's hard to believe the Patriots would bring back Ochocinco, who's due 3 million next season. And even if they re-sign Wes Welker, it's a position that figures to undergo a great deal of change. Will they draft a wideout? Sign a free-agent receiver? Trade for one?
NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest told the Boston Herald that if the Patriots could get their hands on free-agent-to-be Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, that might be a match that would work for both sides.
Wayne said he's open to the idea.
It came up in the conversation would Wayne ever want to play for the Patriots, McGinest told the Herald. He smiled and said, Who wouldnt want to play there?
If it could have worked with Chad (Ochocinco), it would have been good. It didnt. I just think (Tom Brady) has a lot of weapons, but he can always use that stretch-the-field receiver. When they had Randy (Moss) there, it really made it tough for teams to stop them. Reggie Wayne is somebody who could stretch the field. He has great hands, hes a professional who could pick up the system. Having another big-time receiver like that would put it over the top.
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BOSTON – The Bruins had to feel like things would go badly for them with both of their usual goaltenders on the shelf against the Minnesota Wild.
That’s exactly what happened with Malcolm Subban getting pulled in the second period for the second time in his two-start NHL career, and the Bruins ultimately falling by a 5-0 score to the Wild at TD Garden. Subban lasted a tad more than 30 minutes in this game, but looked shaky in allowing two goals in a span of 12 seconds to Minnesota as they took control early in the second period.
Weymouth native Charlie Coyle floated a spinning, surprise shot through the glove hand and leg pad of a slow-reacting Subban, and Chris Stewart followed by roofing a shot while all alone in front following the ensuing face-off.
Subban made a nice save on Marco Scandella to temporarily stop the bleeding, but was pulled from the game when Ryan Suter beat him low to the glove hand with a power play strike midway through the second. Subban was pulled after giving up the third goal of the night, and Zane McIntyre was ostensibly better even if he allowed a Jason Zucker deflected shot past him to give the Wild an insurmountable four goal cushion.
The Bruins tried to rally for something in the third period, but there wasn’t much going on after the shaky defense and subpar goaltending knocked all the wind right out of them. Jason Pominville scored late in the game on a rebound goal to round out the scoring. The scary part is that Tuesday night’s loss to the Wild represents the first of six games against worthy opponents that made the playoffs last season, and there’s no hint of when Tuukka Rask or Anton Khudobin might be ready to return.