Buckley: Sox players 'hypocrisy on parade'


Buckley: Sox players 'hypocrisy on parade'

Beer Gate. Chicken Gate. Unable to Act Your Age Gate. Scapegoat Gate.

Whatever you want to call it, it only came to light because someone told tales out of school. And the Red Sox players weren't too happy about it. Players took to task the "rat" that betrayed the confidence of the locker room.

Fast forward to 2012 and there seems to be an infestation in the same clubhouse. Only this time, it's the players talking behind their manager's back.

Steve Buckley doesn't mix words when he describes the situation that's playing out on Yawkey Way.

"It's hypocrisy on parade," says Buckley. "These players said they were upset about the so-called snitch in the clubhouse but now things are going bad, and if it's true that a player was running up the back stairs and god knows those back stairs have had a lot of use over the years going all the way back to the 1950s and 60s, but if you're a player on this team and you're ratting out your manager, what does that say about a team that complained about a snitch in it's own locker room last year."

Gary Tanguay is a little more cynical in his analysis.

"I've stopped holding baseball players to a high standard, I just realize that most are ego maniacal babies."

Going further, Tanguay puts his finger on the moment when it all went wrong.

"Bobby Valentine made it clear that he wasn't going to protect his players during spring training when he talked about Youkilis and called out Youkilis so these players feel 'our manager doesn't have our back, why should we have his?'"

Maybe the Sox didn't need to make a trade at the deadline. Maybe all they needed was an exterminator.

McQuaid on going in the NHL expansion draft: ‘I hope that’s not the case for me’

McQuaid on going in the NHL expansion draft: ‘I hope that’s not the case for me’

BOSTON – With the NHL expansion draft looming a couple of months in the future, it became much more of a reality for the Bruins this week now that the 2016-17 season is in the books.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney said on Thursday that he expects the Bruins to go the 7 (forwards) 3 (defensemen) 1 (goaltender) route protecting their roster from the June 21 expansion draft. That will still leave some useful roster players unprotected.


Atop that available expansion list for the Bruins will be potential names Malcolm Subban, Riley Nash, Jimmy Hayes and Adam McQuaid, who could be headed to Vegas. Asked about the topic at this week’s breakup day for the players, McQuaid expressed his hopes that he isn’t the one selected by the Vegas Golden Knights. The 30-year-old McQuaid stayed healthy enough to play in 77 games this season, and posted two goals and 10 points along with a plus-4 while serving in a top-four role pretty much all season as Torey Krug’s defensive partner.

McQuaid also brought the toughness and quiet leadership element with his willingness to always stand up for his teammates and go toe-to-toe with the toughest guys in the league when it was called for. His midseason heavyweight bout with Matt Martin was one of the most memorable moments of the season. It’s an element the Bruins would miss if he was taken in the expansion draft.  

“Well, I hope not. I never thought of it that way, to be honest with you. Obviously, the reality of the situation is they’re picking somebody from every team,” said McQuaid. “So, I hope that’s not the case for me. I’ve won here and I’ve always said how much I love it back here. I can’t imagine playing for another team. It’s totally out of my control, but hopefully that’s not the case.”

McQuaid is signed for $2.75 million for the next seasons and it was clear he was missed on the penalty kill once he went down injured in the first-round series against the Ottawa Senators. As for the entire expansion process, Sweeney said they are currently whittling down the protected list while required to protect Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and David Backes to start by virtue of the no-movement language in their contracts.

Other young players, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Frank Vatrano among others, don’t need to be protected either after completing this season with two years or less of pro hockey experience. One of the most difficult decisions will come down to protecting either 25-year-old Colin Miller or 28-year-old Kevan Miller as the third defensemen. 

Whichever one of those D-men is left unprotected would join McQuaid as the most likely player to be selected by Vegas GM George McPhee after he spent a decent amount of time scouting the Black and Gold this season to get an idea of which player he wanted.

Here’s our best guess at which players will end up being protected by the Bruins:

Forwards (7): Bergeron, Krejci, Backes, Pastrnak, Marchand, Beleskey and Spooner

Defensemen (3): Chara, Krug and Colin Miller

Goaltender (1): Rask 


Brady’s pre-draft Facebook post tries to provide some inspiration to picks

Brady’s pre-draft Facebook post tries to provide some inspiration to picks

Pick No. 199 in 2000 tried to provide a little inspiration to the next generation of NFL draftees before the first selection Thursday night. 

Remember: they can't measure heart. Whether you're picked first, last or not at all, YOU decide what happens next, every day. Good luck!!!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, April 27, 2017