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26-July-2010Posted by on
The Boston Bruins and restricted free agent Blake Wheeler have apparently reached an impasse in contract negotiations and it appears that the matter will have to be solved in the winger’s scheduled arbitration hearing Tuesday in Toronto.
Wheeler’s agent Matt Keator, e-mailing from Toronto on Monday morning, told ESPNBoston.com that Wheeler will be meeting him there later in the day to prepare for a hearing.
“I am in Toronto and Blake is flying in today,” Keator said. “I am anticipating arbitration tomorrow.”
If the two sides do indeed go to arbitration, the Bruins will have three options once the award is handed down: They can accept the award; they can accept and then buy out another player’s contract in a 48-hour buyout period granted to the team; or they can walk away from the award, making Wheeler an unrestricted free agent free to sign with any other NHL team.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has exercised the walk-away option before when he chose that route in 2006 when defenseman David Tanabe was awarded a $1.275 deal from an arbitrator. With the Bruins up tight against the cap, having just $12,229 to spend under the $59.4 million NHL salary cap, chances are Chiarelli will have to either trade a player or use the buyout option to accommodate whatever award Wheeler may receive. He could also deal Wheeler, but Keator told ESPNBoston.com last week that he didn’t expect that to happen.
“I don’t really know because that’s a question for the Bruins, but I wouldn’t think so,” Keator said. “He’s only 23 years old and has a bright future ahead of him. We’re not concerned about that. We know the cap situation and we know Peter [Chiarelli] is working hard to deal with it. But we can’t worry about it because it’s out of our control.”
Once this situation is resolved, it is expected that Chiarelli will shift his focus to signing rookie Tyler Seguin to his entry-level contract.
5-June-2010Posted by on
If you spend any time with me, you’ll know that I’m a Boston-boy through and through. I love my Sox and Pats and B’s and C’s. I think the world revolves around the Hub. And, because of that, I tend to be a tortured soul since I live on Long Island. I don’t tend to see what so great about New York or New Yorkers. I’ve even gone so far as to generalize all of them as wimps because New York was the only colony out of thirteen that abstained from the vote for independence. But, even I have to admit that life down here isn’t all bad. I have met some great people – shocker, some of them are even native New Yorkers! – and been to some very cool place. Northport, NY fits into that latter category.
I had always heard about little waterside town that can trace its farming and fishing roots back to the mid-1600’s from friends and colleagues. It was supposed to be this quaint little town on the Long Island Sound that was a great place for a stroll on a summer weekend afternoon. Up until recently, I had never had the chance to go. I finally got around to it on Memorial Day weekend and can say that I really enjoyed it. My wife and I packed up our twin girls and headed on up. The town itself is only about a twenty-minute drive from our house, but there are no main roads that go there. Perhaps that in and of itself is what has allowed Northport to maintain its rustic charm all these years.
We parked near the water and began to walk around – the harbor is right there and there’s a big grassy park area right near where all the boats come in and out. It’s a perfect people-watching area. We meandered through there, noting that it was one of the few places on Long Island that encouraged you to bring your dogs. When we finished taking in the scenery, we walked down Main Street. Shop after restaurant adorned the . Nothing was a chain – everything seemed to be owner-operated. We were lucky enough to find a swing set that our girls had a blast on. After that, we took a walk deeper into town and found a great ice cream place called Lics. Check out the write-up I did on EatingEverywhere.com about it. We strolled back to the park with our ice cream in hand and proceeded to spend about an hour in a shaded, grassy area just enjoying our time together.
Overall, our day in Northport was probably one of the top five days we’ve had as a family so far. I’m very much looking forward to going back and exploring more – some of those restaurants looked delicious!
27-May-2010Posted by on
The Orlando Magic have now taken two straight games – the latest a 113-92 drubbing – from the Boston Celtics. All of a sudden the previously assumed entrance of the 2009-10 Boston Celtics into the NBA Finals is not such a done deal. Boston fans are reeling after the Bruins major letdown after going up 3-0 in their playoff series…could the C’s be next?
Eye-opener: Is now the time for the Celtics to panic? – USA Today
Magic stays in the hunt by beating Celtics, 113-92 – LA Times
2010 NBA playoffs: Boston Celtics lose Game 5, but retain confidence – ESPN
Celtics’ Frontcourt and Momentum Are Shaken – NY Times
24-May-2010Posted by on
After a few hours of work, I imported all my posts from my old blog (it’s still up) on Blogger.com. The posts were moved here more for posterity than anything else. I have every intention of making this blog a place where I post a few times a week, if not more, about the things that are relevant to me – sports (mostly Boston-based), food/drink, and random events that occur over time. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the ride. And, if you do enjoy what I write here – tell your friends!