Peppers For Sale?

2 03 2009


By: Brendan Tyman

With the earth shattering event over the weekend (the Patriots trading Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs), New England now has salary cap room and resources to make a big move. One name mentioned is Julius Peppers.

Peppers is an athletic freak. He is 6’7 and 270 pounds with a 4.68 40. After the Carolina Panthers were ousted in the NFC Divisional Playoffs, Peppers has stated that he wants to play for a 3-4 defense.

Bill Belichick has coached a 3-4 defense for a very long time. Columnists are reporting that Belichick could utilize Peppers like he did with Lawerence Taylor (perhaps the most dominant defensive player of all time).

The Pats will have to give up multiple picks and perhaps a proved commodity on their roster. They have three 2nd round picks and they just freed up $18 million in cap space.

It is not known if the Patriots will acquire Peppers, but these next 6 weeks leading up to the draft have just become more intriguing.


Overmathced Hurricanes Were Just What the Doctor Ordered

17 02 2009

By Jim Chandleybruins

The Bruins go into Carolina and end their 4-game losing skid.

Boston beats Carolina 5-1.  Goals came in bunches in the 3rd as the period started 2-1 Bruins.  Tim Thomas turned away 31 Hurricane shots as the Bruins fought hard in front of him for most of the game.

After a gutty 50 minutes, the flood gates opened for Boston.  David Krejci scored from Patrice Bergeron shorthanded at 16:12 in the 3rd.  Exactly a minute later, Zdeno Chara’s slap shot from the point on the power play was tipped in by Chuck Kobasew.  As time wound down, Patrice Bergeron stole the puck in the neutral zone and blew threw the Hurricanes to put in an empty net goal to finish the scoring.

The B’s will now spend 3 consecutive off days in Florida in preparation for their next game against the Panthers on Sunday.