Kraft: Progress is made, but much work remains


Kraft: Progress is made, but much work remains

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. So it's gotta be something if the owners and players are summitting privately as opposed to standing back-to-back with their arms folded over their chests. That was the point Patriots owner Robert Kraft made Thursday while meeting with media at Gillette Stadium following an event honoring community volunteers from around New England. Asked if the two sides are closer to resolving their differences now than March 11 when the lockout began, Kraft said, "I think so because we're talking now. We're making progress. But you know there's a lot of work to be done. This is a very hard deal with all the different variables . . . Sitting down and talking about the problems is a positive thing. But there's a lot of hard work still to be done. But the good news is, we're talking."Kraft at first smiled when asked how theinitially clandestine meetingsheld in Chicagolast week andLong Island this week had gone, "There were secret meetings?" he smirked.He then acknowledged, "We've been fortunate that we've had two rounds of talks and anytime principals are talking in any deal that's complicated or has some potential problems, I think that's a big plus. I'm happy that we're talking principal-to-principal. "We have the greatest game in America and a lot of people depending on this game, not just people working in this building -- service people, support people," Kraft added."I think on Sundays, it's part of Americana. People plan their day and we have to be very careful that we continue to enhance it. The fact we're continuing to talk is a very positive sign."

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Morning Skate: Predators kicking it into gear


Morning Skate: Predators kicking it into gear

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while anticpating the turkey leftovers, ready for the taking.
-- NHL referee Wes McCauley is at it again, this time going with a fun no-goal call after having some trouble with his microphone.
-- After getting humbled on Opening Night by the Bruins, the Nashville Predators are starting to get on a roll.

-- NBC Pro Hockey Talk has Kyle Turris excelling for the Predators, and Matt Duchene very much still stuck in neutral for the Ottawa Senators.

-- NHL stars go through their favorite traditions, and what they enjoy is a game that’s full of routine, superstition and tradition.
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ray Ferraro says “it looks rotten” with the Edmonton Oilers as they continue to struggle out of the starting gate.
-- Larry Brooks goes through an all-time ranking of the general managers for the New York Rangers, and it’s an illustrious list.

-- The Vegas Golden Knights could make the playoffs in their very first season, and are absolutely far ahead of expectations for a new expansion team.
-- For something completely different: Wild turkeys are making a major comeback in Massachusetts after being all but extinct here.

Belichick says there are more former Patriots throughout rest of NFL than other teams


Belichick says there are more former Patriots throughout rest of NFL than other teams

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will see some familiar faces Sunday when they play the Dolphins and former New England interior lineman Ted Larsen. 

Then again, a suddenly interesting Bill Belichick noted Friday, the Patriots are used to seeing their players of seasons past end up elsewhere. In his estimation, the Patriots see their former players stay in the league moreso than most other organizations. 

“There’s 70-something guys in the league like that that have been here and are playing for somebody else, or whatever the number is,” Belichick said when asked about facing Larsen. “It’s a lot. Seventy to 90, somewhere in there, depending on how you want to count the practice-squad players and today’s waiver wire vs. yesterday’s waiver wire. There’s a lot of guys out there. It’s one of the highest numbers in the league.”

Asked to clarify, Belichick responded, “I think we have more [former] players that are playing on other teams than other teams [do], or one of them. I don’t know if we’re the highest. We’re one of the highest; I can tell you that. We’re up there pretty high, but it depends on how you want to count them: starters, roster players, IR, practice squad. You can run the list that you run and count them up how you want to count them up, but we’d be up there pretty high.”

Belichick loosely estimated that there might be an average of three former Pats per team in the NFL. Of course, the actual number varies from team to team, with the Colts’ roster essentially looking like a Patriots museum. 
Interestingly enough, the question of the total number was explored this offseason by Pats Pulpit, who determined in May that there were 91 former Patriots on other rosters.