Dan Shaughnessy

NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Podcast: Is Al Horford unfairly criticized?

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Podcast: Is Al Horford unfairly criticized?

1:26 - Tom E. Curran on his article about Bill Belichick and if he is listening to anybody anymore or receiving any pushback from his coaching staff. 

6:19 - Joe Haggerty discusses the Bruins getting the win over the Red Wings, thanks to another game-winning overtime goal from Brad Marchand.

10:21 - Dan Shaughnessy joins Boston Sports Tonight to debate if Al Horford has been unfairly criticized in Boston.

15:21 - Gary Tanguay and Lou Merloni talk about David Price’s comments on his expectations for the 2018 season, how much Alex Cora can change the team, and how J.D. Martinez compares to David Ortiz.

Alex Cora to interview for Red Sox managerial opening on Sunday

Alex Cora to interview for Red Sox managerial opening on Sunday

Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora will interview for the Red Sox managerial opening Sunday in New York with Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich has confirmed the interview. The news was first reported by Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy.

The Astros play the Yankees in Game 3 of the A.L. Championship Series on Monday and Sunday is a travel day for the teams.

Cora, 41, a former Red Sox infielder who was general manager of Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, has been a rumored candidate for the job since John Farrell was fired on Monday. He played 14 seasons in the major leagues, including 2005-08 under manager Terry Francona in Boston. The Tigers, Mets and Phillies are reportedly interested in Cora for their managerial openings. 

Former Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, ex-Sox outfielder and minor league manager Gabe Kapler are among the other rumored candidates. 

Read more on the Sox managerial search here from NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich.


Morning Skate: Sorry, Shaughnessy but young B's are on the rise


Morning Skate: Sorry, Shaughnessy but young B's are on the rise

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while appreciating that Brad Marchand is willing to say something is “an absolute joke.” There are not enough candid players in the NHL like good, ol' No. 63.

*So FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy writes that the Bruins are “a lowly number four nowadays” in the power rankings of the big four Boston sports teams. Certainly, Danny is technically correct in saying that the Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics are ahead of the Bruins in terms of the Boston pro sports zeitgeist and that they dominate the sports conversation.

But Shaughnessy points to the Bruins doing nothing to improve themselves last summer as some kind of reason behind their low position among the other Boston sports franchises, and that’s not really a factor. The problem right now is that the Bruins are extremely young and still a couple of years away from returning to true Stanley Cup contention as a result. 
Once Charlie McAvoy is a few years into his career, some of the other Bruins prospects are in the NHL for good and Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask are still at the back end of their prime, the Bruins will once again be a Cup contender that’s pushing their way back into the championship conversation that commands the attention of the Boston fan.

Would Shaughnessy have been more satisfied with the Bruins if they spent bad money on a big free-agent contract as they did with Matt Beleskey and David Backes in back-to-back years, or if they traded premium prospect Brandon Carlo for hired gun Matt Duchene? That would be the kind of “big splash” move that a bad management group would make to appease the casual fans that don’t truly understand what the B’s are going with their draft-and-development plan.

This Bruins outfit is still a playoff team while they’re building back to that Cup-worthy level. They were playing a much more exciting, entertaining brand of hockey once Bruce Cassidy replaced Claude Julien last winter. This isn’t a lowly team unworthy of the fans’ attention, or more importantly their sports dollar. This is much more about the all-time greatness of the New England Patriots, the deserved excitement for a Celtics team that is truly going for it after being in the Bruins current “building it back up” phase for the past few years and a playoff-level Red Sox team that really has no competition in the summertime.

This isn’t about what the Bruins aren’t doing right now. This is about what the Patriots and Celtics, and to a lesser degree the Red Sox, are doing right now. It's as simple as that in a local sports landscape that’s cyclical and constantly in motion.  

*What a great Facetime hit here from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ray Ferraro with Jay and Dan now that they’re thankfully back to their rightful home in Canada. The technical difficulties really make the whole thing come together.  

*Congrats to Jonathan Drouin for making a commitment to the city of Montreal that goes well beyond being a player for the Canadiens.

*Lots of prayers and well-wishes to Hingham, Mass., native and New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle after his stunning cancer diagnosis. Anybody that knows the Boyle family knows how courageous they are, and how much love and support that Brian will have at a time when he’s going to need every bit of it. I also included a link to a New York Post Q&A with Boyle where he talks a bit about his father’s miraculous battle with cancer as well.   

 *John Chayka is trying to bring with him a new chapter to the history of the Arizona Coyotes, but it’s seemingly always an uphill battle there.

*Nobody should have any problems with the contract extension handed out to Mikko Koivu by the Minnesota Wild.

*For something completely different: Are we seriously living in a world where the Juggalos are marching for their rights?