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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  May 17, 2010 01:29 PM

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...That's what the Boston Bruins took out in the Sunday Globe to pay tribute to their loyal and heartbroken fans after the team became just the third in the history of hockey and fourth among the Big Four North American pro sports to blow a 3-0 series lead in a best-of-seven playoff series. Even worse the Bruins had a 3-0 lead in Game 7, only to lose 4-3.

The ad, which ran two days after the ignominy on ice at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers, said in all caps, THANK YOU TO THE GREATEST FANS IN HOCKEY FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT.

It's a classy gesture by the Bruins, but ultimately an ad isn't going to be able to placate an angry and fed-up fan base. The fans want to see a winner. So, the Bruins should be putting out an NHL help wanted ad this offseason.

I don't think the Bruins are that far away. They've found a franchise goalie in Tuukka Rask and they should pick up a franchise player in June's NHL Entry Draft with the No. 2 overall pick, which will be either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin. Hall, a high-scoring winger who has Bobby Orr as his agent, would be ideal.

But general manager Peter Chiarelli is going to have to make a bold move or two to show it's not the same old Black and Gold. One thought would be shopping Patrice Bergeron and his $4.75 million salary for some goal scoring.

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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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