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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  June 22, 2010 04:25 PM

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...as in you've got to be kidding me. First off, what are the odds that the son of NHL prince of punishment Colin Campbell, who angered the Bruins by failing to mete out justice on concussion artist Matt Cooke, would end up being a member of the Bruins? That happened today, as Gregory Campbell, Colin's boy, was shipped up to Boston by the Florida Panthers as part of the deal that brought big-ticket winger Nathan Horton to the Black and Gold.

That's strange enough, and I'd love to be there for the first meeting between the younger Campbell and Marc Savard, the victim of Cooke's blindside blast. But secondly, on the same day as Colin's Kid was traded to the Bruins Mr. Cooke got a new contract. The Penguins rewarded the wanton winger with a three-year contract extension. Sometimes the NHL is stranger than fiction.

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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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