Month: August 2017

Predators defeat Ducks to advance to first Stanley Cup Final

It took 18 years but the Predators have finally advanced to the NHL’s biggest stage: the Stanley Cup Final.

Nashville clinched a series victory in the Western Conference finals with a 6-3 win in Game 6 over Anaheim. Fittingly, tyhe Preds did it at home in Bridgestone Arena in front of a raucous crowd.

The Kings have a new backup goalie: Darcy Kuemper. The Kings announced the signing Saturday night (via the Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott); it’s a one-year, $650,000 deal. Kuemper, 27, played in 18 games for the Wild last season; he compiled a 3.13 GAA and a .902 save percentage.

Alexei Emelin has been traded to the Predators from the Golden Knights for a third-round draft pick, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

The 31-year-old defenseman is coming off a forgettable season in Montreal and was scooped up by Vegas in the expansion draft. From a roster standpoint, Emelin’s addition (and $4.1 million cap hit) doesn’t make much sense for the Predators, who now have eight NHL defenseman under contract. Could it be a precursor to something bigger?

Grubauer, who turns 26 in November, will be exposed by the Caps — barring a side deal, of course — because Braden Holtby is the the team’s star goalie of the present and foreseeable future. He’s a restricted free agent this summer, due a fair raise from his $750,000 base last year, coming off a season where he established career highs in appearances (24), victories (13), save percentage (.926) and shutouts (3). Grubauer also had a Good Site For Cheap Jerseys career-low 2.04 goals against average.
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Simply, Grubauer is ready to challenge for a No. 1 opportunity and Vegas likely is the team to give him that chance.

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NHL Draft 2017: Nolan Patrick tops list of first-round bloodlines

Nolan Patrick conducts himself less like the 18-year-old he is and more like the veteran he will be one day, which ultimately led the Philadelphia Flyers to select him second overall in the NHL Draft on Friday night.

Having a father and an uncle who played in the National Hockey League certainly prepared him for this moment.

Patrick was far from the only player selected in the first round Friday Cheap Zach Parise Wild Jerseys with NHL bloodlines. Consider the following, as per the National Hockey League public relations department:

Elias Pettersson (No. 5 overall, VAN): His brother, Emil, was selected 155th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2013 NHL Draft and spent the 2016-17 season in the Swedish Hockey League with Skelleftea and Vaxjo.

The Penguins have another power play, because that’s exactly what they need right now.

Pittsburgh still holds a commanding 5-0 lead at the end of the second period. But, there’s good news for Ottawa! The Senators gave up 75 percent fewer goals in the second period than they did in the first, and are one period closer to ending this beatdown. The Penguins have 27 shots on the goalie to Ottawa’s 19. That Design Cheap Jerseys number will need to go way, way up if the Senators even want to sniff a chance at winning.

“We have other things to do right away in regards to amateur scouting, pro meetings next week.” Botterill said. “But I’ll certainly begin getting into those discussions with different coach candidates. But I’d certainly like to have something in place by the draft.”

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NBA considers speeding up game endings to cater to ‘increasingly short attention spans’

The NBA is looking into speeding up NBA games, specifically in the final two minutes, to make sure games maintain their viewership.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday he would be willing to update the rules of the game, especially since younger viewers have increasingly short attention spans.

Silver said the league will look at how many timeouts each team is allotted in a game and in the final two minutes.

According to Silver, the NBA’s competition committee will look into the matter, then pass them to the league’s full board of owners.

Talk to people who work in NBA front offices, and that’s what you’ll hear. The Cavaliers set Bennett up for failure by placing the expectations of the No. 1 overall pick on his shoulders. But in a weak draft where, for the first time since 2006, no singular player or duo of prospects had established themselves as potential No. 1 overall picks, it wasn’t indefensible from their perspective to make him the first-ever top pick from Canada.

The Cavaliers, to varying degrees, considered as many as six players for the No. 1 overall pick that season: freshman Nerlens Noel, second-year players Alex Len, Otto Porter, and Ben McLemore, junior Victor Oladipo and Bennett. None of the Len, Noel or Bennett group could work out pre-draft due to Nike NFL Jerseys 2014 injury. Porter and Oladipo were considered lower ceiling prospects that would likely max out as solid starters — something that’s largely borne itself out thus far. McLemore tanked his draft stock after showing up to workouts overweight and unprepared. This was one of those cases where it was going to NBA Jerseys For Sale be difficult for the Cavs to win, regardless of their decision.

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Stephen Curry comfortable with his $44 million contract

Stephen Curry isn’t making the most money on his team, and that’s perfectly fine.

The Golden State star revealed Sunday it doesn’t bother him that he’s the fourth-highest paid player on the Warriors.

Thomas scored 13 of his 28 points during the victory in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning 19-footer with 2.4 seconds remaining. Earlier, as the Celtics led by as many as 20 points, Thomas taunted the Philips Arena crowd by repeating that Schroder “ain’t nothing.”

“I’m playing basketball. If he think that he got to curse at my mom or say some dumb stuff about my family, that has nothing to do with basketball, that’s his choice,” Schroder said then. “I’ve got too much class for that.”

The two have history dating to last year’s playoffs when Thomas hit Schroder Super Cheap Jerseys China in the head on a play in Boston’s Game 3 win.

When told of Schroder’s latest comments, Thomas said he exited the arena Pittsburgh Steelers Cheap Jerseys early and hadn’t heard of them until Sunday morning.

“It’s disrespectful to my character because I don’t ever go there,” he said. “And my mom called me that night, too, mad and saying, ‘Why would you?’ And she knows I don’t go there. Like I said, when it comes to basketball, it’s strictly basketball. It’s not about anybody’s family or anybody’s parents because I wouldn’t want them to do that to mine.”

Now, even at .500 and in the thick of the playoff race, the Bulls are a seething mess. They blew the one chance they had at giving Hoiberg a clean slate, last offseason, and now are trying to dig their way out of a hole. They’ve already banished Rajon Rondo, one of their top free-agent acquisitions this summer, from the rotation, and they are, according to Bleacher Report, making Jimmy Butler available in a trade ahead of next month’s deadline.

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NBA free agency rumors: Why Cavs signing Derrick Rose does (and doesn’t) make sense

The Cavs’ offseason has been, to use Kyrie Irving’s word, “peculiar.” While the rival Warriors reloaded by re-signing Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant and possibly improved by adding a few key role players (Nick Young, Omri Casspi and rookie Jordan Bell), the Cavs parted ways with general manager David Griffin and vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden and made few moves on the free-agent market (retaining Kyle Korver and adding Jose Calderon and Jeff Green).

It also will explore how to make the Grand Old Game more relevant to younger sports fans who might not watch baseball. Instead of reaching viewers through TV, the site wants to target them through their mobile phones.

“We’re kind of a learning point for Turner. We’re experimenting on the front lines — and bringing that intel back to them,” Yanarella said. “Seeing where we can combine that with a traditional broadcast.”

And so Griffin was shuttled out, followed by a half-baked plan to bring in popular former player Chauncey Billups to run the basketball outfit on a cheap contract. Billups turned that down, and the Cavaliers — the envy of the league a year ago — have looked to be short on competence since.

This does not preclude the Cavs from a championship run next year, though. They still have James, and they are still the favorites in the East. They were far more competitive in the last three games of this year’s finals series than the first two, giving some indication that they can play with Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys the Warriors. Golden State is just a strained hamstring or twisted ankle away from being vulnerable to Ravens Cheap Jerseys Cleveland in a seven-game series.

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