Ottawa Senators acquire Viktor Stalberg from the Hurricanes

The Ottawa Senators weren¡¯t satisfied with just one deal this trade deadline. On Tuesday, it was announced that the Senators have acquired veteran winger Viktor Stalberg from the Hurricanes.

There¡¯s no reports out as of this writing about who might be involved in such a trade. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said on Monday that the market for goalies was pretty quiet, leading us to believe Marc-Andre Fleury might stay put in Pittsburgh.

Obviously things change quickly during trade deadline week!

Halak¡¯s $3.55 million contract is currently buried on the Islanders¡¯ books as he plays with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. New York stashed him down there earlier this season after a run of poor play and months of keeping three goalies (including Thomas Greiss and Jean-Fran?ois B¨¦rub¨¦) on their roster.
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Since then, Halak has gone 14-2-1 with a .933 save percentage and a 1.91 goals against average. The 31-year-old has one year remaining on his contract after this season.

The Big East and Big Ten provide seven teams each, with the latter suddenly having a shot at eight. An Illinois squad that¡¯s 16-12 against Division I opposition and 7-9 in conference play is suddenly 57th in the RPI with four top-50 wins.

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Michigan lost 42 seniors from last season¡¯s team, 17 of which were starters, and 10 of which were starters on defense. That is a lot, and the mass exodus of Michigan¡¯s roster is a sneaky subplot of the Wolverines offseason.

Michigan¡¯s rival, the Spartans, followed up a Playoff berth in 2015 with a 3-9 2016. That wasn¡¯t great, but it was largely because the Spartans were devoid of returning production, ranking 122nd in the nation before 2016. That included losing quarterback Connor Cook and offensive tackle Jack Conklin.

Where have you gone, LeSean McCoy?

McCoy has not had any help from a ravaged offense line, but even when plays were available to be made in space, he struggled to take advantage. McCoy has fallen well short of 100 total yards two weeks in a row. On Sunday, he wasn’t even close to the mark, gaining 17 yards on 10 touches.

Kids Justin Coleman Jersey We know McCoy is an elite talent and competitor. At the moment, however, it appears that the offensive line’s struggles have had a demoralizing effect on the running back, and perhaps the rest of the Eagles’ offense.
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The Bucs rookie exited Sunday’s surprise win over Pittsburgh in the third quarter after suffering a groin injury when sprinting down the sideline. Given that groin injuries are prone to aggravation if tested before having healed 100 percent, Evans will likely be eased back into action slowly, making his status for next week’s game at New Orleans a legitimate concern.

I was so sad to see Mike Evans go down with the groin injury. He was really stepping up for the struggling V-Jax and you could see the makings of a playmaker for the Buccaneers. Then, as Buc Luck would have it, he pulled up lame on a deep pass (that led to Glennon’s only interception) and was lost for the rest of the contest.

Let’s hope it’s not serious and it won’t cost Evans a significant amount of time. The Bucs need him if they hope to sustain some success the rest of the way.
Evans, 21, accumulated huge numbers during his sophomore season at Texas A&M in 2013, as he finished the season with 69 receptions for 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns before entering the 2014 NFL Draft. Through four games in 2014, Evans leads the Buccaneers in receiving with 17 receptions for 203 yards.

The Buccaneers will face the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens before a Week 7 bye. With Evans out of the lineup, the team will likely rely on Louis Murphy to start in his place. Murphy has six receptions this season for 99 yards.

Trailblazing quarterback Bernie Custis dies at 88

Decades before the NFL embraced African-American quarterbacks, Bernie Custis became the first in pro football in 1951 as the starter for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL. On Thursday, Custis died at the age of 88.

“Trailblazers are rightly remembered for being the first,” CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge said, via the Associated Press. “Bernie Custis, the first black professional quarterback in the modern era starting with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1951, should be revered as well for being one of our best. A world-class athlete, he excelled both as a quarterback and a running back. A tremendous leader, he was a successful coach who had a positive impact on countless young lives. A true gentleman, he brought honor to our game and our league, and provided us with a role model to emulate.”

The Browns made Custis the sixth overall pick of the 1951 draft. But Cleveland wanted to make him a safety, and Custis wanted to play quarterback. So he went to Canada.

Custis, who played college football at Syracuse and roomed with Al Davis, became a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1994.

After his playing career ended, Custis spent 31 years in coaching at various levels.

The Panthers, who pulled the franchise tag from cornerback Josh Norman and watched him go to Washington, were given the 98th pick. The Ravens (annually among the league leaders in comp picks) were 99th, followed by the Rams. The Broncos, Seahawks, Browns, Chiefs, Steelers, Seahawks again and the Jets also added third-round comp picks.

Anyway, the Falcons receiver was then asked if the extended halftime was something that his team could’ve prepared for or worked on at practice in the days leading up to the game.

Sports agent Rob Pelinka has an agreement in principle to become the next general manager of the Lakers

Major League Baseball intends to give the players’ association the required one-year advance notice that could allow management to unilaterally change the strike zone, install pitch clocks and limit trips to the pitcher’s mound starting in 2018.
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Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Tuesday after union head Tony Clark said last weekend he did not foresee players agreeing to proposed changes for 2017. Under baseball’s labor contract, management can alter playing rules only with agreement from the union — unless it gives one year’s notice. With the one year of notice, management can make changes on its own.

Sports agent Rob Pelinka has an agreement in principle to become the next general manager of the Lakers, sources told ESPN. Pelinka will divest himself from his clients at Landmark Sports agency, which he owns along with Kobe Bryant.

One of those clients, Eric Gordon of the Rockets, said the agent has told him and two other clients, fellow Houston players Trevor Ariza and James Harden, that Pelinka will be the next general manager of the Lakers.

“We’re kinda surprised,” Gordon said. “It kinda happened quickly.”

The blueprint for the agent-to-front-office transition was established by current Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers.

At 19-39, the rebuilding Lakers have the NBA’s third-worst record and the second-worst record in the Western Conference. They’re coming off a franchise-worst 17-65 season and have missed the playoffs for three straight seasons, the longest postseason drought in franchise history.
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Jerick McKinnon led all running backs by a wide margin with 32 reps of 225 pounds

Jason Thompson Womens Jersey Rewatching the tape, I couldn’t help but notice that he always seemed to get caught from behind on long passes — seriously, scroll back up and watch the the plays up top. He does have decent speed, that much is for sure watching him play. At the same time, I’m also pretty sure he doesn’t have elite top-end speed, at least not on the field. He is probably a guy with a 40 time around 4.5-plus, which, functionally, is OK in my book, just not top-notch. The type of receiver that gets picked in the top half of the first round with that kind of 40 time should be at least 6’3 with damn near a 35-inch vertical or better.

Last year, Jerick McKinnon led all running backs by a wide margin with 32 reps of 225 pounds. The next-highest was Bishop Sankey with 26 reps, while De’Anthony Thomas came in last with just eight reps. This year, the top player was Joey Iosefa out of Hawaii, who put up 30 reps. Like last year, the next-highest player had 26 reps, courtesy of Michael Dyer from Louisville. USC’s Javorius Allen and Missouri’s Marcus Murray brought up the rear with 11 reps each.
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The bench press at the NFL Combine tasks players to put up as many reps of 225 pounds as they can. It’s an exercise that means an awful lot for offensive and defensive linemen, but isn’t necessarily the most important measure of ability for other positions. However, scouts like having the information and most of the available running backs took part this year.

Below, we’ve got full results for the running backs who took part on Friday:

Alot of folks are allready calling this guy JaMarcus Mariota. This guys fresh off getting his name etched into a trophy which is ironic twist because in realty hes got bust written all over him. Mariota’s game might of worked when hes playing with high caliber athletes in a good offense lke in Oregon, but this is the Titans were talking about. You dont enter a NASCAR into a footrace.

Mullet makeover: What LeBron James, Tom Brady and Tiger Woods would look like with Jaromir Jagr hair

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On Wednesday, Feb. 15, as we celebrate Jaromir Jagr’s 45th birthday, we are going to great lengths to honor the man, the myth and the mullet. When he broke into the league with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990-91, the kid from Kladno had tremendous talents, sick skills and luscious locks. And even as he toils all these years later for the Florida Panthers — his eighth NHL team — there’s no denying his influence on generations of hockey players around the world.

Which got us wondering: What would the sports world look like if his reach had extended beyond the frozen fields? What would key athletes look like after getting Jagr bombed — getting their very own mullet makeover?

The Astros have a brilliant young core in Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer and Alex Bregman, a foursome similar in ability to Bryant, Rizzo, Addison Russell and Javier Baez. I love Correa as a potential MVP candidate and Bregman as a breakout star. They’ve added Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann to provide that much-needed veteran knowledge and presence.

Now that the Cubs finally have their title, maybe — just maybe — 2017 will be the year that the Lone Star State is home to its first World Series parade.

The Rangers lost that World Series in 2011, and the one the year before. They’ve lost in the first round the past two postseasons. Since 2010, only the Cardinals and Yankees have won more games. The Rangers’ window might be closing. Adrian Beltre can’t play forever, at least at the level he’s still at. Yu Darvish is a free agent after the season. Cole Hamels has more than 2,000 innings of mileage on his arm. They’ve filled out the roster with several one-year gambles, including Napoli.

Kids DeAndre Levy Jersey Heck, the state of Texas has seen more than 110 seasons of major league baseball without a World Series championship. The Rangers were one strike away in 2011, one fly ball that was inches from being caught. The Padres, Brewers, Mariners, Rockies, Nationals and Rays also are all title-less and all share this pain, but maybe — just maybe — this is the year the Lone Star State sees its first World Series parade.

There’s no easy fix for the Texans until Osweiler’s contract becomes much easier to part ways with in the 2018 offseason.

Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler could be options, but they won’t be cheap. Even longtime backup quarterback Chase Daniel — who was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles to stay in that role — received a three-year, $21 million deal in free agency in 2016. It won’t be any cheaper to sign a player like Kaepernick or Cutler who will have a chance to compete for a starting role in 2017.

It would be even worse to try to acquire a quarterback like Tony Romo, who is set to count $24.7 million against the Dallas Cowboys’ salary cap in 2017 and is a likely offseason trade commodity. Even though the Texans have strong odds to become Romo’s new team, he could take a reduced contract and it could still launch the Texans’ total cap number at the position to close to $40 million.

There’s no easy fix for the Texans until Osweiler’s contract becomes much easier to part ways with in the 2018 offseason.

Unless there’s a stunning turnaround for the 26-year-old Osweiler, or Savage steps up in a big way in 2017, or the Texans strike gold with a rookie in 2017, Houston is stuck with a problem that will be expensive to solve.

And I think it’s funny because I’ve got no respect for him for that, and I’m gonna publicly say it. You can tweet it. You can read it. You can do whatever you want with it. But Twitter got him in trouble, and he earned it, and I’m surprised ESPN would let somebody say something like that, that works for them. That’s off my chest now. Another one for Twitter. Another one for Twitter.

But Danny owes our fans and our students an apology, and I probably won’t get it. But I’ve always gotten along with Dan, but, as you know, it seems like this year, a lot of people have been mad at me. But I would’ve loved to get in that Izzone and join those chants if I was on Twitter. Thank God I’m not. Thank God some of my friends are. So, there’s the commercial today, and now we’ll get back to the game.

Blues players, management share blame for the ‘mess’ that led to Ken Hitchcock’s firing

Ken Hitchcock is no longer the head coach of the St. Louis Blues. That was an inevitability, but the fact that it came to fruition in January and not June speaks to the message St. Louis management is sending to its players.

That¡¯s the sentiment felt after general manager Doug Armstrong spoke with the media on Wednesday morning following the firing of Hitchcock and the promotion of Mike Yeo to head coach.

Troock, a fifth-round pick from 2012, has also bounced between the AHL and ECHL this season.

Here is the official release from the team:

FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired goaltender Justin Peters and defenseman Justin Hache from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forwards Brendan Ranford and Branden Troock.

Peters, 30, has split the 2016-17 season between Arizona and the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League (AHL). The goaltender appeared in three NHL games with Arizona, posting a 0-1-0 record with a 3.16 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. Peters also logged a 5-6-0 record with a 4.17 GAA and a .868 SV% in 12 AHL appearances with Tuscon.

Elite Womens David Robertson Jersey Peters has posted a 3.08 GAA and a .901 SV% with three shutouts in 83 career NHL games with Carolina, Washington and Arizona. The netminder has also appeared in 270 career AHL games, posting a 2.81 GAA, a .906 SV% and 15 shutouts with Albany, Charlotte, Hershey and Tucson.
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The 6-foot-1, 210-pound native of Blyth, Ont. was originally selected by Carolina in the second round (38th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft.

The Bengals prefer to draft and groom their players rather than go the free agency route.

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Remmers did an admirable job moving from right to left tackle for the final 13 games after Michael Oher was diagnosed with a concussion. He also gave up nine sacks and 49 quarterback pressures and was penalized 15 times. This is where it gets dicey. The Panthers want to upgrade their talent at tackle, particularly with uncertainty around Oher’s condition. Adding Minnesota tackle Matt Kalil, the brother of Carolina center Ryan Kalil, makes sense.

If Oher comes back, then he could move to the right side, where Daryl Williams failed to make the position his after replacing Remmers. Paying Remmers a high salary that he likely will demand would put a lot of salary-cap space at one position, particularly if another team is willing to offer Remmers left-tackle money. Much here depends on Oher’s improvement over the next few months.

The Bengals prefer to draft and groom their players rather than go the free agency route.

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been a solid player in Philadelphia for five seasons. However, the Eagles could look to trade the 26-year-old over the offseason, according to the Philly Voice.

Teams around the league should have interest in Kendricks. The veteran linebacker will count for $6.6 million against Philadelphia’s salary cap next season. But the Eagles can save $1.8M if they decide to release or trade him. He would also count for $4.8M in dead money.

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Sources also expect Philadelphia to free up cap space in order to be active in free agency. In five seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, Kendricks racked up 381 tackles, 12 sacks, six forced fumbles, and three interceptions.

The Cowboys chose Smith with the 34th pick

The hiring of Kyle Shanahan as coach of the San Francisco 49ers concludes what turned out to be a fast NFL coach-hiring season.

In the coming weeks, new coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch must form their coaching staff, find the right fit at QB and prepare for the NFL draft.

The youngest head coach in NFL history will have one of the most successful and well-traveled defensive coordinators on his Rams staff.

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Jaromir Jagr Kids Jersey Smith spent his rookie year on the non-football injury list as he rehabbed, but by the end of the season he said he was getting his “4.4 speed back.” He also said he would be on the field in 2017, which the Cowboys believe as well.

The nerve is beginning to show signs of life, but he continues to wear the brace on his foot for support. And, yes, he can wear the brace to play but the hope is the nerve re-fires fully and he will not need it.

The Cowboys chose Smith with the 34th pick, surprising many because of the doubts of a comeback due to the nerve damage, but this video offers more tangible hope to those waiting to see what he can do in 2017.

It was a man-to-man game with free safety and it was an outside run game. We didn’t do a great job at either one of them, but it declared early and we played it from there.”