NHL Off-Season Primer: Expansion draft, trade candidates, draft intrigue

After the Stanley Cup was handed out last season, we soon started on an off-season full of movement — including 23 of the most exciting minutes we’ve ever seen in the NHL. In that 23-minute span, Taylor Hall and P.K. Subban were traded and UFA-to-be Steven Stamkos re-signed with the Lightning before he ever did hit the open market. No one was predicting any of these moves, let alone all three happening in quick succession one afternoon. if ( “1” == true ) { var so = {preroll:{1:{1:{siteID:191888},2:{siteID:191889}}}}; adServerUrl = window.getIndexAds( ‘http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ads?sz=640×360&iu=%2F7326%2Frogers.broadcast%2FSportsNet.Sportsnet%2FVideo&ciu_szs=300×250&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=vast&unviewed_position_start=1&ad_rule=1&vid=5172063403001&cmsid=384’, so, permalink); } else { adServerUrl = “http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ads?sz=640×360&iu=%2F7326%2Frogers.broadcast%2FSportsNet.Sportsnet%2FVideo&ciu_szs=300×250&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=vast&unviewed_position_start=1&ad_rule=1&vid=5172063403001&cmsid=384”; } $el.after( unescape(“%3Cscript src=”” + (document.location.protocol == “https:” ? “https://sb”… Read More

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KHL cuts team and reveals 6-month salary delays

MOSCOW — The Kontinental Hockey League has cut a Russian team as it tries to fix worsening financial problems, including debts to league players of over $17 million. KHL president Dmitry Chernyshenko says the league is removing the Metallurg Novokuznetsk team, which had a 14-46 record and small crowds this season, as it bids to become leaner and more commercially successful. Croatian team Medvescak Zagreb said in March it would withdraw to join the Austrian-based EBEL league. Chernyshenko says the KHL — widely considered the world’s strongest league outside the NHL — has been hit by “unprecedented” wage delays to players totaling over 1 billion rubles ($17.7 million). Seven of… Read More

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Orioles release OF Michael Bourn, making him a free agent

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles have released outfielder Michael Bourn from his minor league contract. Bourn agreed to a minor league deal on Feb. 20 that paid $2 million with incentives if he reached the majors. Not long after that, he broke his right ring finger catching a football. Bourn exercised the opt-out clause on the contract Tuesday, and the Orioles on Wednesday chose to let him go rather than promote him to the big league club After batting .220 in 11 games with Triple-A Norfolk, Borne is now a free agent. The 34-year-old Bourn played in 24 games with the Orioles last summer after being acquired from Arizona. More… Read More

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Pro Bowl returning to Orlando in 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando in 2018 for the second straight year. Orlando will host the Pro Bowl on Jan. 28, 2018, at 3 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN and ABC, the NFL announced Wednesday. Last season, the NFL played its all-star game in Orlando for the first time in front of a near-sellout crowd at Camping World Stadium. The NFL has a two-year deal with an option for a third year to play the Pro Bowl in Orlando. The 2018 game will feature the AFC vs. NFC format, which returned last season. …read more Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

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NBA Draft 2017: Kansas’ Josh Jackson, potential Sixers pick, ordered to attend anger management

Josh Jackson was given a diversion agreement for an off-the-court incident, including an anger management course. On the court, shooting is the only red flag to Josh Jackson’s game. Off the court, the Kansas star will have to explain to interested NBA parties–like the Boston Celtics at No. 1 overall or Sixers at No. 3 overall–what happened during an altercation last season. According to The Kansas City Star, Jackson was ordered to enter anger management classes, refrain from alcohol and recreational drug use for 12 months and write an apology letter as part of a diversion agreement. The reason for the agreement between the court system and the future NBA… Read More

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