31 Thoughts: How NHL could give Jaromir Jagr a proper send-off

• Special 2019 all-star invite for Jagr? • NHL playoff format causing consternation • Are Maple Leafs showcasing Kapanen? There were three zeroes on the clock and Michael Hutchinson had beaten the NHL’s best team. Teammates mobbed him with congratulations, but he knew one of them would be slightly more sarcastic. “[Dustin Byfuglien] always comes up with something,” a laughing Hutchinson said by phone, approximately one hour after Winnipeg beat Tampa Bay 3–1. “This time it was like, ‘Good thing you didn’t blow it.’” No, he didn’t, closing a memorable 24 hours where Hutchinson competed in the AHL All-Star Event before making his return to the NHL. What a sweet… Read More

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31 Thoughts: How NHL could give Jaromir Jagr a proper send-off

• Special 2019 all-star invite for Jagr? • NHL playoff format causing consternation • Are Maple Leafs showcasing Kapanen? There were three zeroes on the clock and Michael Hutchinson had beaten the NHL’s best team. Teammates mobbed him with congratulations, but he knew one of them would be slightly more sarcastic. “[Dustin Byfuglien] always comes up with something,” a laughing Hutchinson said by phone, approximately one hour after Winnipeg beat Tampa Bay 3–1. “This time it was like, ‘Good thing you didn’t blow it.’” No, he didn’t, closing a memorable 24 hours where Hutchinson competed in the AHL All-Star Event before making his return to the NHL. What a sweet… Read More

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LeBron James’ all-star team might be cursed

Three players have already gone down to injuries. For the first time ever, the NBA let its top vote-getters draft their own teams for the all-star game. That meant LeBron James and Steph Curry selected their own squads to shake-up the traditional festivities. Here’s how those teams turned out: Team LeBron! pic.twitter.com/EdsivFS8x4 — SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) January 26, 2018 Team Steph! pic.twitter.com/5J6XsBnnFh — SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) January 26, 2018 Most of Twitter favored James’ team of star bigs. But, uh, the last few days have been problematic for his team. The past five days have taken THREE of his future teammates from him, while Curry’s team (knock on… Read More

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Which depth starters could be late off-season targets for Blue Jays?

To this point in the off-season, the starting pitcher most closely linked to the Blue Jays has probably been CC Sabathia. While Sabathia ultimately re-signed in New York, the Blue Jays’ interest in the veteran left-hander could hint at their approach in the starting pitching market. Rather than pursuing Yu Darvish or Jake Arrieta at full price, the front office seems more inclined to add a experienced mid- to back-of-the-rotation starter. Even in a relatively weak free agent market for starting pitching, a handful players do fit that description, including one whose performance was rather Sabathia-esque last year. Name G GS IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 GB% ERA FIP xFIP WAR… Read More

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Jayson Werth was ‘inspired’ after attending his first State of the Union

Every year, a wide variety of people outside of Congress attend the State of the Union, but MLB players aren’t often among them. For Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, going to the Capitol for the speech was a first – something he never imagined doing. In a suit with his famously wild hair pulled back, he also looked like a totally different person. Jayson Werth #SOTU reaction: “I was really inspired.” (cc: @chelsea_janes @dcsportsbog @MarkZuckerman) #nats pic.twitter.com/GYmOFiTUEc — Jeremy Art (@cspanJeremy) January 31, 2018 Afterward, Werth told C-SPAN what he though of his first State of the Union. He said: “I didn’t really know what to expect coming in. This was… Read More

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