Since Free Agency began on July 1st, we’ve seen a lot of big names sign in new places. Kevin Shattenkirk signed a 4 year contract with the New York Rangers, Patrick Marleau signed a 3 year deal with the Leafs, but one of the most prolific names in the history of the NHL remains without a new home. Read more
As Major League Baseball reaches its All-Star break and unofficial midway point of its season, this also marks one of the quietest times of the year for sports fans when it comes to on field/court/ice entertainment. That being the case, I figured I’d give an update on where the MLB awards races stand at this point in the season to try and take your mind off of that. If the awards were handed out today, here’s how it should look:
American League (AL) – Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
Honourable Mention: Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
National League (NL) – Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
Honourable Mention: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers Read more
Leading up to last night, every Paul George rumour was linked with Boston, Cleveland, Houston or the Lakers. Nobody saw this coming… Well that is, nobody saw it coming but ESPN’s Zach Lowe:
While the Thunder’s stock has skyrocketed for the low-low price of last offseason’s Serge Ibaka trade…I just don’t quite get what the Thunder are trying to do. Read more
Team #31 finally has a roster, but how good is it?
Playoffs in their first season? It seems unlikely, but the NHL’s newest franchise should be more competitive than some might think.
“It’s like the bottom of the ninth and I’m never gonna win. This life hasn’t turned out, quite the way I want it to be.” — Chad Kroeger
Losing can be tough. Losing while riding the pine is downright insufferable. Reach into the styrofoam cooler, crack a cold one and let’s talk some sports.
In the News
When’s the soonest that the Vegas Golden Knights can make the playoffs?
Thomas Waind (TW): Vegas has already locked up a goalie in Marc-Andre Fleury who can steal games. They took some interesting names in the expansion draft: James Neal, Marc Methot, Shea Theodore, Cody Eakin, David Perron, Nate Schmidt, Erik Haula and Jonathan Marchessault. They also have plenty of cap space to chase free agents like Kovalchuk, Shattenkirk, Oshie, Thornton, Hanzel, Marleau with more European and college free agents to join their Russian free agent signing, Vadim Shipachyov. If Vegas opens up their wallets, they could gun for a low playoff seed this year and simultaneously build for the future with their boatload of draft picks. Read more
Is John Tortorella an overrated coach?
He’s certainly one of the most decorated. With a 2004 Stanley Cup ring and two Jack Adams award, it’s hard to ignore his accomplishments. But despite his claim as two time “NHL coach of the year”, has anyone ever thought of John Tortorella as the best coach in the NHL at any point of his career?
Jack Adams winners since the 2005 lockout
2005-06 Lindy Ruff, BUF — 110 points (5th in NHL) — Eliminated in Conference Finals
2006-07 Alain Vigneault, VAN — 105 points (8th in NHL) — Eliminated 2nd Round
2007-08 Bruce Boudreau, WSH — 94 points (12th in NHL) — Eliminated 1st Round
2008-09 Claude Julien, BOS — 116 points (2nd in NHL) — Eliminated 2nd Round
2009-10 Dave Tippett, PHX — 107 points (4th in NHL) — Eliminated 1st Round
2010-11 Dan Bylsma, PIT — 106 points (3rd in NHL) — Eliminated 1st Round
2011-12 Ken Hitchcock, STL — 109 points (2nd in NHL) — Eliminated 2nd Round
2012-13 Paul MacLean, OTT — 56 points* (12th in NHL) — Eliminated 2nd Round
2013-14 Patrick Roy, COL — 112 points (3rd in NHL) — Eliminated 1st Round
2014-15 Bob Hartley, CAL — 97 points (16th in NHL) — Eliminated 2nd Round
2015-16 Barry Trotz, WSH — 120 points (1st in NHL) — Eliminated 2nd Round
2016-17 John Tortorella — 108 points (4th in NHL) — Eliminated 1st Round
Before I get into this, I just want to say that I really hope I’m wrong. I hope that when these two finally step in the ring together that we get to see one of the best fights in recent memory. But we were all expecting big things a few years ago when Mayweather took on Manny Pacquiao back in 2015 and look at how that fight turned out.