Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it The Lakers and free agent Michael Beasley agreed Friday on a one-season, $3.5-million contract for 2018-19, a move that seems likely to inject more intrigue into a roster that includes recent offseason additions LeBron James, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson.ESPN was the first to report the agreement.Beasley arrived in the NBA from Kansas State in 2008, after the Miami Heat drafted him second overall. He has averaged 12.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in a 10-season career with Miami (two stints), Minnesota, Phoenix, Houston, Milwaukee and New York.He’s also played in China. “At this point, I want to be looked at different. I want to be respected. I want to be all of this and all of that, but at the same time, it’s like one man can’t change the world.”Beasley first got into trouble while attending the NBA rookie symposium, when he and two other rookies and two women were found to be in a room that smell of marijuana, according to a hotel security guard. The NBA subsequently fined him $50,000.By the end of his rookie season, he had purchased “11 or 12 cars,” according to The Athletic.Beasley checked into a Houston rehab facility for stress-related issues in 2009.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBeasley and James were teammates in Miami for the 2013-14 season.The 29-year-old power forward averaged 13.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 22.3 minutes in 74 games, including 30 starts, last season with the Knicks. He shot 50.7 percent overall, including 39.5 percent from 3-point range, which no doubt attracted the Lakers to him.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Beasley claims to have outgrown a childish reputation that dogged him throughout the early years of his NBA career, when the conventional wisdom was that he was wasting his talent. He acknowledged as much during an interview with The Athletic in April.“My whole career I get ‘stoner,’ ‘partier,’ ‘troublemaker,’ and I’ve gotten in trouble a few times back in the day – not even back in the day, it’s not that long ago – I got in trouble a few times and that’s like the stigma that’s still with me to this day,” he told the website.“It’s not even that I’m changing now, because at this point there’s nothing for me to change. I can cut my hair, but I tried that three, four times already. I can get tattoos removed, but nobody will notice it until they’re all gone. Even then would it change? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He was ticketed for marijuana possession while in Minnesota in 2011.Two years later, he was accused of kidnapping and sexual assault by a woman in Arizona. Police investigated but no charges were brought, according to a report in a Phoenix newspaper. Beasley and the woman reached an out-of-court settlement in 2016, according to court documents.Also in 2013, Beasley was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana while driving in Scottsdale, Arizona, several months after he was cited for driving 71 mph in a 45-mph zone with a suspended license and a loaded gun.However, Beasley spent an incident-free 2017-18 season with the Knicks, as he sought to repair his image and jump-start his NBA career. He made $1,471,382 last season in New York, the veteran’s minimum salary for 2017-18.“My name don’t ever come up unless it’s light, a joke, laughs behind it,” he told The Athletic, referencing his past. “I’m not saying it’s all the way a bad thing, but it’s not great. I feel like an ‘8 Mile’ Eminem compared to ‘My Name is.’ Whenever my name is brought up, it’s in a ‘Slim Shady’ way and it’s funny and I’m lighthearted, but at the same time every once in a while, I like to take it seriously.” VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful”
Who knew, or could even guess, just what the impact could be when Phil Anschutz and Ed Roski first talked about building a new arena in downtown L.A.The negotiating, between the owners of the Kings and the Los Angeles City Council over what was planned, who was paying for it and what the city’s liability would be, began in earnest early in 1997. There were naysayers. Some wondered if losing the North Hall of the Convention Center, where the arena would be built, was a deal-breaker. Others worried about the city being on the hook for the bonds to begin development of the adjacent property.During one of those city council meetings, according to a Daily News story from May of 1997, one council member voiced this concern: “What happens if this is a bust? We’ll end up with a vacant building.”We will not name that council member. No sense dunking on ’em more than two decades later. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersStaples Center, primarily privately financed and the first major project of what would become the Anschutz Entertainment Group, has not been a bust by any stretch of the imagination.Since it opened on Oct. 17, 1999, with the first of four Bruce Springsteen concerts, it has become the sports and entertainment heartbeat of the nation’s second-largest city. And it’s fair to say that the development it spawned – the L.A. Live complex across the street, which includes the Microsoft Theater, the Grammy Museum, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, a bowling alley, a multiplex, ESPN studios, etc. – has done its part in transforming the neighborhood from a ghost town of blighted buildings, parking lots and undeveloped land into a true destination.It might not quite be the L.A. equivalent of Times Square, as some of the early hyperbole suggested. But it has become the sort of civic gathering place that didn’t previously exist downtown, which is where a great city should have its communal space.Staples Center’s impact on sports and entertainment in this community is obvious, as the home of the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Sparks, Grammy Awards and plenty of other attractions. There are 207 events this calendar year alone, including concerts by Elton John, Pink, Carrie Underwood, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Michael Bublé, the Backstreet Boys, etc.It would be quite appropriate – call it a 20th anniversary gift – if the building became the first in modern NBA history to host all seven games of a playoff series. It would be even more appropriate if it were a Lakers-Clippers Western Conference finals; that would assure the building of its eighth NBA Finals, to go with three NBA All-Star Games, two NHL All-Star Games, two Kings Stanley Cup celebrations and three WNBA Finals with the Sparks. (We will, incidentally, make no cracks about how Taylor Swift has one more banner in the building than the Clippers. We will say that even as the third tenant, the Clippers profited greatly from moving from the Sports Arena to Staples. Now, as they plan their own building in Inglewood, they have the best chance they’ve ever had to rectify that banner deficit.)But Staples Center and L.A. Live didn’t just transform a few blocks of that South Park neighborhood. Its effect was wider.Carol Schatz is now retired, the president emeritus of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. In the days before Staples Center opened, I talked to her in her capacity as the leader of an organization of downtown merchants, and she made the point that the arena would turn a 9-to-5 downtown into “a 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. downtown.”She miscalculated slightly, she says now.“Literally, I’d say probably by 2015 or so it was a 24/7 downtown,” she said in a phone conversation Monday.“The way I know that for a fact: When my husband and I moved downtown, because we had a rehab going in our home in West L.A. and had to move out, I was absolutely blown away at how much energy there was on the streets well past 11 and midnight. I kind of just pinched myself as I walked around, (seeing) people with baby carriages and dogs and all that, which never, ever would have been seen when we began this effort.”Staples and L.A. Live, which opened late in 2007, was just one factor in rejuvenating downtown. Another, she said, was bringing people back to the area as residents, by creating an environment that made it enticing.“Instead of the tail wagging the dog,” she said, downtown “became the economic engine for the entire region, which is what a downtown in a big city should be doing.”It does have its imitators, too. The entertainment district that will surround SoFi Stadium when Stan Kroenke’s 298-acre project opens for Rams and Chargers home games in Inglewood next year in many ways takes its cue from what AEG has done downtown.Meanwhile, consider this: The latest big arena project, the new Chase Center in San Francisco, cost $1.4 billion. Staples Center was built for an estimated $375 million – around $574 million in 2019 dollars – although the ultimate price tag for L.A. Live came to around $2.5 billion.Their effect on downtown L.A.? I’d say it was worth the firstname.lastname@example.org@Jim_Alexander on TwitterStaples Center has hosted some of the biggest events in sports and entertainment since it first opened in the fall of 1999 and has helped revitalize much of the surrounding downtown community. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“We spent a lot of time considering the right target number to use for the fourth quarter,” said Byron Spruell, the NBA’s president for league operations. “Through the events of this week, it became clear to us that the only appropriate number for this season’s All-Star game is 24.”The target score is the latest addition to the NBA’s quest to make the game more competitive, something that players have wanted for some time.This is the third year where the NBA has had a format where captains – it’ll be the Lakers’ LeBron James and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo in those roles this year, just like last year – get to draft their teams, something that will take place next week.“We’ve been very focused on making it more competitive, making it more exciting and making it fun,” Spruell said. “And we’ve had a great collaboration with the union. For this year’s game, we really focused on what new things we could do to make it a really competitive game where each quarter mattered in this case.”It’ll matter to Chicago-area charities, which will benefit from however many quarters Team LeBron and Team Giannis win that night. The team that has the most points after the first quarter will win $100,000 for its charity. The same will apply to the second and third quarters. The scores get added for the fourth to set the target score – for example, if the score is 100-95 at that point, then the team that wins the All-Star Game will be the first to reach 124.The target score concept is something that the NBA has been considering since last summer, when National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul – a big fan of The Basketball Tournament, a winner-take-all $2 million event composed mostly of college alumni teams – reached out to say the league should explore the concept. The Basketball Tournament uses what is called the Elam Ending; the game clock is turned off at the first stoppage with four minutes or less in the fourth quarter, and the target score there is eight points more than the leading score at the time.Paul coached in the TBT last season.“It almost takes us back to when we would play on the playground,” Spruell said. “We’d go up to 15 or 21 or what have you. This time it’ll be 24 with someone hitting a game-winning shot.”There’s at least $500,000 for charity at stake from the game alone. Each of the first three quarters is worth $100,000 – if there’s a tie, the money rolls over to the next quarter – and the final score is worth another $200,000. If one team sweeps all four quarters, the other team will receive $100,000 for its charity regardless.All-Star weekend generates more than $1 million over the three days for Chicago neighborhood non-profit organizations, through the game itself and other events held under the NBA Cares umbrella.For now, this is a one-year change, though the NBA is hopeful that the quarter-score for charity element and the target-score ending become part of the All-Star Game on a long-term basis.“If successful, I would imagine we keep it moving,” Spruell said. Kobe Bryant’s final jersey number will be something this year’s NBA All-Stars play to reach.The NBA announced major changes to the All-Star format on Thursday, turning every quarter into a mini-game for charity before an untimed final quarter with a target score that will decide which team wins. Scores will be reset – back to 0-0 – at the start of the second and third quarters, then restored to begin the fourth quarter.That’s where the tribute to Bryant and the No. 24 jersey he wore for the last decade of his NBA career comes into play. The team that wins the All-Star Game will be the first to reach a target score, determined by the total points the team in the lead scored in the first three quarters combined – plus 24, the obvious nod to Bryant, an 18-time All-Star selection.The NBA said there will be multiple tributes to Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the seven others who lost their lives in Sunday’s helicopter crash throughout All-Star weekend, including the showcase game on Feb. 16. The target score is just one of them. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
📰 20 players selected to attend USA Basketball Men’s National Team training camp ahead of 2019 @FIBAWC»» https://t.co/cw854Z67CA#USABMNT pic.twitter.com/cvwHuZitLF— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) 10 June 2019″We’re pleased with the players who will be attending the 2019 USA Basketball National Team Training Camp, and we feel we will be able to select a strong team for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup,” said Colangelo.”The majority of these players possess prior USA Basketball experience, and we know all of them are committed to representing their country and doing so in the manner expected by USA Basketball.”Fourteen of the players come from the 35-man USA national team roster that was announced in 2018 for the cycle running through the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The six who were added include Kyle Kuzma, Brook Lopez, Paul Millsap, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and PJ Tucker.USA’s 20-player man list for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019Harrison BarnesBradley BealAnthony DavisAndre DrummondEric GordonJames HardenTobias HarrisKyle KuzmaDamian LillardBrook LopezKevin LoveKyle LowryCJ McColllumKhris MiddletonPaul MillsapDonovan MitchellJayson TatumPJ TuckerMyles TurnerKemba Walker”Like past national team training camps, this group, too, possesses outstanding individual talents, while also boasting excellent versatility and athleticism,” Colangelo said.”We’ve been watching a lot of players during the NBA season and the six players we’ve added to the national team roster we feel are deserving of being part of our national team program.” https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f6/b6/fibawc-trophy-usa-2014_16hfkf9qkh4x61r2mxq8b7g4p7.jpg?t=1170784323&w=500&quality=80 Eighteen of the 20 players have already worn the USA jersey at the senior or junior level, including five who have already stood atop a World Cup podium. Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond and James Harden were part of the gold medalist 2014 USA World Cup Team while Eric Gordon and Kevin Love were members of the gold medalist 2010 USA World Cup Team.The group also includes five players who are Olympic gold medalists including Harrison Barnes (2016), Davis (2012), Harden (2012), Love (2012) and Kyle Lowry (2016).Lowry is competing in the NBA Finals with the Toronto Raptors, who have a 3-1 lead over the Golden State Warriors.This would be the first opportunity for Kuzma and Mitchell to represent their country in international play.This will be the first USA team helmed by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.Mike Krzyzewski coached the team at the previous three World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014) and three Olympics (2008, 2012, 2016).Jeff Van Gundy coached the USA to the top of the podium at the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 in Argentina and also led them during their 10-win, 2-defeat Americas Qualifiers campaign for the World Cup.”I am excited about getting to training camp in August and working with all of the players that have been selected to attend the USA national team training camp in Las Vegas,” said Popovich.”We’ve got an excellent cross-section of veteran USA Basketball and NBA players, as well as some exciting younger players who possess amazing versatility.”Serving as USA assistant coaches are Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University coach Jay Wright. The 20 NBA players represent 16 NBA teams, with Houston featuring three players (Gordon, Harden and Tucker), while Milwaukee (Lopez and Middleton) and Portland (Lillard and McCollum) have two players each.Offensive firepower won’t be an issue. The roster includes 11 of the NBA’s top 50 scorers during the 2018-19 Regular Season – Harden (1st-36.1 ppg.); Davis (10th- 25.9 ppg.); Lillard (11th – 25.8 ppg.); Bradley Beal (tied 12th – 25.6 ppg.); Walker (tied 12th – 25.6 ppg.); Mitchell (tied 16th – 23.8 ppg.); McCollum (28th – 21.0 ppg.); Harris (tied 32nd – 20.0 ppg.); Kuzma (tied 37th – 18.7 ppg.); Middleton (39th – 18.3 ppg.); and Drummond (tied 45th – 17.3 ppg.).Seven were selected as 2019 NBA All-Stars (Beal, Davis, Harden, Lillard, Lowry, Middleton and Walker). In total, 11 players have been selected as an NBA All-Star a total of 40 times during their careers.More recently, Harden was named 2018-19 All-NBA First Team, with Lillard was a Second Team selection and Walker was All-NBA Third Team.Following the Las Vegas camp, which concludes with a USA Blue vs. White exhibition game on August 9, the selected team finalists will reassemble in Los Angeles and train August 13-15, then play an exhibition versus Spain in Anaheim on August 16. The official 12-member roster for the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Team will be announced on August 17. See the top players in the world go head to head when No. 1 USA takes on No. 2 Spain on August 16 at Honda Center in Anaheim. Tickets are on sale now. pic.twitter.com/OVsbrlYnOI— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) 30 May 2019On the way to China, the USA will continue their World Cup preparations in Melbourne, Australia with training and a pair of exhibition games versus Australia on August 22 and 24, and a game against Canada on August 26.The No. 1 world-ranked team, the USA was drawn into Group E and will play their First Round games in Shanghai. The USA will open play against the Czech Republic on September 1, with Turkey on September 3 and Japan on September 5. USA Basketball Chairman and National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced on Monday the 20 players that will attend a training camp (August 5-9) in Las Vegas and contend for the 12 spots on the American roster for this summer’s FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.The USA are going for an unprecedented third consecutive title in the competition.
The Rangers have made an upgrade to their defense.New York has traded defenseman Neal Pionk and the 20th pick in the 2019 draft to Winnipeg for Jacob Trouba, the team announced Monday. The Rangers gave up the ninth-most goals (267) in 2018-19 and finished the year with a 32-36-14 record — leaving them outside of the playoff picture.New York has missed the postseason in two consecutive seasons. Phil Kessel trade news: Penguins GM confirms team not shopping veteran Erik Karlsson free agency news: Sharks sign All-Star defenseman to 8-year deal Trouba was tied for ninth among all defensemen in assists in 2018-19. Only 13 defenseman totaled 50 or more points last season. OFFICIAL: #NYR have acquired defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 #NHLDraft (originally from WPG). pic.twitter.com/rZTXYv4YG1— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) June 17, 2019Trouba, 25, had spent all six seasons of his career with the Jets and could improve New York’s back line considerably.The defenseman tallied eight goals and 42 assists for Winnipeg this past season and skated in all 82 games. Related News
If you’ve spent any amount of time on Sports Twitter, you’ve likely come across accounts pretending to be other accounts. They change their Twitter names and profile pictures in attempts to deceive others and take advantage of Twitter’s fast-paced nature.One of the masters of this practice is SportsTalkBarry, who capitalized Tuesday night on the reported James Harden and Chris Paul drama. Barry made his account look like respected NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski and tweeted an obviously fake report about the Rockets duo. Sources tell ESPN that Chris Paul repeatedly made fun of James Harden for having “manboobs” during practices over the last 2 seasons. Several times Harden broke down into tears and had to leave the practice facility. No surprise to see Harden wanting Paul out now.— Barry McCockiner (@SportsTalkBarry) June 18, 2019MORE: NBA teams reportedly don’t even want Chris Paul for freeMost who saw that tweet had a quick laugh, or maybe shook his or her head at how stupid it was. But very few people would read it and actually believe it. You can count Fox Sports analyst Skip Bayless as one of those people.This isn’t the first time someone has fallen for a fake tweet. ESPN fell victim to it during the NBA season, but at least that one was believable. Chris Paul making fun of James Harden’s “man boobs” is such an absurd thing to read and be like, oh, wow, that really happened. But Bayless did, and he proceeded to share that information on live television.skip bayless got got pic.twitter.com/kLff9Ulk8n— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) June 19, 2019Incredible.As far as we can tell, Bayless never went back on air to fess up to his mistake. Instead he’ll just continue on making millions of dollars doing whatever it is he does on a daily basis.
No, sorry. It’s “NAIR!!!!!”Does that seem like too many exclamation points? OK, sorry, but consider how many times Naeher had to deal with being called a question mark entering this World Cup, perhaps the one question mark in a U.S. women’s national team lineup loaded with stars, talented players, veterans and, to be sure, world champions.WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: U.S. victory, as it happenedThere was so much analysis in advance of this tournament about whether she would be able to be the final — and perhaps most crucial — piece of a championship lineup. And that doubt reached its zenith in the 84th minute of the U.S.-England World Cup semifinal Tuesday, when England defender Steph Houghton stepped to the penalty spot, there to take a kick awarded when U.S. veteran Becky Sauerbrunn caught England’s Ellen White in the calf as she loaded up to shoot for the tying goal, an offense caught by video review.Naeher didn’t budge until she was certain where Houghton was aiming, then leaped to her right and smothered the ball short of the goal line. The United States still was ahead, the score still was 2-1, and it would stay that way for the remainder of the game and advance the Americans to their third consecutive World Cup final.ALYSSA NAEHER COMES UP BIG!The U.S. keeper saves the penalty to keep them ahead vs England. #FIFAWWCpic.twitter.com/wij2WZY89i— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) July 2, 2019“I just said to her, ‘That was your shining moment, but we’ve got one more game,'” coach Jill Ellis told Fox Sports following the game. “What a freaking stop. It was incredible.”She was not the only U.S. player heard from who had been quiet before. It seemed curious Tuesday when winger Christen Press was sent to the team’s official matchday-minus-1 news conference, given that she’d only played a bit as a substitute. In fact, it had been a signal that something was amiss.Megan Rapinoe, who’d scored all four U.S. goals in the knockout stages, would not be installed at her usual position on the left side of the forward line. She reportedly is bothered by a hamstring injury, and so Press took her place. And not just her position.MORE: Rapinoe says she will be ready for finalPress scored the first U.S. goal in the 10th minute with a confident, precise header off an inch-perfect cross from right back Kelley O’Hara. Press got what might be called a “hockey assist” on the second goal, scored by star striker Alex Morgan, by fielding a long forward ball from defender Abby Dahlkemper and forwarding it to midfielder Lindsey Horan. It was Horan who put another perfect ball into the box for Morgan to head past England keeper Carly Telford.”Alyssa Naeher, she needs to be player of the match. Honestly, she saved our ass,” Morgan told Fox, before catching herself and trying to euphemize to “saved our butts.” Works either way, even on broadcast TV.Naeher became the Americans’ No. 1 goalkeeper almost by default in 2016, after Hope Solo got herself suspended and terminated by U.S. Soccer for one too many episodes of inelegance.Solo is still at it. The BBC has been paying her to be a studio analyst at the Women’s World Cup, and she has spent a surprising amount of her time taking shots at Ellis, creating the sense Solo still is carrying bitterness about how her U.S. Soccer career ended. She said before the tournament that Ellis is a poor leader who “cracks under pressure.” She praised England coach Phil Neville — a head coach for 23 games with a record of 15-4-4 — as “one of the best” tacticians in advance of the game vs. the U.S.She said nothing there about Ellis, who now has coached 13 World Cup games without losing, including three in a row against excellent opposition in extremely tense one-goal games.Solo is considered the greatest goalkeeper in women’s soccer history, and she has two Olympic gold medals and a world championship to support that case.Naeher has a World Cup winner’s medal herself, having served as a backup keeper on the 2015 team that defeated Japan for the USWNT’s third world championship. But just as she was in Solo’s shadow then, the knowledge that Solo still could have been playing in goal at age 37 has haunted the U.S. team, and mostly Naeher.She played this one with exceptional confidence, though. With the U.S. ahead in the 33rd minute shortly after the second goal, England midfielder Keira Walsh got a bit of space and felt comfortable firing from well above the penalty area. It was a shot so sweetly placed toward the far corner it required an extraordinary save to stop it. And that’s what Naeher delivered, pushing it beyond the post.When England earned a dangerous free kick from the right side in the 50th minute, midfielder Beth Mead sent in a beautiful ball to the far post, with teammate Millie Bright in position to play it. Bright chose to head the ball back into traffic, and when it deflected off U.S. midfielder Julie Ertz toward White, Naeher alertly covered her flimsy attempt at an overhead kick.And when she was needed most, she delivered. She was as much a spectator as any other American soccer lover as the United States rolled through first couple games at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Alyssa Naeher’s name was called so rarely during victories over Thailand and Chile it still was possible to be confused about how exactly to pronounce itSay it with us now: It’s “Nair.” (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2c/69/uswnt-naeher-070219-getty-ftrjpg_bft68uhcb6pf1rezv4sncjc14.jpg?t=-1259440909&w=500&quality=80 “I just took a few deep breaths and tried to focus,” Naeher told Fox Sports. “I got a pep talk from Christen Press about six months ago, I need to be more positive on penalty kicks, just relax and let instincts take over, so give her some credit for that one, for sure.”The team celebrated that like we celebrate a goal. To be able to feel my teammates’ excitement and joy — they’ve always had my back. and I’ve always had theirs.”If everyone didn’t know that before, they do now.
With free agency under way, it’s been quite a start to the offseason; from the Canadiens making an offer sheet for Sebastian Aho to Mitch Marner’s future up in the air, there hasn’t been any shortage of excitement, as July 1 came and went.Big names like Artemi Panarin, Joe Pavelski and Matt Duchene have found new homes, while blockbuster trades between teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators have shaken up the league. In addition, some clubs like the New York Rangers have been able to become a playoff contender in a matter of days thanks to the open market. NHL TRACKER 2019: Complete list of all 31 teams’ free agentsWe’re starting to see answers to the NHL’s biggest questions, and there are still several to come as free agency carries on.You can follow along with the latest updates, rumors and rumblings around the league right here.NHL free agency rumors 2019: Live updates, news, rumors(All times ET)Monday1:47 p.m. — The San Jose Sharks re-signed RFA Kevin Labanc to a one-year deal (undisclosed financial terms). Labanc was a force for San Jose in the regular season, putting up 17 goals and 56 points during the regular season. He also added nine points in the Sharks’ postseason campaign and was a huge part of their run to the Western Conference Final. He’s only gotten better over the years as his point totals have continued to increase significantly, going from 20 to 40 to 56 over his three years at the NHL level. He should continue to serve as an asset on offense for San Jose, especially after the Sharks lost Joe Pavelski in free agency.#SJSharks announce a one-year contract extension for Kevin Labanc, who was a restricted free agent.— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) July 8, 20191:33 p.m. — The St. Louis Blues are bringing back Zach Sanford on a two-year contract that carries an AAV of $1.5 million. The 24-year-old had eight goals and 20 points in 60 games with the Blues this season and also put up four points in eight playoff games en route to the Cup. Sanford and St. Louis were able to avoid arbitration as he will serve as a depth forward and strenghten the Blues’ bottom-6.#stlblues announce Zach Sanford has agreed to a two-year contract extension with $1.5 million AAV. The RFA avoids arbitration.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) July 8, 2019Sunday1:58 p.m. — The Arizona Coyotes inked 2019 11th overall pick, defenseman Victor Soderstrom, to a three-year, entry-level contract. Arizona had traded with Philadelphia to move up and select the Swedish blueliner, who had seven points in 44 SHL games with Brynas IF last season (following a stint with the J20 club in SuperElit). He brings strong two-way play and skating to the lineup and will likely bring a lot of insurance on defense, while also bringing offense from the blue line with an underrated shot and solid puck-moving ability.SIGNED. ✔️First round draft choice Victor Soderstrom has signed a three-year entry-level contract. Details: https://t.co/Ozb2WcupTn pic.twitter.com/X5qxnsBCIU— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) July 7, 20191:30 p.m. — The Hurricanes have officially matched the Canadiens’ offer sheet and re-signed forward Sebastian Aho to a five-year deal that carries an AAV of $8.454 million. The 21-year-old led Carolina in scoring last season with 30 goals and 83 points and has proven that he will be a key member of their core for years to come. There was never truly a question that the Hurricanes, who still have over $10 million in cap space after the signing, would match Montreal’s offer. It also ensured that re-signing Aho wouldn’t be dragged out through the summer and that he will be present for the first day of training camp.The Carolina #Hurricanes have officially matched the Montreal #Canadiens’ offer sheet to Sebastian Aho. Here’s what he had to say about it 👀 pic.twitter.com/3712qHlovn— TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 7, 2019Saturday10:10 a.m. — The Buffalo Sabres continue to add to their offensive arsenal, signing forward Marcus Johansson to a two-year contract that carries an AAV of $4.5 million. During the regular season, the 28-year-old had 12 goals and 27 points in 48 games with the Devils before being dealt to the Bruins at the deadline. In Boston, he had just three points in 10 games with Boston to close out the year, but he was able to step up to the plate in the postseason with four goals, 11 points and 11 takeaways in 22 games. He joins Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner and Jimmy Vesey and will look to help them potentially climb into a playoff spot this season by providing depth scoring.We have signed forward Marcus Johansson to a two-year contract with an AAV of $4.5 million. pic.twitter.com/l4WcIEyb1j— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 6, 2019Friday12:35 p.m. — The Islanders and Canadiens are reportedly two clubs considering an offer sheet for Mitch Marner. Another RFA that could be targeted is Patrik Laine, and the Habs are reportedly in on him. The Finnish right wing has registered at least 30 goals a season for the last three years he’s been in the NHL, and he had 30 goals and 50 points in 82 games with the Jets this season (career lows).Multiple teams have considered pursuing Marner, including the NY Islanders & Montreal. Hearing Islanders are serious about pursuit, while Canadiens may be focused on Laine. Whether Isles, or another team, move forward with an offer sheet remains to be seen.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 5, 20198:24 a.m. — There is reportedly at least one team that’s considering presenting an offer sheet to Marner. The 22-year-old registered a team-leading 94 points with the Maple Leafs this season. The rumored amount is $12.5 million, which would be impossible for Toronto to match as it only has $3.65 million remaining in cap space.”From what I understand it should happen today…I heard $12.5M.” @RadioVendetta confirms the report from @TheFourthPeriod that a team is “very seriously considering” presenting an offer sheet to Marner @gregbradyTO @hughwburrill. #LeafsForever🎧: https://t.co/G4dsL69kzk pic.twitter.com/R55798Xf43— Sportsnet 590 The FAN (@FAN590) July 5, 2019Tuesday2:30 p.m. — The WInnipeg Jets inked Mark Letestu to a one-year, two-way deal. The 34-year-old center most recently played in the Blue Jackets organization and had 21 goals and 50 points in 64 games with the team’s AHL-affiliate Cleveland Monsters last season. He should provide extra organizational depth down the middle and is the type of player who can serve as a utility forward and play many different roles. He can operate well on the power play, kill penalties, play a 200-foot game and win face-offs. He also has years of NHL experience and can fill in when necessary.TRANSACTION: The Winnipeg Jets have signed F – Mark Letestu to a one-year, two-way contract.— Winnipeg Jets PR (@WpgJetsPR) July 2, 201911:58 a.m. — The Carolina Hurricanes took no time to match Montreal’s offer sheet for Sebastian Aho (although it would have been comical and added dramatic effect if they took the whole week) and will re-sign him to a five-year deal that carries an AAV of $8.454 million. It’s no surprise that Carolina would spend to keep the 21-year-old in the lineup; he led the team with 30 goals and 83 points in 82 games last season and is a critical part of the team’s core.Just talked to Tom Dundon. Says Canes will match the Aho offer. Announcement should come soon. Says Canes “love the player.”— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) July 2, 2019Monday10:06 p.m. — Patrick Maroon, coming off a Cup-winning season with St. Louis, is still mulling over his options. Edmonton is one of the teams he’s been in contact with and he is considering a return. Meanwhile, the Oilers are reportedly nowhere near done, as they still have several needs left to address before the start of the season, including adding more depth throughout their lineup. The team is in dire need of top-scoring right wings and currently only signed Markus Granlund and Tomas Jurco, two pieces that, while provide depth, won’t bring the scoring they need on the top-6.Maroon camp shutting it down for the night, will regroup tmw. Oilers among teams still talking. EDM set on more lineup changes. They are well aware of how much improvement they need, primarily among fwds.— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) July 2, 20196:57 p.m. — The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired right-handed blueliner Tyson Barrie and center Alex Kerfoot in exchange for center Nazem Kadri, defenseman Calle Rosen and a 2020 third-rounder. Barrie wlll take on a top-4 role (left vacant by the departure of Nikita Zaitsev and Ron Hainsey) on the Toronto blue line and also bring offense to the table, as he’s the kind of player that can quarterback a power play and also start the breakout or join the rush. Kerfoot, 24, will replace Kadri and had 15 goals and 42 points in 78 games this season and has the potential to continue growing his game. In return, the Avalanche get a new, physical center in Kadri and more insurance on defense.Big TOR-COL trade: Leafs get Tyson Barrie, Alex Kerfoot and a 6th rd pick in 2020 from the Avs for Nazem Kadri, Calle Rosen and Toronto’s 3rd round selection in 2020. Colorado also retaining 50% of Barrie’s AAV ($5.5 million) as part of the transaction.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) July 1, 20195:52 p.m. — The Islanders have replaced Robin Lehner and signed goaltender Semyon Varlamov to a four-year deal. The 31-year-old netminder registered a 2.89 GAA and .909 save % in 49 starts this season. He’ll compete with the likes of Thomas Greiss for a starting role, one that Varlamov couldn’t find in Colorado.Islanders get Semyon Varlamov on a four-year contract. He’s 31 years old.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) July 1, 20195:46 p.m. — The Chicago Blackhawks are bringing in goaltender Robin Lehner on a one-year, $5 million contract. He’ll join Corey Crawford and form a new tandem and will compete with Crawford for the starting spot. Lehner, who was considered for the Vezina, had an outstanding season with the Islanders, going 25-13-5 with a 2.13 GAA and .930 save %. Crawford, who missed a huge portion of 2017-18 after struggling with vertigo-like symptoms, came back this year and registered a 2.93 GAA and .908 save % while going 14-18-5.Lehner is indeed off to CHI. One year at $5M. https://t.co/wxcY9hwNJC— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 20195:34 p.m. — The Hurricanes and goaltender Petr Mrazek are closing in on a two-year extension. The 27-year-old has finally found his footing in Carolina and established himself as a starter with a 23-14-3 record and a 2.39 GAA and .914 save % this past season. He also was vital in leading the Hurricanes to the Eastern Conference Final.Hearing that Carolina is close to re-signing Petr Mrazek. Will be a two-year deal if both sides complete it without a hiccup.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 20194:35 p.m. — Anders Lee has decided to stay on the Island long-term. The Islanders captain signed a seven-year extension that will pay him $49 million. Lee had 28 goals and 51 points in 82 games this year and has been a 50-plus point scorer over the last three seasons. With New York losing out on Panarin, they at least get reassurance and avoid further negotiation with the 28-year-old center.Per @PierreVLeBrun, Lee back to NYI. Seven years, $7M AAV: https://t.co/7ONTFbFfAB— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 20193:45 p.m. — The Washington Capitals have signed forward Brendan Leipsic, adding more depth to the bottom-6 after inking Richard Panik and Garnet Hathaway to contracts earlier in the morning. The trio is expected to fill the voids on the bottom-6 and create competition within the lineup, as players like Travis Boyd, Chandler Stephenson and Nathan Walker will have to compete to make the opening night roster for that spot as the extra forward.Word on Leipsic’s deal with the #Caps: it’s a one-way, one-year deal for $700K. Leipsic and Hathaway certainly give the team’s fourth line a fresh new look, flanking Nic Dowd.— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) July 1, 20192:41 p.m. — The Montreal Canadiens make an offer sheet to Carolina Hurricanes RFA Sebastian Aho. The proposed deal would pay him upwards of $8 million annually over five years. Aho has signed the offer sheet and the Hurricanes now have a week to match it. Aho, who finished with 30 goals and 83 points, is a versatile forward who would bring a lot more power and an offensive surge to a growing arsenal that features Max Domi, Brendan Gallagher and Jesperi Kotkaniemi.It has been signed by Aho. https://t.co/QrXMTPKhMz— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) July 1, 20192:02 p.m. — Edmonton finds a right wing in free agency, picking up AHLer and Calder Cup champion Tomas Jurco on a one-year contract. The 26-year-old had 12 goals and 27 points in 33 AHL games split between the Springfield Thunderbirds and Charlotte Checkers this season; he last played in the NHL with Chicago in 2017-18, where he had six goals and 10 points in 29 games with the Blackhawks. Though he isn’t a proven NHL forward, the 6-foot-2, 187-pound forward brings size and speed to the lineup and at the very least will provide depth on a low-risk deal, while also having the potential to develop into a goal-scorer with the Oilers.Tomas Jurco signs a one year deal worth. $750,000 in EDM.— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) July 1, 20191:50 p.m. — The New Jersey Devils just keep getting better as the offseason goes on, signing Wayne Simmonds to a one-year, $5 million contract. The 30-year-old had 17 goals and 30 points in 79 games split between Philadelphia and Nashville this season and has proved to be a consistent 20-plus goal scorer throughout his career. He also won the Mark Messier Leadership Award this season. With Simmonds, the Devils get another high-scoring forward that now joins an offensive arsenal consisting of Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes.The Devils have signed F Wayne Simmonds to a one-year, $5 million deal— Chris Ryan (@ChrisRyan_NJ) July 1, 20191:16 p.m. — The Dallas Stars continue to add to their offense and managed to sign Joe Pavelski to a three-year, $21 million deal, as well as Corey Perry to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. Both of these players are huge additions to the Stars’ offense, which already has Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov. Pavelski finished 2018-19 with 38 goals and 64 points in 75 games with the Sharks, while Perry, who was limited due to injury, had six goals and 10 points in 31 games with Anaheim before being bought out. Both may be veterans, but they still have a lot of talent and are players that can play top-6 minutes and generate a lot of scoring opportunities. Dallas now has arguably one of the best offenses in the NHL.Spoke to Corey Perry earlier. He says of himself and new Stars teammate Joe Pavelski: “We’re kind of in the same situation being in one sport for so long that it’s going to be different. But I think we’ve got a lot of hockey left in both of us, and we have something to prove.”— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) July 1, 20191:01 p.m. — What had been rumored for days finally becomes reality, as Sergei Bobrovsky signs a seven-year deal with the Florida Panthers that carries an AAV of $10 million. This makes him the league’s second-highest-paid goalie behind Carey Price. With Roberto Luongo retired and James Reimer in Carolina, the Panthers now have a new starter as they begin a new era and look to become a playoff caliber team.Sergei Bobrovsky signs 7-year deal with Florida Panthers.— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) July 1, 20191:00 p.m. — The New York Rangers officially won the bid for Artemi Panarin, reportedly signing him to a seven-year deal with an AAV of about $11.6 million. New York has built an impressive team over the course of the last few weeks through the means of adding Jacob Trouba, Adam Fox and Kaapo Kakko, and now, Panarin will help bolster the offense even more as the Rangers look to return to playoff territory.OFFICIAL: #NYR have agreed to terms with free agent forward Artemi Panarin. pic.twitter.com/EoptmQvZfL— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 1, 201912:44 p.m. — The Vancouver Canucks made yet another impressive addition to their blue line, finding their top-pairing right-handed guy in Tyler Myers. They signed Myers, who was arguably the top blueliner on the market, to a five-year deal that has an AAV of $6 million. The 6-8, 229-pound defenseman had nine goals, 31 points and a plus-11 rating in 80 games with Winnipeg this season. Look for him to bring stability to the Canucks’ defense corps as he fills the void left by Ben Hutton. Vancouver also signed Jordie Benn on Monday and will likely see Quinn Hughes draw into the NHL next season.Tyler Myers to Vancouver, 5 years, $6 million AAV, is official.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) July 1, 201912:32 p.m. — The Predators are reportedly finishing up their new deal with Matt Duchene — he will likely become their number-one center as he signs a long-term deal and also gets a lot of perks with the new contract, including an NTC and several signing bonuses. He should help Nashville maintain a lot of their offensive prowess heading into next year.As others have also speculated, while nothing can be signed until Monday, Matt Duchene slated to join Nashville. Contract can’t be officially negotiated until Monday but sounds like $56 million over 7 years is what has been discussed.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2019Duchene has a 7-team No-trade clause the last three seasons of the contract https://t.co/qFc11xkRHM— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 201912:03 p.m. — The Penguins have signed Brandon Tanev to a six-year contract with an AAV of $3.5 million. Tanev should help the Penguins not only get more depth on the bottom-6 but a physical, solid presence that plays a strong two-way game. The 27-year-old had 14 goals and 29 points in 80 games last season, as well as a whopping 278 hits.Six year deal for Brandon Tanev with an AAV of around $3.5M. https://t.co/T1Eh4t67mz— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 201911:55 a.m. — Edmonton awards right wing Alex Chiasson with a two-year extension that carries an AAV of $2.15 million. He finished the year with 22 goals and proved to have a lot of chemistry alongside Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, as well as shown his worth as a top-6 winger. Done deal Alex Chiasson coming back to @EdmontonOilers— Gene Principe (@GenePrincipe) July 1, 201911:32 a.m. — The Canadiens are putting the finishing touches on a one-year deal for goaltender Keith Kinkaid. He will likely take the backup spot to Carey Price, as Charlie Lindgren mans the net with the AHL-affiliate Laval Rocket.MTL and goalie Keith Kincaid @Blockaid1 working to finalize a one-year contract. Many emojis to come.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 201911:10 a.m. — The Rangers have traded forward Jimmy Vesey to Buffalo in exchange for a 2021 third-rounder. Vesey should bolster the Sabres’ scoring, as they finished 23rd in the league with an average of 2.70 goals per game last season. Vesey had 17 goals and 35 points in 81 games with New York last season. He will join Jeff Skinner and Connor Sheary on what’s becoming a strong left side.11:09 a.m. — According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Panthers are the favorites for signing defenseman Anton Stralman. The 32-year-old should add more insurance on the right side and can potentially fulfill a top-4 role. He had two goals, 17 points and a plus/minus rating of plus-12 in 47 games last season.10:47 a.m. — According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, at least three teams have reached out to the Hurricanes regarding an offer sheet — with Carolina stating they will match anything that comes there way.10:24 a.m. — Jordie Benn has found a new home, as he’s reportedly set to sign with the Canucks. Vancouver is in need of a left-hand shot on the top-4, especially with Ben Hutton not returning and Quinn Hughes preparing to step into a full-time NHL role. He’s able to fill in on the top-4 and play big minutes, while also providing some puck-moving ability, as Hughes paces his development and eases into the league.9:53 a.m. — Sounds like Markus Granlund will be staying in Western Canada. After time with Calgary and Vancouver, it looks like he’s heading to Edmonton. Hearing the Granlund deal is around 1.3 million.— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) July 1, 20199:47 a.m. — The Dallas Stars are reportedly ready to sign D Andrej Sekera, who was bought out by Edmonton, to a one-year deal. The 33-year-old should help add a veteran presence to their blue line and give Dallas insurance on the left side, which is currently manned by Esa Lindell, Jamie Oleksiak and Miro Heiskanen.Expect DAL to sign recently bought-out defenceman Andrej Sekera to a one-year contract today.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 20199:18 a.m. — The Senators are bringing on defenseman Ron Hainsey and forward Tyler Ennis on one-year deals that pay $3.5 million and $700,000 respectively. Both former Leafs have a good relationship with current Ottawa bench boss DJ Smith, who ran the defense in Toronto last season. Hainsey, 38, will provide a leadership role and take over on the top pairing on the right-hand side. Ennis will also help establish a new culture with the Senators while also working to bring his numbers up and compete potentially for a top-6 spot.Let’s keep the OTT-TOR theme going here: Expect OTT to sign veteran defenceman Ron Hainsey and forward Tyler Ennis to contracts today. Both, of course, played in TOR last season.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 20199:07 a.m. — Will we see an offer sheet today? Rumors are swirling that the Carolina Hurricanes are lowballing Sebastian Aho and they may not come to a consensus.The belief is that the team offered 8 years x $7.5 M aav and Aho camp countered with 5 years x $9.5 M aav. A one year deal also an option from the team’s perspective. But does Aho get an offer sheet today? Definitely being contemplated. But don’t know if it will actually happen. https://t.co/GniIQ7lJiy— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 20198:42 a.m. — The Oilers are bringing in more help on the wing, signing Markus Granlund to a one-year deal. The 26-year-old had 12 goals and 22 points in 77 games with the Canucks last season, as well as 32 takeaways and just nine giveaways. A sound two-way forward, Granlund will be able to fill in on the left side and perhaps compete with Milan Lucic and Jujhar Khaira for a spot on the top-6.Markus Granlund will be heading to EDM on a one year deal.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 20198:34 a.m. — Jason Spezza is expected to sign with the Maple Leafs on a one-year deal. The 36-year-old had eight goals and 27 points in 76 games last season and can serve Toronto in multiple roles. He will likely fill in as their bottom-6 center (4LC) and be a guy who can play on special teams, win faceoffs and play a 200-foot game.Expect hometown boy Jason Spezza to sign a one-year contract with TOR today.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 20198:25 a.m. — Ottawa and Toronto finally complete the long-speculated swapping of defensemen as Nikita Zaitsev and Cody Ceci change uniforms in a six-player trade.News Release: #Sens acquire defenceman Nikita Zaitsev, forward Connor Brown from Toronto in six-player trade: https://t.co/nuCwVeQNDhCommuniqué : Les #Sens acquièrent Nikita Zaitsev et Connor Brown de Toronto : https://t.co/6tzl18AzJQ pic.twitter.com/YkwbayPTrn— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) July 1, 2019Sunday7:31 p.m. — It looks like Dallas has won the bid for Pavelski, as they will likely sign him to a three-year deal. The deal will help the Stars fill the void that will be left by Mats Zuccarello, while also giving their core a veteran presence and a pure goal-scorer that completes the top-6.As @TheFourthPeriod reported, it’s believed to be a three-year deal for Pavelski with an AAV around $7M: https://t.co/cNiOw1CXvU— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 20195:59 p.m. — Though Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin were thought to be signing together, the two are now not likely to be heading to the same team. It seems to be a lock-in that Bobrovsky is Florida’s new starter and the Islanders are the New York club that won Panarin over (he also visited the Rangers) with “The Breadman” joining Jordan Eberle at right wing and filling out the Isles top-6.Semyon Varlamov is also said to potentially be joining Panarin on the Island to fill the void left by 2019 Vezina Trophy finalist Robin Lehner, who may be heading to Carolina. However, Varlamov will have to prove his worth as a starter, compete with Thomas Greiss and live up to big expectations as last year’s Isles tandem won the Jennings Trophy with the fewest goals against in the league.But wouldn’t it be something if Panarin and goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who is also represented by Theofanous, ended up as a set with the Isles? If that were to happen, it would mean Robin Lehner would be looking for a home that isn’t NYI or FLA.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 30, 20194:32 p.m. — The Oilers reportedly found their starting goaltender, with Mike Smith is prepared to stay in Alberta and play his ninth straight season in the Pacific Division. At 37, Smith was able to help the Flames clinch the Pacific Division in 2018-19 — as well as the Western Conference — and his expected role as Edmonton’s No. 1 netminder is his to lose to Mikko Koskinen.Veteran goalie Mike Smith has chosen the #Oilers. He’s more or less trading places with Cam Talbot, who as we hinted on Monday, is heading to the #Flames.More on what that means for Lehner, Mrazek, and the rest of the goalie market on @SportsCentre at 6pm ET.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 30, 20193:23 p.m. — The Wild are said to be all-in on Mats Zuccarello, who opted to test the market rather than stay in Dallas after being acquired from the New York Rangers at the deadline. If Zuccarello signs in Minnesota, he will be the perfect fit and could give them the boost in scoring they desperately need — especially on a weaker-looking right side. Zucc is the kind of talent that would more than surely become the Wild’s top-line RW out of the gate, followed by Kevin Fiala and Luke Kunin.Looking very possible that the #mnwild will sign Mats Zuccarello tomorrow to a long-term contract. Here’s my story from last night on the former #nyr and #dallasstars winger and highest scoring Norwegian in NHL history >>> https://t.co/1l2t9eZNJM— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) June 30, 20191:40 p.m. — Things are getting interesting for Corey Perry, who was recently bought out by the Ducks. The 34-year-old right wing has a number of suitors, including the Oilers, who are making a big push and are in dire need of top-6 right wings. It would be a win-win for Edmonton and Perry, as they would finally find a capable, high-scoring RW for Connor McDavid. Perry may have struggled in 2018-19 but he can get his game back to where it was with another chance at playing on the top-6.Could Corey Perry be a short term remedy for teams in need of scoring?Hearing at least 4 teams going heavy after the veteran winger, including Edmonton.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) June 30, 201912:09 p.m. — The Panthers cleared up some much-needed cap space and shipped out James Reimer. With the netminder out, and Roberto Luongo retired, it’s almost a given that Sergei Bobrovsky will be Florida’s starter next season. All that’s left to consider is which of the Panthers’ AHL goaltenders will be promoted to full-time NHL backup: Samuel Montembeault or Chris Dreidger.So CAR gets Reimer for Scott Darling and a sixth-round pick, which means FLA has to assume the buyout on Darling as part of the transaction.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 30, 20199:00 a.m. — The Oilers put defenseman Andrej Sekera on waivers and plan to buy out his contract, which carries a cap hit of $5.5 million. This frees up a lot more space to work with as Edmonton has several needs to address, from depth on the wing to goaltending. The #Oilers have placed defenceman Andrej Sekera on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) June 30, 20199:00 a.m. — The Flyers placed defenseman David Schlemko, who didn’t appear in any games with Philadelphia after being acquired in February, on waivers to buy out his contract. This also goes hand-in-hand with freeing up more space heading into July 1, as the Flyers now have over $15 million to bring in much-needed scoring and address some of their RFAs, including Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov.The #Flyers have placed defenseman David Schlemko on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract.— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 30, 2019Friday3:11 p.m. — It seems that Joe Pavelski’s long tenure in San Jose is over as he looks to be set on playing elsewhere. He had meetings with the Stars and Lightning earlier in the week, as per TSN’s Pierre LeBrun. For either Dallas or Tampa Bay, Pavelski would join a talented core and bring a veteran presence to two teams with the potential to make Stanley Cup bids. The Stars do have an extra $2 million to work with and could likely out-bid the Lightning if need be.Just spoke with Joe Pavelski’s agent, Dan Plante. The overwhelming sense now is that Pavelski will be moving on to another team as a free agent. Sounds like the end of an era in San Jose— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) June 28, 20198:21 a.m. — Cam Talbot and the Flames are reportedly ready to come to an agreement that would make the former Oiler, who was traded earlier last season to the Flyers, their new starting goaltender as Mike Smith hits the market. Talbot’s coming off the worst season of his career, where he maintained a .892 save pct. and a 3.40 goals-against average through 31 games between Edmonton and Philadelphia. This opportunity should give Talbot the chance to bounce back, especially with an upgraded defense in front of him.Cam Talbot will be signing a 1 yr deal with the Calgary Flames https://t.co/K1TobUjXxK— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) June 28, 2019
2019 Tour de France teamsTwenty-two teams will compete in this year’s Tour de France. Team Sky, who had last year’s winner Geraint Thomas, ended its sponsorship of a professional cycling team and was replaced by Team Ineos.Team Ineos (Great Britain)EF Education First (USA)Ag2r La Mondiale (France)Team Sunweb (Germany)Bahrain-Merida (Bahrain)Mitchelton-Scott (Australia)Movistar (Spain)CCC Team (Poland)UAE Team Emirates (United Arab Emirates)Deceuninck – Quick-Step (Belgium)Bora-Hansgrohe (Germany)Astana (Kazakstan)Dimension Data (Russia)Katusha-Alpecin (Switzerland)Groupama-FDJ (France)Jumbo-Visma (Netherlands)Lotto-Soudal (Belgium)Trek-Segafredo (USA)Total-Direct Energie (France)Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (France)Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Belgium)Arkéa-Samsic (France)Tour de France past winnersJacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain are all tied as the winningest Tour de France riders, with five titles each. Maurice Garin won the first Tour de France in 1903. Geraint Thomas is the defending champion and won three stages during last year’s race.YearWinnerNationality2019TBD Four-time champion Chris Froome will not be riding in this year’s event, leaving just two former winners in the race — his Ineos teammate Geraint Thomas, last year’s victor, and Bahrain-Merida’s Vincenzo Nibali.MORE: Watch the Tour de France live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Tour de France features four iconic jerseys, with the most famous being the yellow jersey awarded to the cyclist after each stage with the fastest overall time dating back to the July 6 start. A polka-dot jersey is given to the fastest climber, a white jersey to the fastest cyclist under the age of 26 and a green jersey to the best time trialist.Below is everything you need to know about the 2019 Tour de France including schedule, stage breakdown and how to watch the event. You can also keek track of the race with our standings, updated daily.Tour de France 2019 scheduleThe 21-stage race begins on July 6, and wraps up 23 days later on July 28. Riders are given just two rest days during the grueling 2,162-mile competition.StageDateDistanceDepartArriveCoverage startStage 1Sat., July 6192km (119 mi.)BrusselsBrussels5:30 a.m.Stage 2Sun., July 727km (16.7 mi.)Brussels-Palais RoyalBrussels-Atomium8:00 a.m.Stage 3Mon., July 8214km (133 mi.)BincheEpernay6:00 a.m.Stage 4Tue., July 9215km (133 mi.)ReimsNancy6:00 a.m.Stage 5Wed., July 10169km (105 mi.)Saint-Die-des-VosgesColmar6:00 a.m.Stage 6Thu., July 11157km (97.5 mi.)MulhouseLa Planche des Belles Filles7:00 a.m.Stage 7Fri., July 12230km (142 mi.)BelfortChalon-sur-Saone6:30 a.m.Stage 8Sat., July 13199km (123 mi.)MaconSaint-Etienne5:00 a.m.Stage 9Sun., July 14170km (105 mi.)Saint-EtienneBrioude6:30 a.m.Stage 10Mon., July 15218km (135 mi.)Saint-FlourAlbi6:00 a.m.Rest DayTue., July 16Stage 11Wed., July 17167km (104 mi.)AlbiToulouse7:00 a.m.Stage 12Thu., July 18202km (125.5 mi.)ToulouseBagneres-de-Bigorre5:00 a.m.Stage 13Fri., July 1927km (16.7 mi.)PauPau7:30 a.m.Stage 14Sat., July 20117km (72.5 mi.)TarbesCol du Tourmalet7:00 a.m.Stage 15Sun., July 21185km (115 mi.)LimouxFoix5:30 a.m.Rest DayMon., July 22Stage 16Tue., July 23177km (110 mi.)NimesNimes7:00 a.m.Stage 17Wed., July 24206km (128 mi.)Pont du GardGap6:00 a.m.Stage 18Thu., July 25207km (128.5 mi.)EmbrunValloire5:00 a.m.Stage 19Fri., July 26123km (76 mi.)Saint-Jean-de-MaurienneTignes7:30 a.m.Stage 20Sat., July 27131km (81 mi.)AlbertvilleVal Thorens7:00 a.m.Stage 21Sun., July 28127km (79 mi.)RambouilletParis7:30 a.m.*All times EasternTour de France TV channel, how to live streamTV channel: NBCSNLive stream: NBCSports App, NBC Sports Gold Cycling Pass, fuboTVThe first two stages of the race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, with the station showing delayed coverage and replays for the rest of the race until the final stage. The premium NBC Sports Gold Cycling Pass offers live, commercial-free coverage and replays of every stage for a $54.99 price. The Tour de France can also be streamed with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.LIVE: Track the 2019 Tour de France race standingsTour de France route map What are the Tour de France stages?Over the course of a little more than three weeks, riders will endure a grueling 2,162-mile course that includes seven mountain stages with five summit finishes, five hilly stages, seven flat stages and an individual and team time trial. 2019 marks the fifth time that Belgium has hosted the Grand Depart. #DateLengthStageWinner1July 6192km (119 mi.)Brussels to Brussels (flat)Mike Teunissen2July 727km (16.7 mi.)Brussels-Palais Royal to Brussels-Atomium (team time trial)Jumbo-Visma3July 8214km (133 mi.)Binche to Epernay (hilly)Julian Alaphilippe4July 9215km (133 mi.)Reims to Nancy (flat)Elia Viviani5July 10169km (105 mi.)Saint-Die-des-Vosges to Colmar (hilly)Peter Sagan6July 11157km (97.5 mi.)Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles (mountain)Dylan Teuns7July 12230km (142 mi.)Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saone (flat)Dylan Groenewegen8July 13199km (123 mi.)Macon to Saint-Etienne (hilly)Thomas De Gendt9July 14170km (105 mi.)Saint-Etienne to Brioude (hilly)Daryl Impey10July 15218km (135 mi.)Saint-Flour to Albi (flat)Wout van AertRest DayJuly 1611July 17167km (104 mi.)Albi to Toulouse (flat)Caleb Ewan12July 18202km (125.5 mi.)Toulouse to Bagneres-de-Bigorre (mountain)Simon Yates13July 1927km (16.7 mi.)Pau to Pau (individual time trial)Julian Alaphilippe14July 20117km (72.5 mi.)Tarbes to Col du Tourmalet (mountain)Thibaut Pinot15July 21185km (115 mi.)Limoux to Foix (mountain)Simon YatesRest DayJuly 2216July 23177km (110 mi.)Nimes to Nimes (flat)Caleb Ewan17July 24206km (128 mi.)Pont du Gard to Gap (hilly)Matteo Trentin18July 25207km (128.5 mi.)Embrun to Valloire (mountain)Nairo Quintana19July 26123km (76 mi.)Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes (mountain)Egan Bernal20July 27131km (81 mi.)Albertville to Val Thorens (mountain)Vincenzo Nibali21July 28127km (79 mi.)Rambouillet to Paris (flat)Caleb EwanHow many miles is the Tour de France?The Tour de France stretches 2,162 miles. This is almost the exact distance between New York City and Salt Lake City, Utah. The longest stage of the race is the seventh, which is over 142 miles long. That would be similar to driving from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. 2018Geraint ThomasWales2017Chris FroomeEngland2016Chris FroomeEngland2015Chris FroomeEngland2014Vincenzo NibaliItaly2013Chris FroomeEngland2012Bradley WigginsEngland2011Cadel EvansAustralia2010Andy Schleck*Luxembourg2009Alberto ContadorSpain2008Carlos SastreSpain2007Alberto ContadorSpain2006Oscar Pereiro**Spain2005Lance Armstrong***USA2004Lance Armstrong***USA2003Lance Armstrong***USA2002Lance Armstrong***USA2001Lance Armstrong***USA2000Lance Armstrong***USA1999Lance Armstrong***USA1998Marco PantaniItaly*Aberto Contador was the original winner, but later failed a drug test**Floyd Landis was the original winner, but later failed a drug test***All of Lance Armstrong’s titles have been vacated due to doping It may be the dead of summer, but cycling’s crown jewel has arrived with the 106th edition of the Tour de France. Founded in 1903, it is one of cycling’s three grand tours (Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España being the others).The 23-day, 21-stage race, spanning 3,480 kilometers (2,162 miles) begins in Brussels, Belgium and finishes in Paris. The schedule consists of standard road races, individual time trials and team time trials. Tour de France https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ca/93/tour-de-france-map-063019_1ig3e9atkmunb1ijz1iw7o2b7o.jpeg?t=-1422773381&w=500&quality=80
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