Shattenkirk explains why he left money on the table to sign with Rangers

The highly-skilled defenseman, who set a career-high with 56 points this past season, drew laughs when asked if he’d ever met Leetch before.

“I still have not met Brian Leetch, but I think the opportunity will come a little bit easier now to make that happen,” said a smiling Shattenkirk, while standing in front of a Rangers backdrop.

While Shattenkirk spent much time reminiscing about Leetch and his other favorite Rangers from years past, like Sergei Zubov and Alexei Kovalev, even calling it “inspirational” to watch the Blueshirts practice back in the day as a youngster, he also spoke openly about the present. Shattenkirk explained the two main reasons why he chose to sign with the Rangers when so many other teams also made competitive — and in some cases, more lucrative — contract offers.

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3. Colton Sissons, Predators — Tasked with centering Nashville’s top line, Sissons played about as well as one can expect. The Game 6 hero scored the Preds’ second goal and fired a team-high seven shots on goal.

2. Sidney Crosby, Penguins — Crosby assisted on Pittsburgh’s first two goals, running his playoff points total to 22 in 20 games.

1. Jake Guentzel, Penguins — Guentzel’s 10 playoff goals lead the league. He joined Maurice Richard, Dino Ciccarelli, Claude Lemieux, Jeremy Roenick and Brad Marchand as the only rookies to score 10 or more goals in a playoff year.

Washington caught more than a few breaks that could well shift momentum heading into Game 4.

Namely, Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby was taken out of the equation barely Cheap Blank Hockey Jerseys five minutes into the first period when Matt Niskanen’s stick caught the captain on the head. Niskanen was given a Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys five-minute major and ejected and Crosby did not return to the game.

NHL playoffs 2017: Tommy Wingels’ lack of punishment another blow to NHL integrity

The Pittsburgh Steelers played into the 13th week of the 2016 National Football League season before even one of their players showed up on the injury report with a concussion. That’s more than 720 minutes of 11 players on each side of the ball engaging in periodic collisions — plus special teamers colliding at high speeds — and no one had to miss a game because of a head injury until the team made a Dec. 11 visit to Buffalo.

“I wasn’t even trying to cross-check him with a serious amount of force. A collision was gonna happen there, in the crease. When the play first starts, I think my stick’s at about his arm level, probably. Right about where the numbers are on the side of his jersey. Because he’s trying to make a play, he’s getting lower and lower, because he’s getting pressured trying to score. So the collision happened.”

Crosby, who was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy earlier Monday, has lost dozens of games in his otherwise remarkable career due to post-concussion syndrome in 2011 and two fractured vertebrae in his neck in 2012.

His latest concussion scare cost him the first six games of this past season. It was the third official concussion diagnosis of his career.

The injury-plagued Penguins were already without top defenseman Kris Letang and starting goalie Matt Murray before the series. Top-line forward Patric Hornqvist, winger Carl Hagelin and defenseman Brian Dumoulin all played in Game 3 but were game-time decisions, likely suiting up far less than 100 percent.

Though he’s had somewhat of a mercurial past, leaving the Predators for the KHL while in the middle of a contract years ago, Radulov is a world-class talent. He won the KHL’s most valuable Good Quality Cheap Jerseys player award three years running and four times overall before returning to the NHL last season Houston Texans Cheap Jerseys with the Canadiens, scoring 18 goals and 54 points.

Trade rumors swirled around Eberle for the better part of two seasons

Ducks rookie Ondrej Kase was elevated to a line with Getzlaf in game and it paid dividends when the 21-year-old netted the equalizer with 10:41 gone in the second period. It barely trickled through Rinne’s pads and across the goal line, but Kase will take the first goal of his young playoff career any way he can get Cheap Zach Parise Jerseys it.

Eastern Conference finals: Senators at Penguins, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN (Senators lead series 1-0) — Pittsburgh’s Game 1 performance, rife with missed opportunity and gifted goals, left a lot to be Design Cheap Jerseys desired. It didn’t help that captain Sidney Crosby managed one even-strength shot on goal, which didn’t come until 3:51 into overtime. How the defending champions respond to the scrappy Senators could set the tone for the rest of the series.

Trade rumors swirled around Eberle for the better part of two seasons, mainly due to his large contract — he has two years and $12 million remaining on the deal — and the Oilers need to lock up several of their young stars, including Leon Draisaitl, a restricted free agent this summer, and Connor McDavid, a RFA next year who is coming off winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s top player this past season.

Though the rumors did not necessarily impact his on-ice production, Eberle admitted to being happy when a trade was finally consummated Thursday.

“A trade has been talked about for a while now, I’m relieved to have it over with,” said the 27-year-old Eberle, who is coming off a 20-goal, 51-point season in 2016-17. “I’m looking for a fresh, new start.”

This play the Cavaliers are obsessed with works far more often than it should

The Cavaliers are one of the few teams in the NBA that can pick teams apart without running anything fancy on offense. Simple actions like a 3–1 pick-and-roll between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving can send defenses into a tailspin. Similarly, clearing the floor for Irving to attack 1-on-1 while Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Channing Frye support him by spotting-up on the 3-point line puts defenses in an incredibly delicate situation.

Anthony has two years left on his contract, with an early termination option for a third. He is due to make $78 million in those years, and even with the leaps in payouts we’ve seen under the new television deal, he is not going to be worth it. Anthony turns 33 in May, and is in the midst of a third straight season of decline. His numbers are not terrible (21.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists) but his shooting is on the wane (42.1 percent from the field) and he is not the elite scorer he was. He’s not going to reverse that trend.

There is still the delusion that the Knicks could land players on the free agent market next summer, that maybe they will finally be able to lure Chris Paul to the East Coast to team with his good friend Anthony. But that’s a long shot, and even with those two, the Knicks would not be sure contenders. Given their recent history July after July, Knicks fans would be wise to temper any enthusiasm about signing a star.

And it’s unfortunate for Anthony. There are plenty of complaints about Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap his style of play, about his level of defense and willingness to pass. That’s all legitimate. But Anthony went to NBA Jerseys Cheap New York hoping to pave the way for other stars to join him. They never did, and they likely won’t start now. That’s the fault of the front office.

DeMarcus Cousins, Kings both would end up regretting huge contract extension

There’s already a leak in the roof of the Sacramento Kings’ new arena, their three-month old Golden One Center, but at least that can be fixed.

However, the Kings’ plans to give DeMarcus Cousins an extension worth around $207 million this coming summer is tantamount to laying a new foundation that’s tilted and being erected on grade-A quicksand. Before long there’ll be cracks in the foundation and the whole thing will cave in long before Cousins’ new deal runs out in 2022.

So how can the Kings knowingly build a team with a major structural flaw, Cousins’ well-known penchant for bullying coaches and teammates, clashing with the media and flying off the handle at the slightest disrespect? That’s easy: They’ve been losing for so long — it’s 10 straight losing records and lottery finishes — that they’ve become numb to Cousins’ infantile behavior.

But paying a King’s ransom to “Boogie” will be an epic mistake.

That doesn’t much matter. Here’s what one Western Conference scout said about the state of the Lakers: “If you made a list of the 20 best players who are 22 or under, I think you’d have to have all three of the Lakers’ young guys on there. They’re three of the best young guys in the league. There’s Super Cheap Jerseys Fans really not a lot of teams can say that, and I think a lot of mediocre teams would like Pittsburgh Steelers Cheap Jerseys to swap rosters with the Lakers right now.”

Nets teammates Spencer Dinwiddie and Sean Kilpatrick played a combined 50 minutes but shot just 2 of 10 from the floor for a combined 12 points as Brooklyn lost its NBA-worst 33rd game.

NBA trade rumors: Evaluating Kyrie Irving’s potential impact on Knicks, Timberwolves

When news broke late Friday that Kyrie Irving had requested a trade, it was reported the Cavs were given four preferred destinations: New York, Miami, Minnesota and San Antonio. While several teams have likely inquired about adding the All-Star guard, it looks like the Knicks and Timberwolves have become serious potential landing spots after appearing on Irving’s initial list.

Although Puig hasn’t boosted his OPS by much this season (.776), his ISO is 55 points higher (.208) than a year ago. He emphasized his 18 home runs is a credit to exhibiting extra commitment to his profession as well. Imagine that sort of pop coming from the No. 8 hole in a lineup; Roberts doesn’t have to.

The 26-year-old Puig now arrives earlier to the cages before each game, looking to maintain a consistent approach to his swing with hitting coach Turner Ward. He’s also on pace to mash a career-high 29 homers this season.

Bat flips are still clearly a part of his routine, though. Puig said he couldn’t imagine curbing his home run celebration, especially against the Marlins on July 14. After sending a three-run homer beyond the left-center wall to give his team a 6-4 lead in the ninth, Puig continued to parade his infamous move.

“It’s better to flip the bat than flip the finger,” Puig said. “This is baseball. You need to make something fun. You (the pitcher) strike me out and yell at me, that’s a Raiders Cheap Jerseys big moment for you.”

Moreover, Puig said his enthusiasm for the sport is a microcosm Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys of Los Angeles’ entire offensive juggernaut and an indication of this year’s postseason goals.

MLB trade rumors: Sorting out the market for starting pitchers

Two weeks from Monday marks the non-waiver trade deadline, and the Cubs jumped the market for starting pitching by acquiring Jose Quintana from the cross-town White Sox.

That took what many assessed as the top target off the market.

With the clock ticking to July 31, here’s a quick look at three tiers of starting pitchers out there:

“They should have some type of graphic up there where you can like, you Cheap Mitchell And Ness Jerseys know how on, what is it, (ESPN’s debate show) ‘Around the Horn’ where they just ice somebody out on the screen?” Green said. “They should be be able to do that with Barkley any time the name of a champion comes up.”

Barkley maintains his “whiny” comment was right, and he refused to make things personal with James after the Cavs star brought up several ugly incidents from Barkley’s career. When Green saw Barkley’s reaction, he walked back his elation and admitted that James may have taken things a step too far.

“I thought that was incredible when I first read that,” Green said. “Then, I looked back to see what Barkley said, and then my reaction was like, ‘Ah, ‘Bron. I don’t know if you needed to go that deep, ‘Bron.’ For me to feel like that about Charles Barkley, ‘Bron really had to cut deep. He went deep for something that wasn’t as deep.”

But Green added some perspective and considered the fact that Cheap NBA Jerseys From China James has been criticized by Barkley and other prominent members of the sports media for the majority of his career, even when it wasn’t warranted — cough, Skip Bayless, cough.

Warrant issued for arrest of Kings’ Ty Lawson on alleged probation violation

A bench warrant has been issued for Ty Lawson’s arrest for a violation of probation stemming from his 2016 DUI conviction, The Denver Post reported Wednesday.

According to Denver court records reviewed by the Post, the Kings guard allegedly testing positive for alcohol three times in the past year and failed to complete all 48 hours of his community service. He was also required to undergo 52 hours of therapy.

Lawson is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court on March 22 for these probation violations.

Durant has missed 19 games with a bruised tibia and sprained MCL in his left leg, sustained Feb. 28 against the Wizards. If Durant is able to return Saturday and stay healthy, he will catch the last three games of the regular season.

Durant’s return comes while the Warriors are on fire — they have won 13 in a row and are sitting as the top seed in the Western Conference.

After Golden State’s last regular-season game Wednesday against Cheap Jerseys the Lakers, Durant and the team will have a few days’ rest before the playoffs begin the following Saturday.

At the All-Star break the Kings agreed to deal Cousins, along Cheap Jerseys Bike with Omri Casspi, to the Pelicans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, rookie Buddy Hield and a first- and second-round pick in the 2017 draft. Labissiere, along with Willie Cauley-Stein, another Kentucky product, has helped to pick up the slack. In March, Labissiere is averaging 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds.

Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony: ‘Chips will be on the table’ in chat with Phil Jackson

Carmelo Anthony’s future in New York appears to be bleak as the team made attempts this season to move on from the star player.

The trade deadline obviously has passed, but now the Knicks have the upcoming offseason to decide what do with him. Team president Phil Jackson didn’t exactly hide his feelings about wanting to trade Anthony, but the forward still holds power with his no-trade clause.

Anthony and Jackson will have an exit interview of sorts once the season is over, and the 10-time All-Star knows how important it is.

“Pretty sure the chips will be on the table,” he said Monday. “The chips will be on the table in that meeting.”

Anthony also responded to comments made over the weekend by Scottie Pippen, who used to play for Jackson. Pippen said the team president needs to be fired and credited Anthony for how he’s handled the situation.

Here’s how Anthony responded: “I think in this situation everybody has an Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys opinion. I think the fact that, for one, we’re here in New York one of the biggest markets in the world and we are the talk of that market. Everybody has their opinion. I’m just glad people speaking up, whether it’s good or bad, people are speaking up, having their own opinion, rather than me trying to convince or not convince people of the situation or what’s going on and I could just play basketball. Everybody else sees what’s going on, so they’re going to have an opinion.”

The Jackson and Anthony exit interview surely will be full Cheap Lions Jerseys of drama, and we’ll probably find out which of the two will actually be exiting before next season.

Steve Kerr: LaVar Ball isn’t helping his kids with constant talking

LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, has been in the media spotlight over the past few weeks making tons of bold claims. He said he could have taken down Michael Jordan in a one-on-one game, he’s been in a beef with Charles Barkley and he’s been bragging about his kids’ talents.

Many have offered their takes on how Ball’s words affect his sons, but now we have the voice of an NBA coach. Steve Kerr was on ESPN Radio’s “Waddle & Silvy” show Thursday and admitted Ball’s comments will likely have an impact on how people view his sons.

The commissioner’s strongest comments came after he was asked about people who doubt a female can lead a team of men. Specifically, he was asked about WFAN’s Mike Francesa who recently went on a rant saying it’d be an “impossible” task for a woman.

Mike Francesa with an unfathomable display of sexism. Women shouldn’t be anywhere near men’s sports!

“First of all, let me say that I disagree that there will not be a woman head coach in the NBA,” Silver told ESPN. “It is hard to say exactly when (it will happen). There are three women currently in the pipeline, and I think like we have seen in all other aspects of life, while there are certain cases for example, the athletes that participate in the NBA, there are obvious physical Pittsburgh Steelers Cheap Jerseys difference between men and women and those differences are why we have a men’s league Oakland Raiders Cheap Jerseys and a women’s league.

“But on the other hand when it comes to coaching, when there is absolutely no physical requirement, when it is not a function of how high you can jump or how strong you are, there is no physical litmus test to being a head coach in the league, there is absolutely no reason why a woman will not ascend to be a head coach in this league. We are very focused in on it.”