Connor McDavid’s monster contract with Oilers, in perspective

Connor McDavid has already made his mark on the ice as a generational talent. Now, he’s making his mark off of it, as well, becoming the NHL’s highest-paid player.

Not bad for a guy who just left his teens five months ago.

McDavid and the Oilers agreed to an eight-year contract extension which will cost $12.5 million per year against the salary cap once it kicks in following the upcoming season. That deal easily tops the dual $10.5 million cap hits of Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, which are currently the highest in the NHL for 2017-18. Anze Kopitar of the Kings has a salary cap charge of $10 million; and Montreal’s Carey Price will earn an average of $10.5 million per season beginning in 2018-19.

The deal became official Wednesday at a news conference in Edmonton. Reportedly it is worth $750,000 less per season than originally reported last week.

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3. James Neal, Predators — Neal’s 14th career playoff goal with the Predators tied teammate Filip Forsberg for most in franchise history. His goal late in the second period gave the Predators all the Cheap Basketball Jerseys momentum they needed heading into the final stanza.

2. Roman Josi, Predators — Josi was on ice for three of four Predators goals, scoring the first and assisting on the second and third. He also led the team with six shots on net. He’s the first defenseman with three points in a Cup Final game since Duncan Keith in 2010.

1. Pekka Rinne, Predators — With a pregame standing ovation and countless “Pekka! Pekka!” chants, Bridgestone Arena made clear it hadn’t lost faith in the struggling goalie. Rinne shook off an early goal that could’ve broken his already fragile spirit and delivered with his best game Cheap College Basketball Jerseys of the series by making 27 saves.

Alex Ovechkin failed to clear the puck past Justin Schultz at the blueline

There was some optimism this year might have been different, but that notion was laid to rest about four minutes into the third period when Patric Hornqvist caught Braden Holtby off guard on a turnover and gave the Pens a two-goal lead that might as well have been 20-0.

Seconds before, Alex Ovechkin failed to clear the puck past Justin Schultz at the blueline, and it bounced right to Hornqvist.

Holtby, dumbfounded, never saw the backhand flutter past him and stood motionless as the hockey world already knew the outcome. The Capitals managed just five shots on goal after that — two came in the game’s final minute — and went out with a whimper.

Botterill pledged to build the Sabres’ prospect pool with the Rochester Amerks, Buffalo’s minor league team. The Amerks haven’t won a playoff series since 2005. The Penguins’ minor league team in Wilkes-Barre has won 15 series over that stretch, and a majority with Botterill overseeing the team.

“It has to be a priority of management and the development group to get down to Rochester and be around,” Botterill said. “We had a bigger staff in Pittsburgh. I was fortunate enough to work with people such as Tom Fitzgerald, Bill Guerin, Mark Recchi. The last time we looked at it, in a three-year period at least one of us was down for there for 95 percent of the games. Players realize that. Players notice when management is around making that a priority.”

Botterill expects to have a GM in place to oversee the Amerks, and hopes to Liverpool Cheap Jerseys bring Knock Off Cheap Jerseys in more assistant GMs to help run the franchise, a similar to hierarchy Pittsburgh has.

Botterill admitted he hasn’t had a lot of time to evaluate Buffalo’s roster, considering he was just at Game 7 with the Penguins on Wednesday, but he knows one thing for sure.

the No. 1 overall pick by the Bruins in the 1997 NHL Draft

As important as de Haan is to the Islanders, it is clear with the one-year agreement Wednesday that general manager Garth Snow and team brass are not quite sold on him as a long-term answer on the back end. de Haan is a physical shot-blocking machine, ranking fourth in the NHL with 190 a year ago, just Make Your Own Cheap Jerseys eight shy of his career-high set the previous season. He had the second-best plus/minus on the club in 2016-17, a career-high +15, and appeared in all 82 games for the first time in his four-year career.

However, his possession numbers dropped each of the past three seasons, with his Corsi For at even strength falling to a career-low 48 percent last season, one in which the Isles narrowly missed out on reaching the playoffs for a third consecutive year.

Still, de Haan is an important New York Islander in 2017-18, whether it is his final year with the club or not; and as such, this is de Haan’s most important season as a pro, one that can Kids Cheap Jerseys China largely determine his future moving forward.

“Joe has become one of the faces of this franchise since his arrival in 2005 and we feel it’s only fitting that he will be wearing teal going forward,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Sunday. “He is a generational playmaker and his accomplishments place him amongst the elite players to ever play the game. He has helped lead this team to new levels and continues to be one of the top two-way centers in the League. His leadership on and off the ice have been instrumental in this franchise’s success, and we’re excited that he has continued his commitment to this organization and the fans in San Jose.”

Thornton, the No. 1 overall pick by the Bruins in the 1997 NHL Draft, has spent Fashion Online Shop Cheap Jerseys the past 12 seasons in San Jose, where he’s become a beloved figure. His legend grew in Flyers Cheap Jerseys April, when he suffered a torn ACL and MCL near the end of the regular season, yet returned for the Sharks’ first-round playoff series against Edmonton.

Jimmy Butler scores one point in ugly loss to Russell Westbrook, Thunder

At least Bulls guard Jimmy Butler had a reason for his dismal night from the floor in an ugly loss to the Thunder. The same can’t be said about Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks.

“I don’t know what we got to offer… I just know me, personally? I don’t got no time to waste. I’ll be 33 in the winter, and I ain’t got time to waste. That’s what I’m talking about.”

“Listen, when I feel like physically and mentally, me personally, can’t compete for a championship no more or I feel like I can’t do it, then I won’t have this problem. But until that happens, and it don’t seem like no time soon…”

“We got to figure it out. It’s been a (expletive) 2017 so far.” Suns first-round pick Marquese Chriss started in a 118-103 loss against the Cavaliers, but unlike Murray, the rookie was unable to make much of an impact. Chriss scored just six points in 22 minutes, failing to get to the free-throw line.

Warriors (36-6) at Rockets (33-12) 8:00 p.m. ET — Golden State has been unstoppable NFL Jerseys Paypal lately — just ask the Cavaliers — as Kevin Durant finally seems to have found his stride in Oakland. Houston has been playing fabulous ball as well, led by MVP candidate James Harden.

Far from giving Hoiberg a young bunch to mold, the Bulls buried him with more strong-willed veterans. For a guy still feeling his way among the ranks of NBA coaches, Hoiberg was given a near-impossible NFL Cheap Jerseys Nike task.

NBA franchise in Mexico isn’t on the horizon but is a midseason tournament?

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is in favor of an NBA franchise in Mexico City, but he might have to settle for a midseason tournament.

As the NBA continues to brainstorm ways to make regular-season games for exciting throughout the 82-game grind, NBA commissioner Adam Silver hinted Saturday of more games south of the border.

“He’s one of the main reasons why I talk so much, talk so loud when I’m out there. Because when I’m watching film of him or playing against him, the presence that he has — on both ends of the floor — is something that’s contagious. And you want take things from that from people like that, especially if that’s already in their personality.”

Garnett, Pierce and coach Rivers won the 2007-08 championship with the Celtics.

Thunder (25-18) at Warriors (35-6), 10:30 p.m. ET — Wednesday’s matchup will mark the second time Russell Westbrook and the Thunder face former teammate Kevin Durant. In the first matchup, Westbrook missed 11 of 15 shots and had six turnovers in a 122-96 loss. He could be in for another long night. The Warriors have won four straight against the Thunder, scoring at least 116 each game.

Kawhi Leonard continued his stellar play of late, putting up 34 points in a Real Cheap Jerseys 122-114 win over the Timberwolves. It was Leonard’s 12th 30-point game of the season and his fourth Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale consecutive. Per ESPN, the last Spurs player to score 30 points in four straight games was Tim Duncan in 2003-04.

This ‘Space Jam’ honest trailer is here to destroy your childhood memories

“Space Jam” taught millennials that, if we’re ever abducted by cartoons in the center of the Earth to help wage a war between good and evil, we can do anything that we believe. But the Internet is mean, and the fine folks at Screen Junkies weren’t going to let us enjoy it without a second thought.

This whole thing is simultaneously hilarious, saddening and undeniably true (except for two points we’ll get to toward the ending).

“Based on a sneaker commercial comes a film that got the rights to Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes, then said, ‘Screw it, that’s all the work we’re going to put into this one. It’s money time!’ ”

“Rev your engines to the debut of Lola Bunny, who gave boys a weird rabbit fetish long before Judy Hopps.”

“[The Spurs have] bodies. For the most part, all championship-contending teams has got guys that are ready to step in. Knock on wood, what if Ky goes down? For two weeks. Let’s say two. What if I went down for three weeks?” James asked.

Rose has returned to the team and been fined, but the situation was never going to be a particularly good one for the Knicks. It was an act of desperation, a panic move by team honcho Phil Jackson, who was feeling the pressure of needing to show some progress in Year 3 of his administration. Remember when Jackson took the Knicks job in 2014, promising to consider character and culture when building the team? He tossed all that aside when he went after Rose, whom Chicago was all too eager to unload.

When Jackson decided to put in his lot with Rose this offseason, acquiring him in Tom Brady Cheap Jerseys a trade with the Bulls, it was argued that there was little risk, since Rose was in the final year of Super Cheap Jerseys his contract. But this was not just about the contract. Rose was also headed for a sexual assault trial (he was exonerated), but this was no low-risk, high-reward situation.

Yankees’ biggest surprise of 2017 is not who you think

Rewind to the end of the 2015 MLB season when the Yankees were days away from facing the Astros in the must-win AL wild-card game.

That’s when the shocking announcement came that CC Sabathia would miss the postseason — which was ultimately one game due to the loss to Houston — because he was checking into an alcohol rehabilitation center. The previous weekend, while on a road trip in Baltimore, Sabathia was binge drinking Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal in the hotel and drinking in the clubhouse after a game had been canceled.

Dual-threats out of the backfield are extremely valuable in the NFL and “Madden.” With Cheap Official NHL Jerseys that in mind it’s no surprise Bell takes the top spot. Right behind him are the likes of David Johnson and LeSean McCoy. Johnson comes in at 94 Overall and features 92 Speed, 94 Juke Move, 93 Agility, and 76 Catching. McCoy is 92 Overall with the highest Agility rating at 98 and rates 93 in both Juke Move and Elusiveness.

Johnson is the biggest mover at the top, going from 90 Overall at the end of last season to 94 in this season’s edition. DeMarco Murray has also been raised 4 points, helping him jump several players that had been rated above him previously. Ezekiel Elliott rounds out the top five with 92 Speed and 94 Agility.

One player that remains a mystery for now is Marshawn Lynch, who came out of retirement to sign with his hometown Oakland Raiders. At the time of his retirement following the 2015-16 season, Lynch Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa was rated 93 Overall. Look for him to settle somewhere in the mid-to-upper 80s.

LeBron James passes Shaquille O’Neal for seventh on NBA’s all-time scoring list

LeBron James is clear of another NBA legend on his ascent up the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

The Cavaliers forward passed Shaquille O’Neal with his 28,599th career point during Thursday’s 99-93 loss to the Bulls, good for seventh-most in history.

James, who entered the night needing 23 points to tie O’Neal (25,596), secured the milestone midway through the fourth quarter by sinking a free throw. He finished with 26 points in the loss, Cleveland’s third straight and fifth in seven games as its grip on the Eastern Conference loosens considerably.

“But this team really just hasn’t had it. They haven’t had it since Phil Jackson landed there.”

It’s Jackson’s third year as the Knicks’ president. During his first two seasons, the Knicks posted a 17-65 and 32-50 record, respectively. With a 28-47 record and only seven games left in this season, New York won’t be making the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.

Even though Pippen and Jackson were together for 11 years in Chicago, the majority of Pippen’s sympathy lies with Anthony, who has a diminished role with the team for the remainder of the season.

“There has not been any upside to think that the New York Knicks were gonna be a Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike contender, and I just feel bad for Carmelo having to go through this and having to deal with it, but Blue Jays Cheap Jerseys he got a great contract, so …” Pippen said.

“I’m sure the fans will love to see Carmelo in New York and Phil out.”

NFL suspends Vikings WR Michael Floyd four games

Mike Zimmer will have trouble getting out to Minnesota workouts over the next few weeks while recovering from eye surgery.

What will put a bigger damper on the Vikings though is the news that they have lost wide receiver Michael Floyd for the first four games of the season. The Vikings released a statement detailing the suspension Friday.

The former Patriots, Cardinals and Notre Dame receiver was suspended for violating his house arrest earlier this year — all of which stemmed from a DUI conviction in February.

After being sentenced to house arrest, Floyd was ordered not to consume any alcohol over the first 30 days he spent in his home after he was release from jail. In that time he tested positive for alcohol and blamed it on the kombucha tea he consumed not knowing it contained alcohol.

Now the NFL is handing down their own punishment with the four-game suspension.

Kennard was not viewed by many (or maybe any) NBA scouts as a possible first-round pick entering his sophomore season, but he averaged 19.5 points per game while shooting 48.9 percent from the field, 43.8 percent from 3-point range and 85.6 percent from the free-throw line. He hit double-figure scoring in all but two of Duke’s 37 games this season and led the team to the ACC Tournament championship, winning MVP honors.

His consistent shooting and passing coupled with his ability to play off Cheap MLB Authentic Jerseys the ball Cheap NFL Jerseys China has propelled him into the top-20 range in most mock drafts. It’s a smart move for Kennard to capitalize on his breakout season when his stock is at its peak.

LaVar Ball brushes off LeBron James’ warning: ‘I don’t care’

LaVar Ball won’t be silenced anytime soon.

Ball, who is the father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball, drew the ire of LeBron James after Ball brought up the NBA star’s kids during one of his now-famous rants.

“Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth, keep my family out of your mouth,” James warned on Tuesday.

Tatum’s decision comes after Duke’s shocking second-round NCAA Tournament loss to seventh-seeded South Carolina last weekend.

The St. Louis native missed the first eight games of his freshman season after spraining his ankle in October. He returned full time to the court at the beginning of December and averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Blue Devils this season.

“I have absolutely loved coaching Jayson Tatum,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “His skill set and work ethic will make him a star in the NBA. Whichever team selects him will be getting a humble, thoughtful and talented young man whom we are proud to call a member of the Duke Basketball brotherhood.”

Tatum is the seventh player in the past six years to leave Duke as a freshman for the NBA.

Young players can be crazily inconsistent. Take 20-year-old Pistons forward NFL Jerseys China Stanley Johnson. Less than a week removed from scoring a season-high 17 against the Pacers, Johnson went 1-for-10 from the floor against the Cavaliers, and added two turnovers and three fouls. There will be NHL Cheap Jerseys much better days ahead for the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Grizzlies (37-30) at Bulls (32-35), 8 p.m. ET Two teams that just ended five-game skids Monday face off in Chicago to see who can keep their momentum going. Despite the Bulls’ recent woes, they’re still within a half-game of the No. 8 Bucks in the Eastern Conference.