The Bruins and Don Sweeney have managed to trade David Backes to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Ondrej Kase. The deal also required the Bruins to part with a first round pick and 2018 2nd round pick Axel Andersson. The Bruins will also continue paying 25% of Backes’ salary.
NFL free agency is less than 4 weeks away and while all the chatter in New England is centered around Tom Brady, the Patriots have other holes on their roster that need to be addressed. Not only will this list no include Tom Brady, but it will not include any of the Patriots impending free agents. No Joe Thuney, no Devin McCourty, no Kyle Van Noy, no Jamie Collins and no Phillip Dorsett. These will all be players outside the organization for the Patriots to consider bringing in.
The NFL owners voted Thursday to approve a new CBA proposal that would bring drastic changes to the league. Among those changes are a 17-game regular season schedule, 7 playoff teams in each conference, 1 bye in each conference, a shortened preseason and fewer padded practices. All the NFL needs now is for the NFLPA to approve the new agreement, but it doesn’t look like there’s much chance of that happening.
The NBA season is now more than halfway over, and as teams have worked to function at the highest possible level on the basketball court, so too have a select group of players that have kicked it up a notch once again in 2019-20. While there may not have been a massive change in the names on this list as compared to November’s rankings, most of said names have trended upwards or downwards, keeping this year’s MVP race fresh and interesting throughout.
This has been a tumultuous offseason for Major League Baseball. The trend of the top players going unsigned until February is thankfully gone, but in its place comes something vastly more serious: sign stealing and the repercussions for it.
As the Patriots wait on Tom Brady’s free agency decision before moving onto a further quarterback search, many names have been thrown around as the heir to Tom Brady, including Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, and utility man Taysom Hill. While Bridgewater and Mariota have had success as starting quarterbacks, albeit limited success, Taysom Hill has not had that same opportunity. The Saints have used Hill in a variety of ways, as a running back, wide receiver, tight end and special teamer, but Hill has reiterated time and time again his desire to play quarterback in the NFL. While I hope he gets that chance, I surely don’t want that chance to be with the New England Patriots.
Why the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts has been subject to some debate. Was it to save money? Was it because Betts didn’t want to re-sign in Boston? Was it because they didn’t want to pay Mookie Betts what it would cost to keep him? Regardless of what their reasoning was, it highlights one of baseball’s biggest issues: free agency.
Before you dismiss this headline as an overreaction, it’s important to understand that the declining interest of fans when it comes to the Boston Red Sox is real. While this decline can’t be attributed solely to any one cause, there is one major factor that is helping slowly but surely drive the interest of the fans directly into the ground, and if those who are at the root of this problem continue to ignore it, rather than facing it and making the necessary changes, then we will continue to see ticket sales, TV ratings, and overall interest in the Red Sox continue to decline in the coming years.
As the NBA season hits it’s All-Star break, the league has already seen some incredible games this season. There will surely be more memorable matchups to add to this list as the playoff races heat up, but there’s already been enough to warrant a countdown. Here are the top 10 games of the NBA season so far...
After a Rare Loss of Composure, the Celtics Need to Focus on Controlling the Things That They Can Control
One of the most refreshing things about this year's Celtics team has been their ability to not let frustrating moments and mounting deficits rattle them. When opportunities have arisen for guys to point fingers and place blame upon one another, or to simply call it a night and mentally check out of a game that's getting out of hand, they have instead responded -- in most cases at least -- with the resiliency, toughness and composure that last year's team so obviously lacked. Unfortunately, last night in Houston was one of the rare moments in which that wasn't the case.