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    The Detroit Red Wings have been mismanaged into salary cap hell – populated by teams kissing the ceiling with a snowball’s chance in there of making the playoffs. Hence,adidas Shea Weber jersey, we’ll get you next time’ RFA contracts., forward Andreas Athanasiou is looking at one of those ‘sorry kid

    The only response for a 23-year-old player being forced to atone for management’s sins is leverage, because the NHL is why., and Athanasiou doesn’t have much of it: No arbitration rights and no hope for an offer sheet

    which is gin up a KHL counteroffer in an attempt to get the gears turning on the contract they want.,authentic Shea Weber jersey,So Athanasiou and his reps have done what other restricted free agents in his situation have done

    Vancouver 1130 AM sports anchor Rick Dhaliwal reports that “Red Wings RFA F Andreas Athanasiou could be signing in Russia soon. Talks with Red Wings going nowhere.” Craig Custance of The Athletic quotes Athanasiou’s agent as saying,adidas Ryan Suter jersey,” which we assume is much the same thing as receiving a significant offer that’s considerable., “I have received a considerable offer that is significant

    and it all comes back to one basic question: Would these players actually leave for Russia for a season if their teams keep low-balling them?,We’ve seen players from Darcy Kuemper to Torey Krug have rubles thrown their way during contentious contract talks

    333 against the cap – and likely more ice time,authentic Jeff Carter jersey,In Athanasiou’s case,authentic Zach Parise jersey, as he was limited to 13:28 per game last season in scoring 18 goals and 29 points.,adidas Devan Dubnyk jersey, he would get significantly more money – his entry-level deal paid him $628

    he’s blazing,(No, and Jeff Blashill should have played him more.), adidas Zach Parise jersey,that usage vs. production didn’t make sense to us either. It’s a speed league

    ” he writes,Yet as Custance notes, if Athanasiou leaves, and leaving for the KHL stalls that out., he’s still a restricted free agent with no arbitration rights and under the Red Wings’ thumb. “Players typically like to keep the clock moving on their service time towards unrestricted free agency

    shocked if he’s not back with the Red Wings as a dollar amount that’s friendlier to the team. But then we’re also shocked that a 33-win team has $78 million on its cap for next season,adidas Jeff Carter jersey,We’d be shocked if this wasn’t posturing,authentic Devan Dubnyk jersey, so really anything’s possible., authentic Ryan Suter jersey,shocked if Athanasiou plays in the KHL next season

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    This post is part of Oilers Day on PHT…

    In a fairer world, most of the pressure in Edmonton would be on Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli.

    After all, Chiarelli could have conceivably locked up Leon Draisaitl to a far cheaper contract extension if he was a little more proactive about it. The Oilers barely wasted a second in signing Connor McDavid to an extension when they got the chance – and justifiably so – but you wonder if they dropped the ball in allowing Draisaitl to pump up his value with a breakthrough contract year.

    And, beyond discussions of Draisaitl + McDavid at $21 million compared to Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane at that price (not to mention the cheaper duo of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin),adidas Jeff Carter jersey, Chiarelli is the one who’s been handing out questionable contracts to the likes of Milan Lucic and Kris Russell.

    Anyway, the debates don’t seem to revolve around whether or not the Oilers overpaid Draisaitl; instead,authentic Zach Parise jersey, when you leaf through reactions to the $8.5 million per year price,authentic Devan Dubnyk jersey, much of the bickering centers on how excessive the contract is.

    That’s not great for a 21-year-old who still boasts a pretty small resume,authentic Shea Weber jersey, especially if his bloated contract eventually forces other, talented players out of Edmonton.

    The big concern is that the Oilers paid big for Draisaitl in large part based on his production alongside McDavid, while cap realities would likely prompt Edmonton to ask each player to center their own line.

    In 2016-17, Draisaitl’s most common linemates were Patrick Maroon and then McDavid, and by a large margin.

    Just like with virtually any talented forward,adidas Zach Parise jersey, as Jonathan Willis illustrated in detail for Oilers Nation. That’s not the big German forward’s fault, Draisaitl saw a significant boost with McDavid vs. without him,authentic Jeff Carter jersey, really,adidas Ryan Suter jersey, but it makes it scarier to hand him a massive extension without a large body of evidence that he can be a difference-maker on his own.

    The Oilers gave Draisaitl a bigger deal than a scorer with a larger body of work (and thus more proof that he’s a true top center) in Ryan Johansen and generally made him one of the highest-paid centers in the NHL.

    Now,authentic Ryan Suter jersey, part of the reason for the big raise was how well he played in the playoffs,adidas Devan Dubnyk jersey, it’s not all doom and gloom. After all,adidas Shea Weber jersey, sometimes without McDavid goosing his numbers.

    Even so, that’s a small sample size, and now many people will expect Draisaitl to be the Malkin to McDavid’s Crosby.

    That’s a dangerous proposition, and the Oilers might not have a ton to fall back on if Draisaitl has trouble dealing with the stresses that come with getting a huge contract. No doubt about it, he’s under a lot of pressure.

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    ust a friendly public service reminder before we get to observations from the first half of Friday’s Lions-Patriots game: It’s just the preseason.

    that was ugly.,Ok. Now that that’s out of the way … wow

    The Lions looked like a JV team playing against the defending Super Bowl champions in Game 3 of the preseason Friday.

    lost two turnovers in the first half and at one point had allowed 196 net yards of offense while amassing just 12 yards of their own.,They committed seven penalties in the first quarter

    The Patriots led 24-7 at halftime after scoring the game’s first 24 points, including a dime of a deep ball over Nevin Lawson (who was called for illegal contact on the play)., and Tom Brady looked as G.O.A.T.-ly as ever while completing 11 of his first 12 passes (with the lone incompletion a drop). He threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to Chris Hogan

    The Lions allowed just 16 points in their first two preseason games and they spoke this week about the strides they made on defense. Their sacks were up. They created a few turnovers. Mostly they did what was expected and it carried over.

    Maybe they did what was expected Friday, they did set a modern NFL record for highest completion percentage allowed last year., too. After all

    The defense settled down some in the second quarter. Anthony Zettel had a couple nice rushes, and Glover Quin even intercepted a heave of a pass in the end zone on Brady’s final play of the game., Jalen Reeves-Maybin made a play in the run game

    Still, and if Ziggy Ansah doesn’t come back healthy they might be worse., the overwhelming feeling after watching the Lions and Patriots play was that the Lions defense won’t be appreciably better than last year

    The Patriots, are legit Super Bowl favorites. The Lions aren’t close to being in their class., even though they lost top receiver Julian Edelman to a knee injury

    More observations from Friday’s first half:

    Rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis got a welcome-to-the-NFL of sorts Friday as Brady took advantage of his inexperience early. Davis was mismatched on Edelman a few plays into the opening drive, when he cut short his route on a pick play and left Davis covering no one in the middle of the field., Womens Harrison Butker Jersey, and Brady went to his No. 1 receiver for a 23-yard gain. Hogan also beat Davis for his first touchdown

    with Paul Worrilow starting at strongside linebacker and Reeves-Maybin and Antwione Williams taking some first-team reps alongside Davis later in the quarter. Clearly,Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey,Tahir Whitehead missed a tackle on the second play of the game and left at halftime with a knee injury,Womens Curtis Samuel Jersey, one or more starting spots at linebacker are up for grabs.,Authentic Daeshon Hall Jersey, not a great sign considering how bad the Lions were at linebacker last year. The Lions rotated personnel at the position early

    but the Lions have a glut of defensive backs and might be trying to sort out (or showcase for a trade) players at that spot.,Authentic Harrison Butker Jersey,Linebacker wasn’t the only spot the Lions rotated personnel on Friday. Both Quandre Diggs and D.J. Hayden took first-team reps at the nickel cornerback position. Diggs has worked first in that rotation all summer

    The Lions’ early sloppiness was disappointing to see. They had three penalties in the kicking game in the first half, and that won’t fly come the regular season., and three in the secondary. That’s giving away free yardage

    he ran a drag short of the first-down marker on third-and-4. There were linebackers in his way,As expected, but the rookie has to find his way to the sticks on that play. , rookie Kenny Golladay worked as the No. 3 receiver with the first-team offense in the first half. Gollady had one catch for 2 yards and was targeted three times. On his only catch

    played one series in the first half,Running back Theo Riddick made a brief cameo Friday, his first action of the preseason. Riddick,Womens Taylor Moton Jersey, had one carry for no gain and one pass thrown his way., Authentic Curtis Samuel Jersey,who’s been in a red no-contact jersey all summer as he recovers from double-wrist surgery

    who came out to start the third quarter, the Lions suffered another potentially serious injury in the first half as Cole Wick left with a chest injury after getting drilled on a scramble play across the middle. Wick had a good chance to make the team as the No. 4 tight end, but his health is now in question. Matthew Stafford,Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey,Lastly,Authentic Taylor Moton Jersey, and Stafford also tried to whip a ball into too-tight coverage on his first-half interception.,Womens Daeshon Hall Jersey,didn’t do Wick any favors with his throw

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    When the New York Giants take the field at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night against the New York Jets,Womens Ryan Anderson Jersey, they will be playing in what will be almost a real game. Head coach Ben McAdoo will be looking for the offense to find some rhythm against the Jets.

    The Giants offense has struggled for the most part throughout two preseason games but with the first team likely to be on the field for at least the first half, McAdoo is looking for a clean performance with plenty of opportunities to move the ball down the field.

    ” said McAdoo. “We want to play with some physicality,“I am looking for getting in a little bit of a rhythm. We want to take care of the ball. That’s important to us,Authentic Ryan Anderson Jersey,complete the ball and just get a little bit better. Find a way to make some gains this week.”

    Taking care of the ball hasn’t been something the Giants have done recently,Womens Fabian Moreau Jersey, especially in their second game of the preseason. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard and rookie running back Wayne Gallman both lost fumbles while quarterback Geno Smith threw an interception at the goal line.

    The Giants could also be without star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. as he continues to deal with the ankle injury he suffered against the Cleveland Browns on Monday night.

    The Giants took him out of the game after he suffered a sprained ankle on what was a clean but low and controversial hit by a Browns defensive back. The team is hoping that rehab will be enough to get him ready for the regular season opener against the Dallas Cowboys,Authentic Fabian Moreau Jersey, .

    The Giants first team offense hasn’t been on the field much this preseason but they should get a good chunk of time together on Saturday night,Authentic Samaje Perine Jersey, which will indicate how much improvement they have made this year.

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    Former KHL player Danis Zaripov will attempt to continue his hockey career in North America after receiving approval from the NHL, despite being banned from the Russian league and international competition for doping. Zaripov released a statement through his agent, Dan Milstein, on Monday saying he was “grateful” for the NHL’s decision to let him pursue a contract.

    “I look forward to continuing my professional hockey playing career in North America,Authentic Gordie Howe jersey, and today I am very grateful to the NHL for its decision,adidas Henrik Zetterberg jersey, which provides me the opportunity to do so. I want to assure you that throughout my career I have been extremely careful never to take prohibited substances,adidas Frans Nielsen jersey, and I plan to continue my appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to clear my name.”

    Zaripov,adidas Wayne Gretzky jersey, a 36-year-old winger, was suspended two years by the International Ice Hockey Federation in July for doping. In announcing the ban,Authentic Wayne Gretzky jersey, the KHL said his samples “contained banned stimulants plus substances prohibited as diuretics and masking agents,” according to Sportsnet.

    On Monday, including that its banned substances list isn’t the same as the one used by the World Anti-Doping Agency., the NHL announced that it would not uphold the KHL and IIHF’s suspension and made Zaripov an unrestricted free agent. The league said in a statement that it was doing so for several reasons

    The NHL also cited “procedural irregularities in the adjudication process that may have resulted in prejudicing the Player’s case and affecting the IIHF’s decision” and Zaripov’s “lengthy career in both professional and international hockey” without ever testing positive for doping as reasons to approve his application.

    recording 227 points in 229 games. He had a very strong 2017 postseason with 15 goals and seven assists in 18 games as his team reached the KHL’s finals.,adidas Gordie Howe jersey,Zaripov could command interest from NHL teams looking for veteran help on the wing. He’s been one of the most productive players in the KHL over the past few seasons with Metallurg Magnitogorsk

    On the international side,Authentic Jimmy Howard jersey, Zaripov played for Team Russia at the 2010 Olympics,Authentic Henrik Zetterberg jersey,and has been a regular contributor at the World Championships. He won’t be eligible for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang as a result of his suspension,adidas Jimmy Howard jersey, however.

    That makes going to the NHL, which isn’t participating in the Olympics anyway, an obvious answer considering many other leagues operate under the same rules as WADA and the IIHF. The NHL has gone its own way to combat doping,Authentic Frans Nielsen jersey,  though, and now it’s come to a different conclusion regarding Zaripov’s eligibility.

    Sportsnet mentions the New York Rangers and Vegas Golden Knights as teams that could pursue Zaripov. The Rangers don’t have a ton of cap space but could use another scoring winger if they’re moving J.T. Miller to full-time center. The Golden Knights already added one KHL star this summer in Vadim Shipachyov and could decide to find room for another.

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    The Will Butcher Derby ended on Sunday, with the NCAA free-agent defenseman selecting the New Jersey Devils as his NHL team and signing a two-year deal.

    If you’re understandable response to that news was “why?”, Butcher has an answer for you.

    a sound coach. It’s a great fit with how I want to play.”,” said Butcher of John Hynes,“I kind of hit it off with coach Hynes, entering his third season behind the bench with the Devils. “I think he’s a sound hockey mind

    the defenseman opted not to sign with the Colorado Avalanche – after being drafted 123rd overall at the 2013 NHL Draft,” he said.), held in New Jersey – and became the summer’s belle of the NCAA free-agent ball. The 2017 Hobey Baker winner whittled down his suitors to a final four of the Devils,authentic Jeff Carter jersey,After four years at the University of Denver, the Vegas Golden Knights,adidas Ryan Suter jersey, the Los Angeles Kings and the Buffalo Sabres. (“It was the rock star tour

    it was Hynes,adidas Devan Dubnyk jersey,In the end, his system and the franchise’s approach to player development that lured him to the Devils.

    from taking repetitions to going out one day and taking puck touches,authentic Shea Weber jersey, and they’re going to put me in places to succeed rather than just throw me into the fire of the NHL.”,” he said. “It was very appealing for me to talk about that stuff: To take a younger guy like me,“They cater to their guys and help get them ready for the NHL game. Certain things, 22, just coming into the NHL

    the system he plays was of equal enticement. The Devils want to play an up-tempo, it means stretching the ice for their forwards rather than having to always carry the puck themselves.,adidas Zach Parise jersey, attacking style of hockey. But it’s a system that doesn’t demand that its defensemen all need to play like Erik Karlsson – speed,As much as Butcher connected with Hynes on a personal level, within the context of Hynes’s system, means making smart and quick hockey plays. For defensemen

    It means outthinking and out-anticipating your opponent.

    It means playing hockey like Butcher likes to play it.

    “but I like to pride myself in thinking the game fast. I use my brain to be fast. Try to anticipate plays. Use my hockey smarts to be a step quicker than other players.”,” said Butcher,adidas Jeff Carter jersey,“I might not be the fasted guy or the biggest guy out there,authentic Zach Parise jersey, intensifying to two most frequent criticisms of his game

    Butcher said he grew up watching Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks and would like to emulate him,authentic Devan Dubnyk jersey, but a better proxy might be a player like Devils captain Andy Greene. He stands an inch taller than Butcher (5-11) and isn’t exactly known for blazing skating. But he’s as sound and smart as they come.

    and have to chance to learn from the older guys and skate with the younger players,adidas Shea Weber jersey,“I want to make the team out of camp,” said Butcher.

    out of necessity for the team. He can play either side of the defense,Where does he fit? Butcher played the right side for the last two years at Denver, with no stated preference. (Let it be said the Devils might need a bit more help on the right side.)

    Butcher could also see immediate time on the Devils’ power play,If he makes the team out of camp, as Hynes likes his deception at the point and the way he distributes the puck.

    but have seen more leave underdeveloped than stick around and blossom. They’re also a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2012,authentic Ryan Suter jersey,The Devils used to be a factory for young defensemen like Butcher, including two straight years in the lottery under John Hynes.

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    Right foot, left foot, right foot, left foot — the steps Chargers receiver Mike Williams has taken and will be taking on the field over the next few days could be life-changing for one of his teammates.

    If Williams moves with ease, looking like the player who’d easily glide under one of Deshaun Watson’s passes while helping Clemson to a national title,Authentic Vonn Bell Jersey, the Chargers could gamble that their first-round pick could be on the field sooner than later.

    They could decide the back injury that kept Williams off the field for all of training camp had improved enough to begin working him back into drills in practice, and eventually,Authentic Andrus Peat Jersey, into a game.

    But if a step looks wrong,Womens Stephone Anthony Jersey, if a muscle tightens at the wrong time or if everything isn’t quite firing the way it should, the Chargers could press pause on his return — opening up a spot for someone else to earn an NFL paycheck.

    Coach Anthony Lynn,Authentic Garrett Grayson Jersey, general manager Tom Telesco and the team’s trainers will have to decide on a plan of action for Williams in the upcoming days — and it’s a high-stakes decision. Either they can keep Williams on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which would keep him off the field until the seventh week of the season, or they can bet on him being ready sooner — with the cost of a roster spot.

    “He has a chance to continue to get better and play that fourth, fifth week,” Lynn said. “And if we put him down, we might not see him until midway through the season. That’s the decision we’re going to have make.”

    Lynn said the Chargers’ depth at wide receiver — and every other position — will factor into the decision.

    “I don’t want to … keep a guy up that’s not going to play for a few weeks if it’s going to hurt us at another position,” Lynn said.

    It’s all part of the roster-building puzzle front offices have been trying to put together since the spring. Williams isn’t the only receiver on the roster with injury concerns. Dontrelle Inman, entering his fourth year with the Chargers, isn’t on the practice field as he’s still working his way back from sports hernia surgery.

    “He keeps coming back and he’s in and out, in and out,” Lynn said. “I just want to get him healthy.”

    Inman’s most recent setback happened in the final week of training camp, when he groaned in pain while running. Instead of a post or a hook, Inman finished a route by heading straight to the trainer’s tent.

    “It’s a process and I expected that,” Inman said. “Any time you have any kind of surgery, it’s still surgery. Surgery is surgery, and everyone’s body heals differently. It’s a process and mentally you have to be ready for it,Womens Vonn Bell Jersey, so I prepared myself before a decision was made.

    “…I’m actually feeling good right now. There have been some bumps in the road, but I’m feeling good.”

    Inman knows what he needs to do in the final handful of days in order to be ready for the season,Womens Andrus Peat Jersey, something Williams’ hasn’t done at the pro level.

    And figuring how much Williams can do and when he can do it is the question the Chargers’ brass needs to figure out.

    “It’s tough to be engaged when you don’t see yourself on the field,Authentic Hau’oli Kikaha Jersey, learning, but he’s been engaged,Womens Hau’oli Kikaha Jersey, asking questions,” Inman said. “You’ve got to be ready no matter what. Being hurt is being hurt,Womens Garrett Grayson Jersey, but when your number is called and you’re out there, they expect you to perform.”

    But first, they expect you out there.


    The Chargers practiced without pads Tuesday, a trend Lynn would like to see continued into the season. “I would like to do that more, but in the short term the Chargers aren’t putting too much on his plate. “I do feel like Desmond can go back there,Authentic Stephone Anthony Jersey, but as I get to know this team, I’ll figure that out,” Lynn said. “I think you can get a lot done without pads on but you have to know how to practice. That’s a skill to do that. I’m trying to teach that skill.” … First-team cornerback Casey Hayward and right tackle Joe Barksdale are both “good, and appear on track to play in the season opener on Sept. 11. …Rookie Desmond King might have a future at free safety,” according to Lynn, but right now, we’re really focused on him at the nickel spot,” Lynn said. “He’s done such a good job there. I think that’s his niche right now — nickel and special teams.”

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    Derek Carr has nothing to worry about this weekend. Neither does Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper or the other Oakland Raiders players who have an ironclad grasp on one of the team’s 53 roster spots.

    instead of nervously checking their cell phones,Saturday afternoon, they’ll likely be going about their business before officially launching into preparation for Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans come Monday. However, for players like Jaydon Mickens, hoping that either the phone does or doesn’t ring., whose fate on the final roster is yet to be determined, Saturday will be a day of waiting

    Waiting to find out if your NFL dreams will officially become reality certainly sounds like a high-intensity situation, but after going through this exact same scenario a year ago, Mickens has a positive outlook on the process as a whole.

    it’s not too stressful,“For me personally, and God has a plan. Last year I stressed about it,” said Mickens. “It’s not too nerve-racking, and blah, because it’s football, trying to make the team, but I know I’m a good football player. I’m working to be great, so that’s all I have to worry about is going out there, blah, and what’s going to happen if not, blah, and I know I can play at a high level, and putting my best foot forward.”

    Mickens will get one more shot to leave a lasting impression on the Raiders coaching staff Thursday evening when the Silver and Black conclude the preseason at home against the Seattle Seahawks, and considering a majority of the team’s offensive starters likely won’t see the field a lot – or at all – the speedy wide out will certainly have his fair share of opportunities to make plays.

    Through three games of the preseason, Mickens has been mostly pleased with what he’s put out on tape, albeit it with one exception; he hasn’t found the end zone.

    “Me personally,Womens Jeff Driskel Jersey,” Mickens explained. “I need to get more yards. I need to do better at blocking. I need to get better at catching my points all the way square so I can get a fast burst up-field. I have a lot to work on,Womens A.J. Green Jersey, I try to be a perfectionist at what I do… I need to score more touchdowns,Womens Vontaze Burfict Jersey, but I’m a young guy…. I’m pleased with the effort I put out for the most part.”

    Now playing in his second NFL preseason – and at just 23 years old – Mickens has a lot of football still in front of him, but that hasn’t stopped a crop of rookies asking him to handle the inevitable stresses leading up to the day of roster reduction.

    Mickens’ advice? Well,Womens Tyler Eifert Jersey, it’s pretty simple actually.

    “I just be real with them, depending on how they do in this game,” Mickens said. “I’m going to tell them like it is. Some guys are on the bubble of actually getting that potential spot on the roster, and what they want to see. A lot of guys are playing for practice squad spots.”

    “I told our guys, ‘You want to make the best impression you can for an opportunity here, and you’re making an impression on the league as well, and we’ve got a good group of men.”, you also have 31 other teams that are going to evaluate the game tape,” added Head Coach Jack Del Rio. “So I think it’s important to put your best foot forward

    And while at this juncture in the preseason, he’s just trying to control the things that he can, Mickens knows that there are a plethora of variables out of his control, and show that he’s worthy of one of the 53 coveted spots on the active roster.

    “Did you get better from game one to two, two to three,Authentic Tyler Eifert Jersey,” he posited. “That’s what they want to see, three to four, and that’s what I let them know. It’s really simple and plain and to the point. You just have to continue to work.”

    Headed into Thursday’s game, like Head Coach Del Rio said, players like Mickens are certainly operating in unique space; while their predominant focus is making the Silver and Black’s final roster,Womens Andy Dalton Jersey, there are also 31 other teams they’re potentially trying out for as well.

    For Mickens though, he’s a Raider until he’s told otherwise.

    ” he said. “I’m a Raider until whatever happens. I’m just trying to be the best me when I get out there. I’m not going to press or do nothing extra. If it happens,“How I look at [it is] I’m a Raider,Authentic Jeff Driskel Jersey, it happens, and I reverse field and go to the house,Authentic Andy Dalton Jersey, and not only are you trying to make the Raiders football club,Authentic A.J. Green Jersey, but I’m just going to do me, so you have to just put your best foot forward,Authentic Vontaze Burfict Jersey, but you also have to have in the back of your mind that you’re trying to make 31 other football teams. This is the first focus, that happens later, and I’m just excited to play with my teammates because what an opportunity you have.”

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    THOUSAND OAKS, reuniting the famous running back with his first NFL franchise., Calif. (AP) — Eric Dickerson has signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Los Angeles Rams

    with Dickerson wearing his Hall of Fame blazer to complete the paperwork.,The Rams formalized the deal at their training complex Tuesday

    with his jersey frequently outnumbering those of any current player in the Coliseum stands.,Dickerson set the single-season NFL rushing record and suited up for four playoff teams during his tenure with the Rams from 1983-87. He is still among the most popular players in franchise history

    because even when I left the Rams,Womens Jamal Adams Jersey,”I’m really happy for this moment,Authentic Karl Joseph Jersey, I was always a Ram,” Dickerson said. “I was always a Los Angeles Ram. I never wanted to leave this football team when I got traded. My heart was broken,Authentic Jihad Ward Jersey, just like a lot of fans’ hearts were broken that day.”

    who returned home to Los Angeles last year after 21 seasons in St. Louis. Dickerson will be involved in fan outreach efforts as the Rams attempt to cement their primacy in Southern California after the relocation of the Chargers.,Authentic Shilique Calhoun Jersey,Dickerson also became a vice president of business development with the Rams

    The 56-year-old Dickerson and the Rams have healed the rift created last year by former coach Jeff Fisher’s reaction to Dickerson’s criticism of the team while the Rams went 4-12. Chief operating officer Kevin Demoff led the Rams’ efforts to bring Dickerson back into the fold with a ceremonial retirement and a prominent role in the team’s public presence in Los Angeles.

    General manager Les Snead and coach Sean McVay joined Dickerson at a jovial news conference to announce the move.

    “My thing is I’m all about the fans, I’m letting you know right now,Authentic Marcus Maye Jersey, ” said Dickerson, if you play well, you’re going to hear it from me. I’m your biggest fan and your biggest critic, who will continue to do a radio show and television appearances. “Coach, I’m going to say you’re playing well. If you ain’t playing good,Authentic Jamal Adams Jersey,and that’s just me. I love this football team. I want my team to win.”

    Dickerson is the most iconic player of the Rams’ later years in Southern California while they played at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. The No. 2 overall pick out of SMU in 1983 set a rookie record with 1,Womens Marcus Maye Jersey,105 yards in 1984.,Womens Karl Joseph Jersey,808 yards rushing and topped it with an NFL-record 2

    enduring contract disputes before getting traded to the Indianapolis Colts three games into the 1987 season. He also suited up for the Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta before his career ended in 1993.,Womens Jihad Ward Jersey,Dickerson spent just over four seasons with the Rams

    Dickerson has been behind the franchise since the Rams announced their return in early 2016. Dickerson,Womens Shilique Calhoun Jersey,While he left LA abruptly, spoke out strongly in favor of the move and backed the team when it relocated from St. Louis., who lives in the Los Angeles area

    and Dickerson responded by ripping the Rams even more. Fisher was fired last December.,But Dickerson and the Rams split when the running back publicly criticized Fisher’s team during a lengthy losing skid last fall. Fisher asked Dickerson to lighten his criticism

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    Rams General Manager Les Snead doesn’t know when Aaron Donald will show up, but he hopes the All-Pro defensive tackle comes back sooner than later.

    “We still want Aaron,” Snead said Tuesday, want him to be here as soon as possible, via Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times.

    Donald, is training at the University of Pittsburgh this week as he continues his holdout, 26, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

    Snead wouldn’t discuss specifics of the negotiations but said the Rams will “try to come up with creative scenarios to get this done.” Donald has two years left on his rookie deal,Authentic Kenny Golladay Jersey, set to earn $1.8 million in 2017 and $6.9 million in 2018.

    Donald has outplayed the contract,Authentic Brad Kaaya Jersey, making 163 tackles and 28 sacks in three seasons. He has earned Pro Bowl honors three times and All-Pro twice.

    “At the end of the day,” Snead said,Womens Jalen Reeves-Maybin Jersey, Aaron Donald is on pace to be a Hall of Famer,Authentic Barry Sanders Jersey, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

    Donald’s absence was a big topic of conversation in media interviews Tuesday.

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    Kikaha recently published their lists of the top 20 centres, defenceman and 10 best goalies. Not a single player on the Vancouver Canucks appeared on any of the lists.,adidas Henrik Lundqvist jersey, wingers

    It doesn’t seem that long ago where the Vancouver Canucks featured a plethora of superstar players. It started with Daniel and Henrik Sedin,adidas Mats Zuccarello jersey, second line centre Ryan Kesler and the league’s best goaltending duo of Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider.

    Throw in wingers Alexandre Burrows and Mikael Samuelsson,authentic Rick Nash jersey, and virtually all fantasy hockey players were targeting Canucks players in their drafts.

    But as indirectly reminded us, times have changed a lot over the years. Throughout the month of August, wingers and blueliners., they published their top 10 goalie rankings while listing the 20 best centres

    And as mentioned at the top, zero Canucks players found their names on either list.

    But as we talked about last week, Daniel at 211 and rookie Brock Boeser at 247th., only three players from Vancouver appeared on’s list of the top 250 fantasy players: Bo Horvat at 194

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    The Colorado Avalanche at least have Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog. The Buffalo Sabres have Jack Eichel and Ryan O’Reilly. The New Jersey Devils have Schneider and the Detroit Red Wings have Henrik Zetterberg.

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    Houston — After former Texan Arian Foster and his brother Abdul Foster got through Hurricane Harvey OK they decided to do something to help those who weren’t so fortunate.

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    So on Thursday the gym where Abdul has trained many NFL players was filled with hundreds of bottles of water, boxes of diapers stacked 10-feet high and thousands of cans of food.

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    Arian played for the Texans from 2009-15 and is the franchise’s career leading rusher.

    The work of the Fosters comes as J.J. Watt’s fund for hurricane relief keeps growing. The star defensive end has raised $12.2 million, and got a boost on Thursday with a $200,000 donation from Drake. The Lions and owner Martha Ford also pledged a $1-million donation Thursday.

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    Russian winger Zaripov cleared to pursue NHL contract

    Danis Zaripov will get the chance to take his talents to North America after the NHL approved the Russian winger’s eligibility following a doping ban in the Kontinental Hockey League and international play.

    The 36-year-old Zaripov is free to sign with any team and could be the latest established Russian player to make an immediate impact in the NHL. Agent Dan Milstein said Zaripov is looking for a one-year contract so he can prove himself.

    ” Milstein said.,”He’s going to be a huge contributor to whatever team that he will choose

    Even that is only possible after the NHL ruled that the suspension by the KHL and International Ice Hockey Federation wouldn’t have happened under its rules and found Zaripov eager to show he didn’t intentionally use a banned substance.

    NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Monday that Zaripov was cleared in part because pseudoephedrine is not on the NHL/NHL Players’ Association prohibited substances list and that he was not allowed to testify at his hearing for the initial suspension . He added that the league approved Zaripov’s status after the veteran forward testified last week and it reviewed evidence related to the suspension.

    and today I am very grateful to the senior management of the NHL for its decision,”I look forward to continuing my professional hockey playing career in North America,authentic Carey Price jersey,” Zaripov said in a statement.,adidas Max Pacioretty jersey, which provides me the opportunity to do so

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    Zaripov, agreed to submit to additional testing if he signs a contract as part of what Daly called ”a meaningful demonstration of good faith and his bona fide desire to safeguard his name and reputation.”,adidas Andrew Shaw jersey,  who had never tested positive for a banned substance before

    Zaripov is expected to draw significant interest around the league.,adidas Mike Fisher jersey,Even though he had his KHL contract terminated and was banned by the IIHF until 2019

    Milstein said teams were initially warned by the NHL about the three players suspended by the IIHF: Zaripov, he avoided contacting executives to talk about a contract until Zaripov was cleared.,adidas Carey Price jersey,Canadian defenseman Derek Smith and Russian defenseman Andrei Konev. Out of respect for the league’s process

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    Zaripov won the KHL’s Gagarin Cup four times and the world hockey championship three times. He also represented Russia at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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    Zaripov recorded 121 goals and 135 assists for 256 points in 436 KHL games.,authentic Max Pacioretty jersey,A six-time All-Star at home

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A preseason finale that featured plenty of playing time by the backups was spiced up by the presence of new acquisitions Joe Haden and Vance McDonald on the Steelers sideline Thursday night.

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    The acquisitions capped a busy few days for general manager Kevin Colbert, who received a two-year contract extension Thursday morning.

    Haden was signed to join second-year cornerback Artie Burns in the Steelers defensive backfield. McDonald could supplant Jesse James as the starting tight end.

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    Colbert said the Steelers didn’t have advance notice Haden would become available and didn’t try to swing a trade before the Browns cut ties with the seven-year veteran.

    fortunately,” Colbert said. “There are guys like this that get cut, but not too often. Joe Haden is a quality starting player and,“We’re always watching the waiver wire and terminations this time of year, he was available for us.”

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    Unlike Haden, McDonald was in uniform against the Panthers. He will wear No. 89.

    speed and athleticism,” Colbert said. “He shows up as a blocker,“Vance has size, and he shows up as a receiver.”

    Colbert might not be done negotiating deals, although any moves will be contingent on the makeup of the 53-man roster that must be set at 4 p.m. Saturday.

    The Steelers would like to sign defensive end Stephon Tuitt to a long-term deal.

    Factoring in a $2.6 million salary cap hit for McDonald and $3.2 million for Haden this season, the Steelers remain about $7 million under the cap. Colbert also prefers to keep $3 million in cap space available.

    “We’ll see how this shakes out (against the Panthers) and what our final 53 are,” Colbert said. “Adding these two guys this late in the process can change our thinking.”

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    The Jaromir Jagr Watch continues, as the hockey world wonders what a winger who had 46 points in 82 games last season needs to do to get an NHL job other than “not be 45 years old.”

    Jagr made it clear that he wants to return to the NHL,adidas Anze Kopitar jersey,” he said. “I’m so fond of everything around the NHL that I want to extend my career there.”, and that remains the priority. “I love hockey in the NHL,In an interview with Czech TV, so I’m able to wait, how many people would give everything to NHL at least one match?

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    When the San Francisco 49ers host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday,Authentic P.J. Williams Jersey, all eyes will be on the bevy of young talent taking the field.

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    The Carolina Panthers conversely boast two talented rookies of their own that the 49ers will be responsible for containing. With their first two picks in the 2017 NFL Draft,Womens Ryan Ramczyk Jersey, the Panthers selected running back Christian McCaffrey and wide receiver Curtis Samuel.

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    Thomas on playing against McCaffrey: “He’s going to be tough to handle. It’s going to be fun to go against him.”

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    In every NFL season,Womens Breshad Perriman Jersey, there is at least one team with Super Bowl aspirations to fall well short of expectations.

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    Carolina Panthers — A season removed from their Super Bowl 50 loss, the Panthers should bounce back after finishing last in the NFC South. Carolina have a healthy Cam Newton and added dynamic rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel. The NFC South might be the most competitive division in football this season and the Panthers should be near the top in December.

    Wentz and the Eagles should improve on last season’s 7-9 mark. Philadelphia added receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith,Philadelphia Eagles — The Eagles started hot last year before Carson Wentz started to look like a rookie. With a year of seasoning,Authentic Maxx Williams Jersey,  as well as cornerback Ronald Darby and veteran defensive end Chris Long. Draft picks Derek Barnett and Rasul Douglas should improve a defense that ranked 13th overall last season.

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    Houston Texans — The Texans won the AFC South last season despite poor quarterback play and not having All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt for 13 games. The Texans jettisoned quarterback Brock Osweiler and have Watt back on the NFL’s top defense. But they could still struggle to make the playoffs,Authentic Marlon Humphrey Jersey,  mainly because the Tennessee Titans — who tied the Texans last season with a 9-7 record — are much more improved. The AFC South is still the worst division in football and the Titans appear to be the only playoff contender in the group.

    who were 8-8 last year,Detroit Lions — The Lions went 9-7 and reached the playoffs last season, but haven’t made the postseason in consecutive campaigns since 1993-95. It is difficult to see them bucking that trend this year following an underwhelming offseason. The Green Bay Packers are still the class of the NFC North and the Minnesota Vikings, have surpassed the Lions. Detroit fans are used to riding the proverbial roller coaster from year to year and this season looks like being no different despite high expectations.

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    SANTA CLARA,Authentic Melvin Ingram Jersey, Calif. (AP) — Brian Hoyer has bounced between seven teams during nine seasons in the NFL handling a variety of different roles.

    From clipboard holder in New England for Tom Brady to start his career to being a late-season fill-in for Arizona to a stint as a starter in Cleveland that was derailed by injuries to opportunities to share time as starter in Houston and Chicago.

    His situation this year in San Francisco is somewhat unique for him. He was signed as a free agent in March and immediately named the starter and the team hasn’t wavered since in the commitment to Hoyer for 2017.

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    ”I just think he’s been through more. He’s more battle-tested,” said San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan, who was Hoyer’s offensive coordinator in 2014 in Cleveland. ”His ability is the same. I just think Brian’s in a good place. He’s had his ups and downs. I think he’s got to the point where he realizes he can’t control everything and he just works as hard as he can and doesn’t get too high or too low. I think he believes in himself and I think it’s real because he’s developed a confidence through adversity, through overcoming it. I just see a more confident guy who is up for anything.”

    Reuniting with Shanahan has helped the cause for Hoyer. He made his most career starts with Shanahan when he had 13 for Cleveland in 2014 and led the NFL with 13.7 yards per completion.

    Hoyer did have some struggles that season despite helping the Browns win seven of his 13 starts. He completed only 55.3 percent of his passes and had more interceptions (13) than TD passes (12). But he also gained a trust in Shanahan that made for an easy decision of where he wanted to go this offseason.

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    Shanahan’s offense with the Falcons thrived against Carolina’s defense a year ago. Matt Ryan threw for 503 yards and four TDs in the first meeting and then completed 82 percent of his passes the next meeting as Atlanta swept the season series.

    While Shanahan won’t have the luxury of having Ryan,Authentic Rashard Robinson Jersey, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman in this year’s matchup, the Panthers aren’t overlooking Hoyer.

    ”He’s a consistent football player,” coach Ron Rivera said. ”That’s the biggest thing you look for is a guy who can manage a game and if he has to, win a game for you. … He’s one of those guys who has played very consistent throughout his career. This is a guy who has the ability to come in and help the team.”

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    Aug. 28 (UPI) — The New England Patriots have signed linebackers Christian Kuntz and Nick User and defensive lineman Michael Bart.

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    RENTON, the Seahawks sent five more players to have an orthopedic procedure known as Regenokine done to prepare for the start of the regular season.,Authentic Xavier Cooper Jersey, Wash. (AP) — After receiving positive feedback from two players who had the procedure in recent weeks

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    Linebackers K.J. Wright and D.J. Alexander each left to have the procedure done in recent weeks. Their positive response regarding the procedure led to the Seahawks sending the rest of the group for treatment.

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Seventeen hockey organizations teamed up to unveil a ”Declaration of Principles” that NHL players hope will boost the game at all levels,Authentic Frans Nielsen jersey, particularly among young children and the parents who decide what sports to have them play.

    the league and NHL Players’ Association took the unconventional step to list eight guiding principles for hockey culture. USA Hockey, the International Ice Hockey Federation and others joined in on the initiative,Going beyond the ”Hockey is For Everyone” campaign and a partnership with You Can Play that promotes inclusiveness, which earned praise from Pope Francis and garnered optimism from top players about the impact it could make.

    ”Hopefully it makes more kids want to play the game,” Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones said. ”The things I’ve learned as a kid just growing up playing – discipline, the love and the passion for the game, and that’s what the principles are about.”, more parents maybe push their kids into playing hockey or starting it at a young age, commitment – these are all things that you need in life outside of hockey

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman called it an ”important day” for hockey. Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, now the league’s vice president of hockey development,At a news conference on Wednesday attended by leaders from all over the sport, spearheaded the process.

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    Saint Joseph’s University sports marketing professor Amie Sheridan said she considers it an effort to grow hockey’s footprint and show it’s not a cost-prohibitive sport. Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson said he wanted parents and kids to know that.,Asked to evaluate the initiative

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    Data from the National Federation of State High School Associations shows high school boys hockey participation has been largely stagnant over the past four years, though USA Hockey reported an increase of about 6.5 percent among all youth players over that time. USA Hockey executive director Pat Kelleher said ”enormous progress” has been made, but this is another effort.

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    Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the pope was pleased by the initiative and ”trusts that this significant gesture will inspire greater appreciation of the pivotal role played by sports and sportsmanship.”,adidas Henrik Zetterberg jersey,In a letter written to the Archbishop of New York

    I like what they’re doing over there. Maybe they’re not going to play baseball or football and I’m going to get my kids involved in something that’s really going to mean a lot for them in their life.”’,Authentic Gordie Howe jersey,”To be able to hammer these principles – not into the kids,Authentic Jimmy Howard jersey, but into the coaches and into the organizations so they bleed it into the kids,adidas Wayne Gretzky jersey, that’s what’s going to draw more people into hockey,” New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. It could ”draw more parents to say: ‘You know what

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    The Seattle Seahawks start their 2017-18 campaign on Sunday when they visit the Green Bay Packers. On Monday Pete Carroll commented on the health of his team, “We are pretty darn heathy.”

    Carroll echoed that sentiment at his Friday press conference.

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    “We are really healthy,” Carroll said following the team’s practice. “For the most part.”

    Cornerback Richard Sherman was a surprise on the injury report when he was listed as questionable with a thigh injury after not practicing on Friday. Carroll brushed off the questionable tag.

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    Defensive end Frank Clark (wrist) also got an optimistic review from Carroll on Friday.

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    The outlook on running back Thomas Rawls (ankle) and strong safety Delano Hill (shoulder) is a bit foggier, however.

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    Carroll also said that defensive tackle Jarran Reed (shoulder) was ready to play on Sunday. The only player listed doubtful on the injury report is linebacker Micael Wilhoite,Authentic Montae Nicholson Jersey, who is battling a calf injury. Carroll will be happy to have a healthy squad against one of the NFC’s best.

    “Yeah,Authentic Colt McCoy Jersey, we need to be healthy,” Carroll added. “They are that good, you know, so these guys are ready to play good football. Jeremy [Lane] has really had just a tremendous offseason. I am really excited about him fitting in with our guys. We have raved about Earl’s [Thomas] work. Kam [Chancellor] has been right on point and [Richard] Sherm(an) has never been more consistent than he has at this point in an offseason. I think he has been great at it.

    “Everything lines up well, we are going to need it all to play against a fine club.”, but we all know

    The Seahawks’ regular season kicks off at 1:25 p.m. PT at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

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    With NHL training camps opening this week the folks at Bovada released their latest Stanley Cup odds for the 2017-18 season,adidas Frans Nielsen jersey, and the Pittsburgh Penguins open up as the odds on favorites (7/1) to win the Stanley Cup for the third consecutive year.

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    The Chicago Blackhawks have signed defenseman Mark Stuart and forwards Drew Miller and John Mitchell to professional tryout contracts for this year’s training camp. The three players were surprise inclusions on the team’s official roster for the camp, which opens on Friday.

    Stuart, and Mitchell give the Blackhawks some additional options to consider over the next few weeks. The team also brought in veteran defenseman Cody Franson on a PTO, Miller, although there are indications he’s close to a lock to get a one-year deal once Marian Hossa goes on long-term injured reserve following the opening of the season.

    Stuart,authentic Jeff Carter jersey, 33, which begs the question of why the Hawks are interested in him. Presumably the main idea is simply to give Michal Kempny,adidas Ryan Suter jersey, Gustav Forsling,adidas Devan Dubnyk jersey, played the past six seasons for the Winnipeg Jets. He’s a stay-at-home defenseman with a track record of ugly possession statistics and minimal offensive production,adidas Shea Weber jersey, Erik Gustafsson, and Jordan Oesterle some extra competition in camp, although it would reflect pretty poorly on those four if Stuart earned playing time over them.

    Mitchell, but you’d think the Hawks have better options between Tanner Kero, 32, he had four straight seasons with 10-plus goals and 20-plus points, his production collapsed last season with three goals and seven points in 65 games (yikes). He’s good at faceoffs (50.7 percent career rate) and could factor in on the fourth line, is a bottom-six center who spent the past five seasons with the Colorado Avalanche. From 2012-13 through 2015-16, but like the rest of the Avs,adidas Jeff Carter jersey, John Hayden,adidas Zach Parise jersey, and Laurent Dauphin.

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    ” but Miller’s numbers are horrid,authentic Devan Dubnyk jersey,That’s almost unfathomably bad, I’m almost mad that he’s even gotten a PTO. I get this follows the pattern of bringing in vets like Tommy Wingels and Lance Bouma to make the bottom six “tougher to play against, and frankly, even when accounting for being used in a defensive-minded role. There should be real reason for concern if he’s earned a contract by the start of the season.

    So none of these additions are particularly notable, though, and it probably won’t be a great sign for the upcoming season if any of them make the roster. It makes sense to bring in older players to help set the tone in training camp and push the younger players, so hopefully that’s all this is.

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    chose the Patriots over the Cardinals and Texans last year and split his time between practice squad and the 53-man,Arizona didn’t need much time to look around: not long after Arians finished his media commitments, Womens Trae Waynes Jersey,reports came that the Cardinals have signed D.J. Foster off the New England Patriots practice squad. Foster, who was undrafted out of Arizona State in 2016, appearing in three games.

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