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ST. Danielle Hunter Jersey . PAUL, Minn. - Nino Niederreiter snagged the puck off the boards and rushed toward the net, deftly setting up a wrist shot with a slick deke to each side. The puck whizzed past Nashville goalie Carter Huttons stick to give Minnesota an overtime victory but, before it got there, it had to elude Niederreiters good friend. Niederreiters goal with 2:44 left in the extra period lifted the Wild past the Predators 3-2 on Thursday night, and the tipped shot went between the legs of Roman Josi, who will play with Niederreiter next week for Switzerland in the Olympics. Theyll be roommates, actually. "I might mention it to him right now, but Im not sure if hell be happy about it," Niederreiter said. "At the same time, like I said, it was a big win for us and we needed those points. It felt like a playoff game out there because it was a pretty tough one." Jonas Brodin and Zach Parise scored early to offset two goals for the Predators by Craig Smith, who raised his team-leading total to 18. Hutton made 33 saves and helped thwart a Wild power play in the waning minutes of regulation, but that wasnt quite enough. All three goals Hutton gave up were to his stick side. "It was like a knuckle puck," Hutton said of Niederreiters winner. Josi was impressed by his buddy but not happy with him. "We didnt play that well in the first. We played a little slow, and they got on us quick. After that we played a good game. We obviously wanted two points, but its good to get a point on the road," Josi said. Smith tied the game midway through the second period when he redirected defenceman Victor Bartleys shot past Darcy Kuemper, who made his 12th straight start in goal for the Wild. The Predators hit the post twice in that middle frame and with another try in the third period. "A little bit of puck luck goes a long way," Kuemper said, adding: "I was just trying to do my part to battle and help the guys out because they were sure helping me out." Kuemper made 16 saves to improve to 7-3-2 since Jan. 1, and the Wild raised their home record to 21-7-2 this season. Coach Mike Yeo stressed to his players this week the danger of looking ahead to the break and not letting up against a team behind them in the standings, and their performance suggested the message was received. "I was real impressed with our guys, the way that they approached this game," Yeo said. "I asked them for a playoff-type mentality coming into the game, and thats a lot to ask for in February when youre about to go on a long break, but they brought it." Parise wasnt worried about a letup. "I think were all mature enough that we understood we have a game still before, and I dont think that was ever a concern about guys thinking about their flights tomorrow or their plans for the break," he said. The Predators had a jarring start to their day, when television announcer Pete Weber was taken for emergency heart surgery and general manager David Poile was hit by an errant puck that flew off the ice during the morning skate and hit him in the face where he was standing behind the bench. Poile was staying in a hospital overnight for observation and evaluation, the team said, and was unable to be present for the pregame ceremony the Wild held for all the Olympians in attendance for each team. Poile is the general manager for Team USA. "There was some bad stuff that happened today, but weve got to come out and find a way to get two points," Hutton said. "Good for them. We werent able to do it." The Predators are in last place in the Central Division but still within striking distance of the playoffs. "It was a good road point considering all the stuff that went on today," coach Barry Trotz said, adding: "We grind them out." NOTES: Wild D Marco Scandella sat out due to a sprained knee sustained the previous game. LW Stephane Veilleux cleared waivers and was sent to AHL affiliate Iowa. ... Smith has 20 points and 12 goals in his last 23 games. ... Niederreiter has 12 points and a plus-six rating in his last 19 games. Jaleel Johnson Jersey . -- The road to the Masters got off to a bumpy start Sunday for Tiger Woods when he withdrew from the Honda Classic with what he said was a lower back injury. Adam Thielen Jersey . And like the near entirety of last season, Jonathan Bernier and Torontos goaltending tandem is up to the task.ATLANTA -- Jose Fernandez gave credit to his catcher and even claimed he had "a lucky game." The Braves werent buying it. Fernandez matched his career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings and combined with Steve Cishek on a three-hitter as the Miami Marlins shut out Atlanta 1-0 on Tuesday night. "He pitched amazing," said Atlantas Chris Johnson. "We went up against a buzz-saw today." Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said his hitters "were coming back shaking their heads." Fernandez (3-1) outpitched Atlantas Alex Wood (2-3), who also was dominant. Wood allowed four hits and one run with no walks and a career-high 11 strikeouts in eight innings. But the night belonged to Fernandez. "I think it would be fair to say that was probably his best-pitched game as far as his stuff and his command," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond. Fernandez struck out the side in the fourth and fifth innings. He allowed three hits with no walks but said he didnt have that kind of control in the bullpen before the game. "My breaking ball in the bullpen was horrible, horrible," Fernandez said. "But I thought to myself that when they say play ball it gets better." Fernandez said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia deserved credit for the way he helped keep Atlantas batters off-balance. "He was just amazing back there," Fernandez said. "I cant explain how good he was." Gonzalez said Fernandez, 21, has more dominant games in his future. "Hes got the capability of running those type of games out every time he goes out," Gonzalez said. When told he was receiving postgame compliments in the Braves clubhouse, Fernandez shrugged and said "That was a lucky game today, I think." The Marlins gave Fernandez the only run he would need in the fourth. Giancarlo Stanton hit a one-out double to left field and scored on Casey McGehees single up the middle. Jason Heyward led off the first with a single to left field, and the Braves didnt have another hit until Chris Johnsonss leadoff single in the eighth. Eric Kendricks Jersey. Fernandez then struck out Dan Uggla and Evan Gattis before Andrelton Simmons infield single moved pinch-runner Tyler Pastornicky to second. Pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit grounded out to Fernandez to end the eighth. The eight innings matched Fernandezs career high. He was at 109 pitches after the eighth, so Redmond said it was an easier call to bring in Cishek for the ninth. "I think he did his job," Redmond said of Fernandez. "The agonizing would have been had he been around 100 pitches. After the runners got on in the eighth, I knew that was going to be an easier decision." Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Atlantas only other baserunner before the eighth came when B.J. Upton reached on McGehees fielding error at third base in the fourth. Fernandez then struck out the next two batters to end the inning. It was the second straight start Fernandez did not allow an earned run. He allowed three unearned runs and received no decision in the Marlins 6-3 loss to Washington on April 16. Fernandez set his career high with 14 strikeouts against Cleveland on Aug. 2, 2013. Woods previous high was nine strikeouts against Washington on Aug. 16, 2013. Wood lowered his ERA from 1.67 to 1.54 in the loss. The game lasted only 2 hours, 8 minutes. NOTES: After the game, the Marlins options RHP Arquimedes Caminero Triple-A New Orleans. The team will make a corresponding move on Wednesday. ... Braves LHP Mike Minor (sore left shoulder) will make one final minor league rehab with Double-A Mississippi at Pensacola on Friday. Minor had been tentatively set to make his 2014 Atlanta debut on Saturday before being pushed back. ... Christian Yelich, who led off the game with a bunt single, has a 16-game hitting streak. ... The Braves traded Triple-A Gwinnett IF Tyler Greene to San Diego for a player to be named later. Greene will be assigned to the Padres Triple-A El Paso team. ... 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LONDON - West Ham earned its fourth win in five games after Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing scored for a 2-0 victory over last-place Leicester, keeping the London club in the top four of the Premier League. Troy Apke Redskins Jersey .Former West Ham player Paul Konchesky gifted Carroll the opener with a careless pass, allowing the striker to pounce on the ball and neatly lift it over goalkeeper Ben Hamer in the 24th minute.Downings second was unstoppable, however, as the playmaker curled a sumptuous shot into the far corner in the 56th to ensure that Leicesters winless streak was extended to 12 games.Leicester is bottom of the table with 10 points from 17 rounds, while Sam Allardyces surprising club is in fourth place, just one point behind Manchester United. DaRon Payne Jersey . Here is a look at all the moves through the first week of NHL Free Agency. The most significant deals will get the full Numbers Game column treatment, like these:Briere-for-Parenteau trade. Alex Smith Jersey .ca. Hi Kerry, Love reading your column and loved watching your analysis on the TSN broadcasts!And were now in Round 2! Bruins! Canadiens! We know all about the great games of the past from the players, the broadcasters and the writers.MUNICH, Germany -- Bayern Munich winger and Ballon dOr candidate Franck Ribery has a cracked rib and will miss Saturdays Bundesliga derby at Borussia Dortmund. Bayern says Ribery could also miss next weeks Champions League game at CSKA Moscow. Riberys 10th rib was cracked in Frances 3-0 victory over Ukraine on Tuesday thatt qualified the French for next years World Cup in Brazil. Paul Richardson Jersey. Bayern quotes Ribery as saying the injury is "bitter" but that "my team can manage it without me this time." Bayerns injury list includes Bastian Schweinsteiger, Xherdan Shaqiri, Claudio Pizarro and Holger Badstuber. Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China JerseysWholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' '
FORTALEZA, Brazil -- Watching from the bench, Luis Suarez saw just how much his teammates miss him. Zack Greinke Jersey . Uruguay was overrun 3-1 Friday by Group D underdog Costa Rica at the World Cup, a stunning result for the team that reached the semifinals four years ago and had every reason to think it could repeat that in Brazil. Even with Suarez staying on the bench for the entire game after failing to fully recover from knee surgery, coach Oscar Tabarez fielded a side that included eight players from the 2010 team. But after going ahead through a first-half penalty, Uruguay was taken apart on counterattacks as Costa Rica scored three times in the second half to open Group D with a major upset. "We made mistakes today that we havent made for a long time. Its too early to explain this," Tabarez said. "Football means that sometimes you have to lose. You cant lose heart, you just have to improve." The Uruguayans took the lead in the 24th minute when Edinson Cavani converted a spot kick that was awarded after captain Diego Lugano tumbled to the ground with defender Junior Diaz tugging at his waist. But after the goal, Uruguay lost the initiative and Costa Rica -- seen as a massive underdog in a group that also includes England and Italy -- fought back after the break. Costa Ricas lone striker Joel Campbell led most of the teams counterattacks and finally delivered the equalizer in the 54th, driving in a ball headed down by Celso Borges to beat goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. Oscar Duarte dived past the outstretched foot of Uruguays Cristian Stuani to head in the winner for the Central Americans, and substitute Marcos Urena added the third with six minutes left, catching out Muslera to slot the ball in from a tight angle. "We spotted that they had weaknesses and we looked at those. We worked hard on headers and ways to dominate in the air and we did that tonight," Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto said. The disastrous night in injury time when Maxi Pereira was sent off for a clumsy foul on Campbell. Pereira will be suspended from the next game against England, while Tabarez said Suarezs participation for next Thursdays match in Sao Paolo is also uncertain. Diego Forlan, the player of the tournament in 2010, took Suarezs place in attack. But in Fortaleza, the 35-year-old forward only displayed a single flash of his former greatness: Curling a deadly ball toward the Costa Rican a minute before halftime, in an effort punched out by in-form keeper Keylor Navas. Forlan was eventually substituted on the hour for Nicolas Lodeiro. Even without Suarez, the team doesnt need a tactical overhaul to bounce back from the defeat, Tabarez said. "Weve being playing this way for eight years. I dont see why we should do anything different right know," he said. "It worked in South Africa and after that. Defence is not a dirty word." Pinto, the Costa Rica coach, was less philosophical. "What counted is that we stayed calm and kept creating opportunities against a very tough team," Pinto said. "We have great respect for Uruguay but we werent that impressed tonight." ------ Lineups Uruguay: Fernando Muslera, Diego Lugano, Diego Godin, Walter Gargano (Alvaro Gonzalez, 60), Cristian Rodriguez, Diego Forlan (Nicolas Lodeiro, 60), Cristian Stuani, Maxi Pereira, Egidio Arevalo, Edinson Cavani, Martin Caceres. 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He thanked family, friends and teammates for their support and insisted his thoughts were on the Knicks game Thursday night in Miami. "This is not a distraction to this team," he said. "Im focusing on finishing out this season, finishing out these games with my teammates and going down to Miami, focusing on this next game at task versus the defending champs." The Knicks are barely hanging on in the playoff race and Feltons struggles have been among their biggest problems. Slowed by nagging leg injuries early, hes averaging a career-worst 10.4 points on 40.3 per cent shooting for a team with a 21-36 record. Hes also dealing with the breakup of his marriage, and he was arrested early Tuesday after authorities said a lawyer for his wife turned into a police precinct a loaded semi-automatic handgun allegedly belonging to the point guard, claiming she no longer wanted it in their home. Felton was released on $25,000 bail, and his next court appearance is scheduled for June 2. Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he never considered not letting Felton play against the Heat. "The bottom line is Ray is a part of our team, and as his coach Im going to support him and make sure hes doing everything the right way from here on out, and to try to get him to just concentrate on basketball and practice and playing games," Woodson said. Felton was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and criminal possession of a firearm. The firearm charge is punishable by up to four years in prison. The weapons charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison. He had turned himself into police not long after a 110-108 loss to Dallas dropped the Knicks farther back in the playoff race. His wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton, filed for divorce last week, according to court records, and Felton acknowledged recently dealing with personal problems. He said he wouldnt comment on the case, referring any qquestions to his lawyer. Randy Johnson Diamondbacks Jersey. "But other than that, Im here to concentrate on this team, finish this season out with the New York Knicks and see what happens, man," Felton said. "Trying to make it to the playoffs. Were 5 1/2 games out, 25 games left, so Im really focusing on that with these guys, with the team and trying to make that happen." Felton was playing well in his first stint in New York before he was traded to Denver in the middle of the 2010-11 season as part of the package for Carmelo Anthony. He had a dismal 2011-12 season for Portland, admitting he reported out of shape because he wasnt sure if, or when, the lockout might end. Yet the Knicks surprisingly re-signed him that summer, a move that paved the way for them to let Jeremy Lin leave as a free agent. Felton rebounded with a strong performance last season in helping the Knicks to their first Atlantic Division title since 1994, but neither he nor the team has been able to build on that. Felton has played better lately, and centre Tyson Chandler said he was focused at practice Wednesday. "He seemed like he was no different," Chandler said. Felton still could face punishment from the NBA, though likely not until the legal process has been completed. He is set to earn $3.8 million next season and has a player option that would pay him $4 million in 2015-16, and any attempt by the Knicks to void his contract would be met with a strong challenge from the players association. For now, Felton and the Knicks are just trying to salvage the season. "My job is to continue to coach and try to get guys to do the right thing on and off the basketball floor. I take pride in that, so when things creep in like this, its a surprise, but again weve got to get through it," Woodson said. "Again, I dont know the legal part, the severity of it. All I know is Raymond is still with us and Im on Raymonds side in terms of trying to make sure that hes doing the necessary things to play basketball and Im going to continue to do that." Notes: The Knicks plan to sign veterans Shannon Brown and Earl Clark to 10-day contracts Thursday and have them available to play against the Heat. ... Anthony missed practice for personal reasons but will be with the team in Miami. Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast ShippingChina Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' '
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers starter Colby Lewis did a bit of reminiscing when he noticed the stands filling up while he warned up in the bullpen before the game. Air Jordan 6 Retro China . The veteran right-hander went out and provided a promising flashback performance against the New York Yankees, even after another leadoff homer by Brett Gardner. The Rangers clinched their first series in a month with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night. Lewis retired the last 13 batters he faced in seven strong innings, much like the 2010 AL championship series when he beat the Yankees twice -- including the Game 6 clincher at home that got Texas to its first World Series. He had since missed the last half of 2012 because of elbow surgery and missed all of 2013, when he had an unprecedented hip procedure for a major league pitcher that was just short of a full hip replacement. "I was definitely an adjustment period getting used to a prosthetic hip, I guess," Lewis said. "As the weeks have kind of transitioned into the second half, I feel like every time I take the mound, I feel like Im getting stronger, my mechanics are sharper." The Rangers had lost seven consecutive series since taking two of three against Minnesota from June 27-29. Texas went ahead to stay with three runs in the first off Hiroki Kuroda (7-7). Elvis Andrus had an RBI double and scored the tiebreaking run on a single by Adrian Beltre, who came home on Leonys Martins single. Lewis (7-8) allowed four hits, with four strikeouts and New York didnt have another runner after Carlos Beltrans two-out single in the third. "He made some adjustments along the way, and he just showed his presence and his veteran presence out there," manager Ron Washington said. Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in as many chances since reassuming the closer role after Joakim Soria was traded to Detroit a week ago. Neal Cotts, considered a potential trade possibility before Thursdays non-waiver trading deadline, retired the top three batters in the Yankees lineup in order in the eighth. Kuroda struck out four while allowing nine hits over seven innings. Derek Jeter was 0 for 4 in his final game in Texas, where a pregame ceremony honouring him included a personal appearance by former President George W. Bush. After the Yankees captain was presented a pair of boots, a video was shown of Bush and Jeter when the former president threw the first pitch before Game 3 of the 2001 World Series, just weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Bush then came out and presented the Yankees captain a framed signed picture of the two together that night nearly 13 years ago. "I heard he was coming to the stadium but I didnt know he was going to come out onto the field, so thats pretty special feeling," Jeter said. "When you have a president come out and give me something to honour, Thats definitely a memory Ill have for a long time and get to brag to a lot of different people." GARDNER GOES DEEP -- AGAIN: Gardner led off the game with a homer for the second straight night, after homering twice in the series-opening loss for New York. His 14 homers are already six more than his career high last year. TRAINERS ROOM Yankees: Second baseman Brian Roberts got his third game off in four days. Manager Joe Girardi said the 36-year-old is dealing with general soreness. Roberts has already played in 91 games this season, after averaging only 48 games the last four seasons with Baltimore. Rangers: Left-hander Derek Holland, who had left knee surgery after getting tripped by his dog on the stairs at his home during the off-season, made his first rehab start for Double-A Frisco. He threw two scoreless innings without allowing a hit, throwing 21 of 33 pitches for strikes with four strikeouts and two walks. ON DECK An off day Thursday for both teams. The Yankees go to Boston for the opener of a three-game series Friday night, when the Rangers start a nine-game trip with a series opener at Cleveland. A-GAME: Rangers left fielder Jim Adduci had two hits and a couple of nice catches. Adduci made a running catch in the second, holding on after he leaped, reached out and then crashed into the wall. "There is zero thought process in that," he said. "That wall won." Air Jordan 6 Wholesale . The top-ranked Williams carried her winning momentum from 2013 into the new season, beating No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to defend her title at the Brisbane International and set the tone for the Australian Open. Cheap Air Jordan 6 Retro . -- Marty Havlat scored three goals for the first time in nearly nine years, and the San Jose Sharks prevented Colorado from clinching the Central Division title with a 5-1 victory over the Avalanche on Friday night.The Carolina Hurricanes have signed forward Jiri Tlusty to a one-year contract reportedly worth $2.95 million. The 26-year-old scored 16 goals and added 14 assists with the Hurricanes in 2013-2014. In 344 career games with the Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs,, Tlusty has 73 goals and 69 assists for 142 points. Jordan Retro 6 Wholesale. The Hurricanes later signed goaltender Drew MacIntyre to a one-year, $600,000 two-way contract.  MacIntyre posted a 29-15-13 record with the AHLs Toronto Marlies in 2013-14. Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast ShippingChina Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' '
SUNRISE, Fla. Under Armour Shoes Cheap Online . - Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider and Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist each, and the New York Rangers got back to their winning ways with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night.Derick Brassard, Martin St. Louis and Dominic Moore also scored for New York, and Derek Stepan had two assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves to earn the win.The Rangers won their first game after having an eight-game winning streak snapped at Dallas on Monday. It was the longest run in 40 years for New York (20-11-4), which went 9-3 in December.Tomas Fleischmann and Jimmy Hayes scored for Florida.New York dominated play from the outset against Florida, which played for the second straight. The Panthers were outshot 24-12 through the first two periods and 34-21 overall.The Rangers are 16-0-1 when they allow two goals or fewer.ISLANDERS 5, JETS 2WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Frans Nielsen scored two goals and added an assist, and the surging New York Islanders topped Winnipeg.Ryan Strome had a goal and three assists, and Anders Lee and Josh Bailey also scored for New York (25-11-1), which is 6-1-1 in its last eight games. It was Stromes first career four-point game.Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd scored both goals for the Jets (19-12-7). It was the first back-to-back losses for the Jets since late November. They lost to Minnesota on Monday.Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves for the win.Ondrej Pavelec started for the first time since rookie Michael Hutchinson was tabbed for Winnipegs previous three games and stopped 28 shots.LIGHTNING 5, SABRES 1BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ondrej Palat had a goal and three assists, and Tampa Bay reclaimed the Eastern Conference lead with a win over Buffalo.Nikita Kucherov scored twice and added an assist, and linemate Tyler Johnson set up three goals for Tampa Bay (24-11-4), which is one point ahead of the New York Islanders. Matthew Carle and Anton Stralman had two assists in helping the Lightning improve to 2-3-2 in their past seven road games.Tyler Ennis scored the lone goal for Buffalo (14-21-3), which dropped to a 1-5-1 in its past seven. The Sabres slump has coincided with a series of injuries and illnesses that have depleted the roster.The Lightning outshot the Sabres 14-1 in the third period and 25-11 overall.PENGUINS 2, HURRICANES 1PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brandon Sutter scored the winning goal with 1:42 left to lift Pittsburgh over Carolina.Sutter, acquired from Carolina in 2012, scored his eighth of the season. Beau Bennett, playing for the first time in 16 games, set up both Penguins goals. Chris Kunitz netted his 11th for the Penguins, who snapped a four-game losing streak and avoided dropping back-to-back home games for the first time this season.Eric Staal scored his ninth of the season and second in two games. The Hurricanes, who lost for the 11th time in 13 games, managed just 16 goals during that span. Carolina, which sustained its 12th one-goal loss of the season, nearly won in Pittsburgh for the second time in a little more than a month despite having one of the NHLs worst road records.Marc-Andre Fleury, making a season-high eighth straight start, stopped 24 shots. Cam Ward made 37 saves for Carolina.BLUE JACKETS 3, WILD 1COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Connauton had a goal and an assist, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves to lead Columbus past Minnesota.With the game tied 1-1 in the third period, Columbus scored a power-play goal at 5:57.Ryan Johansen added an empty-netter for his first goal in 12 games, and Brandon Dubinsky had two assists for Columbus, which went 10-1-1 in December. It was the third time the Blue Jackets won at least 10 games in a month.Zach Parise scored a power-play goal for the Wild, who were 0 for 4 on the power play and have had 11 of their last 14 games decided by one goal.RED WINGS 3, DEVILS 1DETROIT (AP) — Darren Helm scored two goals, and Detroit held off New Jersey.Helms unassisted tally with 4:25 left gave the Red Wings a two-goal cushion. Henrik Zetterberg had scored the go-ahead goal 1:24 earlier for Detroit, which got 12 saves from Jimmy Howard.Cory Schneider made 25 saves for the Devils, whose lone goal was scored by Joe Whitney. He gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead with 4:23 remaining in the second period.Devils forward Steve Bernier was helped off the ice late in the game after being checked at centre ice by Brendan Smith.MAPLE LEAFS 4, BRUINS 3, SOBOSTON (AP) — Nazem Kadri and Mike Santorelli scored in the shootout, lifting Toronto past Boston.Phil Kessel had a goal and his 200th assist with Toronto. Leo Komarov and James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Maple Leafs, who won for just the second time in seven games.Carl Soderberg had a goal and an assist. David Krejci and Torey Krug also scored for Boston, 3-1-1 in its past five.Santorelli beat Tuukka Rask in the opening round of the shootout, but Krug tied it on Bostons second chance.After Rask and Torontos Jonathan Bernier stopped the fourth and fifth shooters, Kadri beat Rask with a backhander.STARS 6, COYOTES 0DALLAS (AP) — Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves for his 30th shutout, Brett Ritchie scored in his first NHL game, and Dallas routed Arizona.Cody Eakin and Jamie Benn each had a goal and an assist, and Alex Goligoski assisted twice as the Stars had their biggest margin of victory this season.The game was scoreless in the second period when Ritchie checked Arizonas Sam Gagner into the right-wing boards. Ritchie then skated to the front of the net, took a pass from Travis Moen and put the puck past goalie Devan Dubnyk at 7:22.Dallas Colton Sceviour scored 1:03 later for a 2-0 lead.Benn, Eakin, Ales Hemsky and Ryan Garbutt all scored third-period goals.The Stars won their third straight, and seventh in eight games.Arizonas three-game winning streak ended hours after the NHL board of governors approved IceArizonas sale of 51 per cent of the team to Philadelphia hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway.SHARKS 3, DUCKS 0ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Antti Niemi earned his 30th NHL shutout, and third of the season, with 28 saves, Joe Pavelski scored his second goal of the game during a two-man advantage, and San Jose blanked Anaheim.Logan Couture added an empty-net goal with 2:05 remaining.Frederik Andersen made 24 saves for the Ducks, who own the leagues best record despite being shut out for the second time this season.Corey Perry returned to the Anaheim lineup after missing 10 games because of a sprained knee. The Ducks are 16-7-1 this season when he is in the lineup and 8-2-5 without him. He missed five games in November with the mumps.San Jose centre Joe Thornton left with an undisclosed injury in the first period after a collision with Ducks defenceman Clayton Stoner.AVALANCHE 4, FLYERS 3, OTDENVER (AP) — Ryan OReilly scored at 4:40 of overtime, and Colorado rallied to beat Philadelphia and snap a two-game skid.OReilly got a pass from defenceman Tyson Barrie and beat goalie Steve Mason with a shot just under the crossbar. It was OReillys seventh of the season.Semyon Varlamov had 26 saves. Jarome Iginla also scored for the Avalanche.Claude Giroux, Vincent Lecavalier and Jakub Voracek scored for Philadelphia. Mason finished with 29 saves for the Flyers, who have lost three in a row.Colorado had a 2-1 lead after two periods but Lecavalier tied it with his sixth goal 2:52 into the third. Giroux gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead.Iginla tied it with his ninth goal at 12:48.FLAMES 4, OILERS 3, OTCALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Josh Jooris scored 1:08 into overtime to lead Calgary to a wild win over Edmonton.Jooris, who missed the previous three games because of an upper-body injury, took a pass from Jiri Hudler and put a shot into the top corner behind goalie Ben Scrivens.Joe Colborne scored his second and third goals of the season — all against the Oilers — for the Flames (21-15-3), and Lance Bouma also scored. Sean Monahan and Curtis Glencross chipped in with two assists each.Making his sixth consecutive start for the Flames, Jonas Hiller made 17 saves to improve to 13-10-2.Matt Fraser, Jordan Eberle and Andrew Ference scored for the Oilers (8-22-8). Ben Scrivens stopped 24 shots in the loss. Cheap Under Armour Shoes China .ca. Hi Kerry, Love reading your column and loved watching your analysis on the TSN broadcasts!And were now in Round 2! Bruins! Canadiens! 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Tulsa (21-12), which was the No. 2 seed, will carry an 11-game win streak into the tournament. Top-seeded Louisiana Tech came up short, extending an NCAA tournament drought dating to 1991. The Bulldogs (27-7) were led by Kenneth Smith with 16 points and Kenyon McNeail with 15. Alex Hamilton finished with 12. The Bulldogs led 35-34 at the half in a game with 16 lead changes. Neither team led by more than five ppoints until Tulsa took control in the final 5 minutes, pushing the advantage to 10 points on a free throw by Woodard with 1:12 left. Discount Under Armour Shoes. "This was a lot of fun," said Tulsa second-year head coach Danny Manning, who won an NCAA title playing for Kansas in 1988. "It was a hard-fought game. Louisiana Tech is a talented team. We have three other teams in our league deserving of a bid." Louisiana Tech, which made 7 of 10 3-pointers in the first half and shot 45 per cent from the field, cooled off in the second half. The Bulldogs, limited by a stingy Tulsa defence, shot 32 per cent for the game. They went just 4 of 15 from 3-point range in the second half and 15 of 23 from the free-throw line. "Right now, I feel bad for the four seniors," Techs Alex Hamilton said. "I just wish there was more could do. We came out on the short end. I feel bad for the guys." Meanwhile, Tulsa shot 72 per cent from the line (18 of 25), 55 per cent from 3-point range (5 of 9) and 43 per cent from the field. Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' '
LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers have been giving playoff-contending teams more trouble over the past week than clubs that are way out of contention -- like themselves. Custom Boston Celtics Jerseys . Chris Kaman had a season-high 28 points along with 17 rebounds while starting at centre for the vertigo-stricken Pau Gasol, Jodie Meeks scored 22 points, and Los Angeles snapped the Phoenix Suns six-game winning streak with a 115-99 victory Sunday night. It came just five days after the Lakers put a crimp in the New York Knicks post-season plans with a 31-point drubbing at Staples Center. In between that game and this one were a pair of road losses to the league-worst Milwaukee Bucks and the Minnesota Timberwolves, who beat the Lakers by 36 points Friday night. "Were trying to be the player-haters of the year. Thats definitely what were trying to do, and we embrace it," said point guard Kendall Marshall, who had 13 points and 11 assists. "We want to keep teams out of the playoffs and mess up seedings. Thats our motivation right now. Any type of motivation we can get to grow as a team is good for us right now." The undermanned Lakers shot 53 per cent from the field, avoiding what would have been Phoenixs first season sweep over them since 2004-05. The Suns won the first three meetings by an average margin of 13.3 points, including a 117-90 rout on Dec. 23 at US Airways Center. This was the first meeting between the teams in 2 1/2 months. "I dont know if we had a single guy who came with the energy that they usually have," coach Jeff Hornacek said. "Weve had games like this before, where they think theyre just going to show up and win a game. Were not good enough to do that. These guys have been winning games lately because theyve been focused in, but tonight they just werent." The 25-48 Lakers beat a team with a winning record for only the eighth time all season. Gasol missed his fourth straight game because of his ailment, joining Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Xavier Henry and Jordan Farmar on the inactive list. Gerald Green scored 22 points off the bench and Goran Dragic added 17 for the Suns, who missed their first 11 shots from 3-point range and finished 8-for-36 from behind the arc against a defence that came in having allowed an average of 119.1 in their previous 16 games and 108.9 overall -- second-worst in the league behind Philadelphia. The Suns shot 38.5 per cent overall. "Theyre not shooting them to miss them," an agitated Hornacek said. "They all thought they were going to make them, and its not always going to be there. So at that point, quit shooting them and drive to the basket." The Suns first loss since March 17 at Brooklyn dropped them to 44-30 and put them into a tie with idle Dallas for seventh place in the Western Conference standings, a half-game ahead of Memphis. "Our schedule gets a lot harder after this," Hornacek said. "Play all the top teams now in the next six or seven games, so thats why this game was so important. I mean, if this happens against Oklahoma City or the Clippers, then fine. But this team is not a playoff team, so thats why its disappointing." Kaman, an 11-year veteran in his first season with the Lakers, secured his sixth double-double of the season before halftime with 18 points and 10 rebounds to help Los Angeles build a 61-43 lead at intermission. "Chris can do that. He has talent, and he came ready to play," coach Mike DAntoni said. Dragic, who came in with a team-best 20.6 scoring average, got seven of the Suns first 13 points -- but didnt get another until his driving layup with 8:39 left in the third quarter trimmed the Lakers lead to 70-48. The Suns, who came in fifth in the league in 3-point shooting at 37.7 per cent, didnt get their first one until Markieff Morris ended their drought with 8:45 left in the second quarter. His brother Marcus drained another one 34 seconds later and Green made a three-point play with 7:41 left in the half, tying it at 31 after Suns trailed by 13. But the Lakers responded with a 28-9 run that included nine points by Meeks, and Ryan Kelly capped the rally with a pair of free throws to give Los Angeles a 59-40 cushion with 1:06 left in the third. The Suns got no closer than 11 points with 3:43 to play. "They made a few runs and killed us. We didnt know how to stop them," Dragic said. "I think our intensity was really bad. Its like no one wants to play in the playoffs -- or at least it seems like that. " NOTES: The longest winning streak in Suns history was 17 games in 2006-07, under DAntoni. ... Kaman received a technical foul from referee Derrick Stafford after getting called for an offensive foul with the Lakers leading 80-55. ... The last time the Lakers hosted Phoenix on Dec. 10, they lost 114-108. That game was one of only six that Bryant has played in this season. ... 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The bids were submitted to Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the sale process on behalf of late owner Ralph Wilsons estate. Three of the people said the estate issued purchase agreements to at least four groups, and potentially five. The other groups identities are not known, and its unclear if they submitted bids. The purchase agreements are formal documents that are negotiated separately by each of the parties and Proskauer Rose, the legal firm representing the estate. The agreements are binding documents that outline the terms and conditions of the sale. Once those agreements were completed over the past week, the only outstanding question left was for each group to determine its bid price. The franchise was last valued by Forbes to be worth $935 million. But the sale price is expected to exceed $1 billion because NFL franchises rarely go on the block. The Bills are on the market after Wilson, the Hall of Fame inductee and franchise founder, died in March. The Cleveland Browns were sold for close to $1.05 billion two years ago. The Miami Dolphins sold for an NFL-record $1.1 billion in 2009, but their deal also included their stadium. The timing of thee sale process remains on track for the team to have a new owner before the end of the year -- and potentially by next month. Gordon Hayward Celtics Jersey. Once identified, the prospective owner would be presented to members of the NFL Finance Committee, which is scheduled to meet next week. The candidate must also go through an extensive background check conducted by an NFL-contracted security firm. The final step would be approval from three-quarters of the leagues 31 other owners, which could come at league meetings next month. After that, NFL owners are next scheduled to meet in December. The Pegulas remain the front runners. They have a net worth of more than $3.5 billion, and have the support of local business leaders and public officials because of their commitment to keep the Bills in western New York. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has stayed closely involved with the sale process to ensure the Bills stay in New York. Last week, Schumer expressed his support of Pegula in conversations with at least 10 NFL owners. During a stop in Buffalo on Monday, Schumer said he had conversations regarding the sale process with both Terry Pegula and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell earlier in the day. "We talked about the lay of the land. Im not going to get into details," Schumer said. "But I believe that (Pegula) is enthusiastic about owning and keeping the Bills in Buffalo for generations." Under the lease agreement reached in December 2012 with New York State and Erie County, the Bills are essentially locked in to playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium through the end of the 2019 season. 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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Asics Shoes Clearance . -- Justin Verlander took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and won his fourth straight decision, leading Detroit over the Kansas City Royals 9-4 Sunday and extending the Tigers winning streak to a season-high five games. Billy Butler singled to right on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the sixth, leaving him with a .432 career average in 74 at-bats against the Detroit ace. Verlander (4-1) allowed three runs, four hits and four walks in seven innings with seven strikeouts. Jarrod Dyson hit a two-run triple in the seventh and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nori Aoki, who walked his first three times up. Verlander pitched no-hitters against Milwaukee in June 2007 and versus Toronto in May 2011. He improved to 17-5 against the Royals, the best winning percentage (.773) among active pitchers with 10 decisions or more. Nick Castellanos and Alex Avila homered for the Tigers, who had 16 hits, and Torii Hunter had three hits and three RBIs, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Rajai Davis and Andrew Romine also had three hits each. Davis raised his average to .337, scored three runs and stole two bases, raising his total to 11. Detroit is 5-0 against the Royals this year and has won seven of eight overall. Kansas City, outscored 26-8 in the series, is 0-4 this month after going 8-20 last May. Jason Vargas (2-1) gave up seven runs and 11 hits in five innings -- hes allowed 12 runs and 21 hits over 11 1-3 innings in his last two starts. NOTES: The Royals walked Victor Martinez intentionally twice Sunday and twice Saturday. ... Kansas City optioned RHP Aaron Brooks to Triple-A Omaha, a day after he gave up six runs and seven hits in two innings in his major league debut. The Royals activated LHP Tim Collins from the DL. ... 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Nothing could stop us.Olympic silver medallists Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia go into Saturdays free program in second with 72.33, while Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China are third, with 66.66.Duhamel, from Lively, Ont., and Radford, from Balmertown, Ont., are enjoying a standout season, with victories in both their Grand Prix events — Skate Canada International and NHK Trophy in Japan. Still, Duhamel said she was battling nerves Thursday.I didnt know what to expect and I was hoping I would get iinto the zone. Cheap Asics Running Shoes. Once the music started and we were very together going into our first element I knew we were going to be alright, she said. They opened the program with a triple twist lift followed by side-by-side triple Lutzes and a throw triple Salchow.They added a quad throw Salchow — Radford throws Duhamel four revolutions through the air — to their long program this season. Russians Yuka Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov are the only other skaters attempting the move this season.Julianne Seguin of Longueuil, Que., and Charles Bilodeau of Trois-Pistoles, Que., lead after the pairs short program of the Junior Grand Prix Final. Four Russian couples follow in the standings including Lina Fedorova and Maxim Miroshkin just 0.18 behind the leaders.We couldnt be happier with our performance, said Bilodeau. We executed all our elements and achieved level fours even on our twist for the first time. 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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers confirmed Byron Scott is their new coach Monday night. Air Force 1 Scontate Uomo . The Lakers finally made the long-anticipated announcement in a news release. Scott will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday at the Lakers training complex. Scott told reporters last weekend he had been hired by the Lakers, who have been without a coach since Mike DAntoni resigned April 30. Scott is the 25th head coach in the 16-time NBA champions franchise history. General manager Mitch Kupchak said he conducted "an extensive and thorough search" with owner Jim Buss. "Were proud to welcome Byron back to the Lakers family as our next head coach," Kupchak said. "Byron has proven himself at the highest levels of the game as both a player and a coach in his almost 30 years of NBA experience. His leadership skills and track record for success make him the ideal person to lead this franchise forward." Scott is 416-521 as a head coach for New Jersey, New Orleans and Cleveland, reaching two NBA Finals with the Nets. He has won three division titles, and he was the NBAs coach of the year in 2008. Scott also was a shooting guard for the Lakers for 11 seasons, playing alongside Magic Johnson during the Showtime era. He was a teammate of Lakers star Kobe Bryant during his final NBA season, and Bryant has endorsed Scott for his new job. "I am ecstatic to once again be a Laker and to have the opportunity to work alongside Mitch and the Buss family," Scott said. "I know firsthand what it takes to bring a championship to this city, and as someone who both grew up in L.A. and played the majority of my career here, I know how passionate and dedicated our fans are. I will give everything I have to fulfil the championship expectations that our supporters have for us, and that we have for ourselves." Scott spent last season as an analyst on the Lakers television network, watching their disintegration during a 55-loss season, the most in franchise history. Bryant played just six games last season. The Lakers interviewed several coaching candidates over the past three months, including Lionel Hollins and George Karl. Scott has been widely considered the front-runner for the job since early summer, but Kupchak and Buss appeared to be more focused on the NBA draft and free agency than their current teams leadership. Air Force 1 Scontate Italia .Morse gets a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $7 million next season and $8 million in 2016 under the agreement announced Wednesday. Air Force 1 Scontate . -- Steven Stamkos scored his first goal since returning from a major injury, Ryan Callahan had his first goal with Tampa Bay, and the Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Thursday night.ORLANDO, Fla. - Jason Day has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of an injured thumb. This is the second straight tournament in which Day pulled out because of the thumb injury. He says he first injured it at the Match Play Championship, which he won in late February. Day won the Match Play and went to No. 4 in the world. The 26-year-old Auustralian previously withdrew from a World Golf Championship at Doral because of the injury. Air Force 1 Italia. It was not immediately known where or if he would play again before the Masters. Day is considered one of the favourites for Augusta National this year. He finished two shots out of the playoff last year at Augusta, and was a runner-up in 2011. Cheap Hoodies From China Discount NFL Shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping China Jerseys Stitched Jerseys ' ' '
MINNEAPOLIS - After joining Cleveland for the final month, Jason Kubel found himself in a familiar place in Minnesota when the Indians finished the regular season. Clearance Nike Roshe . During that series with the Twins, Kubel stopped in the home clubhouse to see some of his old teammates and coaches. Manager Ron Gardenhire got to the point. "I said, Why arent you in this clubhouse?" Gardenhire recalled. "He said, Well, lets talk over the winter. And we talked." Less than three months later, Kubel signed with the Twins. Hell be at spring training next month on a minor league contract, but if he is added to the 40-man roster he would receive a $2 million base salary. There are bonuses built in, too: $150,000 each for 300 and 350 plate appearances and $200,000 for 400 plate appearances; and $150,000 each for 30 and 60 days on the active major league roster, excluding time on the disabled list, and $200,000 for 90 days on the active major league roster. Thats an extra $1 million waiting for him if hes healthy and productive enough to re-establish himself as an everyday player. "The guy can put some swings on the ball and put it in the seats. He can carry a ballclub," Gardenhire said. "Im not saying hes here to do that, but I think hes going to be very valuable for us if he comes and proves that in spring training that hes still good and healthy." Kubel isnt the only former Twins standout whos back for a second time. Shortstop Jason Bartlett was signed to a minor league deal and will be in camp vying for a spot. General manager Terry Ryan also confirmed over the weekend the team has maintained interest in two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, who is recovering from a second surgery on the left shoulder that kept him out of the 2011 and 2013 seasons. Santana probably wont be ready to pitch until the summer, and hed surely have other teams to pick from. But the theme the Twins are following is clear: leadership ability and winning experience, two important traits theyve largely lacked the last three years while losing at least 96 games each time. Bartlett and Kubel are past their prime, a decline accelerated by injuries, but if theyre healthy they could help enhance the roster. Pedro Florimon is a slick fielder, but even for a shortstop a .278 career on-base percentage wont cut it for long. If the 27-year-old wins the job again, Bartlett could still be in line for a utility spot, competing with Eduardo Escobar. "I feel like a rookie again," Bartlett said over the weekend at the teams annual fan festival, held at Target Field for the first time. Bartlett was traded to Tampa Bay before the 2008 season. He went to the World Series that fall and had a career year in 2009. But his production sharply decreased in 2010, and he was traded to San Diego. Limited by a sprained right knee in 2012, Bartlett was released that summer batting just .133. He didnt play at all in 2013, and he thought his career could be over. He had surgery to fix the knee, though, and the 34-year-old said hes been working out pain-free since. Before choosing the Twins, however, he had to talk to the boss. "He was concerned about if he had a chance to make the club, and I said, Absolutely. You come into my spring training and you prove youre healthy, I know youre a winner. I know you know how to play," Gardenhire said. Kubel signed shortly after Bartlett. "Jason Tyner called me and said, Whats going on? Is this an old-timers game? Do I need to pack my bag or what?" Bartlett said. "That was funny. We have good memories here." Including, of course, the 2006 season when the Twins went 96-66, one game behind the New York Mets and Yankees for the best record in baseball. "We both have been on this team when we were doing well," said Kubel, who also spent time at TwinsFest. "They kind of wanted to bring that attitude back. Theyve got the right guys to do that with." Kubel signed with Arizona for two years and $15 million prior to the 2012 season, but last year he was bothered by knee and quadriceps trouble on his left leg and stumbled to career lows in every significant statistical category. He was designated for assignment and then traded to Cleveland. Just two years ago, though, he hit 30 homers and drove in 90 runs for the Diamondbacks. There are openings in the outfield for him to fill. "It just didnt work out last year," he said. "Healthy now. No issues. ... Im just really excited to get started." Outlet Nike Roshe .com) - Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos had an arthroscopic procedure performed on his right elbow last week, the teams official site reported Wednesday. Nike Roshe Clearance . LOUIS -- David Ross never expected to be on a World Series podium.The Edmonton Oilers havent made the playoffs in eight seasons, and it appeared that they might be ready to take a step forward in 2013-2014, but they fell flat once again. Off-Season Game Plan looks at an Oilers team that ought to be feeling a sense of urgency, as they have top-end talent approaching their prime years and need to get on the winning track quickly. Lots has been made of the Oilers stocking up on talent through the draft and its that talent that brings about expectations. If Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins hadnt shown promise, then maybe the Oilers would be just a team adrift. This isnt to suggest that the Oilers are on the cusp of being great, because weve been down this road too many times to place those expectation, but if GM Craig MacTavish can bring in some pieces that will help improve the teams defensive play, then there is at least some reason for optimism. Expectations were in place last season, but goaltending put the Oilers in an early hole. Thats been addressed with the additions of Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth. They still have a talented group of young forwards, some of whom have more potential to realize, but if they could round out the group with solid two-way players, they could be on the right track. The blueline, however, is a prime area of concern, and its not easily rectified. "We need a few pieces that can really move this thing along," MacTavish told the Edmonton Sun, "And in my mind Id like to add a very high end defenceman." Maybe the Oilers could be willing to offer their first-round pick, No. 3 overall, if it would get them the number one defenceman they sorely need, but that may not be enough. Teams that have top-tier defencemen dont trade them, so for the Oilers to make that kind of deal -- to convince a team to move one -- they might have to go bigger and bolder. After missing the playoffs every year since 2006, maybe its time for the Oilers to go bigger and bolder. The TSN.ca Rating is an efficiency rating based on per-game statistics including goals and assists -- weighted for strength (ie. power play, even, shorthanded) -- Corsi, adjusted for zone starts, quality of competition and quality of teammates, hits, blocked shots, penalty differential and faceoffs. Generally, a replacement-level player is around a 60, a top six forward and top four defenceman will be around 70, stars will be over 80 and MVP candidates could go over 90. Sidney Crosby finished at the top of the 2013-2014 regular season ratings at 87.12. Salary cap information all comes from the indispensable www.capgeek.com. CF% = Corsi percentage (ie. percentage of 5-on-5 shot attempts), via www.extraskater.com. GM/COACH Craig MacTavish/Dallas Eakins Returning Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Cap Hit Taylor Hall 78.75 75 27 53 80 44.4% $6.0M Jordan Eberle 73.48 80 28 37 65 46.3% $6.0M David Perron 73.24 78 28 29 57 45.7% $3.813M Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 68.32 80 19 37 56 44.9% $6.0M Sam Gagner 65.28 67 10 27 37 44.2% $4.8M Mark Arcobello 64.61 41 4 14 18 48.1% $600K Boyd Gordon 63.19 74 8 13 21 42.1% $3.0M Nail Yakupov 61.59 63 11 13 24 44.9% $925K Matt Hendricks 58.05 77 5 2 7 41.6% $1.85M Jesse Joensuu 57.59 42 3 2 5 43.8% $950K Free Agent Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Class 13-14 Cap Hit Ryan Smyth 62.82 72 10 13 23 45.3% UFA $2.25M Ryan Jones 56.82 52 2 4 6 42.4% UFA $1.5M Luke Gazdic 53.42 67 2 2 4 36.8% RFA $635K There was an issue with his possession numbers, and he recorded points on a ridiculous percentage (53 points on 54 goals) of 5-on-5 goals for, but Taylor Hall is a superstar that isnt regarded as such because the Oilers have yet to win. Over the past two seasons, as a 21 and 22-year-old, Hall has averaged 1.08 points per game. Since 2000, the list of forwards to record a higher points-per-game at that age includes Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos and Nicklas Backstrom. Halls point production is better than Patrick Kane, Joe Thornton and John Tavares at the same age, so hes in top-tier company and if his team manages to control the puck more consistently, the numbers can still get better. After a breakout year in 2011-2012 and a regression year in 2013, Jordan Eberle settled in with a nicely productive 65-point season. Over the past three seasons, Eberle has 178 points, which ranks 17th in the league (Hall is 14th), so theres plenty of room for him to play a top-line role. At the same time, presuming that Hall is untouchable, Eberle could be the most attractive trade chip the Oilers have if they are looking at a deal for a number one defenceman. After coming over in an off-season trade with St. Louis, David Perron finished with a career-high 28 goals and 57 points. Hes been healthy, missing only four games in the past two seasons, and provides another legitimate scoring threat. He hasnt burst through in a big way, yet, but 21-year-old Ryan Nugent-Hopkins put up a career-high 56 points, as he was asked to handle fewer defensive zone starts compared to 2012-2013. Nugent-Hopkins hasnt been as flashy as Hall or Eberle, but plays a sound two-way game and thats not something that should be overlooked on a team that needs to be more reliable. Sam Gagner had a breakout season in 2012-2013, scoring 38 points in 48 games (a career-best 0.79 points per game), but then had his jaw broken before the start of last season and, strangely enough, struggled to get on track after that. After a relatively unlucky year, though, Gagner is a decent candidate for a bounceback season in 2014-2015. Veteran checking centre Boyd Gordon was brought in to relieve some defensive pressure, and no one started a lower percentage of their shifts in the offensive zone, so he does the heavy defensive lifting that, theoretically, should free up others to handle the offensive responsibilities. The first two seasons of Nail Yakupovs career have brought ups and downs, and his perceived value is probably at a low point due to a season of unfavourable percentages. PDO, which measures 5-on-5 shooting and save percentages when a player is on the ice (and is considered a gauge for who has been lucky or unlucky), has Yakupov ranked mostly among fourth-line grinders, who legimiately shouldnt expect their on-ice shooting percentage to be above average. There are no guarantees, of course, but 20-year-old Yakupov still has the high-end potential to be a big scorer, which makes it all the more difficult to do anything other than wait on his emergence. In their quest to add more grit to the fourth line, the Oilers traded for Matt Hendricks, taking on an inflated contract that pays $1.85-million per season for the next three years. Hendricks is undeniably tough, but wasnt effective last season and somehow played more than 14 minutes a game for the Oilers. That might fit the salary, but it doesnt match his production. Big winger Jesse Joensuu was looking for a fresh start after failing to stick with the Islanders and he got a chance with the Oilers last season. While he produced very little, there were also extenuating circumstances in terms of zone starts and horrific percentages that could result in something better. But the 26-year-old, who has 20 points in 109 career games and didnt play after March 14, also may not be part of the plans going forward. Luke Gazdic was handed a full-time role as the Oilers enforcer and no one in the league played fewer minutes while also registering more penalty minutes than Gazdics 127. He ranked third in the league with 15 fighting majors, so he can handle the rough stuff. Its the actual hockey playing that poses problems, as he had the worst possession stats in the league. Smallish forward Mark Arcobello couldnt hold down a regular spot with the Oilers, though his possession numbers might have warranted it, and he crushed the AHL with 28 points in 15 games, earning a one-way deal for next season. Will that land him a regular spot in the lineup, or will it make Arcobello a well-paid minor-leaguer? There has been lots of talk about the Oilers moving their first-round pick, third overall, and thats certainly in play if they could get a premier defenceman, but if the Oilers somehow decide to hold the pick and have their choice of one of Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett or Leon Draisaitl, well, that would be another quality asset around which to build. Returning Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Cap Hit Andrew Ference 61.55 71 3 15 18 42.9% $3.25M Martin Marincin 59.37 44 0 6 6 47.5% $730K Free Agent Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Class 13-14 Cap Hit Justin Schultz 67. Nike Roshe Sale Cheap. .40 74 11 22 33 42.9% RFA $925K Philip Larsen 65.78 30 3 9 12 42.7% RFA $1.025M Jeff Petry 63.49 80 7 10 17 46.7% RFA $1.75M Mark Fraser 59.56 42 1 1 2 42.3% UFA $1.275M Anton Belov 58.88 57 1 6 7 46.3% UFA $925K Brought in as a free agent to stabilize the defence, Andrew Ference played his highest minutes per game (21:04) since 2008-2009 and he was asked to handle a tougher workload, with more defensive zone starts and facing higher-calibre competition. Its asking a lot for 35-year-old Ference to handle this workload going forward, but he is one steady influence. Once the Oilers called up Martin Marincin, they had the making of a quality second defence pairing with Marincin and Jeff Petry. Marincins relative possession numbers were very good, while facing quality opposition, so the lanky 22-year-old is a promising piece for next season. Highly-touted coming out of the University of Wisconsin, Justin Schultz has put up 60 points in 122 career games, which puts him in pretty good company offensively. The trouble is, Schultz gets eaten up in terms of puck possesson. Thats not entirely on him, but Schultzs game to this point doesnt warrant the kind of ice time that hes been getting. If hes going to keep playing 23 minutes a night, he simply has to be better; the other alternative being that the Oilers find others to take smoe of that ice time and limit Schultzs exposure. Philip Larsen is a finesse blueliner, who has been hanging around the fringe of the lineup. Hes mobile and a fine puck-mover, but hes not particularly physical and tends to get squeezed out of bottom pair minutes by bruisers. Thats not to suggest that his game warrants more; its just a reflection of what has happened as he battles for ice time. Jeff Petry emerged as one of the Oilers most reliable defencemen last season, particularly once paired with Marincin. Petry has good size, can skate and move the puck, and was one of 22 defenceman to combine for at least 300 hits plus blocked shots. Yes, that means the Oilers didnt have the puck so much, but they actually had it more with Petry and Marincin than any other time. For all the improvement needed on Edmontons defence, they could do worse than pressing forward with Petry and Marincin playing in a shutdown role. In addition to prospects Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom, the Oilers also have to consider what kind of deals they might be able to make to secure a top pair defenceman. There are long-in-the-tooth free agents (Andrei Markov, Dan Boyle, Stephane Robidas) that have played top pair minutes, or the likes of Matt Niskanen and Mark Fayne, who had strong seasons, but dont have the same pedigree. Or, maybe the Oilers can swing that blockbuster trade. There have long been rumours about Edmonton trading one of their top young forwards and/or the third pick in the draft to bring in someone who can handle the big minutes, the tough minutes, for the Oilers. Returning Goaltenders Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Cap Hit Ben Scrivens 76.91 40 16 16 4 2.55 .922 $2.3M Viktor Fasth 58.53 12 5 4 2 2.82 .903 $2.9M The Oilers went into the 2013-2014 season with expectations that Devan Dubnyk could give them at least average goaltending -- not unreasonable given his track record -- but when that plan went completely awry, Edmonton started seeking out solutions and made a couple of moves to acquire goaltenders that can be part of the future for the franchise. 27-year-old Spruce Grove, Alberta native Ben Scrivens had a .917 save percentage in 51 career NHL games before joining the Oilers and he had a .916 save percetage in 21 games for Edmonton. He ended last season playing a career-high 40 games and posting a .922 save percentage, so hes earned his shot at the starting job, but hes also played 72 career games, and Dubnyk had played 139 games before going south last year, so who knows how it will turn out? With that in mind, the Oilers have another option too. Viktor Fasth had a terrific first NHL season, in 2012-2013, posting a .921 save percentage in 25 games for Anaheim. Groin problems resulted in Fasth getting bypassed in Anaheim, but the 31-year-old is capable of at least handling a split in duties with Scrivens. Top Prospects Player Pos. Team/League Stats Darnell Nurse D Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 13-37-50, +1, 64 GP Oscar Klefbom D Oklahoma City (AHL) 1-9-10, -8, 48 GP Bogdan Yakimov C Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik (KHL) 7-5-12, +1, 33 GP Anton Slephyshev LW Ufa Salava Yulayev (KHL) 3-5-8, +5, 36 GP Martin Gernat D Oklahoma City (AHL) 4-17-21, -12, 57 GP Mitch Moroz LW Edmonton (WHL) 35-28-63, +25, 70 GP Tyler Pitlick RW Oklahoma City (AHL) 8-14-2, +6, 39 GP Greg Chase C Calgary (WHL) 35-50-85, +29, 70 GP Laurent Brossoit G Bakersfield (ECHL) 2.14 GAA, .923 SV%, 35 GP Jujhar Khaira LW Everett (WHL) 16-27-43, +5, 49 GP Anton Lander C Oklahoma City (AHL) 18-34-52, +7, 46 GP Roman Horak LW Oklahoma City (AHL) 23-32-55, +10, 66 GP The seventh overall pick last summer, Darnell Nurse could reasonably challenge for a spot next season, but its not an easy transition for a teenager and could be difficult to get a look on an Oilers defence that has to get better immediately, as in, they may not be inclined to see a teenager take some lumps in a spot that could go to a veteran that can handle the pace immediately. Whether he plays next year or not, Nurse is a strong prospect with the upside to, ideally, become a number one defenceman. Oscar Klefbom was the 19th pick in 2011 and was okay in a 17-game trial (1 G, 2 A, 44.3 CF%) with the Oilers late in the season. Hes 20-years-old, so more time in the AHL would be an entirely reasonable plan for next season. A big centre with limited offensive upside, Bogdan Yakimov was a third-round pick last year (five picks ahead of Anton Slepyshev) and has decided that he will play in North America next season. Anton Slepyshev isnt yet 20-years-old and has already played four seasons in the KHL. He has good size and while he hasnt managed to score much in the KHL, hes produced at international tournaments (including seven points in seven games at the World Juniors). High-risk, high-reward blueliner Martin Gernat has lots of potential, if not a lot of weight, packed onto his 6-foot-5 frame. Given some time to get stronger, he could start handling more important minutes. Drafted in the second round in 2012, Mitch Moroz is a big winger who crashed and banged his way to 35 goals in the WHL; the next test is to see if he can play the power forward game as a pro. A second-round pick in 2010, Tyler Pitlick got into 10 games (1 G, 0 A, 41.5 CF%) with the Oilers last season, starting a disproportionate amount of his shifts in the defensive zone. With 55 points in 145 career AHL games, hes not likely to be more than a checker at the next level. A seventh-round pick last summer, Greg Chase had a tremendous season as a playmaking two-way centre. With some time to develop, he could prove to be a late-round bargain. Projecting goaltenders is difficult work, especially a 21-year-old whose experience is primarily in the ECHL, but Laurent Brossoit was appealing enough for the Oilers to acquire as part of the Ladislav Smid trade. A sixth-round pick of the Flames in 2011, Brossoit will need time to develop. After leaving college hockey for the WHL, Jujhar Khaira had modest offensive production, so he likely needs some time before hes considered a serious prospect, but he has time to develop. A second-round pick of the Oilers in 2009, Anton Lander has all of eight points in 94 career NHL games, which would make it easy enough to write him off as a forward prospect, but he just put up 52 points in 46 AHL games and that is the kind of production that could at least warrnt interest from another team. The other piece coming to Edmonton in the Smid trade, Roman Horak also had a strong AHL campaign and has the speed to make it as a checking winger and penalty killer. In addition to those prospects, defencemen Dillon Simpson and David Musil provide additional organizational depth. Oilers advanced stats and player usage chart from Extra Skater DRAFT 3rd - Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett, Leon Draisaitl FREE AGENCY According to www.capgeek.com, the Oilers have approximately $42.5M committed to the 2013-2014 salary cap for 13 players. Check out my possible Oilers lineup for next season on Cap Geek here. Needs: Three forwards, No. 1 defenceman, depth defencemen. What I said the Oilers needed last year: One top nine forward, depth forwards, one top pair defenceman, backup goaltender. They added: David Perron, Boyd Gordon, Mark Arcobello, Jesse Joensuu, Andrew Ference, Anton Belov, Philip Larsen, Jason LaBarbera. TRADE MARKET Sam Gagner, Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. 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