Tagged with "Trades"
more than pumping tires
Category: NHL
Tags: florida vancouver goalies trades

should be interesting. In case you missed the breaking news today, Roberto Luongo is going home. The Vancouver Canucks finally moved the Canadian Olympian after all of the drama last season as Luongo and minor-league forward Steve Anthony will head south to Sunrise, Florida in exchange for goaltender Jacob Markstrom and center Shawn Matthias. If you're thinking one step ahead, we're thinking the same way because Luongo will join Tim Thomas as the netminders for the Panthers - the same man who he had a war of words with during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

I can tell you this: Luongo's contract probably ensures that Thomas will not be a Panther next season. And considering their bodies of work this season, Luongo will probably get a pile of time in the blue paint that Thomas probably thought he was getting. Both men are competitors and have a lot of pride, so you know that one of these two Cats will be a little unhappy with the amount of games he plays down the stretch.

Luongo was asked today by TSN 1050 in Vancouver about being teammates with man who beat him in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. Luongo took it in stride, laughing, and replied, "I don't know, we'll see how it goes when I get there."

Luongo, for what it's worth, gets to go home where he spends the off-season. He returns to the team that traded him to Vancouver in 2006, and will most likely be expected to carry this team as far as he can. While he is older and a little wiser than his last time in a Panthers jersey, Luongo sounds like he's ready to move on after the last couple of years of drama in Vancouver.

"I was not expecting it," Luongo told reporters shortly after the trade. "Go figure, right? I'm happy for myself and my family and a little bit sad to be leaving Vancouver. All in all it was a great run. There was a lot of stuff that happened in between but I have nothing but good things to say about the fans that were really supportive especially towards the end. This organization brought my game to another level. It's all positive stuff."

I expected Roberto Luongo to deliver a classy exit speech at last year's NHL Entry Draft, but it was Cory Schneider who was traded. Luongo appeared to be the starter once again, but the Canucks seemed to be working Eddie Lack into the blue paint more often, including the Winter Classic this past weekend. Luongo was saying all the right things about not getting the start in the highly-anticipated game, but you know he had to have been disappointed.

With Markstrom and Lack, the Canucks have a pair of young Swedish goalies who they should be able to start building around nicely. Markstrom is 24 and Lack is 26, so both are entering their primes as hockey players. Matthias will be a nice addition to the third-line in Vancouver, and is versatile enough that he can be moved around to fit into the Canucks' lineup.

It will be interesting to watch the two veteran goalies in Florida, though. These two highly-competitive men won't give an inch in their battle to earn and keep their ice-time. While both men will put on a happy face and say nice things about each other, the fires that burn within Luongo and Thomas will burn hot as they compete down the stretch.
should be interesting. In case you missed the breaking news today, Roberto Luongo is going home. The Vancouver Canucks finally moved the Canadian Olympian after all of the drama last season as Luongo and minor-league forward Steve Anthony will head south to Sunrise, Florida in exchange for goaltender Jacob Markstrom and center Shawn Matthias. If you're thinking one step ahead, we're thinking the same way because Luongo will join Tim Thomas as the netminders for the Panthers - the same man who he had a war of words with during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

I can tell you this: Luongo's contract probably ensures that Thomas will not be a Panther next season. And considering their bodies of work this season, Luongo will probably get a pile of time in the blue paint that Thomas probably thought he was getting. Both men are competitors and have a lot of pride, so you know that one of these two Cats will be a little unhappy with the amount of games he plays down the stretch.

Luongo was asked today by TSN 1050 in Vancouver about being teammates with man who beat him in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. Luongo took it in stride, laughing, and replied, "I don't know, we'll see how it goes when I get there."

Luongo, for what it's worth, gets to go home where he spends the off-season. He returns to the team that traded him to Vancouver in 2006, and will most likely be expected to carry this team as far as he can. While he is older and a little wiser than his last time in a Panthers jersey, Luongo sounds like he's ready to move on after the last couple of years of drama in Vancouver.

"I was not expecting it," Luongo told reporters shortly after the trade. "Go figure, right? I'm happy for myself and my family and a little bit sad to be leaving Vancouver. All in all it was a great run. There was a lot of stuff that happened in between but I have nothing but good things to say about the fans that were really supportive especially towards the end. This organization brought my game to another level. It's all positive stuff."

I expected Roberto Luongo to deliver a classy exit speech at last year's NHL Entry Draft, but it was Cory Schneider who was traded. Luongo appeared to be the starter once again, but the Canucks seemed to be working Eddie Lack into the blue paint more often, including the Winter Classic this past weekend. Luongo was saying all the right things about not getting the start in the highly-anticipated game, but you know he had to have been disappointed.

With Markstrom and Lack, the Canucks have a pair of young Swedish goalies who they should be able to start building around nicely. Markstrom is 24 and Lack is 26, so both are entering their primes as hockey players. Matthias will be a nice addition to the third-line in Vancouver, and is versatile enough that he can be moved around to fit into the Canucks' lineup.

It will be interesting to watch the two veteran goalies in Florida, though. These two highly-competitive men won't give an inch in their battle to earn and keep their ice-time. While both men will put on a happy face and say nice things about each other, the fires that burn within Luongo and Thomas will burn hot as they compete down the stretch.
 

Sports Friday with Hal: February Sports
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Baseball Spring Training NBA Trades

Happy Friday! What a great day for sports: the NFL Combine is underway, MLB Spring Training has kicked off, it was the NBA trade deadline yesterday, and the Olympics are in full swing.  

 

OK, so the NBA trade deadline was a dud...the Combine is a bunch of guys in their underwear getting measured and poked (sounds like a dream my wife started telling me about and then decided better of it)...spring training is not yet into big storylines...and the USA-Canada hockey game (the only important part of the Olympics) is underway today.

 

FAST BALLS:

So the Red Sox lost starting pitcher Ryan Dempster who walked away from $13+ million dollars.  Now that is the kind of integrity that you just do not see these days (Yes, I am looking at A-Rod when I type this!). The Sox leaped quickly into free agency and signed…

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Chris Capuano? (that’s a typo, right?)

 

The 35 year old lefty was decent in 2012 (not great...and in retrospect, as a National League West pitcher the 3.72 ERA that year is much less impressive) and injured a couple times last year. While he is a decent long reliever to keep around to eat innings in garbage time, I hate the thought of him having to start multiple times.  As long as he stays in the bullpen he is ok and not going to hurt the team too much.

 

Whatever. Baseball is back!  That is all that matters.

 

BIG ROUND BALLS:

The trade deadline for the Boston Celtics was supposed to be salary dump city on the way to suckapalooza and more ping-pong balls. Hardly inspiring and exciting, but no one bit on under-productive and overpaid Brandon Bass, Jeff Green and his big money contract, Gerald Wallace and his insane unmovable contract, or paid a king’s ransom for Rajon Rondo. In a way, they remain a better, more competitive team.

 

Philadelphia sent Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to Indiana for Danny Granger.  That was it for big names.  Granger would be a big deal four years ago if traded, but today he is a salary dump.  Yup, that was the big trade of the day.  Check out these other deals that included players you may have heard of (possibly...maybe...OK maybe not):

 

The Cavaliers sent Earl Clark and two second round draft picks to Philadelphia for Spencer Hawes.  Hawes gives Cleveland...hmmm. What exactly? Size? Sure, we can go with that. Philadelphia gets...well, the draft picks.   

 

Milwaukee trades guards Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal to Charlotte for Ramon Sessions and Jeff (who?) Adrien. Charlotte gets two shooters for Sessions and Milwaukee gets playing time for the youngsters.  Not a bad deal. Younger and cheaper is good.

 

The Sacramento Kings sent guard Marcus Thornton to the Brooklyn Nets for decrepit shooting guard Jason Terry and Reggie Evans. Sacramento gets an excuse to play the talented Ben McLemore and Brooklyn gets a reclamation project only 26 years-old.

 

Miami trades Roger Mason to Sacramento for a second round pick. Miami had an open spot for a veteran wanting to come for a chance at a ring after a buyout. Sacramento gets...I don’t know…the last pick of the draft? Why?

 

Golden State sent MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore to the Los Angeles Lakers for Steve Blake. Goldens State has Blake to come off the bench with Jordan Crawford and the Lakers...well, what the heck is going on? Where was the suckapalooza? Boo. Boo I say!

 

A three team trade: Washington gets point guard Andre Miller, Philadelphia gets two more second round picks and Eric Maynor and Denver gets Jan Vesely. Miller is old and...well, cheap. Denver makes out because they get rid of Miller. The 76ers get to own the second round.

There were more trades (another second round pick for Philadelphia!) but those guys were less well known than these other guys… NBA Fever: Catch it!

 

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OK, that’s all I have for this week. Have a great weekend!

 
This and That - 03/14/13
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Liberty Michael Jordan Manny Ramirez NFL trades David Wright Ravens NFL

Jordan getting hitched, Ramirez fleeing country, NFL action, and this and more in this weeks edition of….



They finished 10th, with a 6-10 record in the Big South Conference, and 15-20 overall, but since they torched the favorite, Charleston Southern to win the conference, Liberty has made it to the dance. Is it right? It sure is. They got hot when they needed to by winning the conference tournament. Who knows, they might even beat my team, Syracuse, in the tourney. One never knows.



Air Jordan looks like he will be coming back to earth. It seems the only person who could guard Jordan is Yvette Prieto, a Cuban-American model.



Is this a case of Manny being Manny?

Manny Ramirez signed a contract to play with the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan. Rumors are he will make about $12,000 per month.



NFL is heating up before the official free agent frenzy started. Monday, the Vikings traded Percy Harvin to the Seahawks for draft picks, and its only official if Harvin signs a new contract with Seattle.

In the meantime, the 49ers traded for Anquan Boldin to the 49ers for a 6th round pick.

Dolphins made some noise signing Mike Wallace and Dannell Ellerbe.

With Wes Welker and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are going to the Broncos are they the team to beat?

Bet the Kansas City Chiefs are saying DAMN, as they tought they were catching up to Denver with the signings of Dunta Robinson, Anthony Fasano, Mike DeVito, and Donnie Avery.

Baltimore has released strong safety Bernard Pollard and guard Bobbie Williams, wide receiver Anguan Boldin was traded, lost linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger in free agency, while Ray Lewis and center Matt Birk retired. One and done for the former Super Bowl Champs.



David Wright has been carrying the USA Team in the World Baseball Classic. Will he have anything left to give the Mets??



Is there any college basketball team that will dominate the field? There could be as many as 8 teams that have a chance for the NCCA Title.

I would love to see Gonzaga take it all.

This is what I love about college basketball. Once the tournament starts anyone has a chance to win. It usually ends up being the team in the top 15, but still there are upsets that can happen along the way, and that makes it exciting.

With college football the SEC doesn’t want to share the $$$ with anyone that that they feel doesn’t deserve to be there.



Do you get the feeling I am not a fan of the SEC???



95,000 people watched Barcelona beat AC Milan. Wow.



Til Next time

Scott

 

Deep Thoughts 12-12-2012
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Tabliabue Comeback player of the year Pats belt Texans MLB trades Costas

 

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Did you hear the news? Paul Tagliabue vacated the suspensions for all of the New Orleans players. This of course does nothing to help the lost season of the Saints. Although Tagliabue found in the player’s favor, he upheld the suspension for Sean Payton and the other coaches. It is clear that Gregg Williams was behind Bountygate and Payton was punished for allowing and then attempting to cover up the pay for pain program. There are no winners in this decision. The Saints organization, players and Goodell all played the wrong cards throughout this ordeal. To be honest, this sort of reminds me of the movie “A Few Good Men”…when a code red was ordered, the soldiers carried out orders. The players are paid to follow directions, but just as the Marines were punished for following orders, so were the players. Tabliabue said that fines should have been levied instead of suspensions and I think he is exactly right. For those of you that think talent alone can win games, this Saint’s season is proof that coaching does indeed make a difference. Vilma’s reputation will never be the same, but at least this decision should provide some vindication for him. He apparently plans to move forward with his lawsuit against Goodell. Hopefully he reconsiders as there is really nothing good that can come from this.

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

So, who would you choose for your NFL comeback player of the year? There are two obvious choices in Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson. I really don’t think you could go wrong with choosing either one. A few weeks ago, I would say that Peyton Manning was a lock… but as Peterson continues to approach 2000 yards rushing, the race has grown much tighter. Both of these guys are great stories. Less than a year after a rebuilt knee, Peterson is way ahead of normal for this injury. Peyton Manning could win just because there was so much speculation that he might never play again. The neck is also a very dicey injury to come back from. The Broncos are also winning, which could work against Peterson. I suppose if I had to vote today, it would be for Manning. It really is amazing how improved the Broncos are with a real QB.

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

We were reminded Monday night just how good of a QB Tom Brady is. The Texans came swaggering into Boston wearing varsity jackets. Brady and Coach Bill quickly gave the Texans a big slice of humble pie. Funny thing, I got the feeling that if you put Brady on the Texans squad that the score might have been the exact opposite. Those red zone interceptions that Schaub threw just killed the Texans chance at a victory. It is very important for the Texans to retain that home field advantage if they want to do anything in the playoffs. I read with interest a few weeks back a comment from a Pats fan. It was a simple statement…Houston has not beat a team this year with an elite QB. They have played two…Rodgers in Houston and Brady on Monday night. Hmmm…this is a very interesting point. In fairness, the Texans defense is very banged up and was just not ready for Brady and the Pats offense. The Patriots cannot celebrate too long as they have a short week to get ready for the 49ers. That should be a very interesting game. By the way...if you expect to see more from Stallworth, I have bad news. He has suffered a high ankle sprain on the long TD and was placed on the IR on Tuesday. Don't forget to watch the entire Pats game next week...you never know how the Harbaugh handshake will go!

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 
There was a bit of rumbling last week as the MLB winter meeting did not result in much deal making. Well since then, we have had a bit of fireworks. Michael Young is now a Philly. James Shields and Wade Davis are Royals. Stranger yet…Youk is now a Yankee, which can’t be a welcome thought for Red Sox fans. There was a blockbuster trade on Tuesday that involved the Indians, DBacks and Reds. The big names were Shin-Shoo Chu to the Reds, Drew Stubbs to the Indians along with pitcher Trevor Bauer. The DBacks also got a top short stop prospect named Didi Gregorius. The thing about the winter meeting that we forget is that deals begun do not always culminate in the three days of the meetings. My guess is that these deals were germinated in Nashville…

 

 



 

 

 

I have to agree with BOB regarding Bob Costas. I thought that Costas made a mistake by bringing up gun control during a football game. A mistake is what it was…let it go and move on. We all make mistakes, right? Why do so many want blood in cases like this? To use BOB’s words…why is our society suddenly so intolerant of differing views? The first amendment is just as important as the second amendment. Speaking of the second amendment…saw this on the news late last week and wanted to share. I have to say, it is pretty damn common for folks to have guns in Texas. Breaking into a home with “bad intentions” will get you shot. I would have no problem discharging my shotgun to protect my family. This guy was lucky…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey:

 

 

"How come the dove gets to be the peace symbol? How about the pillow? It has more feathers than the dove, and it doesn't have that dangerous beak."

 

"I'd rather be rich than stupid."

 



Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…

 

 


 

Really, You Can't Be Serious....8-26-12
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Rocket MLB Trades and other random thoughts.

​As my final vacation comes to an end, I can say it has been filled with some interesting sports news. Gonzo, Beckett and Crawford are headlining a possible trade to the Dodgers this weekend. Armstrong receives a life-time ban, and this. Really do you think I am going to buy this reasoning? I think not.........

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8300808/roger-rocket-clemens-relaunch-50-houston-astros-owner-open-it

​Go ahead if you please and listen to this story and all the crap, and decide to yourself, would you be this foolish and let yourself be suckered into this? I am not saying that the Rocket can no longer pitch, but everyone in the world is aware that he is desperate and broke from all his legal battles. I guess if I was re-building a team, I might want big-name to surround my franchise's move to the American League and Roger at 50 still may be able to do this.......

​People have acquired their own opinions on this issue, but if he wants to pitch or is capable of pitching then I guess we should let him go. If the Astros are willing to run the huge risk, in order to mentor their young staff, then so be it........

​Football season is nearing, and everyone will make their own predictions. Unfortunately I will not be able to be at our fantasy draft because of work obligations that day which will have me working until midnight. I thought I would share a few of my pre-season predictions...

​NFC North - Green Bay Packers. I would have picked the Lions, but their defense and lack of maturity all around leads me to think they will be a wild card pick again. Plus their inability to consistently beat the Packers is another reason.....

​NFC South - New Orleans Saints - They do not need a coach, they have Brees enough said. Both Tampa and Carolina are not ready to challenge yet, so it should pretty much be a one team race unless the Saints have a total team meltdown. There is a potential for the wild card also to come out this division, if the Falcons play up to their capabilities......

​NFC East - NY Giants - I would love to say the Washington Redskins, but I just do not buy into the whole RGIII thing right now.

​NFC West - San Francisco 49ers - Once again unless there is a total meltdown, they should win their division. The Arizona Cardinals will be the other wildcard team, in the NFC. Sorry Cowboy and Bears fans you just are not consistent enough and have too many team issues mainly at quarterback to make the playoffs again......

​The 49ers will have the best home record, and will beat the Packers at home this year and go to the Super Bowl....Sorry to all the rest, Harbaugh has them playing above the rest it should have been them in the Super Bowl instead of the Giants.....

​AFC North- This should be the most competitive of all of the divisions, maybe both wild cards will come out of here. I like the Ravens in this division, with the Steelers and Bengals making it as Wild Cards.....

​AFC South - Houston Texans. There will be growing pains concerning the other teams starting inexperienced quarterbacks, so they should walk through their division.

​AFC East - New England Patriots. Even though I apparently took a shot at them this past week, they are the best team in their division and should win it easily, unless they are ravaged by injuries......

​AFC West - Denver Broncos - PEYTON MANNING, enough said.......

​This is the toughest division to decide who is going to face the 49ers in the Super Bowl, because outside of Houston and the Bengals all are legitimate Super Bowl Contenders. There are several possibilities from Patriots-Ravens, Broncos-Steelers, they are endless....I am choosing the Ravens to face the 49ers, with the 49ers winning another Super Bowl. It will be the battle of two great defenses, so it ought to be interesting.

​And now it is the time of year where we start bantering about who has the best college football team. I would like to say it is Michigan, but even I have a hard time buying into them beating Alabama next weekend.

​With this I will close, please leave your thoughts about the trade between the Red Sox and Dodgers. How do you think this trade will change the way management approaches signing free agents and then dumping their salaries to avoid paying them over the life of their contract? I believe this trade will have a trickle down effect on all professional sports teams, and could change the way management thinks about free agency in general.......

 

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