Thursday, November 23, 2017

NHL news: Lack, Megna, DiDomenico on waivers

            Today, three players went on waivers in the NHL, and honestly, we'll see why they are on waivers in a second. Those three players are the Calgary Flames' G Eddie Lack, Ottawa Senators' F Chris DiDomenico, and Anaheim Ducks' D Jaycob Megna.

            Lack, the most surprising name on this list, makes his appearances less surprising with a single look at his stats. The goalie was traded from the Carolina Hurricanes along with Ryan Murphy for a prospect (Along with some picks going both ways) to be the Flames backup. But, that hasn't worked so far. The only goalie on the Flames roster currently is starter Mike Smith. Prospect Jon Gillies will most likely get the call.

          Lack, 29, has a .813 SV% and a 5.29 GAA in four games for the Flames this year. In his NHL career for the Flames, Canes and Vancouver Canucks, Lack has a GAA of 2.60 and a SV% of .909 in 140 games.

          DiDomenico was an extra forward for the Sens, but after they claimed forward Gabriel Dumont from the Tampa Bay Lightning, they needed to send someone down, or make a trade. Waiving DiDomenico was probably the right move, though he hasn't been so bad this year.

          DiDomenico, 28, has three goals and three assists for six points in 12 games this year. In his NHL career, all for the Sens, DiDomenico has scored those three goals and assists for six points in 15 games.

         Megna is also not a surprise to be on this list. The Ducks had nine defensemen before waiving Megna. That's too many. Megna is the least likely to be claimed out of the nine.

        Megna, 24, has one point, an assist, in 11 games this year. In his NHL career, all for the Ducks, Megna has that one assist in 12 games.

Monday, November 20, 2017

MLB news: Pair of trades occur with looming Rule 5 draft

             With the Rule 5 draft looming, there was a bunch of mini trades to open up 40 man roster spots for Rule 5 eligible prospects. In this article, I'll just go over two trades. In the first one, the Miami Marlins acquired 1B Garrett Cooper and LHP Caleb Smith from the New York Yankees for RHP Michael King and international signing pool bonus money. In the second one, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired INF Gift Ngoepe from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a PTNBL or cash.

            In the first trade, the Yankees for able to unload two roster spots. After trading Nick Rumbelow and Ronald Herrera recently, the Yanks wanted to unload one more spot, so Gleyber Torres, Domingo Acevedo, Billy McKinney, Thairo Estrada and Albert Abreu can be put on the 40-man. They unloaded two spots, so that meant that Jonathan Loaisiga was protected. They acquired the money that can be used to acquire Japanese sensation Shohei Otani.

          The Marlins acquired two roster players/minor leaguers. The play solid backup roles, and could be helpful in the future.

          Cooper, 26, made his MLB debut for the Yankees in 2017, and hit .326 with no homers and six RBIs in 45 Plate Appearances.

          Smith, also 26, also made his MLB debut for the Yanks in 2017, with a 7.71 ERA and a WHIP of 1.66 and 18 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.

        In the second trade, the Pirates were able to free up a spot, and the Jays got Ngoepe, who made headlines as the first MLBer to be born in the continent of Africa. Ngoepe is also a solid backup infielder that can replace Rob Refsnyder, who was claimed off waivers by Cleveland.

       Ngoepe, 27, made his MLB debut in Pittsburgh in 2017, with a .222 batting average, no homers and six RBIs in 54 Plate Appearances.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

MLB trade review: Mariners acquire Healy

               The Seattle Mariners have acquired corner infielder Ryon Healy from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Emilio Pagan and INF Alex Campos.

               The Mariners have been looking for a 1B, since their 1Bs last year, Danny Valencia and Yonder Alonso (who are both former A's themselves) are free agents. Healy is just 25, so the M's will have him for lots of years. It's a really good deal for them, and his rookie season stats will show that.

               Healy, 25, hit 25 homers, 78 RBIs, and had a batting average of .271 in 605 Plate Appearances this year. In his two year MLB career, both for Oakland, Healy has a .282 batting average, 38 homers and 115 RBIs in 888 Plate Appearances.

             I still am having trouble processing why the A's made this trade. Campos was ranked as their 15th best prospect. Another infielder, Chris Torres, is their 7th best prospect and would make more sense for Oakland. But with prospects up the middle like Jorge Mateo and Frankie Barreto, they probably should've targeted another prospect with a different position. Pagan is also young at 26, and can become a solid bullpen arm for Oakland in 2018. With fellow rookies Matt Olsen and Matt Chapman, the other corner infielders, coming off great seasons, Healy was being shopped. But, I doubted a trade would actually be made. I think this shows the full-on rebuild the A's are in.

              Pagan, 26, made his MLB debut in 2017, with a 3.22 ERA, 56 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.934.

             Campos, 18, played in the Dominican Summer league this past year. He had a .290 batting average, two homers, 26 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 254 Plate Appearances.

             I clearly think that the Mariners win this trade. They get a young slugger for a very young prospect who we have no idea what he'll turn out to be, and a young reliever yet to show more than a middle relief talent.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

NHL trade review: Oilers, Kings swap Cammallieri and Jokinen

             The Edmonton Oilers have acquired forward Michael Cammallieri from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Jussi Jokinen.

             Both Cammallieri and Jokinen are older players, Cammallieri being 35 and Jokinen 34. They were signed to cheap one year deals in the offseason, and were trade candidates this season, and now have been traded. It's not much of a difference between the two, so it's an even trade. Cammallieri might be slightly better, but also has a slightly smaller contract (he is getting paid $1 million, with Jokinen being paid $1.1 million) .

             Cammallieri, 35, has scored three goals and four assists for seven points in 15 games for the Kings this season. In his long NHL career for the Kings, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens, Cammallieri has scored 290 goals and 330 assists for 620 points in 855 games.

            Jokinen, 34, has scored one point, an assist, in 14 games this season. In his NHL career for the Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning, Jokinen has scored 186 goals and 361 assists for 547 points in 905 games.

NHL trade review: Lightning acquire Domingue

             The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goalie Louis Domingue from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for goalie Michael Leighton and forward Tye McGinn.

             Off to a bad start, Domingue was waived by the Coyotes. He will likely stay in the AHL with the Lightning. But, he's better than Leighton. If either Andrei Vasilevskiy or Peter Budaj go down, Domingue will be the backup. The price wasn't high, and they got a discount.

              Domingue, 25, has a 4.33 GAA and .856 SV% in seven games in the desert this season. In his NHL career, all for the Coyotes, Domingue has a GAA of 3.00 and a .906 SV%.

             The Coyotes don't need Domingue. They already have Antti Raanta, Scott Wedgewood and Adin Hill. Leighton will just add depth in the AHL to go along with Hill. McGinn, brother of other NHLers Jamie (Florida) and Brock (Carolina) is a solid bottom six forward. He has also had a short stint in Arizona in 2014-15, so he knows some of the team.

             McGinn, 27, hasn't played in the NHL this season. In his NHL career for the Lightning, Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers, McGinn has scored nine goals and eight assists for 17 points in 89 games.

             Leighton, 36, also hasn't played in the league at all in 2017-18. In his NHL career for the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Flyers and Nashville Predators, Leighton has a .900 SV%  and a GAA of 2.98.

              This is an even trade. Both teams trade away useless assets, and get depth for them. If I had to choose a winner, I'd say Tampa Bay won. It's simple Domingue>Leighton, and McGinn doesn't fill the gap between them.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Presenting your MLB free agent class of 2017/18

              The next two months are going to be wild. We'll have lots of free agents signing. Here is a list of all the free agents, by position. Note: players that play multiple positions will be on multiple lists.


               Jonathan Lucroy, 32
               Welington Castillo, 31
               Alex Avila, 31
               Nick Hundley, 34
               Chris Iannetta, 35
               Miguel Montero, 34
               Carlos Ruiz, 39
               Hector Sanchez, 28
               A.J. Ellis, 37
               Geovany Soto, 35
               Rene Rivera, 34
               Jose Lobaton, 33
               Chris Stewart, 36
               Raffy Lopez, 30

               First basemen:
               Eric Hosmer, 28
               Carlos Santana, 31
               Lucas Duda, 32
               Logan Morrison, 30
               Yonder Alonso, 31
               Mitch Moreland, 32
               Danny Valencia, 33
               Mike Napoli, 36
               Mark Reynolds, 34
               Adam Lind, 34
               John Jaso, 34
               Chris Carter, 31
               Tyler Moore, 31
               Efren Navarro, 32
               Second basemen:

               Neil Walker, 32
               Brandon Phillips, 37
               Howie Kendrick, 34
               Andres Blanco, 34
               Chase Utley, 39
               Danny Espinosa, 31
               Nick Franklin, 27
               Jose Reyes, 35
               Josh Rutledge, 29
               Cliff Pennington, 34
               Darwin Barney, 32
               Ryan Flaherty, 31
               Christian Colon, 29
               Arismendy Alcantara, 26
               Phil Gosselin, 29

              Zack Cozart, 32
              Eduardo Nunez, 31
              Alcides Escobar, 31
              J.J. Hardy, 35
              Erick Aybar, 34
              Adam Rosales, 35
              Alexi Amarista, 29
              Jose Reyes, 35
              Stephen Drew, 35
              Ruben Tejada, 28
              Chase d'Arnaud, 31
              Dusty Coleman, 31
              Pedro Florimon, 31

              Third basemen:

              Mike Moustakas, 29
              Todd Frazier, 32
              Eduardo Nunez, 31
              Brandon Phillips, 37
              Yunel Escobar, 35
              Trevor Plouffe, 32
              Jhonny Peralta, 36
              Cliff Pennington, 34
              Darwin Barney, 32
              Jose Reyes, 35
              Josh Rutledge, 29
              Conor Gillaspie, 30

              Left fielders:

              Melky Cabrera, 33
              Cameron Maybin, 31
              Jarrod Dyson, 33
              Eduardo Nunez, 31
              Jayson Werth, 39
              Curtis Granderson, 37
              Jon Jay, 33
              Rajai Davis, 37
              Howie Kendrick, 34
              Austin Jackson, 31
              Ben Revere, 30
              Michael Saunders, 31
              Colby Rasmus, 31
              Hyun-Soo Kim, 30
              Adam Lind, 34
              Chris Young, 34
              Nori Aoki, 36
              Andre Eithier, 34
              Franklin Gutierrez, 35
              Peter Bourjos, 31
              Craig Gentry, 34
              Cody Asche, 28
              Chris Heisey, 33
              Tyler Collins, 28
              Daniel Nava, 35
              Eric Young Jr., 33
              Alex Presley, 32
              Ah-seop Son, 30
              Jared Hoying, 29
              Jim Adduci, 33
              Center fielders:

              Lorenzo Cain, 32
              Carlos Gomez, 32
              Jarrod Dyson, 33
              Cameron Maybin, 31
              Jon Jay, 33
              Austin Jackson, 31
              Rajai Davis, 37
              Peter Bourjos, 31
              Tyler Collins, 28
              Alex Presley, 32
              Jared Hoying, 29
              Jaff Decker, 28
              Pedro Florimon, 31

              Right fielders:

              J.D. Martinez, 30
              Jay Bruce, 31
              Carlos Gonzalez, 32
              Jose Bautista, 37
              Melky Cabrera, 33
              Seth Smith, 35
              Jayson Werth, 39
              Curtis Granderson, 37
              Jon Jay, 33
              Austin Jackson, 31
              Michael Saunders, 31
              Nori Aoki, 36
              John Jaso, 34
              Ichiro Suzuki, 44
              Craig Gentry, 34
              Tyler Collins, 28
              Alex Presley, 32
              Ah-seop Son, 30
              Jim Adduci, 33

              Designated hitters (since anyone can be one, I'm just putting the guys who primarily play the position):

              Carlos Santana, 32
              Carlos Beltran, 40 (though he'll likely retire)
              Jose Bautista, 37
              Logan Morrison, 30
              Matt Holliday, 38
              Mike Napoli, 36
              Chris Carter, 31

              Right-handed starting pitchers (It's a long one):

              Jake Arrieta, 32
              Yu Darvish, 31
              Shohei Otani, 23
              Alex Cobb, 30
              Lance Lynn, 31
              Hisashi Iwakuma, 37
              John Lackey, 39
              Jeremy Hellickson, 31
              Tyler Chatwood, 28
              Andrew Cashner, 31
              Tyson Ross, 31
              Yovani Gallardo, 32
              Jhoulys Chacin, 32
              Michael Pineda, 29
              Trevor Cahill, 30
              Chris Tillman, 30
              Ubaldo Jimenez, 34
              Doug Fister, 34
              Scott Feldman, 35
              Jordan Lyles, 27
              R.A. Dickey, 43
              Bartolo Colon, 45
              Clay Buchholz, 33
              Miguel Gonzalez, 34
              Drew Hutchison, 27
              Ricky Nolasco, 35
              Wily Peralta, 29
              Anibal Sanchez, 34
              Jesse Chavez, 34
              Dillon Gee, 32
              Miles Mikolas, 29
              Matt Garza, 34
              Chris Young, 39
              Hideaki Wakui, 32
              Asher Wojciechowski
              Mike Bolsinger, 30
              Christian Bergman, 30
              Jacob Turner, 27
              Chris Smith, 37

              Left-handed starters:

              Jaime Garcia, 31
              C.C. Sabthia, 37
              Jason Vargas, 35
              Brett Anderson, 30
              Francisco Liriano, 34
              Wade Miley, 31
              Hector Santiago, 30
              Derek Holland, 31
              Jeff Locke, 30
              David Holmberg, 26

              Right handed relievers (even longer than the starter's list):

              Wade Davis, 32
              Greg Holland, 32
              Brandon Kintzler, 33
              Pat Neshek, 37
              Brandon Morrow, 33
              Addison Reed, 29
              Joe Smith, 34
              Seung-Hwan Oh, 35
              Luke Gregerson, 34
              Bryan Shaw, 30
              Anthony Swarzak, 32
              Koji Uehara, 43
              Tyler Clippard, 33
              Steve Cishek, 32
              Joaquin Benoit, 40
              Trevor Cahill, 30
              Sergio Romo, 35
              Huston Street, 34
              Yusmeiro Petit, 33
              Juan Nicasio, 31
              Bud Norris, 33
              Jeanmar Gomez, 30
              Neftali Feliz, 30
              Jason Grilli, 41
              Fernando Rodney, 41
              Francisco Rodriguez, 36
              Tommy Hunter, 31
              David Hernandez, 33
              Trevor Rosenthal, 28
              Tom Wilhelmsen, 34
              Jason Motte, 36
              Jesse Chavez, 34
              Matt Belisle, 38
              Matt Albers, 35
              Blaine Boyer, 36
              Austin Bibens-Dirkx, 33
              Josh Collmenter, 32
              John Axford, 35
              Jumbo Diaz, 34
              Fernando Salas, 33
              Drew Storen, 30
              Craig Stammen, 34
              Carlos Torres, 35
              Rob Scahill, 31
              Chris Young, 39
              Chad Qualls, 39
              Tyler Pill, 28
              Deolis Guerra, 29
              Yoshihisa Hirano, 34
              Dillon Gee, 32
              Tony Barnette, 34
              Christian Bergman, 30
              Mike Bolsinger, 30
              Asher Wojciechowski, 29
              Paolo Espino, 31
              Casey Lawrence, 30
              Chris Martin, 32
              Peter Moylan, 39
              Dustin McGowan, 36

              Left-handed relievers:

              Mike Minor, 30
              Jake McGee, 31
              Tony Watson, 32
              Kevin Siegrist, 28
              Boone Logan, 33
              Francisco Liriano, 34
              Craig Breslow, 37
              Jorge De La Rosa, 37
              Glen Perkins, 35
              Oliver Perez, 36
              Fernando Abad, 32
              Brian Duensing, 35
              Zach Duke, 35
              Eric O'Flaherty, 33
              Josh Edgin, 31
              Ian Krol, 27
              David Holmberg, 26

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Predicting where the 2017 MLB free agent class will sign

                  It's free agent time! That means it is time for lots of players to switch teams. There will be some trades, but the main focus are on the free agents. They can sign wherever they want, and get some money. I did one of these posts a year ago, and did pretty well. I predicted two thirds of the players right, or 66.6666666...%. Or, you can say I got six out of nine right. Now that math class is over, here's a link to that article.

                  Jake Arrieta, RHP

                My prediction: St. Louis Cardinals.
            Though his ERA has risen each year since his Cy Young season of 2015, The 31 year old is still an ace. He had an ERA of 3.53 plus 163 strikeouts in 168.1 innings. Since joining the Cubs midway through the 2013 season, Arrieta has a 2.73 ERA, and 793 strikeouts in 803 innings. Arrieta is from Farmington, Missouri. That's not that far away from St. Louis. The Cardinals also would like a frontline starter. Adam Wainwright is falling off track, Michael Wacha is at best a number two or number three, and Carlos Martinez isn't a number one yet for a contender. Arrieta makes sense for them. 

                   Yu Darvish, RHP

                   My prediction: Cubs

                    Darvish, 31, struggled with the Rangers at the start of the season, but pitched better after a trade to the Dodgers. In all, he had a 3.86 ERA and 209 strikeouts in 186.2 innings. Darvish has some injury history to him, but his career 3.42 ERA is better than Arrieta's.

                    Other possible locations: Dodgers, Rangers, Cardinals, Orioles.

                     With Arrieta leaving, the Cubs might look to replace Arrieta. But, with Jon Lester, Jose Quintana and Kyle Hendricks, they might just sign a bottom of the rotation pitcher.

                       Eric Hosmer, 1B

                       My prediction: Royals.

                       "Hoz" is coming of a career season. He had a .318 batting average (career high), plus 25 homers (tied a career high) and 94 RBIs (second most in career). He's averaged 679 Plate Appearances a season in his seven year career. The Royals have many pending free agents you'll see on this list. I think Hosmer is the only one they'll be able to sign.

                        Mike Moustakas, 3B

                        My predictions: Mets.

                        Moose is coming off a season where he broke the Royals record for homers in a season with 38. The 29 year old is a favorite for comeback player of the year, after he missed all but 27 games in 2016. Not many teams need 3B, but the Mets are one. David Wright probably won't play in 2018, and Asdrubal Cabrera will most likely be traded at some point.

                          Lorenzo Cain, OF

                           My prediction: Giants.

                          Cain is a five tool player. One of the best CFs is always robbed of the gold glove due to the brilliance of Kevin Kiermaier. He can get over $100 million. The Giants currently have the oft-injured Denard Span in center. The 33 year old will fill the hole in LF if they sign Cain.

                           Wade Davis, RHP

                            My prediction: Angels.

                            This one came close between three teams, all that need a closer. It was the Angels, Cardinals and Diamondbacks. Even though the Angels are absorbing the contract of Justin Upton, the Cardinals wouldn't have enough money to sign Davis and Arrieta in one offseason, and the D-Backs have the contract of Zack Greinke, which is lot more than Upton's. Anyway, injuries led to the Angels having Blake Parker, Bud Norris and others be closers at different points. They need a guy like Davis.

                            Greg Holland, RHP 
                             My prediction: Rockies

                             Holland returned to the MLB in style, with a league leading 41 saves. He opted out of his deal, but I think he'll remain with the Rockies,  who need a reliever with Holland and Pat Neshek being free agents.

                             Carlos Santana, 1B

                             My prediction: Indians.

                             The two teams with the biggest 1B need, the Mariners and Cardinals, will probably go after smaller names like Yonder Alonso, Mitch Moreland and Lucas Duda. That's why I think we'll see a reunion between the Indians, and the five time 20 home run hitter.

                             Alex Cobb, RHP

                             My prediction: Rangers.

                             They need a starter. Besides Cole Hamels, the Rangers staff isn't very pretty. The veteran right-hander makes sense for them.

                              Lance Lynn, RHP

                              My prediction: Orioles.

                              Cobb could go to the Orioles, and Lynn could go to the Rangers. They are pretty similar. But, I predict this order will happen. The Orioles have only two starters: Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy. Make it three now.

                               Jonathan Lucroy, C

                               My prediction: Diamondbacks.

                                Jeff Mathis and Chris Ianetta (who is currently a free agent) were the Diamondbacks' catchers in 2017. Lucroy is a veteran power catcher, something very rare to find.I think the D-backs will sign him.

                                Zack Cozart, SS

                                My prediction: Royals.

                                Cozart will replace Alcides Escobar. Coming off a career year, Cozart is the best SS out on the market. Watch for him in free agency.

                                 J.D. Martinez, OF

                                 My prediction: Red Sox.

                                 The Red Sox need a power hitter after David Ortiz's retirement. Martinez would be the perfect DH at Fenway. His 45 homers in 2017 show that he's capable of being a big-time power hitter.

                                  Jay Bruce, OF

                                  My prediction: Rockies.

                                  Imagine Bruce in hitter friendly Coors Field. He can explode with another 30 homer season, and if he keeps up his pace in Cleveland, he can break 40!

                                  Carlos Gonzalez, OF

                                  My prediction: Reds.

                                  I think he'll sign a one year deal with a mutual option. "Cargo" is still a solid player, and can hit 20 bombs if he's healthy.

                                  Brandon Kintzler, RHP

                                  My prediction: Twins.

                                  After being traded from the Twins to the Nats, Kintzler blossomed even more. With the Twins needing  closer, we'll see a reunion here.

                                   That's it for my predictions. If you guys want my to predict more free agents' destinations, then tweet my @Carterhudblog, and I may do a part 2. But for now, see ya!

Friday, November 10, 2017

NHL trade review: Stars, Panthers make minor swap

            The Dallas Stars have acquired defenseman Reece Scarlett from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Ludwig Bystrom.

             The trade is very even. Both aren't extremely young, but still are young. Bystrom is 23 and Scarlett is 24. I think Scarlett has more upside, but that's just my opinion. The trade is simply just a deal where the GMs like the other player more. Bystrom wasn't getting much playing time in the AHL so it's good that he'll be getting a change of scenery. Also, both players have no NHL experience.

             Bystrom has scored one point, a goal in six games for the Texas Stars (AHL) this year.

             Scarlett has now been traded twice in 2017. The other trade going from the New Jersey Devils to the Panthers for Shane Harper last trade deadline. He has scored two points, a goal and an assist in 12 games for the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL) this year.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

NHL trade review: Avs, Sens, Preds pull off blockbuster deal

            The Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche have pulled off a blockbuster deal that included six players and three draft picks. There is so many assets, here's the easiest and most understandable way to recap the trade.

To Senators: C Matt Duchene (from Avalanche)

To Predators: C Kyle Turris (from Senators)

To Avalanche: D Samuel Girard, F Vladislav Kamenev and 2nd round pick, (all from Nashville) plus forward Shane Bowers, goalie Andrew Hammond, 1st and 3rd round picks (from Ottawa)

            The Sens got Duchene, but gave up Turris, Bowers (who was a first round pick this past draft), Hammond, a depth goalie, plus two picks. Turris isn't that far below Duchene, and all other players aren't really filling that small gap between Duchene and Turris evenly. I think the Sens got the worst deal out of the three teams.

             Duchene, 26, has scored four goals and six assists for 10 points in 13 games this season. In his NHL career, all in Colorado, Duchene has scored 178 goals and 250 assists for 428 points in 585 games.

              The Preds got the second best part of the trade, only because how much the Avs got. Kamenev and Girard are decent prospects, but they didn't give up Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm or Dante Fabbro, so that's a win.

              Turris, 28, has scored three goals and six assists for nine points in 11 games for the Sens. In his NHL career for the Sens and Phoenix Coyotes, Turris has scored 320 points (136 goals and 184 assists) in 544 games.

             The Avs clearly won the deal. They got three picks and four players just for Matt Duchene. Duchene is no superstar, he's only a star. They got way too much, but that's good for them. Girard and Kamenev are NHL ready, while Bowers has his time to grow. Hammond will be their third goalie if either Semyon Varlamov or Jonathan Bernier go down.

             Girard, 19, made his NHL debut this year for the Preds, scoring a goal and two assists for three points in five games.

             Kamenev, 21, made his NHL debut last year, scoring no points in two games. He hasn't played in the NHL this year.

             Bowers, 18, was drafted 28th overall this past draft. He's scored four goals and two assists for six points in 10 games for Boston University this year.

             Hammond, 29, hasn't played in the league this year. The "Hamburglar" has a career GAA of 2.31, and a .923 SV% in 55 games, all in Ottawa.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

MLB news: Mariners claim Romine

            The Seattle Mariners have claimed utility player Andrew Romine off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.

             Romine was waived to create a 40 man roster spot for the Rule 5 eligible guys. He made history in September by playing all 9 positions in a single game. He was picked up by Seattle for his ability to play every position but pitcher and catcher. I'm not surprised that Jerry Dipoto made that move.

            Romine, 31, hit four homers, 25 RBIs and stole six bases, plus a .233 batting average in 348 Plate Appearances this year. In his eight year MLB career for the Tigers and Los Angeles Angels, Romine has a batting average of .238 with 10 homers, 79 RBIs and 39 stolen bases in 1192 Plate Appearances.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NHL news: Streit retires

            First of all, I know this is late, but I still wanted to make this post, so... I am.

            On Monday, defenseman Mark Streit retired from professional hockey. He last played for the Montreal Canadiens in 2017-18 with two scoreless games. The 39 year-old, who is turning 40 in December became the first NHL team captain from Switzerland in 2011, when the New York Islanders turned him into one.

             In the 2004 NHL draft, Streit was drafted 262nd overall by the Canadiens at the age of 26, something that is now impossible. Streit played his first three years with Montreal, scoring 25 goals and 84 assists for 109 points in 205 games.

             In 2008, Streit signed a five year, $20 million deal with the Islanders. This made him the 2nd highest paid Swiss athlete, behind tennis superstar Roger Federer. Streit brought veteran presence to a lowly Islanders team. In 2011, they named him captain before the 2011-12 season. He remained captain until the end of his deal. His rights were traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Shane Harper and a 4th round pick. He scored 40 goals and 139 assists for 179 points in 286 games on the Island.

              Streit later signed in Philly on a four year, $21 million deal.He played 3 and 1/2 seasons there, with 30 goals and 110 assists for 140 points in 274 games. He was then traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Valtteri Filppula, a 4th round pick and a 7th round pick. But, he was instantly flipped to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 4th round pick. Later in the year, Streit won his only Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh. He scored one goal and five assists for six points in 19 games there.

               Streit signed a one year, $700,000 deal to return to the Canadiens, but he was waived, and retired then.

               In total, Streit scored 96 goals and 338 assists for 434 points in 786 games for the Canadiens, Islanders, Flyers and Penguins.

NHL news: Backes out for about two months

               Boston Bruins center and right wing David Backes will miss about eight weeks with after undergoing colon surgery.

                Backes, 33, returned to the lineup two weeks ago after being sidelined for the start of 2017-18 with an acute case of diverticulitis, an often painful inflammation of the digestive track. Dr. David Finn said that an infection caused surgery to be necessary.

                 The injury will definitely hurt the Bruins, especially with Ryan Spooner and David Krejci banged up to start the year. Also, Backes, a power-forward, brings a unique skill of being able to play center and wing effectively. He also can score, and fight.

                 Backes, 33, has scored one point, an assist, in five games this season. In his NHL career for the Bruins and St. Louis Blues (where he was a captain for some time), Backes has scored 223 goals and 276 assists for exactly 499 points (so he'll have a milestone marker to achieve when he returns) in 806 games.

                 As a corresponding move, forward Jordan Szwarz was recalled from Providence (AHL).

                 Szwarz, 26, has played in 35 career NHL games in 2013-14 and 2014-15 for the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes, scoring four points, all goals.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

NHL news: Domingue, Reinhart on waivers

            In the last batch of waived players, Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue and Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Griffin Reinhart were announced available to every team, or they'll go to the AHL.

             For Domingue, he's been the second worst goalie in the NHL this year (Antti Niemi is the worst). Also, the Yotes recently acquired Scott Wedgewood from the Devils. Wedgewood is a good backup, and with Antti Raanta returning from injury, Domingue was useless.

             Domingue, 25, has a 4.33 GAA and SV% of .856 in seven games this year. In his career, only in Arizona, Domingue has a GAA of 3.00 and .906 SV%.

            Reinhart is a bust, and has just 37 career games. He's most famous for being traded from the New York Islanders to the Edmonton Oilers for the picks that was used on Mat Barzal and the other one was flipped for Anthony Beauvillier. Vegas signed him in the offseason, and with their plethora of defensemen, they don't need Reinhart.

             Reinhart, 23, has scored two points, both assists in 37 career games for the Islanders and Oilers.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

NHL trade review: Coyotes acquire Wedgewood for pick

              The Arizona Coyotes have acquired goalie Scott Wedgewood from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2018 5th round pick. The pick was originally the Calgary Flames', but was acquired when defenseman Michael Stone re-signed in Calgary.

               The Coyotes have had goaltending problems. Antti Raanta has been injured, leaving goalie Louis Domingue, a back-up at best, starting. Adin Hill (who was sent down as the corresponding move) has been the backup, and struggled. Wedgewood came up in 2015-16, and was good, as the next paragraph reads. Devils beat writer Andrew Gross tweeted "[Wedgewood] had a strong [training] camp. He has said he's 'NHL ready'". If Wedgewood if right, he can be a solid backup/3rd goalie.

               Wedgewood, 25, had a 1.25 GAA and .957 SV% in four career NHL games in 2015-16. He has a 2.35 GAA and SV% of .908 in 110 career AHL appearances.

               The Devils don't need Wedgewood. They have Cory Schneider and Keith Kincaid in the NHL. Plus, MacKenzie Blackwood, a 20 year old prospect, is their future goalie, unless they trade him and keep Schneider. A 5th rounder is fair compensation for the 25 year old.That's why there isn't a who wins paragraph like there normally is.

Monday, October 23, 2017

NHL news: Niemi placed on waivers

                    The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed G Antti Niemi on waivers. He is not expected to be claimed.

                     Niemi was signed to replace Marc-Andre Fleury, who was claimed in the expansion draft. But, he has done the opposite of what Fleury did through three games, and has been one of the worst goalies in the league early on. It's probably why he was bought out by Dallas in the offseason. Sending Niemi doesn't hurt, and it can help him work on mechanics.

                     Niemi, 34, has a 7.50 GAA and .797 SV% in three games for the Penguins this year. In his NHL career for the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Stars and Pens, Niemi has a GAA of 2.52 and a SV% of .912.

                     To replace Niemi, the Pens called up 26 year old netminder Casey Desmith from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AHL).

                     Desmith has never played in the NHL. But, in three games in the AHL, Desmith has a 0.98 GAA and SV% of .965.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

NHL news: Leafs sign Polak

          The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed D Roman Polak to a one year, $1.1 million deal.

           Polak was a part of the Leafs team that made the playoffs last year. But, he sustained a knee injury in the first round on a hit by Brooks Orpik, and had surgery. Polak signed a PTO with the team, and was well-liked throughout the locker room. Being a tough defenseman brings that, especially on a young team like this one. He had an astounding amount of hits last season with 232, and 303 the season before.

             The one thing Leaf fans might not like is that this means that youngsters Calle Rosen and Andreas Borgman could be sent to the AHL. If so, the Leafs' pairings would look like this.

Morgan Rielly  - Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner - Connor Carrick
Ron Hainsey - Roman Polak

             Toronto could do this, or they could keep one of Rosen or Borgman, and put them in for Hainsey or Polak on some nights. Preferably Hainsey since both Rosen and Borgman or left-handed, like Hainsey, and unlike the right-handed Polak.

             Polak, 31, scored four goals and seven assists for 11 points in 75 games for the Leafs last season. In his NHL career for the Leafs, San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues, Polak has scored 23 goals and 92 assists for 115 points in 634 games.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

NHL trade review: Puempel goes to Wings for Sproul

           The Detroit Red Wings have acquired F Matt Puempel from the New York Rangers in exchange for D Ryan Sproul.

           For the Wings, Puempel is a 4th line-type of player that can net some goals here-and-there. He's going to go to Grand Rapids (AHL), but if there's an injury, Puempel can be called up. The Wings have a surplus of defensemen (though they are all the 7th d-man type). Trading Sproul doesn't hurt when you have Dylan McIlrath, Nick Jensen and Robbie Russo among others to play his exact same role.

             Puempel, 24, hasn't played in the NHL this year. In his NHL career for the Rangers and Ottawa Senators, Puempel has scored 10 goals and five assists for 15 points in 79 games.

             For the Rangers, they don't need Puempel after claiming Adam Cracknell a few days ago. Sproul still won't start, but he'll have a better role than he had in Detroit. Sproul will go to Hartford of the AHL.

             Sproul, 24, also hasn't played in the NHL this year. In his NHL career, only for Detroit, the defenseman has scored a goal and six assists for seven points in 28 games.

             I think this is an even trade. Both teams get a depth player, but at different positions. That's why it's an even deal.

NHL trade review: Pens, Wings swap Sheahan and Wilson

                The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired C Riley Sheahan and a 2018 5th round draft pick from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for F Scott Wilson and a 2018 3rd round pick.

                The Penguins badly need a 3rd line center. Greg McKegg is their current third line center, so you could see why they went out and made this trade. Sheahan's faceoff percentage of 50.6% last year was pretty solid. They only drop back less than two rounds, and that third could be nothing. Sheahan will take Wilson's roster spot, and McKegg will drop back to the 4th line. Sheahan is 25, so that's also a positive.

                Sheahan, 25, has no points in eight games this year. In his NHL career, all for the Wings, Sheahan has scored 38 goals and 60 assists for 98 points in 292 games.

                 For the Wings, things weren't working out for Sheahan last year. He scored just two goals the entire season, in 80 games! As a defenseman, that's okay, but for a forward, that can't happen. Wilson needed a change of scenery, because with the crowded forward core the Pens have, Wilson couldn't do much. Also, after signing RFA Andreas Athanasiou, the Wings needed to unload some cap, and got rid of Riley's $2.075 million hit.

                Wilson, also 25, has no points in three games this season. In his NHL career, all for Pittsburgh, Wilson has scored 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in 106 games.

                I think this is an even trade. Both players have much to prove. Sheahan needs to prove he can be a solid NHL 3rd line center, and Wilson needs to prove he's an NHL regular.

Should we be worried about the Habs?

                      With a 1-6-1 start (three points), the Montreal Canadiens are the league's second worst team, behind only the Arizona Coyotes (0-6-1), who were expected to be bad. But, the Habs won the Atlantic Division last year and were expected to be good this year. That leaves us to their million dollar question in the title: should we be worried about the Canadiens?

                      No. At least not yet. Every team has bad starts. Plus, they still have 74 games to go. I bet you that they'll have their hot streaks. Even the Colorado Avalanche, who had 48 points last season, had some good runs at some point.

                       What they really need is some better performances from Carey Price, their goalie who is considered to be the best worldwide. In seven of the Habs eight games, Price has a 3.95 GAA, with a .881 SV%.

                       But, you also need to take into account how bad their defense has been. Mark Streit was already released. After signing a five year, $4.625 million deal in the offseason, Karl Alzner may be the worst Canadien this season so far, with a -7 rating in eight games. And these are supposed to be his best years, as he's being paid $6 million this year. Rookie Victor Mete has struggled so far, and is a -6. In Tampa, rookie Mikhail Sergachev (who the Habs traded in the offseason for Jonathan Drouin) scored his first NHL goal a couple nights ago and is doing well in his new jersey. Jeff Petry is also a minus seven. The Habs goal differential of -20 is the worst in the league, and is amaing for just eight games.

                      The only thing to worry about for their team besides Alzner is the fact that center Alex Galchenyuk, who signed a new deal with a $4.9 million cap hit in the offseason, has been mistreated, and placed on the 4th line. As a result, Galchenyuk has just one goal in those eight games.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

NHL news: Carter out indefinitely; Kings sign Laich

                Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter is out indefinitely after being cut by the skate of Montreal Canadiens defensemen Jeff Petry in their eventual 5-1 win on Wednesday. The injury will require surgery. To replace him, forward Brooks Laich was signed to a contract.

                Losing Carter will be hard for the Kings. An all-star last year, Carter has scored at least 24 goals a season since being traded to Los Angeles in 2012. Rookie Alex Iafallo will get a higher role now. They are depending on some bottom six players to step up. Carter is the center on the famous 70s line featuring Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson.

                Carter, 32, has three points (all assists) in six games this season. He scored 32 goals and 34 assists for 66 points last year. In his NHL career for Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers , Carter has scored 339 goals and 314 assists for 653 points in 883 games.

                 Laich could be one of two things. He could replace Carter's roster spot and be a depth forward. Or, he could go to the Ontario Reign (AHL), and get called up if another injury strikes. The veteran has a long NHL career, and could help the team chip in a few goals.

                  Laich, 34, scored two goals and 12 assists for 14 points in 81 games in 2015-16 (his last NHL season) for the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs. In his NHL career for those two teams, plus one game for the Ottawa Senators, Laich has scored 134 goals and 197 assists for 331 points in 764 games.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

MLB news: Perkins not extended by Twins

                  Today, the Minnesota Twins decided not to pick up the option for 2018 on LHP and former closer Glen Perkins. If the option was exercised, Perkins would earn $6.5 million. This makes him a free agent.

                   From his age 30 season to age 32 season (2013-15), Perkins was an all-star, and had over 30 saves each season, but then, the injury bug came. Perkins has pitched in just 7.2 innings since the start of 2016, and has allowed eight runs, all earned, in them. Shoulder surgery is the reason for this.

                    Perkins, 34, has a 3.88 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 120 saves and 504 strikeouts in 624.1 career innings, all for the Twins in 12 seasons. He's only walked 158 batters in that span.

                   The Stillwater, Minnesota native said he'd be open to a minor league deal with his hometown team after his final performance on October 1st. Though he isn't expected to sign elsewhere, and could retire, Perkins could get a minor league deal anywhere and battle his way up the depth chart in one year.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

NHL news: Shipachyov recalled by Vegas, Haula to IR

                   The Vegas Golden Knights have recalled C Vadim Shipachyov from the Chicago Wolves (AHL).

                    Due to the fact that he's exempt for waivers, Shipachyov was sent to the minors before the season started. Then, he was held out of the first two AHL games. But he's still probably one of the best players on the team. Shipachyov signed a two year, $4.5 million deal in the offseason from St. Petersburg (KHL). His season debut will be his NHL debut.

                     Shipachyov, 30, scored 26 goals and 50 assists for 76 points in 50 games in Russia last year. That was his third consecutive point-per-game season.

                       The corresponding move was placing F Erik Haula on IR. Haula was injured while participating the first fight in Knights history, vs the Red Wings' Tomas Tatar in a 6-3 loss.

                        Haula, 26, was selected in the expansion draft by the Golden Knights from the Minnesota WIld. He has a goal and an assist in four games for the Knights this young season. In his NHL career for Vegas and the Wild, Haula has scored 43 goals and 48 assists for 91 points in 270 games.

Monday, October 9, 2017

NHL trade review: Tokarski to Flyers

                The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired goalie Dustin Tokarski from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for future considerations. Also, Leland Irving, another goalie, was traded from the Phantoms (Flyers AHL) to the Gulls (Ducks AHL) for future considerations.

                The Flyers have Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth as their goalies, and Anthony Stolarz and Alex Lyon in their organization, so Tokarski is just some depth. Also, Stolarz is injured. Tokarski will take Irving's place on the depth chart. Irving was just Lyon's backup in Lehigh Valley, and with prospect Carter Hart in the juniors, Irving didn't have a chance to make the NHL again.

                 Tokarski, 28, played one game in relief last year for the Ducks, making five saves on as many shots. He has a 2.84 GAA and .904 SV% in 34 career games for Anaheim, the Canadiens and the Lightning.

                 I'm not really sure why the Ducks did this, since I think Tokarski is better, and is a year younger. Irving will also take Tokarski's spot on the Ducks' chart.

                 Iving, 29, had a 2.18 GAA, and .923 SV% overseas last year. In his NHL career years ago for the Flames, he has a 3.25 GAA and a .902 SV% in 12 games.

NHL news: Cracknell claimed off waivers

                   The New York Rangers have claimed forward Adam Cracknell off waivers from the Dallas Stars.

                  After claiming Cracknell, the Rangers have 24 men on their roster, one more than the league maximum. Something I'm thinking is that so they don't burn a year on his entry level deal, Filip Chytil, an 18 year old who made the team, will go back to the Czech Republic. Maybe Paul Carey will be waived. Since they have eight defensemen, maybe Steven Kampfer goes. We will soon find out what the Rangers do. But anyways, Cracknell is a solid 4th line or 13th forward type player. He will most likely be a scratch most nights, but he will probably get 30-40 games this year.

                   Cracknell, 32, played in one game for the Stars this year, not scoring a point in just under nine minutes of ice time. Last season, he set career highs in goals (10), assists (6) and obviously points (16) in 69 games for Dallas, another career high. In his eight year NHL career for the Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues, Cracknell has scored 21 goals and 22 assists for 43 points in 204 games.

                   After waiving Cracknell, the Stars have 12 forwads, eight defensemen, and Kari Lehtonen and Ben Bishop on their roster. That's 22 men, which is one less than the 23 men you normally have. This means that either Curtis McKenzie or Brian Flynn can be called up from Texas (AHL). I think it will be McKenzie over Flynn. Probably because of McKenzie's experience in the organization, while Flynn is a newcomer from Montreal.

Friday, October 6, 2017

NHL trade review: Pickard acquired by Leafs

                   The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired goalie Calvin Pickard from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for forward Tobias Lindberg and a 6th round draft pick.

                  Behind starter Freddy Andersen, the Leafs' backup is Curtis McElhinney, who's 2.85 GAA with Toronto last year wasn't very impressive. Pickard struggled last year in Colorado since he was thrown to the wolves with that defense the Avs have. Also, he's fairly young for a goalie's standard. Lindberg and a sixth isn't too much of a price to pay for a solid goalie. But until he can prove himself to the organization, Pickard will report to the Marlies (AHL).

                  Pickard, 25, had a .904 SV% and a 2.98 GAA in 50 appearances for the Avalanche last year. In his three year NHL career, all for one team, Pickard has a .914 SV% and 2.77 GAA in 86 appearances. He was the first pick of the expansion draft this offseason by Vegas.

                  On Tuesday, the Knights claimed goalie Malcolm Subban off waivers from the Bruins. After that, they had a three goalie situation. Pickard was waived, but wasn't claimed. Vegas didn't need Pickard with Subban. Lindberg isn't too bad of a prospect also, and a 6th rounder can turn into anything.

                   Lindberg, 22, only played in the NHL in 2015-16, totaling two points, both assists in six games, for the Leafs. He was acquired in 2014-15 from the Senators in the Dion Phaneuf trade.

                    I think the Leafs win this trade. They get a good backup goalie for a prospect who isn't that young. Also, Lindberg scored just 16 points in 44 AHL games last year. That's why they win this trade.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

NHL trade review: Blackhawks acquire Martinsen

                     The Montreal Canadiens have made another trade, this time sending C Andreas Martinsen to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Kyle Baun.

                      The Blackhawks have a bunch of players who would sit on other teams, but be in the lineup for them. And there is about 3-5 extra players like that. Martinsen will join that group. But, he was assigned to Rockwell (AHL) to start the season. Baun was just one of the IceHogs' forwards, and didn't have much of a chance of playing this year.

                    Martinsen, 27, scored three goals and four assists for seven points in 64 games for the Colorado Avalanche and Habs last year. He was traded mid-season for Sven Andrighetto. In his two year NHL career for those two teams, Martinsen has scored seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 119 games.

                    The Habs have a plethora of forwards, especially ones who are 4th line type players. Also, they recently acquired Nicolas Deslauriers from Buffalo. One of the forwards were bound to go at sometime, and it was Martinsen. A little disappointment is that Martinsen scored zero points in just nine games as a Hab, and the player he was traded for, Andrighetto, scored 16 points in 19 games after the trade. Baun is for depth at Laval (AHL), and is only two years younger.

                      Baun, 25, didn't play in the NHL last year. He was scoreless in five games between 2015-16 and 2014-15. He doesn't have much NHL history besides that, and that he is the grandson of Maple Leafs great Bobby Baun.

                      I think the Blackhawks win this trade. Both players aren't very notable, but Martinsen is better than Baun, and more experienced. That's why they win this trade.