As NHL training camps officially underway it’s time for hockey fans to start making their predictions. Take into account a new expansion, team hockey should be better than ever this year. Welcome NAs, NHL training camps officially underway it’s time for hockey fans to start making their predictions. Take into account a new expansion, team hockey should be better than ever this year. Welcome NHL’s newest team the Las Vegas Knights. Let’s examine three teams that will give the Penguins a run for their money. A team to keep a close eye on is Edmonton. General manager Peter Chiarelli has developed the Oilers into a contender in just three years. He has two of the games elite Stars. Forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are two of the games best. Both signed long _term deals over the summer. McDavid’s deal is for eight years one of the largest in team history. Defensively the Oilers are solid with veterans Kris Russell and Matt Benning protecting goalie Cam Talbot In other moves, the team also added winger Ryan Strome from the Islanders. Strome is regarded as a depth move and brings a physical presence to the roster. Dallas is a team that was very busy this past offseason. The First order of business was the firing of head coach Lindy Ruff. Ruff was replaced by longtime veteran Ken Hitchcock. Hitchcock previously coached the Stars ten years ago before moving on to St Louis. They also added veteran goalie Ben Bishop. Bishop signed a six _year deal that should bring depth to the goalie department Last years goalie Kari Lehtonen struggled through most of the season. Defensively Dallas acquired Marc Methot from Las Vegas. Plus the team signed Martin Hanzal and Tyler Pitlick. The new additions plus Hitchcock as the coach should mix in well with star players Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Within time the Stars should be serious contenders. This leads us to the Bruins. With a new head coach and a nice mix of veterans and rookies the Bruins could be the surprise of the league. Veteran goalie Tuukka Rask is only thirty and still has plenty of upsides. Look for youngsters Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo to be the future elite defenseman. In time for the Bruins to challenge in the Stanley Cup finals. A team to keep a close eye on is Edmonton. General manager Peter Chiarelli has developed the Oilers into a contender in just three years. He has two of the games elite Stars. Forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are two of the games best. Both signed long _term deals over the summer. McDavid’s deal is for eight years one of the largest in team history. Defensively the Oilers are solid with veterans Kris Russell and Matt Benning protecting goalie Cam Talbot In other moves, the team also added winger Ryan Strome from the Islanders. Strome is regarded as a depth move and brings a physical presence to the roster. Dallas is a team that was very busy this past offseason. The First order of business was the firing of head coach Lindy Ruff. Ruff was replaced by longtime veteran Ken Hitchcock. Hitchcock previously coached the Stars ten years ago before moving on to St Louis. They also added veteran goalie Ben Bishop. Bishop signed a six _year deal that should bring depth to the goalie department Last years goalie Kari Lehtonen struggled through most of the season. Defensively Dallas acquired Marc Methot from Las Vegas. Plus the team signed Martin Hanzal and Tyler Pitlick. The new additions plus Hitchcock as the coach should mix in well with star players Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Within time the Stars should be serious contenders. This leads us to the Bruins. With a new head coach and a nice mix of veterans and rookies the Bruins could be the surprise of the league. Veteran goalie Tuukka Rask is only thirty and still has plenty of upsides. Look for youngsters Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo to be the future elite defenseman. In time for the Bruins to challenge in the Stanley Cup finals.
So far the 2018 NHL playoffs have been pretty impressive for Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. With a game seven win under his belt over Toronto, Rask is enjoying early success over the Eastern Conference leaders Tampa Bay Lightning. In this post, we’ll discuss three areas the Bruins and Rask need to focus on in order to advance to the next round.
Bruce Cassidy’s system of rotating goalies has so far worked in the Bruins favour, The question is how will Khudobin respond to pressure cookers as the playoffs go deeper and deeper. Many Bruins fans feel that Cassidy is pressing the right buttons and continue rotating the two netminders. The difference between this year and previous years is Rask is well rested not So far the 2018 NHL playoffs have been pretty impressive for Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. With a game seven win under his belt over Toronto, Rask is enjoying early success over the Eastern Conference leaders Tampa Bay Lightning.
So far after nine games of the 2018 MLB season rookie manager Alex Cora has the Red Sox off to an impressive 8-1 start. The 8-1 record is the best start in franchise history.With the early success, there are reasons for concern. Five_ year veteran Jackie Bradley Jr continues to struggle at the plate. Bradley who is known for acrobatic catches is off to a slow start at the plate with a weak 118 average.In this post, we’ll discuss three reasons why the team should consider trading Bradley. Why The Red Sox Should Consider Trading Jackie Bradley Jr.
When General Manager Dave Dombrowski was hired five years ago, he’s made some shrewd trades that have brought Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel to Boston. By, acquiring Sale and Kimbrel the Red Sox farm system has paid the price. By trading Bradley this could be one way of retooling the system
Head Coach Brad Stevens leads his 55-27 Celtics to the opening round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs. All things considered, Stevens did a masterful job guiding the Celtics to a second seed despite a quarter of a roster injured. In this post, well examine three areas the Celtics need to focus on beating the Bucks and still have a chance at 2018 NBA Finals.
Why The Celtics Still Have A Chance At The NBA Finals
When discussing the Milwaukee Bucks the first name that comes to mind is 24 _year old power forward, Giannis Antetokounmpo Otherwise known as the Greek Freak. Aside from Antetokounmpo, the 44-38 Bucks are stocked with talent. With a surrounding cast of Eric Bledsoe, Sterling Brown, Khris Middleton, Shabazz Muhammad, Milwaukee will be a handful for the Celtics.
Regarding coaching Milwaukee head coach Joe Prunty has transformed the Bucks into a serious playoff contender.
Celtics Injury Issues;
Overall, the Celtics had a very successful 2018 season. With injuries to key players, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, and Daniel Theis the Celtics are will rely on a strong performance from their bench to beat Milwaukee. The group of Greg Monroe, Marcus Morris, Shane Larkin and Semi Ojeleye will have to play tough against Bledsoe, Middleton Antetokounmpo. If they can contain the Freak, then they should have a decent shot at beating the Bucks. If the Celtics can get past Milwaukee guard Marcus Smart received clearance to play in round two. Smart has been for a month with a fractured thumb.
Bucks Have the edge; Although Milwaukee are healthier than the Celtics, the series should go seven games Considering, the Celtic are physically beaten up don’t count them out just yet.If they can a balanced production from their first and second units Boston could give the Bucks fits. On the whole, it should be a very exciting series.
There’s an old saying in baseball that a team will go as far as it’s pitching. This can be applied to the 2018 Red Sox. If David Price can resurrect and pitch like Davis Price then they should be ok. Also if the bullpen can be dependable then the team should qualify for the postseason. In this article, we’ll discuss three areas which will determine the team success.
Why the Red Sox Will Go as Far As the Pitching will take them in2018 The Price Factor; If there’s any hope of postseason in2018 a lot hinges on the health of David Price. Midway through last season Price came back and proved to be a very effective coming out of the bullpen. Regaining his old form could determine who will win the AL East in 2018. With managers cutting down on the starters innings, the team should be ok. Coupled with a dependable bullpen the Sox should be serious contenders all season long. The Stanton Factor, This year’s free agency market saw a huge demand for relief pitchers. The Yankees however, snagged the biggest fish of anyone by signing Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton and Aaron Judge could combine for over 100 homer uns. The Yankees are gambling heavily on power over pitching. Also, the Angels were active by signing Japanese phenom Shohei Otani Both teams spent money on power rather than pitching. Skillful Managing; With both teams having first _year managers a lot _depends on their decision making. Like Alex Cora Yankee skipper Aaron Boone have no managerial experience. Both will be under heavy scrutiny if either one of the teams doesn’t perform. This season should be very interesting for both teams. Each is extremely talented .But with two rookie managers, the outcome may not only be determined by pitching or power but which manager makes the right decision.
Now that the Patriots have moved on after suffering a 41-33 loss to the Eagles it’s time to restructure through the draft. Currently, the Patriots have six picks whether Bill Belichick keeps his first_ round pick remains to be seen. In this post, we’ll analyze the Patriots needs.
The Nfl Draft 2018 Analyzing the Patriots Needs
The Patriots suffered a huge loss in free agency with the loss of tackle Nate Solder signing with the Giants. With two second round picks look for the team to draft a tackle and a blocking tight end. Brian Oniel of Pittsburgh is one of the best linemen in the draft who can also play tight end. Wisconsin’s Troy Fumagalli is one of the best blocking tight ends who could be available. As we have seen many times in the Belichick era, he has a history of trading his first pick for mid _round picks. This year may be no exception since the Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo in October.
With, fifteen games remaining the Bruins are hoping for a deep playoff run. At the trade deadline, the Bruins welcomed Brian Gionta, Nick Holden, Tommy Wingels, and Rick Nash. So far all four have contributed to Bruin victories. Bruins Hope For Deep Playoff Run after A Flurry Of Activity Injury Woes;
With the 2018 MLB spring training officially underway. since coming off their first world series in club history the Astros are a club well stocked for the future. In this post, we’ll cover the Astros as a whole and minor league system. Strong Management; Team manager AJ Hich guided the Astros first world series title ever. Hinch has still basically the same team as last year look for the Astros to return to the 2018 World Series. General manager Jeff Luhnow should get the executive of the year award. Luhnow pulled off on the slickest moves ever last year by prying away Tiger ace Justin Verlander. Verlander was the main force in last year’s postseason run to the World Series. Verlander, Colin McHugh, and Dallas Kuehle. Minor League System; Currently, the Astros rank second behind the Atlanta Braves.and the New York Yankees third. According to Baseball America, the Astros have ten players in the top 100. Youngsters Frances Marte, David Paulino, AJ REED and Franklin Perez, are all grade A prospect. By being a grade A prospect that usually means that the player depending on injuries has a good chance of being a star player. This means that if other teams are sellers at the trade deadline, the Astros have a considerable amount of bargaining chips.
Strong Nucleus; The nucleus of Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, George Springer, and Carlos Correa remains intact for many years to come. During the offseason, the Astros added relievers Joe Smith and Hector Rondon to bolster the relieving group. Every team in any sport has to battle injuries, with a deep minor league system there no reason that the Astros shouldn’t repeat as world champions in 2018. For year’s Houston fans have not much to cheer about as the Astros were constant cellar dwellers. Other than Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell Houston was a team struggling just to get out of the gate. With the tragedy of hurricane, Harvey Astro fans now have a team they can be proud of
With NHL training camps just around the corner. There are still some quality free agents available that could be an attractive bargain that the Bruins Should target. In this article, we’ll three areas that the Bruins need to shore up on before tha start of the 2018/19 hockey season. Playoff Aspirations; For the first time in three years the Bruins qualified for the 2017/18 playoffs. With a nice mixture of youth and veterans, General Manager has the Bruins going in the right direction. Despite a first_ round exit at the hands of the Ottawa Senators postseason has returned to Causeway Street. Improved Defense; Boston has a nice group of veteran defenseman and youth too work with. Ageless wonder Zdeno Chara continues to pile up the minutes. Injury prone Adam McQuaid is still productive when healthy. Youngsters Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo bring energy with every shift. Re-sign Pastrnak; The Bruins are coming off a very quiet offseason. First and foremost the team needs to re-sign forward David Pastrnak. Pastrnak a third _yeaplayer has put up _put up big numbers in his three short years. If the Bruins hope to go deep in the playoffs then re-signing Pastrnak would send a positive message. Available Free Agents; With the big name free agents already committed to other teams, there are still some quality free agents available. One name that would be a good fit in Boston , is Roman Polak. The 31 -year old defenseman Polak would provide depth for the defense. Two more names that could help the Bruins would be Sabres blueliner, Cody Franson. Franson a thirty_seven year _old veteran would be a character player for a team on the rise. Lastly, first_year coach Bruce Cassidy needs to practice patience. This is a young team seeking an identity. With a veteran core group and young players this is a team to take seriously. If Cassidy can keep goalies Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin fresh then the Bruins could make things interesting. Other than Pastrnak spending money on big name free agents has never been the Bruins style. , ,
An error occured for when trying to retrieve feeds! Check the URL's provided as feed sources.It’s safe to say that baseball is literally in the air. Major league teams have officially begun workouts for both position players and pitchers. In Fort Myers The Red Sox main theme for this year is leadership. Rhe club is coming off a successful 2017 campaign in which they clinched the AL East for the second year in a row. For a team loaded with talent, they still lack the most important characteristic of all. And that characteristic is leadership. In this post, we’ll cover three areas the club needs to focus on plus other issues going forward in 2018. Locker Room chemistry; For a team coming off a successful 2017 season the average baseball fan would never know it. The Sox were a team with basically no identity. Over the course of 162 games and playoffs, it was the blind leading the blind. Several distractions kept occurring. Incidents such as Dustin Pedroia fighting with Oriole third baseman Manny Machado. In another incident, Red Sox pitcher David Price insulted Hall of Fame broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. And of course, there was the ongoing saga firing manager John Farrell. If the club can elect a capable team captain then within the time they can put the drama behind them and focus on winning. Lack Of Home Run Power; Since the retirement of favorite David Ortiz finding a replacement has not yet been accomplished. For the first time in a long time, the club had a realatively quiet offseason. The free agent market consisted of Mitch Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Jose Bautista and JD Martinez. Martinez’s name has been popping up all winter. But has spring training has gotten underway Martinez still remains a free agent. Only Mitch Moreland and Eduardo Nunez are the only free agent signees. If the club can find ways to manufacture runs like last season they could be serious playoff contenders. Fresh Approach; After a disappointing playoff elimination for the second straight year Red Sox general manager decided it was time for a managerial change. Just hours after losing to Houston the Sox said terminated to four- year manager John Farrell. In return the team. In return, the club thought it was best to hire a younger manager to lead a fairly young team. As for Cora’s resume, he has an impressive, backround that includes two world series rings. Cora to his credit was a member of the 2004 champion Red Sox If Cora can send a message early enough the end result.will be worth it. ,
Being a big league manager is not an easy task for a first_ year manager. The key for Cora is to send the message early and when needed. If the team expects to get back to the world series then finding leadership is a step in the right direction.