Vasilevskiy signs 8-year, $76M extension

Vasilevskiy

Vasilevskiy

Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Andrei Vasilevskiy has signed an eight year, $76 million extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“The Lightning are very proud to extend Andrei for another eight years today,” Ligtning general manager Julien BriseBois said. “Since joining the organization Andrei has shown unmatched work ethic and professionalism both on and off the ice.  We look forward to him continuing his career in Tampa Bay for the foreseeable future.

The extension begins with the 2020-21 season and keeps Vasilevskiy with the team through the 2027-28 season. He will make $3.5 million next season  the final year of a deal he signed in 2016.  At $9.5 million, the new average annual value of the Vasilevskiy deal is the third highest among active goalies...

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Stroman to Mets in surprising deal

Stroman

Stroman

According to his father, Marcus Stroman was hoping to be traded to New York, just not to the Mets.

Earl told Newsday on Monday that with trade rumors circling before Sunday’s trade to the Mets, Marcus was excited by the prospect of pitching in pinstripes.

“He was hoping it was the Yankees a little bit,” Earl Stroman said. “He was kind of psyched, maybe hoping to go there. I’m not going to tell you that he wasn’t. If he was to leave Toronto at all. Don’t forget, Marcus loved Toronto, his heart was there.

“The brass [management] didn’t kind of appreciate him as much as the fans did. The whole country took to him and they took to me.”

Earl Stroman added his son could be interested in joining the Yankees when he becomes a free agent after next season.

“That’s up to the Yankees,...

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Cardinals beat Astros to take NL Central lead

Cardinals

Cardinals

Paul Goldschmidt extended his career best homer streak to five games with a three run drive in the eighth inning  The Cardinals, who have won 9 of their last 10, took over first place in the NL Central with a 5-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.  Coupled with the Chicago Cubs’ loss at Milwaukee, the Cardinals now have sole possession of the division lead for the first time since before play on May 7.

“I just tried to keep the same attitude even when I wasn’t getting results,” Goldschmidt said. “Just show up, prepare and work hard and try and go help us win the next day. That’s what my mindset is now and will be tomorrow.”

“You find out about people when they’re not going as good,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said...

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Turner hits for another cycle against Rockies

Turner

Turner

The Colorado Rockies bring out the best in Trea Turner.

On Tuesday, the Washington Nationals shortstop hit for the cycle during an 11-1 win over Colorado, marking the second time in Turner’s career that he has accomplished the feat against the Rockies. According to Elias Sports Bureau research, he’s the third player in MLB history to hit for the cycle multiple times against one team.

“It’s almost more funny than anything that I got lucky enough to get all the right hits,” Turner said. “I think it’s kind of a lucky stat, just because you’ve got to put the ball in the right place at the right time. And I ended up doing that.”

Turner led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run to center field. In the second inning, he hit a grounder off Lambert for a single...

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Calgary gets tentative deal for new arena.

Calgary

Calgary

Plans for a new arena in Calgary to replace the Saddledome are accelerating with a tentative agreement in place.

The city, the Calgary Flames and the Calgary Stampede, which owns the land, have agreed in principle to terms on an event centre that would be the new home of the city’s NHL team.

“All three parties have agreed to agree basically,” said Coun. Jeff Davison, who chairs an event centre committee.  The deal was to be presented to council behind close doors Monday afternoon and then put to a vote on whether to make it public immediately.

Calgarians would then have a week to voice their opinion before a council vote next week to ratify the deal.

The event centre has been estimated to cost between $550 million and $600 million.

The proposed site of the building is on land no...

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Shanahan makes appearance at Broncos practice

Shanahan

Shanahan

The Denver Broncos rolled out the welcome mat Saturday for the coach with the most wins  in franchise history, as Mike Shanahan attended his first Broncos practice since he was fired as head coach in 2008.

Shanahan, who was 146-91 (including playoffs) in 14 seasons as Broncos coach and a two-time Super Bowl winner, was fired by then-owner Pat Bowlen after the team’s 8-8 finish in 2008. Shanahan had attended several team functions through the years, including games, a ceremony to honor the Super Bowl winners and the dedication of the team’s field house, but this was the first time he had been at the team’s practice field since he was the coach.

Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway and offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello also had hands in arranging...

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Ron Francis named Seattle’s first GM

Ron Francis

Ron Francis

“Ownership made an incredible commitment . in supporting this idea of let’s do this a year early,” Leiweke said. “If we’re really here working for our fans, let’s reward their belief. They said we’re willing to make this commitment a year early. We’re willing to bring on a general manager earlier than any other expansion team in the history of the NHL and that gift of an additional year will serve us well and give us a chance to scout and build and plan. But we had to find the right person.”

They believe the 56-year-old Ron Francis is that person, announcing his hiring at a news conference that was attended by the mayor and a state senator. He’ll have complete control of building the organization under Leiweke...

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Jadeveon Clowney playing on franchise tag

Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney

Last year, the Houston Texans had two of the top pass-rushers in the NFL in J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. By not reaching a long-term extension by the franchise tag deadline on Monday, the Texans risk losing Clowney — the first overall pick in the 2014 draft — at the end of the season instead of building around the core talent they have right now.

The Texans placed the non-exclusive franchise tag, which is worth $15.967 million for the 2019 season, on Jadeveon Clowney in March and the outside linebacker/defensive end did not attend any of the Texans’ spring workouts, including the mandatory veterans minicamp.

While the Texans could of course still sign Clowney to a new contract after the 2019 season — or tag him for the second year in a row — they likely wouldn’t match...

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Brandon Crawford has monster day

Brandon Crawford

Brandon Crawford

With nearly every swing, Brandon Crawford’s day at the plate got better and better.

Brandon Crawford went 5-for-6 with two homers and tied a San Francisco team record with eight RBIs, as the Giants scored a season high in runs in a 19-2 rout of the Colorado Rockies on Monday in the first game of a split doubleheader.

“I never expect a five-hit game to come along, but yeah, I have been feeling a lot better at the plate,” Crawford said. “There were a couple of at-bats in Milwaukee where I was having good at-bats, kind of battling and getting deep into counts. Even drawing walks kind of helps your confidence going forward. I’ve been feeling good, seeing the ball well. You expect to get hits when that happens.”

German Marquez who won both of his previous starts against the Gia...

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Binnington avoids arbitration, inks $8.8 million deal

Binnington

Binnington

Jordan has agreed to a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues worth an annual average value of $4.4 million.

Binnington, a restricted free agent, avoided an arbitration hearing set for July 20 in Toronto by agreeing to the deal on Saturday.

“We are pleased to have Jordan signed for two more years,” added Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong. “His play was outstanding and we look forward to seeing him continue to be a major contributor for our team.”

Binnington made his first career start on Jan. 7, 2019 in Philadelphia, where he stopped all 25 shots in a 3-0 Blues’ victory. He went 24-5-1 in 30 regular season starts with a 1.89 goals against average, a .927 save-percentage and five shutouts. In 26 Stanley Cup Playoffs games, Binnington went 16-10 with a 2...

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Tyler Skaggs honored in Angels first home game

Tyler Skaggs

Tyler Skaggs

Tyler Skaggs jersey hangs in his untouched locker in the Los Angeles Angels’ clubhouse, his pristine cleats and gloves ready for a ballgame.  And on the far wall of the clubhouse, two photos of Tyler Skaggs now flank his competitive catchphrase printed in tall letters: “WE’RE NASTY.”

The pitcher’s grieving teammates returned to Angel Stadium on Friday night for the first time since Skaggs was found in his hotel room in Texas nearly two weeks ago. On the day before what would have been Skaggs’ 28th birthday, every Los Angeles player wore Tyler Skaggs No. 45 jersey as they faced the Seattle Mariners.

The Angels’ clubhouse was quiet before the game, with most of the present players absorbed in their phones before batting practice...

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New Jersey Devils sign top pick Hughes

New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils signed No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NHL draft Jack Hughes to the maximum three-year entry-level contract on Friday with performance bonuses.  The deal carries a $925,000 annual salary with $2.85 million in bonuses, making the pact worth a total of $11.325 million, according to CapFriendly.com.  The No. 2 pick in the 2019 draft, Kaapo Kakko, received a similar deal worth $10.75 million from the Rangers this week.  Nico Hischier, the New Jersey Devils’ No. 1 overall pick in 2017, received the same contract, and Will Butcher’s entry-level contract was for the same value per season, though his was only a two-year contract since he signed as a 22-year-old out of college.

“It’s obviously awesome,” Hughes said in a Twitter video accompanying the an...

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Hurricanes match Aho’s offer sheet

Hurricanes

Hurricanes

Sebastian Aho had his five-year, $42.27 million offer sheet matched by the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.  The 21-year-old forward was a restricted free agent and was tendered the offer sheet by the Montreal Canadiens on July 1.  The Hurricanes have Aho under contract at an AAV of $8.454 million through the 2023-24 season but will not be able to trade him for one year.  The Hurricanes had seven days to match or they would have received a first-round pick, second-round pick and third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft as compensation from the Canadiens.

“I am grateful for the offer from the Montreal Canadiens, but it was always my hope to return to the Hurricanes,” Aho said.”As a restricted free agent I had limited options for moving along the process to get a deal done...

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