July 19, 2012 |
Maybe it's a good thing the Dwight Howard saga is dragging on like the New American Library version of "War and Peace," which is a brisk read at 587,287 pages, because there's little intrigue left when it comes to the NBA's remaining unrestricted free agents. We're talking Matt Barnes, Carl Landry and Raja Bell here. And those are some of the better names left on the list. Perhaps there's a reason why these players are still available. Some free agents are way past their prime (see Tracy McGrady, who hasn't averaged double figures in scoring since the 2008-09 season)
June 30, 2011 |
Take away center Brad Richards — and several teams would like to — and the NHL's free-agent class is pretty thin. Though there are some useful players available, Richards is the only elite player on the market among unrestricted free agents. Here's a list of the top 10 players available. This doesn't include restricted free agents, whose teams have a right to match any offer sheet they sign with another team. Forwards Brad Richards: The playmaking center led Dallas in scoring with 28 goals and 77 points in 72 games, missing 10 because of a concussion.
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Aside from the odd sight of conservative George Will siding with labor ("Free Agency Made Baseball a Hit," Op-Ed Page, Sept. 27), his argument that free agency has somehow brought about parity and attendance records just doesn't fit with the facts. Consider the top teams this year: Toronto, Detroit, Minnesota, St. Louis, New York, Montreal, San Francisco. Every one of these teams built themselves up the old-fashioned way--trades and/or their own farm system. Not one of these teams has a high-priced free agent, and you'll find no direct correlation between a team's standing and its payroll.
July 4, 2012 |
Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the top two free agents available this offseason in the NHL, have answered a call to the Wild. Minnesota landed the former New Jersey Devils captain and center as well as one of the NHL's top defenseman. The Wild, which finished 12th in the Western Conference last season with 81 points, announced on Twitter: “WE GOT 'EM!” “This is a great day in the history of the Minnesota Wild,” Minnesota Gneral Manager Chuck Fletcher said. Parise, who helped the Devils reach the Stanley Cup Final against the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings, and Suter, an anchor for the Nashville Predators defense, each agreed to 13-year contracts believed to be worth up to $100 million.
May 22, 2012 |
Here's a look at what the Lakers should do with their agents as well as players who hold either team or player options. Andrew Bynum, center Status: Lakers hold $16.1-million team option Verdict: Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told The Times' Mike Bresnahan that the Lakers will exercise the team option before the June 30 deadline. But Bynum expressed indifference to reporters after the Lakers' Game 5 loss Monday to Oklahoma City on where he plays.
July 1, 2012 |
The Zach Parise derby may have turned into a two-day decathlon, but the Kings were realistic about their chances with the New Jersey Devils free-agent star forward, calling the odds of signing him "way too long. " An official with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to comment said Sunday that the team had learned from the pursuit of Brad Richards last summer - he landed with the New York Rangers - and was focusing elsewhere. That focus could end up on Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who has two big fans in Kings Coach Darryl Sutter and Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi.