It’s tough to comprehend when you see the alumni roster that took center stage over the weekend.

Yes, at some point in their careers, even if it was for seven games only (Brodeur), all those names wore the Blues note on their jersey.

Seeing the alumni was a nice nostalgic consolation prize, yes, but it also speaks to what could have been for Blues fans.

This is a franchise that some might describe as snake-bitten in the postseason. After reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in the team’s first three years in existence, the franchise has yet to return, still in search of the oldest trophy in organized North American sports.

It’s also quite amazing when you consider the following head coaches have been on the Blues bench as head coach at some point in the last 50 years:

“It hasn’t been easy for them to come here (in the past), and this certainly doesn’t make it easier, or even possible at this point,” he told the New York Daily News on Monday. “It’s hard to kind of comment on. I don’t want to get in too deep, but it seems like it’s very straightforward and they have very straight lines of what the deal is, but I find still they’re confused about it, still a lot of confusion about what’s wrong and what’s not.

“I guess when a change like this comes very, not from nowhere, but when it comes down like it did, I feel like there was maybe not a whole lot of thought about how to work it out. It seems very straightforward but very confusing about how they deal with it.”

Zibanejad, 23, was born in Huddinge, Sweden, and played professionally Wholesale Jerseys From China in the country until 2012. He then spent time in the AHL in Binghamton, N.Y., before joining Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys the Senators full time in the 2013-14 season. The Rangers traded for Zibanejad this past summer.

The Blues won the NHL’s eighth Winter Classic 4-1.

That’s right: The four winningest head coaches in NHL history all coached the St. Louis Blues at one time. None won the cup in St. Louis, but combined the group has won 17 titles.

For one day in January, all that was forgotten.

The Blues won the NHL’s eighth Winter Classic 4-1. It couldn’t have been scripted much better for the franchise or the league. Both overcame and outlasted Mother Nature, both put on a show for a packed house at an iconic baseball stadium and one of the game’s brightest stars, Vladimir Tarasenko, starred in the third period.

Tarasenko missed on a breakaway then ripped the post several minutes later in the third before capping off the weekend in style with two goals and a selfie with crazed Blues fans on what normally would be the home team’s dugout.

Foley made history in June when the NHL approved his bid to bring a franchise to Las Vegas, which to date had not permanently hosted a pro sports team.

The Golden Knights will begin play this fall in the privately-financed T-Mobile Arena, a $375 million facility fitted to host shows and concerts in addition to hockey year-round near the future site that will host the Raiders beginning in 2020. Though maybe not the driving force, the NFL’s interest in Las Vegas was sweetened by the city’s multimillion dollar contribution to build the stadium, taken from tourists in the form of hotel room taxes.

Foley, a billionaire businessman, said he was never approached by the Raiders or the NFL to join negotiations for relocation.

He welcomed and congratulated Raiders owner Mark Davis on the bid’s approval, adding, “It Nike NFL Jerseys truly is an exciting time to be from Las Vegas. There is only a select group of Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys cities in North America that are home to both an NHL and an NFL franchise and Vegas is now one of them.”

James Conner hurts shoulder as injuries mount for Steelers rookies

For the third time in as many days a Steelers rookie was injured during training camp.

Running back James Conner left Sunday’s padded practice with an injured left shoulder after what had been an impressive performance. Conner was one of seven Steelers players mentioned by head coach Mike Tomlin in his post-practice injury report.

Tomlin also mentioned linebacker Vince Williams, safety Mike Mitchell, cornerback Senquez Golson, tight ends Scott Orndoff and Xavier Grimble, and rookie linebacker Keion Adams. Tomlin said Orndoff was dehydrated and Grimble and Adams also had heat-related issues.

“I really feel this way especially in the last couple weeks, month, wow, I see the light at the end of the tunnel if you will,” Luck told reporters Friday. “And I truly feel in my mind, in my heart that I know I’m going to be better.”

Now, whether that means Luck is going to be ready for Week 1 Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China when the Colts play the Rams Sept. 10 remains to be seen.

The typical recovery time after labrum surgery can range anywhere from six to nine months. Luck had surgery in mid-January so he is approaching the timetable to be back, but with any injury and surgery like this, not to mention the value of Luck to the team, it may be prudent to let him come back later rather than sooner to extend his NFL career.

For now Luck will try to progress to working through a throwing motion, to throwing a tennis ball and eventually throwing a football. It’s a long process, but one that is infinitely worth it for the Colts’ franchise player.

Tom Brady at 40 by the numbers

Tom Brady, one of the most successful and enduring players in NFL history, turns 40 on Thursday.

A man synonymous with the New England Patriots, Brady has starred for the franchise since 2000, winning the Super Bowl on five occasions and being named Super Bowl MVP four times.

Here, we examine Brady’s storied career in Opta numbers as he reaches a major personal milestone.

7 – When he first plays this season, Tom Brady will become the seventh different quarterback age 40 or older to start at least one NFL game since the start of the 2000 season, and the first Patriot ever to do so.

4 – Brady has been named Super Bowl MVP on four occasions (2002, 2004, 2015, 2017), more often than any other player in NFL history. In fact, he’s one of just five players to be MVP more than once.

2 – He is one of just two people to win five or more Super Bowl rings as a player, along with Charles Haley, and the only player to win five playing for the same team.

“You’re not blind to it as a player,” Brady said. “It’s a contact sport and I think we all understand that. And there’s a lot of great benefits that football brings you. You certainly can be put in harm’s way.”

Deflecting the question was an obvious route for Brady to take due to the fallout that would occur if he told the truth. But his non-denial is just as bad, and he made it worse by saying it’s nobody’s business. Legally, it’s the NFL’s business because injuries must be reported.

His concussions are also the interest of other players looking to play in the NFL. Having someone with the prominence of Brady would have a huge impact in the way concussions Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys are viewed in football. A season two viewing of Netflix’s “Last Chance U” proves there’s a lot of progress to be made regarding concussions in this sport.

Brady calling his concussions a personal issue is a weak response to a Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys serious topic. The league won’t make progress on this issue until players acknowledge the severity of brain injuries.

Jaguars ‘concerned’ by Blake Bortles’ rough practice

The Blake Bortles panic meter may finally be reaching its breaking point in Jacksonville.

The beleaguered signal caller, selected No. 3 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, has battled turnover issues throughout his first three seasons in the league. While Bortles is clearly talented, coaches are growing concerned about his volatility.

Bortles did nothing to dispel those concerns Saturday in practice, when he threw five interceptions during 7-on-7 drills.

Ray finished 2016 with 48 tackles to go along with eight sacks. He joins fellow linebacker Shaquil Barrett among the walking wounded for the Broncos this offseason.

Veteran linebacker Kasim Edebali will have to step up in Ray’s absence and make up for some of the lost production.

We signed Edebali in the offseason from New Orleans for his rushing skills, Joseph said, so he’s a guy that’s going to help us rush from the Sam position and stop the run as far as setting the edge. He’s capable. We’re excited about him.

The Broncos still have one of the most formidable defenses in the NFL as they finished fourth in the league in 2016 in yards allowed per game (316.1).

Ryan Tannehill has been the face of the Dolphins ever since they Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys drafted Cheap Giants Jerseys him with the eighth pick in 2012. He’s the only quarterback since Dan Marino to start two consecutive seasons as Miami’s unquestioned starter. After a 2016 playoff appearance in coach Adam Gase’s first season, led by Tannehill’s first winning record as a starter, Dolphins fans, coaches and executives had real optimism about a consistent playoff roster.

Chargers’ second-round pick OL Forrest Lamp tears ACL, out for season

New city, same old injury woes.

This time it’s Los Angeles Chargers rookie guard Forrest Lamp, the team’s second-round pick, who tore the ACL in his right knee during Wednesday’s practice, the team announced.

Newton initially suffered the injury against the Chargers in Week 14 last year and didn’t miss any time, though the team limited his activity as the season neared a close. He underwent a procedure on his right shoulder in March to repair a partially torn rotator cuff and began his rehabilitation the following week.

The linebacker was taking part in practice when he went to make the tackle on a running play. The back, Giovani Bernard, is recovering from an ACL tear he suffered last November. So when Burfict went low on his tackle, his teammates went after him.

Tensions are already flaring at Bengals camp today, after Vontaze Burfict went low on Giovani Bernard and was barked at by running backs coach Kyle Caskey. A scrum ensued with the entire team until Marvin Lewis yelled at everyone to get out of the pile and back up. Tyler Eifert and Burfict had an animated discussion for several minutes afterward.
Safe to say Burfict isn’t exactly making anyone think differently of him.

Cutler is the NFL’s best bridge quarterback. He allows his current team to aim for a playoff berth while also giving them the opportunity to plan for the future at the position.

Cutler shouldn’t be viewed as a savior in Miami, which almost certainly won’t be a Cheap Football Jerseys From China Super Bowl contender so long as Tom Brady refuses to retire. But Gase has proven his system Cheap Essendon Jerseys works. His vision for the team can produce results, and the franchise should trust his direction.

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill sends private jet to pick up Kurt Warner’s stranded family

Kurt Warner asked for help and Michael Bidwill answered.

Warner tweeted Thursday to crowd-source some assistance for 13 family members who were stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare airport while trying to make their way to Canton, Ohio, for this weekend’s Hall of Fame ceremonies.

How do you insulate yourself from any sort of distraction with contract negotiations between your agents and the Lions? And at some point, do you put a personal deadline like some other players and say, Hey look, I just want to play at this point and not have to think about this stuff?

As far as the deadline goes, it’s something I’ll talk to my agent about. I’m not worried about it at the moment. The contract, it’s really not too difficult for me to not think about. The only time I really talk about it is with (the media). Guys in the locker room know it’s all about football. They’ve all been through these situations before. I’m just trying to do everything I possibly can to be as good a football player as I can be and lead our team.

Give us a breakdown of what you like about your defense so far this preseason.

Tannehill has $53 million remaining on his deal, but none of it guaranteed. If Miami were to move on from him after this season, their only dead cap money would be his prorated signing bonus, which is $2.3 million for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Most importantly, the Dolphins have just a little over $3 million in cap space in 2018, and Landry is set to be a free agent.

Cutler’s $10 million contract is the third lowest salary for Cheap Eagles Jerseys 2017 of any quarterback Cheap Discount Jerseys not on a rookie contract. The only quarterbacks below him are Josh McCown of the Jets and Brian Hoyer of the 49ers.

Dallas Cowboys have themselves a masterpiece in ‘The Star’

No offense to Jerry Jones, but maybe he’s spoiled.

Because when Sporting News asked the Cowboys owner whether he considers the extravagant palace that is The Star to be the masterpiece of his Hall of Fame career in football, Jones’ mind dismissively turned to high school football. He’s proud to have manufactured a direct link between pro and amateur sports.

As one league official said, “I think that is a great idea in theory, but you’d have to have those guys be willing to take less money than the max. Maybe they will. But they’re all big union guys, and it would be tricky for them to be seen giving owners a break like that.”

Pop lovefest — In January, James had this to say about coach Gregg Popovich: “I think he’s the greatest coach of all time.” And Pop had this to say about James: “He is truly the king.” Does Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys that mean James is bound to play for Popovich’s Spurs? Of course not.

But San Antonio will have the ability to sign James next summer, and the Spurs have always been a stealthy team when it comes to free-agent moves. A tandem of James and Kawhi Leonard would give the Spurs a good base for challenging the Warriors.

Go with the darkhorse — The Heat tied up their payroll this offseason, and can be pretty much eliminated from the possibility of luring James back to South Beach. But the Bulls, who made a pitch to James in 2010, are expected to at least inquire about James’ interest, even if there’s little chance he goes to Chicago. The same can be said for the Mavericks, who also made a push for James in 2010. It’s a Website For Cheap Jerseys Trade Cheap Jerseys longshot, but Dallas has consistently gotten involved with major free agents in Super Cheap Jerseys recent years, even if the team has struggled to finish those deals.

This is almost always the way with modern NBA superteams.

After seeing how both the Cubs and Indians relied successfully on their bullpens to make it through the postseason, other teams have begun to copy the strategy in hopes of pulling through the postseason. The Yankees pushed hard for David Robertson and the underrated Tommy Kahnle — who is quietly having a terrific season and striking out a career-high 16.2 per nine innings — to be included in the Todd Frazier deal. We’ve also seen reports linking the Dodgers to Zach Britton, one of the best relievers in the game. The Nationals are seemingly locked for a playoff spot, but picked up Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Athletics to shore up a terrible bullpen.

Kyrie Irving. With apologies to Millsap and Anthony, tonight’s Stud of the Night honor goes to the Cleveland point guard.

Irving, going head-to-head against Russell Westbrook for much of Sunday’s game, led the Cavaliers with 29 points and 10 assists in a 107-91 win over the Thunder. It was his seventh double-double of the season.

While Westbrook had his typical scoresheet-stuffing night — 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 24th triple-double of the season — he got all turned around by Irving on this three-point play in the second quarter.

Irving got that laugh, and the last one, too, as the Cavs won for just the third time in their ten most recent games.

But it’s not just Boston. The Raptors have reconfigured and, they hope, revitalized their rotation. The Wizards took the Celtics to seven games in the conference semis last year. The Heat were among the best teams in basketball in the second half of last season. The Bucks, with budding star Giannis Antetokounmpo, will be angling for a breakout season.

This is almost always the way with modern NBA superteams. They sprout, and Wholesale NHL Jerseys they flame out ahead of their time. The Cavaliers are not dead yet, of course. But they’re already UK Cheap Jerseys limping into next season.

Turner is smartly using Bleacher Report as both content factory and ideas incubator for the young

Failing to improve a roster better equipped to handle Golden State has left LeBron James “frustrated” and “concerned.” And that was before all of the drama surrounding Irving’s trade request. In need of a positive mark on the offseason report card, the Cavs have signed Derrick Rose to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

But should potentially adding the former MVP make James feel any better about his team heading into the 2017-18 season? Let’s assume Irving will remain on the Cavs (for now) and take a look at why Rose joining the team could be interpreted as a wise move for Cleveland — or a complete waste of the limited money the franchise is able to spend.

Turner, which bought Bleacher Report for $175 million in 2012, has long-term TV rights to the NBA on TNT and MLB on TBS.

Turner is smartly using Bleacher Report as both content factory and ideas incubator for the young, male sports audience. And positioning it as the digital destination for the millenial male sports fan.

Bleacher Report’s “principal value to the overall Turner portfolio is its leadership position as a next-generation content creator that drives high engagement with millennials,” Matt Hong, Turner Sports’ executive vice president/general manager, said in a statement to SN. “We’ve invested in B/R’s video capabilities — such as live production, animation and other forms of premium content — along with real-time and social-first delivery systems. We expect continued expansion across all of these offerings.”

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