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But the best guess remains Beniers, who shares some on-ice qualities with the guy that's drafting him, Hall of Fame center and Seattle GM Ron Francis.

But the Lightning need breathing room, and if they didn’t bribe Seattle to take Gourde, then maybe it could have been worse?St. Louis Blues

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1. Mason McTavish. I've mentioned McTavish here before, mainly because The Draft Analyst said that "violence and aggression are just two of several commonplaces in your typical McTavish shift." Which, naturally, is endearing. He's earned comparisons to everyone from Ryan O'Reilly to Nazem Kadri. He'll forever be endearing to me for doing his draft media availability outdoors in an Ottawa windstorm because his Wi-Fi stunk.

Oshie has long been speculated to be the Kraken's face of the franchise in Year 1, but the 34-year-old wants to stay in D.C.Vegas Golden Knights

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Again, PHT will go deeper on players viewed as the best values. Some players mentioned above may also make it into that mix.Chicago Blackhawks

The unidentified former Blackhawks player said Aldrich assaulted him, and that the team did nothing after he informed an employee. The lawsuit, filed on May 7 in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges Aldrich also assaulted another unidentified Blackhawks player. The former player who sued and is seeking more than $150,000 in damages.Minnesota Wild

His linemate Brad Marchand is arguably the best left winger in the league. He's scored at a point-per-game rate or better in five consecutive seasons, and his defense/penalty killing also is elite. Marchand is the total package and quite possibly the most underrated star in Boston sports over the last five years. He's also 33 years old.
What about Jake DeBrusk straight up? Tarasenko, who requested a trade, wants a change of scenery. Coming off his horrible 2021 season, DeBrusk could probably use one.Minnesota Wild

Ellis, who has dealt with injuries in his career, missed all of March last season with an upper-body issue that was rumored to be to his shoulder. Ellis debunked that, clarifying he broke a bone in one of his hands. While Nashville head coach John Hynes said on March 22 that the defenseman had surgery, it was unclear on Tuesday whether Ellis underwent any kind of procedure last season for an injury. Regardless, Ellis declared himself healthy. Despite playing 35 of the Predators' 56 games, Ellis was very effective down the stretch as Nashville pushed into the playoffs.

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Andre Burakovsky (F) Tyson Jost (F) Nazem Kadri (F) Nathan MacKinnon (F) Valeri Nichushkin (F) Logan O'Connor (F) Mikko Rantanen (F) Samuel Girard (D) Cale Makar (D) Devon Toews (D) Philipp Grubauer (G)Chicago Blackhawks

It will also be the first major event broadcast by the NHL's new television partners after the league ended its 15-year relationship with NBC Sports.Boston Bruins

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Michael – Jake Bean. Bean was taken 13th overall in 2016 and has never had a real chance to show his stuff with Carolina. He will get that chance in Seattle and could be an important member with Giordano on the power play.

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Another reason to acquire Dvorak is his contract. He's signed for four more years with a very manageable $4.45 million salary cap hit, per CapFriendly.Edmonton Oilers

Allen, 30, signed with the Canadiens last offseason and went 11-12-5 with a 2.68 GAA and .907 save percentage.
This is new territory for the Phoenix Suns. And yet, it fits right in with what they’ve been preaching all season long.Washington Wizards

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"I don't think it's been anything different; I just think it's been more," he said. "You know what I'm saying? The focus, the determination, more questions about, 'Hey, this situation, this environment, this concept ...' It's just -- there's just been more. Our guys have always wanted it, but I think when you're in these moments like this, this is different. This is different than the first time against the Lakers, where it was just 2-1. This is it."

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"I started playing basketball just to help my family," Antetokounmpo said. "Tried to get them out of the struggle, the challenges we were facing when we were kids."San Antonio Spurs

How much Booker, Holiday and Middleton have left after tough, four-round playoff runs is still be determined. But Durant said he is excited for their arrival.

"I’ve been watching the game all my life. I got to go to a Laker parade when I was a little boy, so I’ve been around the game forever. My grandma’s a die-hard Lakers fan. She’s been watching since I was in diapers. … I got to bleed purple and gold.”

The Clippers traded Paul to Houston the following season, but he injured his right hamstring in the middle of a seven-game West finals series against Golden State. Paul was limited the following season as well in the Rockets’ second-round loss to the Warriors. The Rockets then dealt Paul to Oklahoma City for Russell Westbrook, setting up the young Thunder to challenge the James Harden-led Rockets to seven games in the first round.Portland Trail Blazers

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Eventually the shots started to fall for Team USA, and with that and the defense, everything came together. The ball movement and player movement was much improved. After six practices and four games, the players were starting to feel comfortable with one another and with their roles (these players are almost all first or second options on their teams, now asked to do something a little different).Oklahoma City Thunder
Sure, the error will gain the most publicity, but all the Mets care about is that they emerged with the “W.”San Diego Padres

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As of this writing, the White Sox hold a hefty lead in the AL Central and looked destined to clinch the division title. The White Sox are in great position to bolster certain positions, while also filling in spots that are open due to injury. Here are three trades the White Sox should explore to improve their World Series odds.Cincinnati Reds

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso expressed concern for injured starter Robert Stock but saluted the team's bullpen for keeping the club in the hunt despite a number of bad breaks. Even after Tuesday night's loss to the Reds, Alonso still feels the team is 'in an excellent place as an offense'.Detroit Tigers

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Except, ball four should have been called a strike. The Giants caught a huge break and extended their lead because of it. 

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After the contest, Walker commented on the fielding blunder, saying that while it was a “crazy play,” the Mets left Pittsburgh with the win.

"He's been seeing an array of doctors and getting options," Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. "It wasn't an abrupt injury, but he had some chronic damage from an earlier injury. Spencer came to the conclusion that it was in his best interest, and quite frankly in our best interest, to have it done now."Colorado Rockies

He had battled a shoulder injury that hampered him in spring training and limited him to just 25 games in triple-A Salt Lake. In April, his father, Jake, died from cancer.
The Pistons looked to give Cunningham a grand tour of Detroit on Monday. After visiting the team facility, he attended the Tigers game as they hosted the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park. He was reportedly spotted with Pistons head coach Dwane Casey and guard Saddiq Bey.

"I don't know how many words you need to use beyond 50 points in a close out game in an NBA Finals," Bucks center Brook Lopez said. "Pretty much sums it all up."Portland Trail Blazers

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The combo forward out of Alaska wasn’t the most exciting freshman in the SEC this past season, but scouts saw glimpses of a promising career at the NBA level. Thor shoots the ball well for his size, and even though his shooting percentage wasn’t great (30% from deep), he possesses great shooting mechanics with a high release that’s hard to defend.

“I wanted to meet with the team that had the No. 1 pick because I feel I’m the No. 1 pick,” Cunningham said, adding that if the Rockets trade up and get the top pick, he’d meet with them.Utah Jazz

It seems trite now, but before the playoffs began he candidly stated he wasn’t sure how this year would go differently than the last two. The reaction was over the top, of course, but the results have shown thus far he’s taken the right approach.Orlando Magic

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Looking forward to the 2021-22 season, ESPN and Bleacher Report put together early power rankings for the entire league.

“I’ve been through the process with other teams over the last three years. At times you felt like you were close, so you never wanted to jump ahead of yourself until you actually got that call,” Unseld said. “It’s always that internal battle of being excited but not too excited. Tommy and I had been talking five, six times a day, so to see his name pop up was not extraordinary – until he said what he said.”Washington Wizards
The standings certainly prove it. The Brewers were 21-23, and sitting in third place, four games behind the Cubs and Cardinals in the NL Central on May 22.Tampa Bay Rays

Castro was placed on the restricted list June 16 due to what manager Dave Martinez at the time said were “family matters.” The 31-year-old infielder was reinstated two days later and pinch hit that night against the New York Mets.

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The burly right-hander struck out Mike Yastrzemski but walked Darin Ruf and Thairo Estrada to load the bases, prompting Roberts to pull Jansen in favor of left-hander Victor González. LaMonte Wade Jr. struck out, and Curt Casali walked to force in a run that made it 4-2.Colorado Rockies

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The Phillies are charging towards the top of the NL East, but they're trailing many teams around the league in their COVID-19 vaccination rate.

Wait. We’re getting ahead of ourselves. There were two other big Dodgers mistakes before that, and one big Dodgers mistake after that, and don’t dare blame this game only on that one bad call.Atlanta Braves

"First of all, yes, we've encouraged the players to be vaccinated. We've done that from the beginning of the season, really from spring training until the beginning of the season, and have continued to do so. We've educated them, given them material, had presentations made to them. But I also do think it's a personal decision. Oakland Athletics

While New York Yankees fans are known for being some of the most die-hard, passionate groups out there, there’s simply no excusing what happened in the Bronx this weekend. In the series going up against the Red Sox, you just knew tension would be high.
Garrett Whitlock pitched 1 1/3 innings, and Adam Ottavino worked the eighth. Matt Barnes pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.

Jackson recounts that Ellis hung him a slider and admitted that the wind and heat contributed to the ball’s trajectory.

When news got out that Glavine had signed with the Braves for $80,000, Vachon called back and told him he wished he would have had the opportunity to present an offer if he knew baseball was going to be the path. That presents a What if? scenario. Had Glavine gone the hockey route and worked his way through the minors, he could have been teammates with Wayne Gretzky when The Great One made his way to Los Angeles in 1988.Tampa Bay Rays

“I think there's a real positive that can be taken from the core group here,’’ Ross said. “Those guys have created championship expectations here.’’

“We appreciate the tremendous cooperation of the fans at Saturday night’s game who did all that was asked of them under very stressful circumstances, and the police and the fire emergency medical personnel who responded,” they said.Atlanta Braves

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The Yankees begin a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Thursday at 7:10 p.m.Oakland Athletics

"We'll see," Boone said. "We'll just see how he responds overnight. Just back starting locking up, felt like it was cramping on him, early innings. And just by that, the fifth, when he came out, it just really kind of locked up on him.Arizona Diamondbacks

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Sheets had struck out on his first two at-bats of the game, but that didn’t faze him in the critical moment. He’s now hit five home runs in 15 games during his debut with Chicago.Boston Red Sox

It's early, but it sure looks like the Giants might have unearthed another gem in Jay Jackson, a 33-year-old right-hander who has spent most of the last few years pitching in Japan. Jackson struck out the side in the sixth inning. Since getting called up for this road trip, he has faced 14 batters and whiffed eight of them. Chicago Cubs

This is a moment 24-year-old second baseman Travis Blankenhorn will never forget for the New York Mets. While things couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start for New York, once trailing 6-0, we’ve got a ball game again.

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Just what in the heck is going on in with Chicago White Sox catcher Yermin Mercedes? It’s been an up and down year for the rookie backstop, as he was demoted earlier this month after a hot start with the club. Mercedes, with Triple-A Durham, announced on Wednesday night that he was retiring.

After finishing six games under .500 last summer, Seattle is seven games behind the first-place Astros, but they’re 4.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot currently occupied by the Athletics. Even if they don’t make the playoffs this season after a big trade, the Mariners will still have a chance to continue adding for next season with Frazier under contract.

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He surrendered only a first-inning double to Blackmon and a fourth-inning single to McMahon. Gonsolin walked two.Atlanta Braves

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Castro is hitting .283 with three home runs and 38 RBIs in 87 games this season. He is in his second season with the Nationals after stints with the Cubs, Yankees and Marlins.Arizona Diamondbacks

Note: Tom Seaver (Mets; inducted 1992) and Steve Carlton (Cardinals; inducted 1994) were selected but did not play. The managers were inducted into the Hall of Fame. American League manager Earl Weaver (Orioles; 1996) and National League Manager Sparky Anderson. (Cincinnati; 2000); National League coach Walter Alston was inducted as a manager. (Dodgers; 1983) Third base umpire Doug Harvey was inducted in 2010.

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The Suns had a nine-point fourth-quarter lead in Game 4 and trailed by just a point in the final seconds of Game 5, but they couldn’t come out on top in either game.Minnesota Twins

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The Tampa Bay Rays just made a seismic shift in the American League East race, acquiring designated hitter Nelson Cruz from the Minnesota Twins.

The Washington Football Team got rid of the nickname "Redskins" after more than eight decades following public pressure from fans and sponsors. WFT will reveal a new logo and team name next season.Tampa Bay Rays

"It's definitely something to consider," he said. "There are some relievers who like to pitch a lot and we have to kind of hold them back from overdoing it, but he may be one of those guys, and I think he is, that likes to touch the mound regularly."

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For a starting pitcher, the best trade gets you out of Colorado. Such will be the case with Gray, who is having one of the better seasons (3.68 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) of an inconsistent career. Before anyone points this out to me on Twitter, I know that he has been better at home than on the road this season, but no one in their right mind would take that small sample size as a sign of things to come. Gray is safer for fantasy teams if he is on a contending team with a more favorable home venue.Oakland Athletics
Gourde’s contract carries an average annual value of $5,166,666 for the next four seasons. Tampa Bay was likely to lose a strong forward in the expansion draft and Gourde will be difficult to replace. He has been excellent on the team’s third line during the team’s past Stanley Cup championships. The 29-year-old forward accounted for 17 goals and 36 points in 56 games last season. Gourde had 25 goals and 64 points over 82 matches in 2017-18.Columbus Blue Jackets

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That's the ballgame here for the Kraken. Well, that and getting Carey Price "for free," relatively speaking.New York Rangers

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has waived his no-movement clause ahead of Wednesday's Seattle Kraken expansion draft, TSN reported Saturday.St. Louis Blues

But the primary reason to take Clifton is his contract. Clifton is signed for this coming season and 2022-23 for a very team-friendly salary cap hit of $1 million.

The selection comes one day after the Blackhawks united the Jones brothers in Chicago after acquiring Caleb and Seth within two weeks of each other. The New Jersey Devils also brought together two-thirds of the Hughes brothers, taking Luke Hughes at No. 4 overall on Friday two years after making his older brother Jack the No. 1 overall selection.

Price has a .912 all situations save percentage and a .918 even-strength save percentage over the past three seasons, while also being money in each of his playoff appearances.Dallas Stars

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Jones came under some scrutiny in 2021, as his save percentage once again ended up at .896 for the third consecutive year, and Jones' goals against average also was a career-high 3.28.

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If the Cubs do end up having a fire sale, they might want to work on getting a better return than what the Pederson deal brought them.San Diego Padres

“I had a complete mental F-up," Bassitt explained postgame. "Where I knew [Indians 1B Bobby Bradley] wasn’t hitting but in my head, the scouting report in my head was that Bradley was hitting. I was (mentally) pitching to Bradley but obviously, he wasn’t hitting. [Sean Murphy] was calling the completely right pitches but I F'ed up, I F'ed the game up and had the wrong scouting report.”

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In total, 14 players took at least one at-bat, while seven pitchers threw in the game. Of the 14 batters who took at-bats, a whopping six hit home runs -- with Michael Conforto knocking out two.

"They're protective of our city, they're protective of the land and everything about it. That's one key component, the resiliency of people here in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio and the loyalty.''

"He's not concerned about what people think about him, or what he does and doesn't do, he's going to give you his all and he couldn't care less about any drama or anything like that. He's going to get the job done."Tampa Bay Rays

Manager David Ross postgame described Bryant, who had a short All-Star break while playing in the Midsummer Classic, as having "heavy legs."Minnesota Twins

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The Cardinals scored their first two runs came in the seventh. The rally started when Paul DeJong reached second on a chopper in front of the plate and an error by Contreras, whose throw to first base sailed wide.Cincinnati Reds

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