It’s easy to forget that what was supposed to be a promising season
for the Chicago Blackhawks didn’t start off all that great. First, Dale
Tallon’s fax machine broke, and the team was forced to sign a couple of
players to long-term contracts or else lose them to free agency. The
mixup cost Tallon his job, and some wondered what long term effects that
gaffe would have on this team.
Then Patrick Kane was arrested
after a dispute with a cab driver. Kane, very young and the extremely
talented member of a great group of young forwards, had tarnished his
reputation. It didn’t help when he later gained the rep of a “partier”
when he was caught shirtless in a limo with other teammates; not that
big of a deal, but combine the two incidents and the year didn’t exactly
start off great for Kane.
So when he said these words at the
parade yesterday, some may have thought he was taking too easy an
approach to the incidents:
“I’ll try to keep my shirt on all summer and for all the cab
there, I love you.”
Today, Kane explained his remarks and showed a
bit more of a level headed approach.
From Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago:
“You can look back on those things and say the year started out like
this,” Kane said Saturday, when asked why he brought it up at the
rally. “It ended on a great note, but it started out on not so great of a
note. So you look back on it and you can have fun with it. The issue is
over. It’s gone. It’s done with.
“I probably have to live the
rest of my life with it but I think, for me, I can have fun with it now
that it’s over.”
Listen, you can’t fault Kane for making light of the situation during
his time of triumph. Perhaps the wording wasn’t perfect, but you have
to respect a guy that can poke fun at himself after he screws up. Kane
is now a bigger star than ever, so he’s going to have to be wary that
every word he speaks and every thing he does will be intensely
Cancel Danny DeKeyser‘s arbitration hearing on Thursday; it won’t be required.
DeKeyser has agreed on a six-year, $30 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings. The 26-year-old defenseman is now locked up through 2021-22.
Next up for GM Ken Holland is goalie Petr Mrazek‘s arbitration hearing tomorrow. That hearing, which came at the club’s request, may actually be necessary.
DeKeyser’s deal, on the other hand, always seemed like it would be the easier of the two to get done via negotiation.
“The player and the club both know what the range would be on a one-year deal,” Holland said recently, per the Detroit Free Press. “We continue to have conversation on a longer-term deal. I’m comfortable we can avoid the process. Danny is Detroit born, he’s happy with his role, happy to be a Red Wing. We are happy with his play.”
DeKeyser had eight goals and 12 assists in 78 games last season, while logging an average ice time of 21:48. As an NHLer, he’s proven why he was such a highly sought-after college free agent, and his new contract reflects that.
The Rangers inked one of their better young blueline prospects on Monday, agreeing to terms with Sergey Zborovskiy on a three-year, entry-level deal.
Zborovskiy, 19, was New York’s third-round pick (79th) overall at the 2015 draft, a selection acquired as part of the Cam Talbot trade to Edmonton. He’s spent the last two seasons with WHL Regina, racking up eight goals and 25 points in 64 games last season.
At 6-foot-3 and 198 pounds, Zborovskiy has good size, one of the reasons the Rangers were high on him.
Per TVA, the Russian rearguard signed a deal that will pay $633,000 annually at the NHL level. Zborovskiy is expected to return to junior next year.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Forward Stefan Noesen has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Anaheim Ducks.
Anaheim confirmed the two-way deal Monday.
Noesen (NAY-sun) appeared in one game in each of the past two seasons for the Ducks, who acquired him from Ottawa in 2013.
The 2011 first-round pick by the Senators has spent most of the past three seasons in the AHL with Anaheim’s affiliates in Norfolk and San Diego. He scored 32 points in 65 games for the Gulls last season.
The 23-year-old Texas native’s pro career has been hindered by two major injuries. He missed practically all of the 2013-14 season with torn ligaments in his left knee, and he missed four months of the 2014-15 season after an opponent’s skate blade nearly severed his right Achilles tendon.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Twitter will live stream for free one Major League Baseball game and one NHL game per week under a new deal.
The agreement announced Monday will allow viewers to watch games nationally that would normally be available only in the two teams’ home markets. Users will not need to be logged into Twitter to see the games.
The baseball games will also be available outside the U.S., with some exceptions. Twitter did not announce the game schedule Monday.
The social media network is attempting to move into live sports streaming through “over-the-top” broadcasts, which do not require a cable subscription. In April, Twitter reached a deal with the NFL to stream 10 “Thursday Night Football” games this fall.