Whenever a team would win three cups in seven years, you would think that their franchise is set for a long while, right? Well, the future for players and coaches of the Chicago Blackhawks could be in jeopardy.
With the regular season wrapping up soon and the playoffs right around the corner, plenty of teams are still fighting for a playoff spot. Some may only be a few points away from a wild card, while some are getting their golf clubs ready for the upcoming offseason. But there are some teams who are hungry for a shot at Lord Stanley, especially this Western Conference powerhouse. They have never won the Stanley Cup, which makes them more hungry every year. Pacific Division, watch out for the San Jose Sharks.
Just like the offseason, major sports offer unpredictable moves and shocking outcomes before the trade deadline; hockey never fails to disappoint. With the small salary cap that teams have, some transactions have to be made, whether it’s sending players to a playoff-caliber team or getting rid of players that didn’t match up to the skill level they once promised. After all the chaos, let’s break down the major stories that happened before the trade deadline:
With preseason just about a month away, there was a lot that happened in the last few months in the world of the National Hockey League. Every offseason, there are signings, trades, or relocations that seem to surprise us. Well, 2016 was no different.
In 2002, the Houston Rockets selected China sensation Yao Ming, which certainly sparked the NBA. Playing 9 seasons with the team, he certainly had made an impact not just on the league, but the sports world in general.
Another year, another trade deadline passed for Major League Baseball. You’ll always have some shockers and some head-scratchers, but it truly wouldn’t be a deadline without some curveballs. So without further ado, let’s see my Winners and Losers:
Every day is a special day in the city of Cooperstown, New York, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, but what’s more exciting is adding additional players to this legendary building. Last year, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio solidified their place into baseball history with their enshrined plaques entering baseball’s holy grail. This year, we add two more; longtime Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. and Mets catcher Mike Piazza. To get into any Hall of Fame, you not only have to leave your mark on the game, but you have to win over the team, the city and the fans. No one displays better examples of that than these two players.
Earlier today, as reported by the Golf Channel, former number one golfer in the world, Tiger Woods, has announced that he will not be participating in the PGA Championship. This means that he will miss the rest of the 2016 season, which is devastating to the handful of Tiger fans that remain, including myself. The man who redefined the game of golf in the late 1990’s, Tiger is a legend, a hero. His name on the leaderboard is missed every tournament, and the massive gatherings of golf fans miss chanting “Tiger, Tiger.” Speculation surrounds the question of whether he’ll win another major, or even yet, if he’ll ever play again?
Typical for me to start off my BDSSP debut talking about my favorite baseball team. Being in the AL Central, you would expect a lot of scratching and clawing for first place in the division. However, the Twins are one of the worst teams in the league, and are so far behind everyone that there are no worries about getting last place. Nonetheless, when you have players like Jose Abreu, Chris Sale and newly acquired Todd Frazier, you would expect at least division champs, but they’re not quite there yet.