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2012 NHL Trade Deadline

2012 NHL Trade Deadline

Posted on 27 February 2012 by Ed Z

The NHL Trade Deadline.  For me it is one of the most exciting days in sports because there is always a lot of buildup towards potential blockbuster deals.  Most of the time the day doesn’t live up to the hype, but the potential is there and I think that’s what draws so many fans in.

The biggest name out there is Rick Nash, the power forward from Columbus.  Rangers fans like myself are particularly interested since his name has been linked with the Rangers for weeks now.  If you’d like a recap of all that I suggest visiting Kevin DeLury’s New York Rangers Blog.  I’m going to try and highlight all the deals that go down today.  You can also monitor activity at TSN”s Trade Center.

Update 3:22pm EST- And that’s a wrap folks.  Once again a lot of talk but no real action.  The Rangers made one move to add some punch to their blueline but that’s it.

Update 3:05pm EST- Looks like the Carter trade last week was the blockbuster of the season.

Update 2:12pm EST- Things starting to roll now.  Buzz is the NYR are pushing hard for Rick Nash.

Update 2:02pm EST- Look a real trade!  Sort of.

Update 12:50pm EST- Finally another trade.  But yawn factor 10.


Update 11:50am EST-  Thinking I need to make a comment on the slow progress.  It seemed to help last time.  Names in play: Rick Nash, Thomas Vokoun, PA Parenteau, Johnny Oduya, Brandon Dubinsky, Roman Hamerlik, Paul Gaustad.

Update 10:22am EST-  First trade of the day?

 

Update 10:17am EST – Very quiet so far.  Is this the calm before the storm or has the storm fizzled out?

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The Columbus Blue Jackets, the Draft, and how to Destroy a Franchise

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The Columbus Blue Jackets, the Draft, and how to Destroy a Franchise

Posted on 15 February 2012 by Chris

The Columbus Blue Jackets are the perfect example of how poor drafting can decimate a sports franchise. From the moment they entered the league through today, almost without question, if they had a draft pick, they picked poorly. It’s hard for these sports teams to overcome poor drafting because not only do you not get a good player with the pick, you also have a player with no trade value. Continue to draft poorly, and your team really becomes devoid of any talent quickly unless you have some type of magician as your GM who can turn garbage into diamonds.

Looking at first round draft picks only (as later round picks are usually long-shots for any NHL organization), we can see the futility develop:

2000:

Round 1, Pick #4 – D Rostislav Klesla. Klesla turned out to be an average defenseman, with fairly low point outputs in his career. Not really what you would hope for with your first pick in franchise history, but a solid player nonetheless. Unfortunately for Columbus, the 2000 draft was notoriously weak in talent. There would be only 5 players in this draft to ever reach all-star status and three of them were drafted before pick 4.

Who they missed out on: Scott Hartnell, Raffi Torres, Alex Frolov, Anton Volchenkov, Justin Williams, Ilya Bryzgalov. Not exactly a list of superstars here.

2001:

Round 1, Pick #8 – G Pascal Leclaire. A career backup, for all but one season where he actually went 24-17 between the pipes for Columbus. He had alot of injuries in his career. Again, a disappointing pick. Traded for Antoine Vermette, which makes the pick somewhat palatable.

Who they missed out on: Ales Hemsky, RJ Umberger, Fedor Tyutin (who they eventually acquired), Jason Pominville, Patrick Sharp, Carlo Colaiacovo, Tuomo Ruutu. Again, not the worst pick ever considering Pominville and Sharp were drafted in later rounds, but still disappointing.

2002:

Rick Nash, the best player the Jackets have ever had, is on the verge of leaving town via trade.

Round 1, Pick #1 – LW Rick Nash. This is the one draft where the Blue Jackets truly got it right. Nash has been a stud goalscorer his entire career. Unfortunately for Columbus, since all their other picks have been pretty bad, today in 2012, Rick has become very tired of all of the losing and privately has been wanting out of Columbus. He is on the verge of being traded as I am writing this article. It’s a miracle he lasted there this long – the brief ramp up to their playoff appearance in 08-09 is probably what kept Rick around.

2003:

Round 1, Pick #4 – RW Nikolai Zherdev. A very talented player, Columbus had him ranked number 1 on their draft list and were pleased to get him at the 4 spot. His early career was tumultuous and involved problems with the coaches, contract threats, and eventually he was deemed more trouble than he was worth and shipped out of town. His highest point total was 54, which is a little bit below average for a guy playing on the first line of a team. The team got back Tyutin and Backman, so clearly they did not get good value from this pick.

Who they missed out on: Thomas Vanek, Milan Michalek, Ryan Suter, Braydon Coburn, Dion Phaneuf, Andrei Kostitsyn, Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, Brent Seabrook, Zach Parise, Ryan Getzlaf, Brent Burns, Ryan Kesler, Mike Richards, Corey Perry, and that’s just in the first round!

2004:

Round 1, Pick #8 – LW Alex Picard. The guy played 17 games his rookie season with not a single point to show for it and would continue to play a few games a year for the Jackets until 2010 where he was shipped off for a guy who played 2 games in the NHL. Picard’s career stats: 67 games, 2 assists. It’s incredible that he even played that many games. Somehow he was ranked the #2 skater in North America going into the draft.

Who they missed out on: In their defense, this was one of the worst drafts ever with only 2 all-stars taken in the first round, and 4 total in the entire draft. They missed out on a bunch of borderline NHLers, and in later rounds only Alex Edler and Mark Streit. But it would be just their luck that Picard was a complete and utter bust in the NHL and not even a serviceable 2nd or 3rd liner. His hunched over skating style might have hurt him the most of anything that derailed his NHL career.

2005:

Round 1, Pick #6 – C Gilbert Brule. Another draft pick that was a complete bust. Brule is basically a 3rd, and maybe 4th line center. He has hung around the NHL playing sparingly for the last 5 years. His point totals for Columbus from 2005-2008 when he was traded for Raffi Torres are: 31 points in 146 games. Unbelievable. And this kid was ranked 5th best in the skater ranks before the draft.

Who they missed out on: Anze Kopitar, Marc Staal, Devin Setoguchi, TJ Oshie, Tuukka Rask, Andrew Cogliano, Steve Downie, James Neal, Paul Statsny, Guillaume Latendresse, Kris Letang, Keith Yandle.

2006:

Round 1, Pick #6 – C Derrick Brassard. This is probably the second best pick the Jackets have made. He is an average second line player. Every team needs this kind of player, they just hope to get them in a later round. He is still with the team and still quite serviceable. The list of players taken from picks 1 to 5 has to really hurt for Columbus fans: Erik Johnson, Jordan Staal, Jonathan Toews, Nicklas Backstrom, Phil Kessel. Ouch.

Who they missed out on: Peter Mueller and Claude Giroux are the only two players you might say are better than Brassard, so really not that bad of a pick here at all considering the circumstances.

2007:

Round 1, Pick #7 – RW Jakub Voracek. Voracek is a decent second liner. Again, not what you’d hope for from a #7 pick. His highest goal scoring season is 16 goals, but he did put up 50 points two years ago and 46 points last year. He was traded with a first round pick and third round pick to Philly for Jeff Carter in mid-2011. Carter of course has had a poor, injury-filled year for Columbus. So basically this turns out to be two first rounders and a third rounder for a crippled Jeff Carter who is likely to be shipped out when Nash is. Funny, because they could have drafted Jeff Carter for free in 2003. Voracek has 31 points in 55 games this year, continuing on the same pace point-wise.

Who they missed out on: Logan Couture, Max Pacioretty, PK Subban, David Perron, Jamie Benn. Not much.

2008:

Round 1, Pick #6 – LW Nikita Filatov. Ranked the number 1 euro skater in the draft, the Jackets snatched him up. Unfortunately, again, he was a defensive liability and Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock limited his playing time as a result. This made Filatov upset and he requested to return to Russia. When he came back to the NHL, he continued to be a below average player and eventually the Jackets traded him to Ottawa for a 3rd rounder. Just another colossal failure of a top 10 Jackets pick. He scored 13 career NHL points over 3 seasons with Columbus. His career is not over, but it is as a Jacket.

Who they missed out on: Tyler Myers, Erik Karlsson, Michael Del Zotto, Jordan Eberle, Mattias Tedenby, John Carlson, Tyler Ennis, Mike Boedker…

2009:

Round 1, Pick #21 – D John Moore. Picking outside the top 10 for the first time in club history, they weren’t expected to necessarily find a stud… but they got a guy who put up 6 points in 46 games this season as a defenseman. Not exactly a fantastic pick, but the jury is still out.

Who they missed out on: It’s too early to tell, since most players picked in 2009 are in minor league hockey, developing.

2010:

Round 1, Pick #4 – C Ryan Johansen. He has 17 points in 45 games this season for Columbus as a rookie. He has potential.

Who they missed out on: The team did pass on Jeff Skinner who dropped 63 points in his rookie season in 2010-11, and already has 15 goals and 30 points this season. Again, most of these players are in the minors developing.

2011:

They traded their first round pick (#8) for Jeff Carter with Jakub Voracek. Philadelphia selected Sean Couturier with the pick. It is still too early to tell if they missed out on anyone special at number 8.

As you can see, getting a couple of second liners and a first line left wing out of 11 years of drafting is going to kill your franchise. Owner John McConnell issued a public apology about a month ago to all Jackets fans for the team’s ineptitude over the years. Now they are on the verge of trading away their best player, Rick Nash.

Things are about to hit an all-time low. Let’s hope their next draft pick pans out. They’re going to need it. Badly.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Draft History – A Closer Look

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Cleveland Cavaliers Draft History – A Closer Look

Posted on 09 February 2012 by Chris

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Lebron 1st overall in the NBA 2003 Draft.  How did we get so lucky (in hindsight, one could question whether that was lucky or not) to pick first in the league in the year that the franchise savior, Lebron, was coming out?

For those of you who are interested, here is a blow-by-blow of how the Cavs failed miserably (mostly) for several years to get in position to draft Lebron.  For most of you this won’t be interesting, unfortunately, but for those of you who like reading about franchises utterly screwing the pooch repeatedly, here’s a winner!

Starting in 1985 when the number of rounds in the NBA draft was cut down to 7 from 10:

1985:

Round 1, Pick 9 - Charles Oakley – Never played a game for the Cavaliers, traded with Calvin Duncan on draft day to the Bulls for Ennis Whatley and the draft rights to Keith Lee.  Oakley finished a 19 year NBA career in 2004 with at least 10 of those seasons above 11 points per game, and over 9 rebounds per game.  Keith Lee played 3 seasons in the NBA, 2 for the Cavaliers, never scoring more than 7.4 points per game.  Ennis Whatley never played a game for us and only played 1 NBA season.

Who did we miss out on?  Karl Malone, Joe Dumars, A.C. Green, Terry Porter

1986:

Round 1, Pick 1 – Brad Daugherty – Nothing bad to say here.  Too bad he only had an 8 year career.  His ppg was between 16 and 22 ppg every year of his career, along with 8-10 rebs, and 3.5 assists on average.  Very good numbers.

Round 1, Pick 8 – Ron Harper - Played 3 seasons for the Cavs, put up some incredible numbers in his 1st and 3rd seasons, averaging 22.9 and 18.6 points per game, along with 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block and 5 rebounds per game.  Went on to win 3 championships with the Bulls and a championship with the Lakers after leaving the Cavs.  Finished his career with over 1,500 career steals.  Traded along with a 1990 1st Rounder, 1991 2nd Rounder, and 1992 1st Rounder for Reggie Williams and the right to draft Danny Ferry.  Ouch.  Reggie Williams played 1 season for the Cavaliers, scoring 6.8 ppg.  He was never all that great, though he did have a few productive seasons in Denver later in his career.  Ferry played 10 seasons for the Cavs, mostly as a backup.  He only averaged over 10 ppg twice in his Cavalier career.

Who did we miss out on?  Nobody — we avoided 3 complete druggies in Len Bias at #2, Chris Washburn at #3, and Roy Tarpley at #7 – what a miracle!

1987:

Round 1, Pick 7 – Kevin Johnson - Came off the bench for 1 season with the Cavaliers.  Traded midway through his first season to the Suns for Larry Nance, since the Cavaliers had Mark Price at PG and felt KJ was expendable.  Unfortunately KJ went on to have a hall of fame career with the Suns, making several all-star games and playing in the finals, etc.  KJ had almost 18 ppg and 9 apg for his career.  Fantastic numbers.  We also threw in a 1994 1st rounder to the deal, which turned out to be All-Star 3-point shooter Dan Majerle.  Larry Nance played 7 years for the Cavs and scored between 14-17 ppg with 8 rebounds per game for those years, making the All-Star game a few times and being a good shot blocker as well.  He also helped us to the playoffs 5 times.

Who did we miss out on?  Reggie Miller and Mark Jackson, a couple of Hall of Famers - but KJ was the real deal too.

1988:

Round 1, Pick 22 – Randolph Keys - Played 2 seasons for the Cavs, averaging 5 ppg.  Never amounted to anything.

Who did we miss out on?  Nobody of great importance.

1989:

Round 1, Pick 25 – John Morton – Played 3 seasons for the Cavs, averaging 4 ppg.  Never amounted to anything.

Who did we miss out on?  Vlade Divac, who went at #26, and Cliff Robinson.

1990:

No 1st rounder, traded with Ron Harper in 1986.

Who did we miss out on?  We got Tyrone Hill (pick #11) via trade, he made the All-Star game in 91, and then we traded him.  Bleh…

1991:

Round 1, Pick 11 - Terrell Brandon – Played 6 seasons with the Cavs, his first 3 were as a backup, then he played two strong seasons as a starter at guard for us in 95-97, averaging 19.5 ppg and 6 assists per game.  Right after his second strong season, he was traded with Tyrone Hill and a 1998 1st Rounder in a 3 way deal.  The Cavs received Sherman Douglas and Shawn Kemp.  Kemp was more or less a disaster in Cleveland, despite 17.5ppg and 9rpg, and was traded away 3 seasons later.  Sherman Douglas was traded immediately along with a 2000 2nd Rounder for Greg Graham.  Graham played 6 games for the Cavaliers and then retired.

Who did we miss out on?  Dale Davis, Chris Gatling, Greg Anthony – nobody too special.

1992:

No 1st rounder, traded with Ron Harper in 1986.

Who did we miss out on?  Latrell Sprewell at #24, I guess if you consider him good.

1993:

Round 1, Pick 22 – Chris Mills – Played 4 decent seasons with the Cavs, the last 3 as a starter at Forward.  Averaged 12.5 points per game, along with 5 rebounds per game.  Borderline numbers for a starter, basically.  Left as a free agent in 97-98.  Was never much better after leaving us.

Who did we miss out on?  Sam Cassell, who went at #24.  How bout Nick Van Exel at #37?

1994:

No 1st rounder, traded with KJ to the Suns, ended up being Dan Majerle.

Who did we miss out on?  Jalen Rose, Aaron McKie, Wesley Person…

1995:

Round 1, Pick 17 – Bob Sura – Backup PG most of his career, played 5 seasons with the Cavs in which he averaged 5 points per game or so.  Had a little more success after leaving the Cavaliers.  Never had alot of points nor did he get many assists.

Who did we miss out on?  Theo Ratliff, Michael Finley

1996:

Round 1, Pick 12 – Vitaly Potapenko – I’m sure he was drafted beacuse he went to Wright State University in Dayton.  Played 2 and a half seasons with the Cavaliers, averaging 7 points per game, mostly off the bench.  Poor rebounder for the most part.  Traded for Andrew Declercq and a 1st Rounder in 99.  Declercq played less than 2 seasons off the bench mostly, averaging 7ppg and 5 rebounds for the Cavs.  Traded Declercq for Matt Harpring in 97.  Harpring played 1 season for the Cavaliers, getting 11ppg and 4rpg.  Harpring was still getting 12 ppg in 2006.  He left the Cavs for Philadelphia as a free agent after that 1 season.

Who did we miss out on?  How about Kobe Bryant, who went 1 pick later.  Peja Stojakovic, Steve Nash, Jermaine O’Neal, thank god we had 2 picks and found Z at 20.  Even Derek Fisher at 24 would have been better.

Round 1, Pick 20 – Zydrunas Ilgauskas - The rest is history here.

1997:

Round 1, Pick 13 – Derek Anderson – Played 2 seasons for the Cavs at Guard, averaging 11 ppg with 3.5 assists per game.  Played in the All-Rookie team his 1st year with the Cavs.  Traded with Johnny Newman to the Clippers for Lamond Murray in 1999.  Lamond Murray played 3 seasons with the Cavs, putting up decent numbers, around 14 ppg and 5rpg.  Traded after a 16.6 ppg season with the Cavs with a 2nd rounder for Michael Stewart and a 1st rounder.  Stewart didn’t play a game for the Cavs until later in his career.

Round 1, Pick 16 – Brevin Knight – Played 3 seasons at PG for the Cavs, averaging only 9 points in over 30 minutes per game.  At least he had 7 assists per game in that time.  Traded to the Hawks for Jimmy Jackson, Anthony Johnson and Larry Robinson in 2001.  Robinson played 1 game for the Cavaliers.  Jackson played 36 games for the Cavaliers.  Johnson spent one month with the Cavaliers before being waived.  Brevin Knight is still playing in the NBA in 2007.

Who did we miss out on?  Anthony Parker, Bobby Jackson, nothing special.

1998: 

No 1st rounder, traded for Shawn Kemp.

Who did we miss out on?  After pick 13, Bonzi Wells, Matt Harpring, Rado Nesterovic, Tyronn Lue, Al Harrington, Rafer Alston, Cuttino Mobley, Nazr Mohammed, and oh, some guy named Rashard Lewis :)

1999:

1st Round, Pick 8 – Andre Miller – Played 3 seasons with the Cavaliers at Guard.  Averaged 15 ppg, 8 apg, 3 rpg and 1.5 spg.  Very good numbers.  Led the NBA in assists with 882 and assists per game in his last season with Cleveland.  Had a 22-assist game against Philly.  Averaged a double-double with the Cavs.  Traded with Bryant Stith to the LA Clippers for Darius Miles and Harold Jamison.  Darius Miles played 2 disappointing seasons with the Cavaliers averaging 8.8 ppg.  Miller has been a 13 ppg / 7 apg PG ever since.

1st Round, Pick 11 – Trajan Langdon – First of all, a basketball player from Alaska?  Yikes.  He played 3 seasons in the NBA, all 3 with the Cavs averaging 5 ppg, and less then 2 rebounds a game.  Nobody saw that coming… <sarcasm>

Who did we miss out on?  Shawn Marion, Ron Artest, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, for starters.  3 of the best defensive players in the NBA up until recently and one of the better offensive players in Terry.  And we missed on 3 of 4 of these guys TWICE!

2000:

1st Round, Pick 7 – Chris Mihm -  Played 4 pretty lousy years for the Cavs while our team was horrendous.  Averaged 6.5 points and 6 rebounds a game.  We actually drafted Jamal Crawford and traded him 15 minutes later for Chris Mihm.  Jamal Crawford won 6th man of the year in 2010.  Mihm left us several years ago as a free agent.  Crawford has had a pretty solid career as a guard and is playing his best ball now.

Who did we miss out on?  Well, other than Jamal Crawford, considering we picked him up and traded him for Mihm 15 mins later, Joel Przybilla, Jamaal Magloire, Michael Redd, Mo Peterson, Desmond Mason, Quentin Richardson, Etan Thomas and Speedy Claxton.  Just a few.

2001:

1st Round, Pick 8 – DeSagana Diop – Diop played 4 seasons with the Cavs, averaging around 2 points per game in less than 15 minutes a game.  He was a half-decent reserve C off the bench for Dallas for a couple of years before washing out of the NBA.

1st Round, Pick 20 – Brendan Haywood – Cavs traded Haywood immediately to the Magic for Michael Doleac.  Haywood wasn’t that great anyway, averaging 6.6 ppg over his career so far.  Michael Doleac on the other hand, is a career bench player and average at best.  Played 46 games for the Cavs and only scored 4.6 ppg.

Who did we miss out on?  Joe Johnson, Radmanovic, Mehmet Okur, Steven Hunter, Gerald Wallace, Zach Randolph (24 ppg last year), Jamaal Tinsley, and a couple of dudes named Tony Parker and Gilbert Arenas.  Most of these guys were available after BOTH of our picks were done.

2002:

1st Round, Pick 6 – Dajuan Wagner - Had a great rookie season, then was diagnosed with Colitis soon thereafter and had to have his entire colon removed.  He tried a NBA comeback with the Warriors and they bought him out.

Who did we miss out on?  Nene, Amare Stoudamire, Caron Butler, Bostjan Nachbar, Tayshaun Prince, Nenad Krstic, John Salmons, Flip Murray.

*2nd Round, Pick 6 – Carlos Boozer – Played 2 good seasons for the Cavs, left for more money when we drafted Lebron because he wanted all the spotlight, and now he’s the Jazz’ franchise forward.

Who did we miss out on?  Nobody, if we could have kept Boozer… he was a steal in round 2 where we got him.

2003:

1st Round, Pick 1 – Lebron James – Thank goodness we got one right.  Doesn’t matter how much you hate the man, the pick was probably the best one you could make considering Darko went next, and then Carmelo and Bosh haven’t won anything either.  Wade, however has thanks to Shaq…

2nd Round, Pick 2 – Jason Kapono – Too bad we let him leave in the Bobcats’ expansion draft.  He led the league in 3 point percentage a few years back… not a bad pick for a 2nd rounder, but he’s almost out of the league already.

Who did we miss out on?  Nobody at all, this was a great draft courtesy of Lebron.

2004:

1st Round, Pick 10 – Luke Jackson – Total bust.  2.8 ppg over 2 seasons.  Tendinitis and back spasms for most of his career, the Cavs traded him for Dwayne Jones, who currently resides on our bench – permanently.

Who did we miss out on?  Andris Biedrins, Al Jefferson, Josh Smith, JR Smith, Jameer Nelson, Delonte West, and Anderson Varejao – thankfully we got him back.

2005:

No draft picks, we traded this one for Jiri Welsch, another bust.

Who did we miss out on?  We had the 13th pick, which turned out to be Sean May for the Bobcats.  We could have had any number of average players.  Rashad McCants, Danny Granger, Gerald Green, Hakim Warrick, Jarrett Jack, Jason Maxiell, Ronny Turiaf, Monta Ellis, Ryan Gomes.

2006:

1st Round, Pick 25 – Shannon Brown – The jury is out on Shannon as far as his career goes, but he does have more rings than LeBron… and he played a part in winning it too, he was Kobe’s backup and played some important minutes in the playoffs.

2nd Round, Pick 12 – Daniel Gibson  – He’s a good player, a little injury prone, but for a second rounder, a very serviceable backup PG/SG and he loves Cleveland, which means we love him.

Who did we miss out on?  Paul Millsap went at number 47 in the second round, but just about everyone missed out on him.  Jordan Farmar was picked with the pick after Boobie, but he’s about equal in terms of player skill.

2007: The Cavaliers had no picks, they had all been included in trades.

2008: 

1st Round, Pick 19 – J.J. Hickson – He wasn’t known by many Cavs fans at the time of the draft, but he has insane hops, can dunk with the best of them, and can run the floor, but he has a very limited basketball IQ.  He was traded for Omri Casspi to the Sacramento Kings in 2010, including a future 1st rounder coming back to the Cavaliers.  Considering JJ was never going to be in the plans going forward, this trade made sense.

2nd Round, Pick 52 – Darnell Jackson - Hands of stone, couldn’t jump.  He could hurt people though that doesn’t get you far in the NBA.  We traded for this pick with Orlando, giving them our lesser 2nd rounder in 2009, who ended up being a nobody who never played in the NBA.

2nd Round, Pick 56 – Sasha Kaun - We acquired the rights to this pick for some cash from the Sonics.  Funny enough, Kaun was Darnell’s teammate at Kansas, they may have even shared a position.  He developed in Europe and I believe is still developing there now.  He may never be in the NBA.

Who did we miss out on?  A few good players.  Mario Chalmers, DeAndre Jordan, Ryan Anderson, Courtney Lee, Kosta Koufos, Serge Ibaka, Nic Batum, Nikola Pekovic, George Hill, Omer Asik, Luc Mbah a Moute, 

2009: 

1st Round, Pick 30 – Christian Eyenga – A longshot prospect with incredible athleticism.  He’s currently playing with the team, albeit not much.  He is steadily improving.  He may be a serviceable bench player if he can start to develop a little quicker.

2nd Round, Pick 46 – Danny Green - He was a defensive 3 point shooter, a potential Bruce Bowen type, albeit maybe not as dirty or physical.  Maybe a Shane Battier.  Who knows, after his rookie contract expired we let him go to the Spurs, where he could be exactly that.  He started for Ginobili several times and played well.  His career is still on the rise, not bad for a late pick.

Who did we miss out on?  DeJuan Blair, Jonas Jerebko, Marcus Thornton.  Not a whole lot, although Thornton is a pretty dynamic scorer.

2010: 

Both of our draft picks from this year were given away in salary dumps.  One to ship Zydrunas Ilgauskas out of town and bring in Antawn Jamison, and the other to bring Shaq to Cleveland for our ill-fated playoff run (you know, the one where LeQuit was born).

2011:

1st Round, Pick 1 – Kyrie Irving - That’s right, the Cavaliers traded Mo Williams for Baron Davis and a lottery pick to help the Clippers get some money back in the deal, and the lottery pick turned out to be the future Point Guard of the Cavaliers.  So far Kyrie has exceeded all expectations and is playing some amazing basketball.  Can’t wait to see where he takes us.

1st Round, Pick 4 – Tristan Thompson – He’s a big, so he will go through growing pains, but he has shown flashes of great talent.  The 6’11″ power forward hopes to be a center piece of our franchise going forward.

2nd Round, Pick 32 – Justin Harper - Traded to Orlando on draft night for 2013 and 2014 2nd rounders.  Good deal I’d say, since Harper hasn’t amounted to anything.

 

The Cavaliers future is bright with the additions of Kyrie and Tristan.  The team is playing very well and very hard for Byron Scott.  Adding undrafted Samardo Samuels has helped the team, and Alonzo Gee as well who is really turning into something special before our eyes.  Of course, Andy Varejao is an absolute beast and having a career year.  Personally, I am more excited about this team than I was about the Lebron teams.  Lebron was just such a complete and utter disappointment when he left, that it erased his entire legacy in Cleveland in my eyes.  He will never be remembered for his heroics, only for his failures.

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It doesn’t get much dumber than this

It doesn’t get much dumber than this

Posted on 08 February 2012 by Chris

Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno was arrested in Denver yesterday for driving 70 miles per hour in an interstate construction zone.  The speed limit was 45 miles per hour.

Pretty stupid, right?

Haha, just you wait.  It gets better.

Moreno was driving without proof of insurance.

Not done yet.  Moreno was also driving his Bentley convertible with a license plate that said “SAUCED” on it.  Are you kidding me?  That’s like begging a police officer to pull you over.  The only plates worse than that might have been “IMDRUNK”, or maybe “HIGH247″,  ”F POLICE”, and “ARRST ME”.

Idiot.   The best part is that he’s about to wash out of the league because he can’t stay healthy.  He’s lucky he didn’t crash the car and jack up his legs to the point where he can’t even play anymore.

Haven’t enough Denver players died or gotten in trouble with the law in recent years?  Are these players losing their minds up in the high altitude and thin air?  Broncos kicker Matt Prater got in trouble with a DUI of his own last August.  Cornerback Perrish Cox roofied up some broad and had it his way, and got charged with 2 counts of sexual assault.  Linebacker DJ Williams was pulled over drunk in late 2010.  D-Lineman Richard Quinn was arrested for harassment related to domestic violence.  Brandon Marshall had a DUI of double the legal limit back in 08 as well as a domestic violence charge around that time.  And of course, Darrent Williams was shot dead in a drive-by in downtown Denver on January 1st, 2007.  If I played for the Broncos I wouldn’t leave my damn hotel room.

Anyway, the stupidity that transpired today with Knowshon Moreno is just another in a long line of Broncos player problems.  Maybe it’s just Denver.

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The ‘Rage’ Files: Mike Brown, Kevin Love and Gisele Bundchen

The ‘Rage’ Files: Mike Brown, Kevin Love and Gisele Bundchen

Posted on 07 February 2012 by Chris

Rage is everywhere.

Why is everyone raging?  Well, everyone has their own reasons.  Some are stupid, and some are not.  Here are some stupid ones.

Mike Brown, the new coach for the LA Lakers, got pretty pissed off about Earl Watson of the Utah Jazz getting away with a foul on his prize power forward, Pau Gasol.  So much so that Mike literally lost his mind and charged onto the court towards referee Zach Zarb on Feb 4th.  How pissed off was he?  You decide:

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So yeah, he was raging.  What did he receive for his act of stupidity?  A 1-game suspension and a $25,000 fine courtesy of the NBA.  You go, Mike!  I’m sure the players appreciated his outburst, seeing as he was defending one of his guys, but the fact is that it makes him look stupid.  He could have done everything except bump into the ref and the point would still have been made.  But rage took over.

Much like it did for supermodel Gisele Bundchen, (usually) happy wife of Patriots QB Tom Brady.  Gisele was extremely supportive of Tom in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl and in her defense, her support never wavered.  It did get a little bit crazy though after Tom and the Pats lost to the Giants this past Sunday.

She raged.

“I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times. My husband cannot f—king throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.”

Whoah there, rager!  Damn, let’s throw all these dudes under the bus.  I’m sure they’re already feeling crappy enough.  Now, they’re feeling the wrath of a woman scorned.  Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez both dropped passes on the final drive that hurt the Patriots, but they were lucky to even have the chance to make that drive – if Ahmad Bradshaw hadn’t fallen into the end zone, the Giants would have run out the clock and spared Gisele some unfortunate rage.

Speaking of unfortunate, meet Luis Scola.  Rockets power forward, pretty quiet unassuming guy (with Fabio hair).  Last night he fell to the ground on the court and Kevin Love of the Timberwolves decided to give his face a nice shoe-wash on the way up court.  It seemed pretty innocent when you look at it at a glance but you have to think that Love could have avoided it, had he not been RAGING!   He had just thrown Scola to the court with a vicious tomahawk, and felt that that wasn’t enough.  Check it out:

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Love got suspended two games for the stomp.  Love’s reaction?

“I fell down. He was kind of right there,” Love said. “I got Size-19 feet. He just happened to be there. I had nowhere to go. I got tripped up. I had nowhere to step. It is just heat of the moment-type play.”

How those Size 19′s taste, Scola?

Scola acknowledged he got kicked in the head but wasn’t looking to stir up any more controversy when he was asked about inside the Rockets locker room.

“If it was intentional, they didn’t call it,” Scola said. “At this point, I don’t care.”

Rage.

That is all.

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New York Giants win Super Bowl XLVI

New York Giants win Super Bowl XLVI

Posted on 05 February 2012 by Ed Z

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NHL Trade Deadline

NHL Trade Deadline

Posted on 04 March 2009 by Ed Z

The NHL trade deadline is today, and while blockbuster trades aren’t as
common as they were pre-salary cap, there is still potential for some nice
deals.

Here are some of the bigger names that are popping up in the rumor mill with
some comments and the likelihood of being traded.


= Unlikely to be traded

 
= Likely to be traded

Forwards

 

Defensemen

Jay Bouwmeester -
It is going to take a package of players that will help the Panthers (who are in
the tick of a playoff race) now and in the future to get a deal done, but
Bouwmeester’s impeding UFA status makes a trade possible.

Derek Morris
- Look for Morris to be moved today.

Sean Pronger -
Anaheim has stated he is off the trade block but you never know what could
happen.

 

Forwards

Nik Antropov
- GM Brian Burke has stated this guy will go today.

Bill Guerin -
Sitting out since Saturday there seems to be a hitch in a pending trade.

Olli Jokinen
- Salary may be an issue but would be a nice fit for a playoff bound team.

Vincent Lecavalier -
I’d be shocked if he was traded.  His contract and status with the
franchise make it nearly impossible but Montreal has long been a rumored
destination.

Martin St. Louis -
The fan favorite could be on the move to a team that needs some scoring.

Keith Tkacuk -
Fits the mold of a deadline deal player but I think the Blues will hold on to
him.

 

Goalies

Scott Clemmensen -
Carried the team while HOF goalie Brodeur was injured but is now back in the
minors.  GM Lou Lamoriello said he’ll try to trade the pending FA goalie.

 

Check out the Trade Center page
on  TSN.ca for more updates
.

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Kirk Gibson’s HR

Posted on 02 May 2008 by Ed Z

If you like baseball, this is a must watch.  It is Kirk Gibson’s HR as
told by baseball cards with Vin Scully’s play by play audio.  Awesome!

 

 

Thanks to Morpheus for sending it in via Big
League Stew
.

 

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NHL Trade Deadline

Posted on 26 February 2008 by Ed Z

Today at 3pm marks the NHL trade deadline.  If you’re a fan of hockey,
this is usually a busy day.

Several big trades have already taken place with the Buffalo Sabres sending
impending free agent defenseman Brian Campbell to the San Jose Sharks for
forward Steve Bernier and a pick.  This takes the best available defenseman
out of play for other teams looking for a powerplay quarterback.  The New
York Rangers will not be pleased.

Also, the Tampa Bay Lightning sent 2003-04 Conn Smythe winner Brad Richards
and goalie Johan Holmqvist to the Dallas Stars for goalie Mike Smith and
forwards Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halpern.  Tampa Bay makes salary space for
the recently signed  defenseman Dan Boyle (another Rangers target) and gets
a potential star starting goalie.  The Stars add offensive punch with
Richards who is bound to improve with a better cast around him.

One of the last big name players available is Atlanta Thrashers sniper Marian
Hossa.  His rumored destination has been The Montreal Canadiens.

TSN has a
running log of all the activity for the day
.

And for a look back at some of the past blockbuster deals on deadline day check
out this ESPN article
.

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Giants Parade Photos

Giants Parade Photos

Posted on 05 February 2008 by Ed Z

The head count comes to over one million people and the noise and energy
seemed like 10 million.

JR set up a gallery of his pictures, click on the photo below to check it
out.

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