The Pirates announced earlier this evening that they traded reliever Chris Resop to the Athletics in exchange for right-hander Zach Thornton. Resop earned $850,000 this past season while posting a 3.91 ERA and 46/24 K/BB ratio over 73 2/3 innings. While the 30-year-old right-hander did a better job limiting walks and inducing ground balls, he…
After another disappointing playoff result, Bruce Boudreau has been fired by the Anaheim Ducks, the team announced on Friday. Anaheim was ousted from the postseason in the first round on Wednesday with a Game 7 loss to the Nashville Predators.
“I would like to thank Bruce for his hard work and dedication to the franchise,” said Ducks general manager Bob Murray via a statement released by the team. “This was a very difficult decision to make. Bruce is a good coach and character person, and we wish him the best of luck in the future.”
The move came after Boudreau led the Ducks to their fourth consecutive division title only to lose in the playoffs. In each of the last four seasons, Anaheim has lost in a Game 7 at home after leading the series 3-2.
Boudreau, 61, started his NHL head coaching career with the Washington Capitals in 2007, leading the Caps to their first postseason berth since 2003. He would win the Jack Adams award as coach of the year for that 2007-08 season. The Caps, however, failed to advance past the second round in the playoffs in his four seasons and he was fired in 2011 after a slow start by the Caps.
Boudreau was hired by Anaheim in Nov. 2011. Anaheim failed to reach the playoffs in that season, but have made it every season since.
Just as in Washington, however, Boudreau's regular season success did not translate into the postseason. Only once were the Ducks able to advance past the second round, in 2015, when they were eliminated in the conference finals by the Chicago Blackhawks. Anaheim was twice eliminated in the first round under Boudreau.
Despite a regular season record of 409-192-80, playoff success has remained elusive for Boudreau and is the one knock on his otherwise sterling coaching career.
“On behalf of the Ducks organization, we would like to express our appreciation to Bruce and his wife Crystal for their commitment to our community,” said Ducks Owners Henry and Susan Samueli. “Bruce led us to four division titles with tremendous passion and pride, and we will always be grateful for his contributions both on and off the ice.”
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith is scheduled to have surgery this weekend to have screws removed from the right foot he injured in 2014, according to the Baltimore Sun, and confirmed by CSN. The Ravens hope Smith will be ready for the start of training camp in late July, and the expected timetable for recovery is four to six weeks.
Smith was never 100 percent last season, but played through pain and discomfort, after suffering his Lisfranc injury in November of 2014.
“It’s definitely a difficult injury, kind of more than I expected,” Smith said earlier this month at the start of the Ravens’ offseason training program. “It’s very…you can live with it, you can play with it. Obviously, I played with it last year – not at the level that I expected myself to – but I think I’ll be better this year.”
The Ravens were already in the market for cornerbacks, and that will not change when the draft resumes Friday night. Despite re-signing Shareece Wright and getting Kyle Arrington to restructure his contract, the starting cornerback spot opposite Smith is open, and the Ravens need more depth there, especially with Lardarius Webb moving from corner to safety.
Harvard forward Patrick Steeves, a 3-point shooting threat, has committed to George Washington men's basketball program, a source revealed to CSNmidatlantic.com.
The 6-foot-7 Steeves, a native of Montreal, graduates from Harvard next month. He is eligible immediately at GW and has two years of eligibilty remaining.
Injuries plagued him early in his career with the Ivy League program, but he turned in a solid 2016-17 campaign with averages of 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Steeves shined from long range, sinking 45.8 percent (33 of 72) of his 3-poit attempts.
California, Vanderbilt, Northwetern and Richmond were also after Steeves, accorrding to a source.
Steeves joins a massive contingent coming to help for the 2016-17 season. The Colonials lost six players from a team that won 28 games last season and captured the season-ending NIT championship under coach Mike Lonergan.
Former Seton Hall transfer Jared Sina is eligible after sitting out last season. The heady guard and Steeves will help offset the perimeter loss of seniors Patricio Garino, Joe McDonald and Alex Mitola. Guards Paul Jorgensen and Anthony Swan transfered out of the program after the season.
Incoming big man recruit Kevin Marfo headlines a five-player class. The Colonials also lot starting center Kevin Larsen to graduation.
Leading scorer and rebounder Tyler Cavanaugh returns along with fellow starting forward Yuta Watanabe.