Alex Rodriguez is getting all the headlines, but Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was also among the players that yesterday’s Miami New Times report linked to a biogenesis clinic that sold performance-enhancing drugs. Rangers boss Nolan Ryan was asked about the story and said the team hasn’t spoken to Cruz about it, via Richard Durrett of…
Now that Troy Brouwer’s impressive playoff run with the St. Louis Blues has ended, what’s in store for the 30-year-old future free agent?
During the Blues’ breakup day, Brouwer told the St. Louis media that he’d love to re-sign with the Blues, but he also knows he’s not their only offseason priority.
“It’s a spot we really enjoyed this year,” Brouwer said. “I don’t know exactly what the cap situation is. I know it’s a business and I know they have young guys coming up with contracts in a year or two. You can’t just look at this season. You have to look forward to what their cap situations are going to be in years to come. It’s definitely a team and a city and a franchise I would love to come back to if the opportunity makes itself available.”
The Blues have five forwards set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1, including captain David Backes, who made $4.5 million this season. And with forward Patrik Berglund, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and goaltender Brian Elliott all set to become free agents a year from now, Brouwer realizes his time in St. Louis may be coming to an end, especially if he wants a four- or five-year contract that can take him into retirement.
Brouwer’s market value peaked during the playoffs when he recorded eight goals and five assists in 20 games. The offensive outburst was notable since in his previous 78 career playoff games, Brouwer had just seven goals (3 with the Capitals, 4 with the Blackhawks).
“Considering I wasn’t able to contribute offensively in previous post-seasons and to be such a big part of it in such big moments, personally it’s rewarding,” Brouwer said. “But to see the look on the guys’ faces when we move on to the next round and the next round and win those big games and to be part of that, it was an amazing experience for me and it was a lot of fun. But I wish we were still playing.”
So do T.J. Oshie and the Capitals. Brouwer and Oshie were traded for each other last summer and both enjoyed strong seasons with their new teams. Brouwer netted 18 goals in the regular season and eight in the playoffs for the Blues, while Oshie notched 26 goals in the regular season and six goals in the playoffs for the Caps. Prior to this season Oshie had five goals in 30 playoff games with the Blues.
“I don’t want anybody to forget Oshie was a great player for this franchise for a long time,” Brouwer said. “I’m glad the trade worked out on both sides. I know he’s going to have another good year in Washington next year. I’m just glad that maybe I could get some of the people who were a little hurt by the trade on my side a little.”
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DALLAS (AP) -- New Orleans Pelicans rookie Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment, authorities said Saturday.
Officers were called early Saturday and found the 23-year-old player collapsed in an outdoor passageway, Senior Cpl. DeMarquis Black said in a statement. Dejean-Jones was taken to a hospital where he died.
A person living at the apartment was sleeping when he heard his front door kicked open, Black said. The man retrieved a handgun and fired when Dejean-Jones began kicking the bedroom door.
Dejean-Jones was from Los Angeles and it wasn't immediately clear why he was in Dallas.
"We are devastated at the loss of this young man's life (and) who had such a promising future ahead of him," the Pelicans said in a statement.
In his only NBA season, which ended in February because of a broken right wrist, the 6-foot-6 guard started 11 of 14 games and averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds.
He was part of the 2014-15 Iowa State team that went 25-9, captured a Big 12 title and made a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. He was fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 10.5 points in 33 games. He shot a career-best 47.6 percent in his lone season as a Cyclone. He also played at Southern California and UNLV.
"This is a very, very sad and tragic day for everyone that's a part of the Cyclone basketball family," Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said.
Former Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg added in a statement that Dejean-Jones was a "passionate and talented player that lived out his dream of playing in the NBA through hard work and perseverance."
If you didn't the the Pittsburgh Steelers enough already, this ought to help. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and receiver Antonio Brown decided to take in some hockey on Thursday and unfortunately, they were cheering for the local team.
On the one hand, what do you expect? They play for the Pittsburgh Steelers so it's no surprise to see them cheering for the hometown team. On the other hand, the Steelers are the team Ravens fans all love to hate so to see them supporting the chief rivals of the Washington Capitals, that stings.
Just one more reason to hate the Steelers this football season.