Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 AM EDT Jul 29, 2019 The first day of free agency brought a flurry of contract agreements totally more than $3 billion. That set the stage for an overheated market where 40% of the league’s workforce was on the market. The Detroit Pistons were bystanders when it came to big-ticket players, but used every means available to improve the roster. Lacking cap space and only armed with mid-level and biannual exceptions for free agency, the Pistons addressed needs with point guard Derrick Rose and big man Markieff Morris. They added a potential starter at small forward before free agency, trading for Tony Snell. The Pistons drafted forward Sekou Doumbouya, a talented top-10 prospect who fell to No. 15. The Pistons signed another point guard, Tim Frazier, for protection against the injury histories of Rose and Reggie Jackson. The Pistons added frontcourt depth by picking up big man Christian Wood off the waiver wire. Training camp is … [Read more...] about Where do Detroit Pistons stand after offseason of upheaval?
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“The team,” added Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon, “got manipulated into believing some things that might not have been there.” What we have here is Exhibit A in why there is such a dearth of offer sheets extended to restricted free agents. The Habs took a stab — not a very good one, frankly, but totally in accordance with collective bargaining agreement guidelines and practices — only to have the grieving party kick, scream, and make everyone on the Montreal side of the transaction out to be a bunch of hockey hayseeds. So, if you’re one of the other 29 NHL GMs who were not involved in this deal, what do you think your appetite would be to become the next guy to drop a sheet on another RFA? Answer: zero. Exactly the number of offer sheets, by the way, that were made over the previous five seasons. No GMs really want to make RFA offers, first and foremost because they know offer sheets are usually a financial reach, and they also incur the … [Read more...] about Canadiens’ offer sheet to Sebastian Aho a swing and miss
And before those key dates, keep in mind that the annual two-week buyout period begins Saturday. Could David Backes be on the move? It’s an interesting time for Sweeney, with team coffers stuffed with cash after the third trip to the Cup Final in nine seasons. He has to decide whether to keep intact an aging core, still with a handful of guys who were central to those Cup runs, or whether now is the time to attempt a significant makeover, be it by moving out a forward or two (David Krejci and/or Backes) or perhaps his top-scoring defenseman, Torey Krug, on target to be an unrestricted free agent a year from now. When breakup day comes, it’s very unlikely that Sweeney will make his plans public. While we wait to hear from the tight-lipped former blue liner, here’s a view of some of the key roster factors at play in the offseason that officially began when the Garden game clock ran to zero Wednesday at 10:41 p.m.: FORWARDS ■ Returning: David … [Read more...] about What will Don Sweeney do now with this Bruins roster?
Mick McCabe Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Dec 16, 2018 The 2018 Detroit Free Press All-State teams, as selected by special writer Mick McCabe: Division 1 Offense Rec: Julian Barnett, Belleville OL: Garrett Dellinger, Clarkston OL: Connor Krauss, Grandville OL: Will Sollie, Lapeer OL: Ty Potter, Hudsonville OL: Mohammad Mehdi, Dearborn Fordson Rec: Brandan Murphy, Saline QB: Tommy Schuster, Chippewa Valley (Captain) RB: Jaren Mangham, Detroit Cass Tech RB: Steven Walker, Canton RB: Bruce Horne, Romeo K/P: Connor Blake, Grand Ledge Defense DL: Brad Wisniewski, Saline DL: Connor Worthington, Grand Haven DL: Mazi Smith, East Kentwood DL: Darius Robinson, Canton LB: Phoenix Dickson, Lapeer LB: Cole Riddle, Brighton LB: Logan Pasco, Davison DB: Scott Rosati, Grosse Pointe South DB: Kyron McKinney-Harper, Detroit Cass Tech DB: Josh Luther, Clarkston (Captain) DB: Ian Kennelly, Utica Eisenhower Division 2 Offense Rec: James Gilbert, Muskegon Mona Shores OL: … [Read more...] about Michigan high school football: All-State teams
THE Prince of Wales turns 70 today – and to mark the occasion he will celebrate alongside inspirational Sun readers also reaching this landmark birthday. From fundraisers to football coaches, we are honouring Britain’s most deserving people at this birthday party like no other. We asked for nominees who have brightened up the lives of others and who, like Prince Charles, were born in 1948. Today the super 70 – including Age UK volunteer Eileen Thomson, inset top, who also met Charles in 1982, above – will attend an exclusive tea party at posh Spencer House, in central London. Prince Charles – joined by the Duchess of Cornwall – will be guest of honour at our exclusive bash. We profile the winners of this special birthday honour. ‘Meeting Charles? Things like this don’t happen to people like me’ WOMEN’S Institute group treasurer Kathleen Jowett visits elderly villagers with food she has rustled up for them in her kitchen. … [Read more...] about Our inspirational readers celebrating their 70th birthday alongside Prince Charles over tea