Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Wednesday that the team has agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension with forward Brendan Gallagher (until the end of the 2026-27 season). The deal has an average annual value of $6.5 million.
Gallagher, 28, collected 43 points in 59 games with the Canadiens in 2019-20. His 22 goals (including 21 at even strength) ranked him first among his teammates – tied with Tomas Tatar – for a third straight season. He also added 21 helpers to reach the 40-point plateau for a third straight campaign. Gallagher skated in nine playoff games and tallied four points (1 goal, 3 assists). The alternate captain led the team this season in shots (226) and first goals (5), and ranked second with a +9 differential.
In eight NHL seasons with the Canadiens, Gallagher has registered 334 points (173 goals, 161 assists) in 547 regular season games. With 173 tallies with Montreal, the Edmonton, AB native ranks 17th in goals scored in team history among wingers, and 30th among all players. Gallagher has also amassed 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 49 career NHL playoff games. He was selected to the All-Star Rookie Team in 2012-13.
Before joining the professional ranks, the 5’9”, 181 lbs right winger played four seasons with the Vancouver Giants in the WHL (from 2008-09 to 2011-12). He concluded his junior stint with an impressive 1.15 PPG average after tallying 136 goals and 280 points in 244 regular season games. Gallagher also served 359 penalty minutes and posted a +84 differential with the Giants. He added 36 points (19 goals, 17 assists) in 42 playoff games in the WHL.
Gallagher was selected in the fifth round (147th overall) by the Canadiens at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. On the international stage, he scored three goals and added as many helpers in six games at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship with Team Canada. He also represented Canada at the 2016 World Championship where he collected two goals and five points in ten games.
NBA Targeting Dec. 22 Start, 72-Game Schedule With Finals Over By Olympics – RealGM.com
The NBA is targeting Tuesday, December 22nd for the start of the 20-21 season with a 72-game regular season that finishes before the 2021 Olympics begin on July 23rd. The league has started the season on a Tuesday in recent years with a doubleheader on TNT. Christmas Day falls on a Friday this year and would likely feature a full slate of games throughout the day on ABC, ESPN and TNT.
Beginning the 20-21 season around Christmas Day would allow the league to return to a semi-normal schedule while potentially allowing stars to play in the Olympics.
“It may be too quick, but it also makes too much sense,” one high-ranking team official told The Athletic.
The NBA still prefers in-market play for the 20-21 season instead of a bubble or multiple bubbles.
There has been more support for a quicker than previously planned turnaround because it allows the league to return to its typical schedule and will generate more revenue.
Ravens acquire Yannick Ngakoue from Vikings – theScore
The Baltimore Ravens acquired defensive end Yannick Ngakoue from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-round pick, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Ngakoue’s tenure with the Vikings lasted just six games after the Jacksonville Jaguars dealt him to Minnesota this offseason for a 2021 second-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-round selection.
The star pass-rusher will fly to Baltimore in the next 24 hours to complete COVID-19 testing so he can join his new team next Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Schefter adds. The Ravens have a bye in the upcoming Week 7.
Ngakoue has been a target of general manager Eric DeCosta for a while now, as Baltimore attempted to acquire him multiple times in recent months. The defender grew up in Bowie, Maryland and went to Maryland college before the Jaguars made him their third-round pick in 2016.
“We are excited to add Yannick Ngakoue to our football team,” DeCosta said, according to Sirius XM’s Adam Caplan. “Yannick is someone who we are very familiar with going back to the draft process years ago. He is an exciting player and a dangerous pass-rusher who makes us better.”
Pass-rush depth was viewed as a major need for the Ravens despite ranking second league-wide with 22 sacks. Ngakoue should start opposite Matt Judon at outside linebacker, with Pernell McPhee, Tyus Bowser, and Jaylon Ferguson in the rotation.
The 25-year-old notched five sacks across six games with the Vikings. He’s accumulated at least eight quarterback takedowns every year since entering the NFL.
Canadian Milos Raonic drops out before European Open quarterfinal with injury – TSN
ANTWERP, Belgium — Canada’s Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the European Open because of an abdominal strain.
The No. 5 seed, from Thornhill, Ont., was scheduled to face No. 4 seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in a quarterfinal at the ATP Tour 250 hard-court event on Friday.
Dimitrov was awarded a walkover win and will face No. 8 seed Alex de Minaur of Australia or American Marcos Giron in the semifinals.
South African qualifier Lloyd Harris faces France’s Ugo Humbert and No. 3 seed Karen Khachanov of Russia meets Great Britain’s Daniel Evans in the other quarterfinals.
Plagued by injuries throughout his career, Raonic was coming off a run to the semifinals last week at a tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is ranked 19th in the world.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 23, 2020.
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