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Canadiens sign Josh Anderson to seven-year, $38.5-million deal – Montreal Gazette

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The Canadiens acquired Anderson from Columbus on Tuesday, sending Max Domi and a third-round pick at the NHL Draft to the Blue Jackets. Domi signed a two-year, US$10.6-million deal with the Blue Jackets on Wednesday that has a $5.3 million salary-cap hit.

Anderson, a 6-foot-3, 222-pound right-winger, is coming off a tough season in which he only posted 1-3-4 totals in 26 games and suffered a season-ending shoulder injury on Dec. 14 during a fight with the Ottawa Senators’ Mark Borowiecki. Anderson had surgery in March to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder along with a fractured clavicle.

The previous season, the 26-year-old had 27-20-47 totals while playing in all 82 games with the Blue Jackets.

“I have 100-per-cent confidence in myself that I’m healthy at 100 per cent and it’s going to be a good fit for me,” Anderson said during a video conference Wednesday about joining the Canadiens. “They got a great team and an all-star as a goalie (Carey Price) so I think there’s going to be a lot of good things happening in Montreal.

“It’s fixed … it’s healed up,” Anderson added about his shoulder. “I’ve done a lot of physio and strength and training to get to where I need to be. I’m just looking forward to the new opportunity and to play hockey once again.”

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Killer's not sure how hockey without bodychecking will work – Ottawa Sun

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Kilrea, the former 67’s GM and coach was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 2003, is having a hard time understanding why this stance has been taken. Yes, it’s better than the alternative, but he can’t begin to imagine what the game will look like without players finishing their checks.

“Well, over the years, I think I had  a couple of teams that played that way,” the 86-year-old Kilrea cracked Saturday afternoon.

All jokes aside, Kilrea wonders how OHL general managers, coaches and players would make this work? You can’t just tell a player who’s been trained to play the game physically to stop finishing checks, especially in the defensive zone.

Former Ottawa 67’s coach and general manager Brian Kilrea in a 2016 file photo. Photo by Tony Caldwell /Postmedia

Kilrea believes OHL commissioner David Branch, who’s also the head of the Canadian Hockey League, is saying all the right things and “playing by the rules because right now he doesn’t have a choice.”

For now, Kilrea has more questions than answers.

“It’s going to be tough on the players, especially defencemen. The puck is in the corner and you’re racing for the puck … what do you do if the other guy’s ahead of you? Do you have to let him get the puck? It’s going to be very, very difficult,” Kilrea said. “Would it be more difficult if they didn’t play? I don’t know.”

If a player doesn’t make the right play physically, it usually results in a scoring chance for an opponent. Life will be pretty difficult for goalies, too, if they’re facing shots from every angle because teammates aren’t allowed to act physically.

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Uiagalelei steps into the spotlight as No. 1 Clemson faces Boston College on TSN – TSN

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The collective stomachs of Clemson fans sunk on Thursday night after it was revealed that star quarterback – and projected 2021 No. 1 overall NFL draft pick – Trevor Lawrence had tested positive for COVID-19 and would miss this week’s game against Boston College. 

Per guidelines from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which No. 1 ranked Clemson is a part of, Lawrence must isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms or a positive test before returning to football activity.

Obviously, Clemson was dealt a big blow losing Lawrence, but there is hope on the depth chart in the form of D.J. Uiagalelei, a highly recruited true freshman who entered Clemson with his own share of hype.

Here’s what you need to know about Uiagalelei ahead of his first career NCAA start – which can be seen at noon ET Saturday on TSN1 – against Boston College.

He was ranked as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback

Uiagalelei, who hails from Bellflower, Calif., was ranked as the No. 1 dropback passer in the recruiting class of 2020 by all the major recruiting services and was viewed as a top 10 recruit overall. Lawrence, who Uiagalelei is stepping in for on Saturday, was also ranked as the No. 1 dropback passer in his class.

Over his high school career, Uiagalelei threw for 10,496 yards and had 127 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions. He also rushed 1,103 yards and added another 18 touchdowns.

He has size

While Uiagalelei (6-foot-4) isn’t quite as tall as the 6-foot-6 Lawrence, he’s bigger than him weight-wise. Lawrence has a slender build, being officially listed as 220 pounds by Clemson, while Uiagalelei is more solidly built, being an eye-popping 250 pounds. People in football circles traditionally prefer bigger quarterbacks as they’re seen as being better equipped to handle the physical punishment that comes with being hit in the pocket.

“He has everything that the great ones we’ve had (had), just bigger,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said of Uiagalelei last December via USA Today. “He’s not 6-6 like Trevor, but none of those guys were 240 pounds, and he can run as well as anybody we’ve had. Just a special young man. Just a very humble young man. No entitlement. No drama.”

He has some NCAA experience

Saturday will be Uiagalelei’s first career start, but the first-year player has already seen action in five of Clemson’s six games this season.

One of the benefits of being a backup on the top team in college football is that Clemson often blows out teams, which affords opportunities for the backups to step in and get some game reps. Uiagalelei has gone 12-of-19 this season for 102 yards passing and has added 32 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

It also bears noting that the true freshman won the backup job by beating out Taisun Phommachanh, who enrolled at Clemson a year ahead of Uiagalelei. 

He was a high school baseball star

At one point in time during his high school career, it wasn’t clearer whether Uiagalelei’s future laid on the gridiron or on the baseball diamond.  

As a pitcher, he reportedly has a fastball that reaches the mid-90s, and according to recruiting service Perfect Game, Uiagalelei is also capable of playing first base, third base and outfield.

In the past, there was discussion that Uiagalelei could be a top pick in the MLB draft. In September, however, he told reporters that he “most likely” won’t play baseball, choosing instead to focus solely on football.

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Patriots vs. Bills Friday injury report: Stephon Gilmore, J.C. Jackson among New England’s questionable – Pats Pulpit

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The New England Patriots will visit the Buffalo Bills without three members of the active roster.

In addition to Julian Edelman, who underwent a knee procedure on Thursday, fellow wide receiver N’Keal Harry and defensive tackle Carl Davis did not return for Friday’s practice inside the Empower Field House.

Neither did reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore.

Gilmore had previously gone from full to limited participation due to a knee issue this week. The former Bills cornerback, whose last missed start came in 2017, is now among 11 Patriots listed as questionable for the inclement AFC East matchup in Orchard Park.

Here’s the final injury report heading into Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

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  • Patriots: WR Julian Edelman (knee), WR N’Keal Harry (concussion), DT Carl Davis (concussion)
  • Bills: OT Cody Ford (knee), CB Josh Norman (hamstring)

With Edelman and Harry ruled out, the Patriots stand with three healthy wideouts on the 53-man roster. The elevation options include undrafted rookies Mason Kinsey, Isaiah Zuber and Kristian Wilkerson on the practice squad.

As for the Bills, Ford and Norman remained sidelined for three consecutive practices with knee and hamstring injuries, respectively. Ford has started six games thus far into his sophomore NFL season on Buffalo’s offensive line. And Norman, the 2015 first-team All-Pro, has started two in the secondary since being activated from injured reserve earlier in October.

QUESTIONABLE

  • Patriots: RB Damien Harris (ankle), TE Dalton Keene (knee), OT Justin Herron (ankle), G Joe Thuney (ankle), G Shaq Mason (calf), DT Lawrence Guy (ankle), LB John Simon (shoulder), LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), CB Stephon Gilmore (knee), CB J.C. Jackson (knee), S Kyle Dugger (ankle)
  • Bills: G Brian Winters (knee), DT Vernon Butler (groin), DT Quinton Jefferson (knee), DE Jerry Hughes (foot), LB Matt Milano (pectoral), CB Cam Lewis (wrist), S Micah Hyde (concussion)

Gilmore has played 98.6 percent of the snaps this campaign for New England’s defense. And Jackson, who was among the new names to surface on the injury report Friday, has played 72.7 percent while intercepting three passes. The latter Patriots cornerback was limited with a knee ailment of his own. As was Keene, the No. 101 overall pick, at tight end.

At Bills practice, Butler and Hyde finished the week as non-participants. But also questionable on Buffalo’s defensive side of the ball are Hughes and Milano, who accounted for eight tackles and 2.5 sacks combined last Sunday against the New York Jets. Hughes would add an interception and a forced fumble off the edge.

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