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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.
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.
Report: Rockets trade Westbrook for Wall – TSN
HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets have traded Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a future lottery-protected. first-round pick.
Both teams announced the trade Wednesday night.
The move ends Westbrook’s tenure in Houston after just one disappointing season. Westbrook was traded from Oklahoma City or Chris Paul and draft picks in July 2019.
The Rockets had hoped that the 32-year-old Westbrook would be the final piece they needed to win their first title since winning back-to-back championships in 1994-95. But instead were eliminated from the playoffs by the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals.
Westbrook was the 2017 NBA MVP and is a nine-time All-Star.
Wall, the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, has spent his entire career in Washington. He’s a five-time All-Star.
AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.
A beaming smile behind the mask says it all for Russell – F1i.com
George Russell broke out into a beaming smile that even his mask couldn’t hide when he tried out for size his Mercedes ride for next weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix.
Stepping up from perhaps the slowest car on the grid to F1’s fastest contender is a daunting task, but Russell will no doubt make the most of the unexpected but amazing opportunity to showcase his undisputable talent.
And who knows, this weekend’s one-off could be the harbinger of a full-time involvement with the mighty Mercedes team after 2021, a fantastic warm up of sorts for the 22-year-old charger.
Lakers make re-signings of LeBron James, Anthony Davis official – Sportsnet.ca
James’ deal was announced first, with the four-time MVP inking a two-year, $85 million contract through the 2022-23 season on Wednesday. The extension will take him into his age 39/40 season, and yet was a no-brainer for the Lakers, who are coming off a championship in which James was the Finals MVP.
“LeBron James is a transcendent basketball player, and human being,” said vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka in a press release. “LeBron put his trust in the Lakers in 2018, and now this contract extension paves the way for LeBron to further solidify his legacy as an all-time Lakers great. We could not be more honoured by this commitment.”
Davis, who was a free agent this off-season, signed his new deal with the Lakers only hours after James on Thursday morning, opting for a five-year contract worth up to $190 million. Many thought the 27-year-old would sign for two years with a player option for the third season, as that would have given him the most flexibility possible and allowed him to re-enter the market for his next deal having just met the criteria (10 years of service) to earn up to 35 per cent of the cap.
Instead, Davis took the largest contract he could in the present moment — a win for both sides, certainly, but one that also shows trust from Davis in the Lakers organization.
“In the Orlando bubble, Anthony Davis proved he is one of the game’s most complete and dominant two-way players,” Pelinka said of the big man. “Now, Lakers fans get to watch AD continue to grow and lead our franchise for years to come. This is truly a blessed moment for Lakers Nation.”
Both players, it seems, expect to play the rest of (or, at least, most of) their respective careers in purple and gold.
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