Auston Matthews Signs Contract Extension

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed another superstar to a contract extension. Auston Matthews signed a five-year contract extension worth $11.6 million per season.

He is only 21 years old and Matthews was the number one pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. In 38 games played so far this season, he has scored 23 goals and recorded 23 assists. His plus/minus is 3.

Auston Matthews has played in 182 career games so far and he has scored 97 goals and recorded 81 assists. His career plus/minus is 30.

Matthews is another player on this roster that has a big contract. William Nylander received one earlier in the year and John Tavares is also another one. Mitchell Marner will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season and he will need a new contract in order to stay with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Auston Matthews is one of the few players in the NHL that will have a contract that is at least $10 million per year or more. Signing him to this contract extension means that Toronto plans on being serious Stanley Cup Contenders for a long time. They are currently in second place in the Atlantic Division this season with a 31-17-3 record with 67 points.

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The NFL Gets What It Deserves for the Super Bowl

Before Super Bowl LIII began, I had a possible feeling it was going to be a snooze fest. It most certainly was when the New England Patriots took down the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. Because of this, NFL ratings dropped drastically for the Super Bowl. Ratings were down 5.2 percent this season and ratings were down three percent for the Super Bowl last season.

With the ratings dropping for the second consecutive season, this is what the NFL deserves. They deserve it because the Los Angeles Rams should not have been in the Super Bowl in the first place. Had the officials called that ending correctly, the New Orleans Saints would have been in the Super Bowl.

The New Orleans area had a record low rating for the Super Bowl and who can honestly blame them. What is going to happen if ratings continue to decline in the Super Bowl? Would owners finally make a change at NFL Commissioner?

The Los Angeles Lakers Ridiculous Trade Offer

The NBA Trade Deadline is three days away and the Los Angeles Lakers have increased their trade offer for Anthony Davis. League sources have told ESPN that Magic Johnson and Dell Demps have had trade talks today.

The latest trade offer is Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley, Lance Stephenson, and multiple first-round picks for Anthony Davis. If the Lakers pursue this trade, they won’t have a ton of depth. Solomon Hill could also be a part of this trade.

They will have Ivica Zubac and Josh Hart on the roster still. Los Angeles will be lacking a point guard on the roster. Rajon Rondo and Lonzo Ball are the top two point guards on the roster. Lebron James can’t be running the point especially since he has been dealing with groin problems.

The Lakers potential starting five would be: (C) JaVale McGee (PF) Anthony Davis (SF) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG) Josh Hart and (PG) Lebron James. Isaac Bonga, Tyson Chandler, Mortiz Wagner, Solomon Hill, Ivica Zubac, and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk would be some of the key players off the bench for Los Angeles.

This trade would make them not as deep even though they would acquire a potential superstar in Anthony Davis. The Los Angeles Lakers are currently in 10th in the west with a 27-26 record. They are 1.5 games back of the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth spot in the west.

This trade could be a good sign for Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving. It is possible they could get one of those two players if the Lakers make this trade.

I think this trade would be crazy in the short term, but it could prove out to be better in the long run. The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t won the NBA title since the 2009-2010 season.

Patriots Take Down Rams in Snooze Fest Super Bowl

Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams was a snooze fest for most of the game. Not a lot of exciting plays occurred despite the fact both teams played well on defense. With the game tied at three in the fourth-quarter, Sony Michel scored the game-winning 1-yard touchdown with seven minutes remaining in regulation, in a New England 13-3 win over Los Angeles.

This is the sixth Super Bowl title in franchise history for the New England Patriots. They are now tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers with the most Super Bowl titles in NFL History.

Michel rushed for 94 yards on 18 carries and a score. Julian Edelman won Super Bowl MVP and he caught 10 passes for 141 yards receiving. Edelman also rushed for eight yards on one carry. Tom Brady completed 21-of-35 passes for 262 yards and one interception. He also rushed for -2 yards on two carries.

The first score of the game didn’t come until the second-quarter on a Stephen Gostokowski 42-yard field goal for the Patriots. He missed a 46-yard field goal for them in the first-quarter.

Greg Zuerlein drilled a 53-yard field goal for the Rams in the third-quarter to tie the game at three.

With Los Angeles trailing 10-3 in the fourth, they had a second-and-10 at New England’s 24-yard line and Jared Goff was picked by Stephen Gillmore with 4:24 remaining in regulation.

The New England Patriots made a 41-yard field goal with 1:16 remaining in regulation. The Los Angeles Rams tried attempted a 48-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining, but they missed.

Jared Goff completed 19-of-38 passes for 229 yards and one interception. Todd Gurley rushed for 35 yards on 10 carries. He also caught one pass for -1 yards receiving. Brandin Cooks caught eight passes for 120 yards receiving.

The (2) New England Patriots (14-5) will have a Super Bowl Parade later on this week. The (2) Los Angeles Rams (15-4) season ends in bitter disappointment and a lot of people are going to talk about whether or not they should have been in the Super Bowl in the first place.

Rodney Hood Traded to Portland

With the NBA Trade Deadline set for this Thursday, more teams are making trades. The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded forward Rodney Hood to the Portland Trail Blazers for guard Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin, and a 2021 second-round pick and a 2023 second-round pick, league sources told ESPN according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently 14th in the east with a 11-42 record. The Portland Trail Blazers are currently 4th in the west with a 32-20 record.

Hood is averaging 12.2 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2 APG, 0.1 BPG, and 0.8 SPG so far this season. He is 26 years old. Rodney Hood’s contract expires at the end of the season.

Stauskas is 25 years old. He is averaging 6.1 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.1 BPG, and 0.3 SPG. Baldwin IV is 22 years old. He is averaging 1.9 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.1 BPG, and 0.1 SPG so far this season.

This was an interesting trade for both teams. Portland could also look to make more moves before the trade deadline and Cleveland could trade for more draft picks before the trade deadline.

 

Tuukka Rask Shutout Helps Bruins End 14-Game Skid Against Capitals

The Boston Bruins have lost 14 consecutive games against the Washington Capitals. Tuukka Rask stood tall all game long for Boston in net and he recorded a 24-save shutout in a 1-0 win over Washington. This was Rask’s 253th career win and he is now has the most wins for a goalie in franchise history.

David Krejci scored the lone goal of the game for the Bruins in the second-period with 9:17 remaining. It was assisted by Torey Krug and David Pastrnak. Boston took 39 shots on net and Braden Holtby saved 38 of them for the Capitals.

Alex Ovechkin returned from his one game suspension for Washington. He missed Friday night’s 4-3 win at home against the Calgary Flames. Ovechkin was suspended for missing the NHL All-Star Game last weekend due to rest.

The Washington Capitals won the season series against the Boston BruinsĀ  2-1. It is very possible these two games play each other again in the postseason. Boston’s next game will be on Tuesday at home against the New York Islanders. Washington’s next game will be on Tuesday at home against the Vancouver Canucks.

Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan Traded to Florida Panthers

The Pittsburgh Penguins made a blockbuster trade by sending Derick Brassard, Riley Sheahan, a 2019 second-round pick, and two 2019 fourth-round picks to the Florida Panthers for Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann.

Brassard and Sheahan will both be free agents at the end of the season. That is probably why Pittsburgh had to trade away a few draft picks and it might have been too many. Derick Brassard is 31 years old. In 40 games so far this season, he has scored nine goals and recorded six assists. His plus/minus is -6.

Riley Sheahan has played in 49 games so far this season. He has scored seven goals and recorded two assists. His plus/minus is -7. Sheahan is 27 years old.

Nick Bjugstad is 26 years old. In 32 games played so far this season, he has scored five goals and recorded seven assists. His plus/minus is 2. Bjugstad will be under contract until after the 2020-2021 season.

Jared McCann is 22 years old. He will be under contract for one more season after this season. McCann has played in 48 games so far this season. He has scored eight goals and recorded 10 assists so far this season. His plus/minus is -9.

Projected lines after this trade: Jake Guentzel-Sidney Crosby-Patric Hornqvist, Tanner Pearson-Evgeni Malkin-Phil Kessel, Bryan Rust-Nick Bjugstad-Dominik Simon, and Matt Cullen-Jared McCann-Zach Aston-Reese.

Teddy Blueger will probably be sent back down to the AHL at some point and Garrett Wilson will probably be a healthy scratch at some point.

Julius Peppers Announces Retirement; Enshrinement in Hall of Fame Likely Down the Road

Defensive end Julius Peppers has officially announced his retirement from the NFL at the age of 39. He played in the NFL for 17 seasons. Peppers played for the Carolina Panthers, the Green Bay Packers, and the Chicago Bears.

He is fourth all time in sacks with 159.5. Julius Peppers recorded 724 tackles in his career. He also had six defensive touchdowns in his career (four pick sixes and two of them were fumble returns). Peppers also forced 52 fumbles and recovered 21 of them. He also had 82 pass deflections.

Julius Peppers was also the second overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. At one point in time, he was one of the best defensive players in the game. Peppers made it to the Pro Bowl nine times in his career. He also won Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2002. Julius Peppers was First-team All-Pro three times and he was Second-team All-Pro three times.

With all of his accomplishments, he will probably be in the Football Hall of Fame one day.

76ers Upset Warriors On Road

The Philadelphia 76ers have not taken down the Golden State Warriors since March 12, 2013. Philadelphia pulled off the upset on the road on Thursday night 113-104. Golden State’s 11-game win streak was snapped. The biggest difference in the game was when the 76ers outscored the Warriors 42-26 in the third-quarter.

Ben Simmons was effective all night long for Philadelphia. He scored 26 points on 76.9 percent shooting. Simmons also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded six assists, blocked a shot, and recorded three steals.

Joel Embiid scored 26 points on 33.3 percent shooting. He also grabbed 20 rebounds, recorded five assists, and had two steals. J.J. Reddick scored 15 points, grabbed two rebounds, and recorded three assists.

Philadelphia scored 31 bench points. Landry Shamet scored 10 of them. He also recorded three assists and blocked a shot.

Steph Curry led the way for Golden State with 41 points on 51.9 percent shooting. He also grabbed four rebounds and recorded six assists. Curry also recorded one steal.

Kevin Durant scored 25 points on 45.8 percent shooting. He also grabbed four rebounds, recorded four assists, and had two steals. Alfonzo McKinnie started in place of Klay Thompson because Thompson was ill. McKinnie scored 11 points and he made all five shots. Alfonzo McKinnie also grabbed four rebounds.

The Golden State Warriors bench scored 16 points. Kevon Looney scored 14 of them. He also grabbed five rebounds, blocked two shots, and recorded two steals.

These two teams will play each other one more this season on Saturday, March 2 in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia 76ers next game will be on the road against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night. The Golden State Warriors next game will be at home against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.

 

 

Sanheim Power-Play Goal Lifts Flyers in Overtime

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim scored the game-winning power-play goal with 2:04 remaining in overtime as Philadelphia took down the Boston Bruins on the road 3-2. The Flyers have won three consecutive games.

David Pastrnak scored a power-play goal for Boston 3:05 into the game. Claude Giroux tied the game at one for Philadelphia with 44 seconds remaining in the first-period.

Pastrnak scored his second goal of the game 5:11 into the second-period. He now has 30 goals on the year. Oskar Lindblom tied the game on the power play for the Philadelphia Flyers at two in the third-period with 9:24 remaining in regulation.

Carter Hart made 23 saves for Philadelphia. Tuukka Rask made 38 saves for Boston. The Philadelphia Flyers won two-out-of-three games against the Boston Bruins in the regular season series. It is highly unlikely these two teams will meet again this season.

The Philadelphia Flyers next game will be at home on Saturday afternoon against the Edmonton Oilers. The Boston Bruins next game will be on the road on Sunday afternoon against the Washington Capitals.