Another trade. 49ers take Seahawks pick.
I agree. But for whatever reason, they've moved up to get him.
Browns going to take Njoku.
The Dawg Pound is gonna roast Peppers.
Done deal. Fans are going to roast him. Just like Drew Henson when he played with the Clippers.
Peppers to Cleveland. Good lord....
Word is Conley to the Raiders. Wow!
Browns have to get Allen or Hooker here.
EDIT - didn't see the trade.
What a bizarre draft so far. 7 skill position picks in the first 10 overall. And just one DB.
I feel like I'm watching someone's fantasy draft, and we've suddenly got an unexpected run on WRs.
If there's one thing we know about Anaheim, it's to expect that kind of BS. Nashville dealt with it in the playoffs last year, but found a way to beat Anaheim in 7. Edmonton and Nashville are actually two teams perfectly built to beat the Ducks, if you can avoid getting sucked into the goon antics.
Big win for Edmonton last night. Wouldn't be surprised to see them out-run Anaheim, much like Nashville did to Chicago.
Preds have confirmed that Kevin Fiala broke his femur. Brutal injury and a big loss, as he was having a tremendous post-season.
Someone is going to have to step up, especially on the 4th line, with Fiala and Craig Smith out. Vern Fiddler did his part last night, now it's time for a James Neal sighting.
Good to know. Bleacher Report mentioned that his contract expires this year, and that they were going to let him walk.
Sad but probably true.
Just read that Buccigross is gone too. If Barry Melrose gets the ax, I doubt we'll see anymore NHL highlights on ESPN.
ESPN is currently the largest earnings/revenue drain on Disney, thanks to their plummeting number of subscribers (and the sports' rights fees that they are currently on the hook for). Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel are actually helping offset the ESPN mess.
EDIT - Quad beat me to it.
Wow, losing LeBrun is going to take them even further out of the hockey biz. Buccigross and Melrose are probably the only hockey guys they have left.
Yes and no. ESPN playing politics (and firing more on-air talent) is probably just an act of desperation on their part. I hate quoting Clay Travis, but I think he's actually spot-on regarding the demise of ESPN:
"ESPN's business is collapsing and the network is desperately trying to find a way to stay above water. You know how a drowning person flails in the water before slipping under? ESPN's left wing shift is that flailing. They think going left wing will save them. The reality is the opposite, ESPN going left wing was like giving a drowning person a big rock to hold and thinking it would keep them from drowning. Instead, it just made them sink even faster."
On to Round #2. Who ya' got?
Washington vs. Pittsburgh - Probably the best offensive matchup in the 2nd round, and NBC is salivating. There will be a lot of fireworks in this one.
NY Rangers vs. Ottawa - It would have been nice to see Columbus finish 4th in the division. Seriously. The Sens are no pushover, but the Rangers have to like their chances to get to the conference finals. NBC (and the NHL) want the Rangers to win desperately, which would result in huge ratings for the conference finals (Rangers vs. Caps/Pens).
Nashville vs. St. Louis - A battle between the two hottest goalies in the playoffs. Jake Allen vs. Pekka Rinne. The Blues have always struggled in the postseason, while the Preds have never made it to the conference finals. Caps-Pens is the series everyone is talking about, but this might be the best matchup in the 2nd round.
Anaheim vs. Edmonton - The Ducks are firing on all cylinders, while Edmonton eliminated a very dangerous San Jose team. Ducks should be favored to make the conference finals.
The way the Pens are playing offensively, they will be tough to beat. But if Jake Allen or Pekka Rinne continues what they've been doing so far in the playoffs, you never know.
Rangers lead Canadiens 3-2 -> What a great series this has been, and Game 5 was no exception. Rick Nash has had some great performances in this series, including last night.
Pitt eliminates CBJ 4-1 -> Bobrovsky never showed up in the series.
Nash sweeps Chi 4-0 -> Nashville was the better team from start to finish in this series. After Game 1, the Preds out-ran, out-hustled, and out-muscled the Hawks.
EDM leads SJ 3-2 -> Great come from behind OT win for the Oilers in Game 5. They've got the Sharks on the ropes.
Nice to see Columbus win one, but man, Bobrovsky (and the defense) continues to struggle. He's going to have to stand on his head if they want to force a Game 6.
Columbus' challenge next season will primarily be dealing with expectations, IMO, but they probably need to add another piece or two in the off-season (never hurts to improve your roster). Even with the young nucleus that they have, my fear is that they could suffer a fate similar to the Colorado Avalanche, after their Cinderella 2013-14 season. That 2013-14 Colorado team was young, went wire-to-wire to win the Central Division (beating out the Blues and Blackhawks), and then flamed out in the first round against the Wild. They've fallen apart since then, and a lot of it had to do with failing to capitalize on that 2013-14 run. They did arguably nothing to build around that nucleus.
Very well said.