It’s every fan’s dream: seeing their team trade down in the first round to get a comparable player to the one the team would have taken in their original spot and add an extra pick or two in the process. It is certainly a scenario that usually gets talked up as the preferred scenario for Detroit Lions fans year after year. Of course, trading down is hard to predict as it takes a partner willing to move up. In a draft like this year, that is even harder to see playing out.
It’s still possible that the Rangers look to move Andrus in the future (unless the new contract includes a no-trade clause) with prospect Jurickson Profar pushing for playing time, but an extension of this magnitude signals that they’re more than just mildly interested in hanging onto both players for the foreseeable future. They were already going to have to figure out alternatives – as Andrus, Profar, and second baseman Ian Kinsler – were all under team control through the expiration of Andrus’ previous in 2014 (with Kinsler and Profar beyond that), so this deal doesn’t so much force a creative solution as extending the need for one.
Having already struck out twice in their attempt to acquire Calgary’s two marquee players: Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester, the Red Wings third attempt at a transaction with the Flames could land them that valuable top six forward Ken Holland has been searching for. At the center of much speculation is forward Curtis Glencross, a player who many expect will be the next Flame to board an Air Canada flight on his way out of town as Jay Feaster’s Alberta fire sale continues.
Heads hung low and tears mingled with the sweat that rolled down their faces. The Wolverine hockey team’s bid to win the CCHA tournament and a ticket to their record setting 23rd straight NCAA tournament ended a week ago this past Sunday. Notre Dame completely outplayed Michigan and earned the last Mason Cup, 3-1.