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Another local connection for the Kraken: Gambrell grew up in the suburbs southeast of Seattle. And he can be a third-line center, too.
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The Kraken’s nonprofit, the One Roof Foundation, aims to connect with the city by addressing some of the region's biggest issues. Seattle is addressing youth homelessness and environmental justice, particularly focusing on how both issues disproportionately impact low-income and predominantly BIPOC neighborhoods in the region.Columbus Blue Jackets

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Avalanche sign star Cale Makar: six years, $54M Sabres select defenseman Owen Power with No. 1 overall pick in 2021 NHL Draft Bruins keep Taylor Hall around with four-year, $24M contractBuffalo Sabres

The U.S. National Team Development Program center plays a 200-foot game and has NHL speed.Pittsburgh Penguins

There were four teams. Each one received an envelope with a clue inside; when deciphered, it led them to the "Welcome to Vegas" sign. That's where the teams eventually arrived to collect the next clue, after they all made pit stops at the nearest gas stations to load up with beer on the buses. (Each bus had a driver, so the players could ... bond.)

You'd be hard-pressed to find a thirstier NHL prospect when it comes to the team he hopes drafts him. In stating brother Jack Hughes's desire to have him join the Devils, Hughes put over everything from the franchise to the rink to the fan base in pre-draft interviews. He basically did everything but recite the menu from Hobby's Delicatessen in Newark.

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Both of their spots came up against Tyler Rogers in the ninth inning, which is where the Giants caught the break. They couldn't take advantage. Cleveland Indians

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The club has held the name since 1915, but opted to change it after calls from fans, Native American groups and others.

To put in perspective how hard it is to hit a grand slam, Dansby Swanson is in his sixth MLB season and has had 2422 plate appearances during that time. It took him until Thursday to send his first grand slam out of the ballpark. It seems like Braves fans were waiting for that moment, too, as they showered the shortstop with praise after hitting his first grand slam.

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Rojas said he would watch Monday night’s game on television. He had to leave the clubhouse after the pregame workout.Atlanta Braves
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2. It’s tough not to get romantic about baseball, and in this case about the Jays long-awaited return to Rogers’ Centre. What sort of advantage does this give the Jays down the stretch? Is there now added pressure to perform?Tampa Bay Rays

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“I feel like we’ve been struggling overall, as a group,” rookie pitcher Adabert Alzolay said Thursday after the 3-2 loss to the Cardinals. “So, all we can do is keep picking each other up and coming to the ballpark the next day and try to win the ballgame.”Kansas City Royals
On deck: The Cubs welcome the Diamondbacks to Wrigley Friday for a three-game series. First pitch is 1:20 p.m. Zach Davies (5-6, 4.35 ERA) and Zac Gallen (1-4, 3.86 ERA) are the probable starters.

Yankees OF Ryan LaMarre came through in the clutch on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, delivering a walk-off single in the 10th inning.Atlanta Braves

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This is unreal. Mets are the Bad News Bears tonight. Mets missing Lindor bad.

The National Anthem was played from the press box, which was bare-bones and old. We played our games in Centennial Field, which we rented from the University of Vermont and was built in 1904.

– Veteran starter Cole Hamels may have had a solid workout in front of 20 teams a week ago, but entering the weekend, not a single team made a major-league offer to Hamels.Minnesota Twins

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"I'm just trying to have a good approach and swing at good pitches to hit," he said. "Luckily some of them are going out of the park."Boston Red Sox

- Domingo German got through the first inning relatively easily, striking out Phillies slugger Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen. But Rhys Hoskins led off the top of the second with a solo home run, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead.San Diego Padres
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It was his 10th game of the playoffs with at least 30 and 12, joining Shaquille O'Neal, Olajuwon, Elgin Baylor and Abdul-Jabbar as the only players to have that many in one postseason.Phoenix Suns

If Golden State stays here, he could be the pick. Davion Mitchell will get consideration as well. Both are close to NBA ready prospects. Bouknight is a three-level scorer. Mitchell is the defensive stalwart. Both players should be solid pros with potential for more.Utah Jazz
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Michael Mulford: As stated previously, the competitive nature that new head coach Jamahl Mosley brings to the Magic will be contagious. And, boy, would Mosley love to have a guy like Davion Mitchell. Mitchell, alongside a Scottie Barnes and a healthy Jonathan Isaac, sounds like an absolute nightmare for the opposing team as all three are dogs on the defensive end. Mitchell has that pit bull mentality on the defensive end like Jrue Holiday or Patrick Beverley. On the offensive end, Mitchell is shifty with the basketball, able to create for others as well as get to the rim. Mitchell will bring an intensity to practice and make second-year guards Cole Anthony and RJ Hampton work. If his outside shot continues to improve, as it did during his junior season at Baylor, Mitchell will be a steal at No. 8 for Orlando.

Giannis is locked up for at least four more years. Khris Middleton, 29, is has two more years and a player option on a third. Jrue Holiday, 31, has three more years and a player option on a fourth.To get to the Bucks, though, the Warriors would have to get out of Western Conference, which would be so much easier if the rising Suns were the only barrier.Toronto Raptors

New York is probably considering dozens of different draft night scenarios at the moment. Some teams think the Knicks will try to use their picks in a trade for a higher pick in the first round. Other teams think they will use the picks to try and trade for a veteran player.

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Fans who packed the streets surrounding the arena had cheered and danced all night as they watched the game on giant video screens, and the massive crowd erupted in jubilation as the game ended. A few fans climbed light poles in the plaza and others jumped off a bridge into the nearby river as fireworks exploded above the arena.San Antonio Spurs

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When they tried, he just took his game inside, getting consecutive baskets on follow shots in the second quarter on his way to 11 rebounds.
Lee hit the jackpot in a sign-and-trade move that sent him from the Knicks to the Warriors and paid him $101.4 million over 10 years. Although his play began to decline late in his career before he retired in 2017, Lee put up some monster numbers including a pair of triple-doubles.Phoenix Suns

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There was a reason why Clippers coach Tyronn Lue’s buzzword for his team all season was “adapt.”

“The pandemic took so much from this city. People were out of work, tips were down. We needed this positivity bad,” said Gregory Solomon, 54, as he toted a cart stacked with memorabilia – including a photo of himself alongside Antetokounmpo when he spotted the star in Walmart.San Antonio Spurs

The Knicks probably have several different contingency plans for free agency. One of them includes New York maintaining enough cap space to sign a max free agent in 2022.Portland Trail Blazers

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According to a slew of recent reports, it's possible. NBC Sports Chicago's K.C. Johnson wrote in a recent piece that the Bulls have had "internal conversations on the viability and fit" of Rose on the team. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski linked the two sides on Sunday during a live podcast with Zach Lowe, calling Rose a name to watch in Chicago.
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''There's not a lot of folks at Bill Russell's level. The air gets real thin,'' Hunt said. ''There's just certain names of certain players that just transcend the sport, that changed the sport.''

Regardless of how Game 6 ends, NBA fans have been treated to an awesome, closely contested NBA Finals between the Bucks and Suns.Sacramento Kings
Overall, it’s fair to ask “where are the goals coming from?” This is another foible of picking winners and losers so soon after the Kraken expansion draft, though. Could they add more scoring punch via free agency or trades?Columbus Blue Jackets

By drafting prospect Logan Mailloux with the 31st overall pick, the Montreal Canadiens organization not only selected a promising hockey player, but also a young man who recently admitted to making a serious mistake. The Canadiens are aware of the situation and by no means minimize the severity of Logan’s actions. Logan understands the impact of his actions. His recent public statement is a genuine acknowledgement of his poor behaviour and the first step on his personal journey.Buffalo Sabres

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Stecher grew up in the Vancouver area, played his first four seasons for the Canucks and showed promise before a drop-off last season with Detroit.Pittsburgh Penguins

NEW YORK -- Forward Barclay Goodrow, who just finished helping the Tampa Bay Lightning win consecutive Stanley Cups, has signed a six-year contract with the New York Rangers.

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Price is scheduled to see a specialist in New York on Thursday to assess his knee and hip injuries, and determine whether he needs surgery. Price has the highest cap hit of all goaltenders in the NHL at $10.5 million per season, and the 33-year-old is under contract for five more seasons. Price is also due a $11 million bonus in September.Vegas Golden Knights

Ryan – Adam Gaudette. Had a strong 2019-20 campaign with 12 goals and 33 points in 59 games, but regressed to five goals and 11 points in 40 contests in 2020-21 in part because he was with Vancouver for most of the campaign where he had a minimal role. He’d get an opportunity as a middle-six forward in Seattle, especially given that he has the versatility to serve as a winger or a center.

Forward Barclay Goodrow was a key penalty killer and grinder for Tampa Bay, playing a crucial role in winning back-to-back championships. The cap-strapped Lightning last weekend traded his rights to the Rangers, who on Thursday agreed to terms with Goodrow on a $21.6 million, six-year deal.
During 18 playoff games with the Hawks, the 20-year-old big man out of USC averaged 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game on 54.8 percent shooting.

The Suns are one win away from being one win away from the first title in franchise history. They're certainly not in the driver's seat for the series, but they haven't crashed off the racetrack either.Sacramento Kings

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Plus, the bipartisan infrastructure deal is set for a key test vote and Giannis Antetokounmpo talks about the Bucks’ NBA Finals win.San Antonio Spurs

After fouling out 15 times in his first two seasons, Robinson didn’t foul out once in his third year. Robinson tried to block everything when he first came into the league. Many of his fouls came from wild gambles or pursuits of shots that he had no possibility of altering or blocking.Toronto Raptors

On the other hand, Russell Westbrook’s brain moves at the right pace, but there’s zero room for a non-shooter on this team.Utah Jazz

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An estimated 65,000 jammed the streets outside Fiserv Arena as the Bucks won their second championship in club history and Antetokounmpo was named winner of the Bill Russell trophy as MVP of the finals. The Bucks and Antetokounmpo went 50 for 50.

There are lots of familiar faces on the French roster but Yabusele is, for me, the most interesting by far. He wasn’t able to stick in the Celtics organization and found his way back to Europe after the 2018-19 season. But his combination of bulk and agility, and boundless enthusiasm, made him a joy to watch. He’s been starting at the 4 for the French team and has averaged 14.2 points, 12 rebounds and 2.7 assists per 36 minutes, on a 59.7 true shooting percentage. He’s still just 25 and even if this isn’t a meaningful audition for an NBA return, it will be fun to just see him get a chance to cause chaos.
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"We liked Luke, but we had to go through the recruiting process with Luke, too," Pearson said. "I don't think he's just coming to Michigan because Quinn did. But Quinn loved it here. Not just his development on the ice but off the ice."Pittsburgh Penguins

Hamilton would be among the most coveted free agents, along with Landeskog and Grubauer. He’s a 28-year-old right-shooting defenseman who can produce offensively, so of course the Hurricanes would rather sign him than let him walk for nothing.Buffalo Sabres

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The Sabres made a splash earlier by adding a second first-round pick, 14th overall, and defenseman Robert Hagg in dealing Ristolainen to Philadelphia.

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If not, then the Red Wings really only forked over that affordable $3M AAV, and a third-round pick. They still have a bunch of draft assets in both the 2021 and 2022 NHL Drafts, so that third-rounder is easy to give up.Toronto Maple Leafs

There's a trade freeze that ends at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday. At that time, the Kraken will announce a few of them, although "probably a lot less than you guys think there might be," according to GM Ron Francis.

• If Friday’s NHL Draft goes as expected, with Owen Power and Matthew Beniers going 1-2, it will be the first time a college team will have produced the top two picks. [MLive]

Luke Prokop made some history on Monday, as the 2020 Nashville Predators third-round draft pick announced on social media that he is gay.Columbus Blue Jackets
This unforeseen return to MVP-like form is inarguably a major ingredient in the Giants’ surprising leap to the top of the NL West, but it’s also an eyebrow-raising statement about the grueling physical toll of playing behind the plate in the majors. Arizona Diamondbacks

The Philadelphia Phillies are in the running for Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel ahead of the MLB trade deadline.

Once the contest began at 9:20 p.m., the Tigers (45-51) were steady in all facets en route to five consecutive wins. They picked up a 4-1 victory Tuesday at Comerica Park, fueled by a pair of solo home runs and left-handed starter Tarik Skubal's six innings of one-run ball.Boston Red Sox

"We didn't know exactly when he was coming back," Hinch said. "We didn't think it would be very long. Turns out to be even shorter than we could have expected with the injury. So he needs to continue what he was doing in Triple A. He was doing great, swings were good.Los Angeles Dodgers

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"There was a bunch of fans, they were in our dugout and I wanted to get them safe as well," Martinez said. "We got them in through the tunnel and got them in safely and tried to keep them safe. For me it was just about protecting our people and doing the best I can to stay calm."

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NEW YORK -- Mets newcomer Rich Hill is expected to make his debut for the NL East leaders on Sunday when New York plays Toronto at Citi Field.Los Angeles Angels

The Bucks are a mere 48 minutes from their first title since 1971 and find themselves as 5-point favorites at BetMGM for Tuesday night’s showdown. The home favorite had won the first four games of the series, but that changed when the Bucks shocked the Suns on their home floor in Game 5. The Suns will have to return the favor in order to send the series to a decisive Game 7.
“Everybody’s saying he’s a 3-and-D guy and I agree with that. But he’s so much more than that and he brings so much more to the table,” Farmer says. “A lot of people are talking about his deficiencies being the lack of creativity. But a lot of that didn’t have to do with Trey lacking creativity. It was just the college offenses that he was in. So once he gets to the NBA, I think his entire game is going to open up.”

He will be a restricted free agent, but it is unlikely Milwaukee will match any offer he gets from other teams. He didn’t do much, and bringing him back would be wasting a roster spot they could use for someone better. There’s just no fit for Jackson on the Bucks, but at least he was able to be a part of a championship team.Portland Trail Blazers

What about Bradley Beal in Washington, a franchise that has not built a team anywhere near as good as Portland around its star. Would Beal be wrong to ask out?Washington Wizards

"This is for my mom," he said, fighting off tears. "She works extremely hard every day for me to be in this position, and she never pressured me to do other things. This is for my dad. He's watching from above, and he can see it. This is for my significant other. Every day, she helps me be a better person. She lets me do what I'm supposed to do. She takes care of my son. And for my brothers.San Antonio Spurs

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Ajayi Browne: If it wasn’t clear enough, Garuba is NBA ready. His experiences overseas with Real Madrid and with the Spanish national team have allowed the young big man to mature as a player. Garuba brings so much energy to his team with his shot blocking and his relentless pursuit for boards on both ends. This is exactly what the Knicks need. Tom Thibodeau will have a field day utilizing the 19-year-old on the defensive end and I can guarantee he will bring the best out of him there eventually. Garuba does not possess a consistent jumper, though, so the floor spacing will be impacted until he develops.

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"We have had a good balance of the kind of play that Devin brings, but we have also had the ball movement that can break you down," Williams said. "We have talked about that. We saw it in the fourth quarter, where the ball was whipping around the gym. That's basically how we cut (the deficit). And so the balance of that, but at the same time I do not want to get in the way of the gift that our one-on-one players have, because that's why we are here. We wouldn't be in this position if Chris (Paul) and Devin couldn't create their own shots. That's a fact."Sacramento Kings

With James out in Los Angeles and another NBA season starting shortly after the NFL one, it is unlikely we will see LeBron in attendance at a Browns game. However, it is a good sign for marketing purposes that James sees the new uniform as “SO fire (times 20).”
• Eleven days after playing their first game, the Kraken will host its first game Climate Pledge Arena on Oct. 23 versus the Canucks.Buffalo Sabres
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Of the options to replace Vanecek, it’s imperative to note that purely in terms of value, finding an equal to what Vanecek would have provided will prove to be nearly impossible. At a $716,667 cap hit, with NHL success under his belt already, the Capitals will be hard-pressed to find a duplicate anywhere around the league. Columbus Blue Jackets

But, again, this is a situation where the Kraken could weaponize their salary sap space and eat some money to facilitate a trade. They can not do that a lot, because eventually that cap space will run out and you can only retain salary on so many trades, but if the Kraken were willing to eat 50 percent of Subban’s deal there will no doubt be a handful of teams that would take him on a $4.5 million salary cap hit. He would probably be worth that for this season.Vegas Golden Knights

Forget the players the Kraken added to the roster on Wednesday night, coach Hakstol and even the prospects Seattle will pick in the NHL draft that starts Friday. Eventually, those players and coaches will move on.

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Delightfully for Hakstol and the Kraken, that strong defensive play also extends to most of their forwards. Yanni Gourde can bring offense, but it’s his all-around play that makes him exciting. Overall impact may vary, but you can basically copy-paste “two-way player” for most of the forwards the Kraken picked during the expansion draft.

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Mailloux was fined for “Kränkande fotografering” (offensive photography constituting an invasion of privacy) and “Förtal” (defamation) while playing in Sweden. He was on loan from the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.Toronto Maple Leafs

While Fletcher admitted he would be more willing to trade the Flyers' first-round pick this offseason compared to the past two, he was adamant about not frivolously selling the 13th overall spot.