Facing a surplus of defensemen, the Ducks on Thursday traded defenseman Bryan Allen to the Montreal Canadiens for left wing Rene Bourque, who carries a hefty salary cap hit of $3.33 million this season and next.
Bourque, who will be 33 in December, had three consecutive 20-plus-goal seasons with Calgary but never approached that success after the Flames traded him to Montreal.
This season, he had no goals and two assists in 13 games with the Canadiens. He had been assigned to Montreal’s American Hockey League affiliate in Hamilton, Canada. He’s expected to report to the Ducks, not the Ducks’ farm team.
Bourque has played 573 NHL games with Montreal, Calgary and Chicago and has 142 goals, 278 points and 474 penalty minutes in his career. He scored eight goals for Montreal in 17 playoff games last spring.
The recent emergence of Josh Manson as a capable defender helped make Allen expendable for the Ducks. He was considered the team’s seventh or eighth defenseman and had not been...Read more
The Buffalo Bills will play the New York Jets somewhere, but it won’t be Sunday night in Buffalo.
The NFL announced Thursday that the Jets-Bills game will not take place at Ralph Wilson Stadium as scheduled because of the crippling snowstorm that has hit western New York.
An announcement is expected Thursday afternoon on when and where the game will take place, with the likely sites being either Detroit or Washington on Sunday or Monday.
"We have been in contact with the public authorities and we realize the importance of all available public safety resources being available for the community at this difficult time,” league spokesman Michael Signora said in a statement. “We are also in discussions with the team and the Red Cross on ways the NFL can support the community through this weather disaster.”
Although Pittsburgh and Toronto might be logical choices to host the game, those options are problematic. Pittsburgh has a grass field, and is used by more than the Steelers, so staging...Read more
It was impossible to tell from the Kings’ morning skate whether struggling left wing Tanner Pearson will stay in the lineup against Carolina or be scratched from Thursday’s game against the Hurricanes at Staples Center, but one thing was clear: Defenseman Alec Martinez will remain out because his surgically repaired left pinky finger hasn’t fully healed.
Martinez, who was injured last Thursday while blocking a shot, skated alone, after his teammates had gone through their morning skate. Afterward, Coach Darryl Sutter said the one-week recovery period that was initially projected for Martinez by General Manager Dean Lombardi was too optimistic.
“We’ve just got to wait for the wound to heal and that’s going to take some time. It’s got to heal,” Sutter said.
“They nearly cut his finger off. So I don’t think he can play in a week .... Your fingers do have a pulse in them and it does hurt. And Marty’s tough. We’ve seen him play lots, not with little-finger injuries but with big injuries....Read more
The Angels on Thursday added catcher Jett Bandy and right-handed pitcher Danny Reynolds to their 40-man roster, a move that will protect both prospects from being selected in the Rule 5 draft in December.
To clear room for Bandy and Reynolds, pitcher Michael Roth and catcher Jackson Williams were both designated for assignment.
Bandy hit .250 with 13 homers and 40 runs batted in at double-A Arkansas this past season, but with Hank Conger being traded to the Houston Astros, Bandy is expected to compete for the Angels’ backup catching job next spring.
Reynolds, a reliever, spent most of the 2014 season at Arkansas, where he went 3-2 with a 3.60 earned run average in 30 games, striking out 41 and walking 15 in 40 innings. He also pitched to a 1.80 ERA in 11 games for Class-A Inland Empire and made one appearance for triple-A Salt Lake.
The most notable prospect left unprotected for the Rule 5 draft is third baseman Kaleb Cowart, a 2010 first-round pick who has struggled for two straight...Read more
If a lighthearted mood is any kind of indicator, this might be a real laugher for Manny Pacquiao.
At his final training session Thursday before his Sunday morning (Macao time) welterweight world title defense against New Yorker Chris Algieri, Pacquiao devoted more than 90 tough minutes to ring work and conditioning and kept things festive.
He mocked the sometimes-flailing punching style of Algieri, laughed heartily at the recounting of a practical joke on his publicist, Fred Sternburg, and played out his hilarious new Foot Locker ad in which he confuses a store promotion with news that Floyd Mayweather Jr. would finally fight him.
“He’s gonna fight me? He’s gonna fight me? Yes! Yes! Yes!,” Pacquiao roared in the gym.
“Is it going to happen?” Pacquiao was asked.
Positive things are happening. Pacquaio's promoter, Bob Arum, has a meeting planned next week in Los Angeles with CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves, the man whose company has paid Mayweather four $30-million-plus purses in a...Read more
In 10 games since joining the Clippers over the summer Jordan Farmar has underwhelmed.
He's averaged 4.3 points and 2.2 assists in 14.3 minutes. Those numbers are well below his career averages of 7.8 points and 2.9 assists in 19.7 minutes.
But on Wednesday against the Orlando Magic, Farmar showed glimmers of being the point guard the Clippers hoped they were signing in July when they agreed to a two-year, $4.2-million deal.
He scored 13 points on five-for-seven shooting and made all three of his three-point attempts in just under 18 minutes of play as a reserve.
Farmar's relative breakthrough Wednesday came after four games in which he scored zero points.
With Farmer playing well against the Magic, starter Chris Paul was able to sit the entire fourth quarter. Paul played a season-low 30 minutes 12 seconds in the Clippers' 114-90 win.
Farmar, a seven-year veteran, passed up a guaranteed contract worth millions in Turkey to play for the Lakers last season. When he decided to sign with...Read more