John Tavares’ mindset hasn’t changed: He wants to remain with the Islanders despite the uncertainty of the franchise’s future home and the lack of a contract extension.
“I’ve enjoyed my time being an Islander and I want that experience to continue,” the team’s captain told TSN in Toronto on Tuesday. “For me, I just want to get ready for the upcoming season and work on being the best player I can be for the Islanders.”
The 26-year-old, however, declined to go into specifics on the negotiations of a contract extension. He has just one year left on the six-year, $33 million deal he inked with the Isles in 2011. He became eligible to sign an extension on July 1.
“I think I’ll just keep that all internal,” Tavares said, when asked about the talks. “We’ve had great open communication, it’s obviously a great place to play.”
Nevertheless, the two sides have been unable to come to terms. Losing Tavares would be a massive blow to the Islanders, who took the center first overall in the 2009 draft and helped him develop into one of the premier players in the sport, who notched 66 points a year ago. Led by Tavares, the Islanders have reached the playoffs three of the past five seasons, and in 2016 won a round in the postseason for the first cheap jerseys nhl time in 23 years.
By landing skilled right wing Jordan Eberle in a trade with the Oilers that cost forward Ryan Strome, the Islanders added the kind of goal-scorer to pair with Tavares they have previously lacked. They also gave interim coach Doug Weight, who is close to Tavares, the permanent position, another move to entice the star playmaker to remain.
But there still are questions about the team’s future home. The Islanders are expected to opt out of their current 25-year lease at Barclays Center in January, which would allow them to look at other options in the area following a disappointing two years in Brooklyn. The Islanders are expected to submit a proposal for a new arena at Belmont Park after New York State announced their long-awaited Request for Proposals on Monday.
All of this bears monitoring as Tavares weighs his future plans.
Free-agent wide receiver cheap Lucky Whitehead jersey’s agent, Dave Rich, told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Tuesday that all charges against his client in a shoplifting case were dropped due to a case of mistaken identity.
Prince William County (Virginia) Police Sgt. Jonathan L. Perok released the following statement explaining the situation and exonerating Whitehead: Whitehead was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday after it was alleged that he failed to appear in court to face a larceny charge stemming from a June incident in Virginia, per ESPN.com.
Rich told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Whitehead wasn’t in Virginia at the time of the incident.
Per ESPN.com, Whitehead’s plane ticket showed he was in Dallas at the time of the alleged theft, cheap nfl jerseys which occurred at a Wawa convenience store. Whitehead’s flight then landed in Washington, D.C., 10 hours after the incident.
Although Whitehead denied any involvement, the Cowboys decided to part ways with him, and head coach Jason Garrett explained the decision:
“In handling the situation and evaluating with the authorities there and in talking to him, we just didn’t feel like it’s in the best interest of the Cowboys to have him with us. We’ve got a track record of being able to take guys that made some mistakes early on in their career and they get better. They grow and they develop and they become great citizens and great players. We have a number of those guys on our team right now.”
The 25-year-old Whitehead is a Virginia native who spent the past two seasons with the Cowboys.
He primarily served as a kick and punt returner, although he did have 20 rushes and nine receptions on offense in his two years with the team.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) cheap Cam Newton jersey was back doing what he does at practice – dancing, playing up to the crowd and, most importantly, throwing passes.
Newton showed no ill effects from offseason shoulder surgery as the Panthers opened training camp Wednesday night at Wofford College.
Newton, who underwent surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder in March, fired several passes in the 10 to 20-yard range in his first practice with teammates since the end of last season.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he was very pleased with the velocity Newton had on the ball, but added there is room for improvement.
”He was a little rusty early on and his timing was off a little bit, but it was practice one and you can see he was getting more and more comfortable back there,” Rivera said.
Rivera said the Panthers will keep Newton on a ”pitch count,” limiting his throws in practice.
Newton said through a team spokesman that the practice was another step in the recovery process.
”It’s a start,” Newton said. ”Everything felt good, but we have a long way to go to get where I know we can be. Tonight was just fun getting out on the grass in front of the fans and throwing it around a little bit.”
In between drills Newton smiled, showed off his dance moves and displayed his well-known playfulness by using his arms to direct the crowd at Gibbs Stadium to stand and cheer in sync.
”He is infectious in terms of that,” Rivera said.
Offensive coordinator Mike Shula said Newton looked good.
”Mentally he was pretty sharp and he did a good job of not trying to do too much,” Shula said. ”I think all of us are pretty pleased. … You can tell he was eager to get back out and it’s a good start.”
After spending several minutes stretching out his shoulder before practice, Newton showed good zip on the ball on a series of short slant, seam and comeback routes.
His first throw during team drills was a completion in the flat to tight end cheap Ed Dickson jersey, but his second pass – also intended for Dickson – was intercepted by cornerback James Bradberry who jumped the route.
Newton bounced back with a 35-yard completion to Russell Shepard during 6-on-7 drills – by far the longest pass he attempted all night.
Shula said as training camp progresses Newton will throw longer passes, but overall it was a solid night for the 2015 league MVP.
”He just has to try not to do too much,” Shula said. ”As a coach you always want your guys to get as many reps as you can, especially at that position. We are playing catch up, not just with him but with some other guys. … But our goal is to have him ready for the (regular season) opener.”
The 28-year-old quarterback injured his shoulder last December in a win over the San Diego Chargers, but finished the season. The Panthers hoped rest during the offseason would allow the shoulder to heal naturally, but when it didn’t respond as well as expected he opted for surgery.
Newton is coming off the worst statistical season of his six-year career.
He cheap nfl jerseys completed a career-low 52.9 percent of his passes with 19 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. However, his offensive line struggled to protect him all season.
NOTES: Cornerback cheap Captain Munnerlyn jersey did not practice because of a hamstring injury. … Wide receiver cheap Devin Funchess jersey was carted off late in practice with cramps. … Rivera said he liked the explosiveness of first-round draft pick Christian McCaffrey.
Star center DeAndre Jordan was one of the most coveted targets in the league at the cheap authentic jerseys beginning of the free agency period. Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported Jordan agreed to join the Dallas Mavericks on a whopping four-year, $80 million deal; however, the Clippers are doing their best to bring the big man back to Los Angeles.
Marc Stein of ESPN reported the Clippers remain confident they’ll be able to retain Jordan.
Jordan reached out to Clippers head coach Doc Rivers saying he had made a mistake, triggering the team’s attempt to bring him back to Los Angeles, according to Michael Eaves of ESPN. Eaves also indicated Jordan’s agent Dan Fegan previously posed an ultimatum to the Clippers, stating they would have to trade Chris Paul to retain Jordan.
Before making a decision, Jordan has promised the Mavericks a face-to-face meeting, according to Stein.
Following the team’s exit from the 2015 NBA playoffs, Rivers said re-signing Jordan is the team’s “top offseason priority,” per Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.
Jordan also spoke about keeping the team’s core together, per ESPN’s Arash Markazi on May 17: “I’ve been here for seven years. This is what I’m used to.”
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Captain Jamie Benn missed Friday’s game with an upper-body injury. It was the third game he has missed this season.
Benn was hit hard by Vancouver defenseman Nikita Tryamkin and then got in a fight with Tryamkin. Ruff said the injury came from Benn taking a glove to the eye.
“He got scratched and he saw the eye doctor,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “He got a glove in the eye, that’s all.”
Ruff said there is a good chance Benn will play Monday at home against San Jose. As for having his captain fight a player who is 6-7, 265, Ruff said he believes Benn knows how to respond on the ice.
“There’s lots of ways to get hurt. [Fighting] is still part of the game, it’s still part of the way you can create emotion in the game,” Ruff said. “I think after the cheap nhl jerseys game in Edmonton, he was out to create emotion for us.”
Teammates said Benn did help change momentum in a game the Stars won 4-2.
“We’re not going to quit. Jamie is an extreme competitor, and nobody is happy where we are,” said Jason Spezza, who’s an alternate captain. “It shows good emotion from him. We’re the leaders of this team, and we need to show emotion and give us an opportunity to win games. You don’t like to see him get hurt, but you like the emotion.”
Hudler steps in: Veteran winger Jiri Hudler stepped in for Benn and played just his 30th game. Hudler missed most of the first half of the season with a mysterious illness and has been a healthy scratch lately because his skating has not been up to par.
“It has been tough, because he’s been out so long,” Ruff said. “I think he struggled with his speed, struggled with his conditioning. I know he can make some plays in tight areas. He’s got that ability, so this is a good opportunity for him.”