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Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Brandon Jennings scored 30 points and the Milwaukee Bucks remained in the playoff hunt with a 106-95 win over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night. The Bucks could have been eliminated from contention in the Eastern Conference with a loss after No. 8 seed Philadelphia beat Indiana in overtime Saturday. Instead, they remained three games behind the 76ers with three to play. Ersan Ilyasova added 17 points and 17 rebounds and Drew Gooden scored 16 for the Bucks, who snapped a three-game losing streak with only their second win in the last seven. One of their remaining three games is against the Sixers on Wednesday. Gerald Wallace scored 18 points with 11 rebounds to lead New Jersey, MarShon Brooks added 17 points and Gerald Green scored 16 off the bench. The Nets have lost four in a row. &quot;The frustrating part for us is that were in these games with playoff teams and were not in the playoffs,&quot; Nets forward Jordan Williams said. The teams combined to make 28 turnovers. Milwaukee scored 17 points off of 16 New Jersey giveaways. &quot;It was a sloppy game tonight,&quot; said Milwaukees Shaun Livingston, who had 12 points off the bench, including eight in the fourth quarter. &quot;We were just trying to make more plays than them down the stretch.&quot; Which is what the Bucks did, pulling away with a 15-6 run to end the game. Jennings hit a trio of three-pointers to lead the burst and Livingston ended it with back-to-back dunks. The Bucks have now won 11 in a row in the series. They are at home against Toronto on Monday, home against the Sixers on Wednesday and will finish the regular season Thursday at Boston. In the first quarter, the Nets shot nearly 58 percent but trailed 24-23 going into the second. Milwaukee shot better than 52 percent in the second quarter and built a 53-42 lead at halftime. The Bucks led 73-69 heading into the fourth. Game Notes New Jerseys last win in the series was March 3, 2009...New Jersey plays the Sixers on Monday at home then has its season finale at Toronto on Thursday. The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed forward Alex Killorn to a two-year, $5.1 million contract on Thursday. Killorn played in all 82 games for the Lightning last season, collecting 17 goals and 41 points to go along with 63 penalty minutes. He was one of three players to skate in all 82 games. Killorn ranked sixth on the Lightning in goals with 17 in his first full NHL season. The Halifax, Nova Sccotia native appeared in four games in the Stanley Cup playoffs, scoring a goal and an assist.dddddddddddd The 24-year-old forward has skated in 120 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over the past two seasons, posting 24 goals and 60 points to go along with 77 penalty minutes. Killorn was originally selected by the Lightning in the third round, 77th overall, at the 2007 NHL Draft. ' ' ' <a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> nfl jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapnfljerseys2017.us.com/" target="_blank"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> cheap jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapnflchinajerseys.co/" target="_blank">Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic</a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> cheap nfl jerseys </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> nfl shop </a><a href="http://www.cheapjerseys2016.us.com/" target="_blank"> wholesale jerseys </a>

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche showed they can win playing from behind as well as with a lead. Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist in the third period, Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots and the streaking Avalanche beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Sunday night. Matt Duchene and Jan Hejda also scored and Gabriel Landeskog added two assists for the Avalanche. Under first-year coach Patrick Roy, they are 10-1 for the second time in franchise history. &quot;That was the first time we came from behind in the third period,&quot; Stastny said. &quot;We got chances and we didnt stop. We just kept going.&quot; Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little had a goal and assist each for the Jets. The Avalanche trailed 2-1 entering the third but came out strong at the start of the period. They put nine quick shots on goalie Al Montoya before Hejda tied it with 12:47 left off an assist by Stastny. Stastny netted the winner with 5:28 left to give Colorado its fourth straight victory. &quot;When (Alex Tanguay) brings two guys to him, you know something good is going to happen,&quot; Stastny said. &quot;I was just going back door and trying to yell as loud as I can to Landy because he was looking to shoot. He changed his mind at the last second and just gave me a tap-in. He passed it between two sticks. Thats something we practice.&quot; The rally was ignited before the Avalanche took the ice in the third period. During the intermission Roy broke out video tape to correct some things to help free up the offence. &quot;We had to make some adjustments because the way they play defensively,&quot; Roy said. &quot;We wanted to transfer pucks. Thats what generated our best chances and our goal. They overload the puck side. We moved the puck and that opened the ice for us.&quot; It helped Stastny break out with his second goal and eighth point of the season. &quot;The goals to me arent as important,&quot; he said. &quot;As long as someone on our line is getting them, someone from our team is contributing.&quot; Montoya stopped 33 shots before being pulled for an extra skater with 1:30 left. Despite controlling the puck in Colorados end, the Jets managed just one shot with the advantage. &quot;Theyre the hottest team in the league right now so I was ready from the gate,&quot; Montoya said. &quot;We knew what they were going to bring. Just disappointing to not come away with at least a point.&quot; The Jets went 0 for 5 on the power play to add frustration to the loss. Winnipeg has failed to capitalize on 25 power-play chances in the last eight games and has just five goals in 49 chances this season. &quot;Power play is getting old. These are the same players we had last year and there was a reason why we were last year,&quot; coach Claude Noel said. &quot;Were seeing some of the same things we saw last year. We dont make the greatest decisions, we dont execute, and these are the things we lamented before. We were 0-for-5; it cost us the game.&quot; Wheeler gave Winnipeg a 2-1 lead when his hard shot from the right side slipped through Varlamovs legs with 9:58 left in the period. Montoya tried to make it stand up but after tremendous pressure, the Avalanche tied it. Stastnys shot from a sharp angle bounced out to Hejda, who used a screen by Tanguay screen to beat Montoya with 12:47 left. The Avalanche scored first when Ryan Wilson started a 2-on-1 break by putting a pass on the tape of Steve Downies stick in the neutral zone. Montoya stopped Downies slap shot from just inside the blue line, but the puck caromed right to Duchene, who was skating down the left side. He scored in the open net at 8:04 of the first. Little matched the goal midway through the period after Nick Holdens shot off the back boards bounced to him in the right circle. His one-timer beat Varlamov stick side. Winnipeg couldnt generate many chances after that, opening the door for Colorados comeback. &quot;It was pretty special to win that one. The first time weve been behind going into the third,&quot; Duchene said. &quot;New territory for us, but we believed and we had some big guys step up.&quot; NOTES: The Jets announced before the game that D Paul Postma has a blood clot in his leg and will be sidelined indefinitely. Postma played Saturday in the Jets 2-1 shootout win against the Dallas Stars. Postma will take blood thinners and remain with the team through Tuesdays game against the St. Louis Blues. Postma will be examiner further when the Jets return to Winnipeg. ... Jets C Olli Jokinen played in his 1,100th NHL game. ... Duchene matched Joe Sakic and Chris Stewart for the most goals scored in the month of October in a season since the team moved from Quebec. Sakic scored nine in 1997, and Stewart matched it three years later. ... The Avalanche have killed 18 straight penalties. The Colorado Avalanche added experience to their defense on Tuesday, acquiring veteran Brad Stuart from the San Jose Sharks for two draft picks. The Sharks received a second-rounder in 2016 and a sixth-rounder in 2017. &quot;The acquisition of Brad helps strengthen our blue line,&quot; said Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic. &quot;He is a proven, qualityy defenseman and his addition will help our team.ddddddddddddquot; Stuart, 34, has played in nearly 1,000 games since breaking into the NHL in 1999, a year after he was selected third overall by San Jose. The Alberta native has totaled 77 goals and 245 assists in 985 games with the Sharks, Boston, Calgary, Los Angeles and Detroit. 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SAN ANTONIO -- Patty Mills scored 22 points and Kawhi Leonard added 19 and the San Antonio Spurs routed the Orlando Magic 123-101 on Tuesday night in their penultimate preseason game. Marco Belinelli had 16 points, Danny Green added 14, Manu Ginobili 12 and Tim Duncan 12 for San Antonio (3-3), which closes its preseason schedule Thursday against Houston before opening its NBA season Oct. 30 against Memphis. Tony Parker did not dress for the Spurs, taking the game off to rest after spending much of the off-season playing for the French national team, which won its first Euroleague championship. Rookie Victor Oladipo had 22 points, Arron Afflalo added 17 and Jason Maxiell had 16 for Orlando (2-5). TORONTO – Doing just enough to lose hockey games, the Maple Leafs playoff chances are dangling on an ever-thinning thread. They matched their second-longest losing skid of the year on Saturday evening, making an error too many in their fourth straight loss, a stinging 4-3 defeat to Montreal at the ACC. Falling further back of the Canadiens – now a five-point gap – and the surging Lightning for the final two spots in the Atlantic division, Toronto is hanging onto to the first wild card position in the East, in danger of falling out altogether if change doesnt come soon enough. “Weve been close, but close isnt good enough right now,” said Dion Phaneuf of four straight losses, all against fellow Eastern contenders vying for a spot in the post-season. Like in narrow losses to Washington, Detroit and Tampa previously, the Leafs shot themselves in the foot just a time or too many on this night, dropping the season series to Montreal in the process. “The margin of error now in these games is so, so, so close that one bounce or one misplay or one unfortunate mistake cost us points,” said head coach Randy Carlyle afterward. A stumbling start and more ineffective goaltending certainly didnt help matters, but it was simple errors in execution that ultimately set the stage for another defeat. Most notable among them were mistakes from two of the teams best players. There was an early and careless neutral zone turnover from Phil Kessel that fed the Canadiens first goal and a later failure from Dion Phaneuf to clear the puck that found the back of the net on Tomas Plekanecs eventual game-winner. “We worked hard,” said Carlyle, his team rallying from a pair of deficits. “[But] we have to work equally as hard and clean up some of the mistakes that we make. Turn the puck over in the neutral ice and it comes back to haunt you. Make a mistake on a turnover penalty killing and it comes back and haunts you. Those are difference-makers in the games and thats what happens when the intensity ramps up in all these games.” Running wild with points in the weeks before and after the Olympic break, Toronto had not lost four straight since the early days of January. They vaulted to 11 wins in 14 games after that stinging streak, requiring a similar resurgence now to keep hold of a second straight playoff berth. The sky may be falling in certain pockets of the city with memories of the infamous 18-wheeler still fresh, but in reality the Leafs situation is not dire to the point that they cant right themselves with 10 games to play. Theyve lost a series of close games of late, doing just enough to lose on each given night. Losses count the same though and that tide – now trending in the negative with clubs in Detroit, Washington and Columbus hunting them down – has to start shifting for the better in a hurry with the Devils up next on Sunday night. “Were still in a good spot,” said Phaneuf, ever optimistic afterward. “Obviously weve slid a little bit because of not winning games, but were still right there.” Five Points 1. Stunted Starts Toronto allowed the first goal for the sixth consecutive game and 37th time this season, actually falling behind by two for the fourth time in those six games. And while they managed to erase that deficit in short order, the trend of digging early holes is a definite negative at this point in the year and any point for that matter. “Its tough coming back,” said James Reimer of the constant need for rallies. “Weve proven that we can do it. Weve got enough character and desire in here to fight back in games, but it obviously makes it a lot tougher on ourselves.” Capitalizing on Kessels giveaway on the opener from Max Pacioretty, Montreal jumped ahead by two on a Rene Bourque breakaway, the Canadiens winger storming by the pair of Cody Franson and Jake Gardiner before beating Reimer with a weak shot glove-side. “I think maybe we just all need to be a little sharper when it starts and obviously me included,” said Reimer. The Leafs dropped to 11-22-4 when yielding the first goal this season. 2. Just Okay Reimers inability to fill the hole left by Jonathan Bernier continued Saturday with the 26-year-old yielding four goals on 36 shots. He owns a .899 save percentage during six appearances in place of the teams injured No. 1. Though he made some fine stops in allowing his team to rally from the early 2-0 hole – including a glove stop just moments before Joffrey Lupul scored the Leafs first goal – Reimer ultimately could not deliver enough of the timely big saves required for victory. This was evident on Plekanecs game-winner. Reimer slid right to left on Andrei Markovs cross-ice feed to Plekanec, but could not keep the shot – from just above the goal-line – from finding a slight hole. “I feel like its a tough bounce,” he said. “Obviously they made a good play to put it through the seam, but I thought I gave myself a chance to get over there, but it just found a way through.” Reimer remains winless on home ice since Jan. 15, last winning a start on Jan. 21. Bernier meanwhile continues to inch back from a groin injury, but not quickly enough for the teams recent fortunes. The 25-year-old skated for a third straight day Saturday morning, but will miss his fifth straight game Sunday against the Devils. “He still has some issues as far as hes not 100 per cent,” said Carlyle, &amp;lldquo;so until hes 100 per cent hes not available to us.dddddddddddd” 3. Slow Ride A slogging rehabilitation of nearly five months finally came to an end Saturday for Dave Bolland, who returned to the Toronto lineup against Montreal. It was the first game for the 27-year-old since Nov. 2, when a tendon on the outside of his left ankle was sliced by the skate blade of Canucks forward Zack Kassian. He missed 56 games. “Hes progressed along over the last three weeks to a point where he feels and the doctors feel medically thats he close to a 100 per cent ready,” said Carlyle, wary of driving up expectations for Bolland, a favourite of his upon landing with the Leafs last summer. “I dont want to put too much emphasis on him specifically because when a player hasnt played in 60 games its a lot to ask of him to come back in and be where he wouldve been coming out of training camp and playing with our hockey club early in the season.” Bollands addition gave Carlyle his first full group of forwards at any point this season with neither injuries nor suspensions on the docket. All of which allowed him to comfortably employ four lines in the fashion he may have imagined at the start of the year. Indicative of a balanced attack and a considerable shift from recent weeks and much of the year, Colton Orr was the lone forward to play fewer than eight minutes against Montreal. “It gives you a little bit more depth throughout your lineup, a veteran guy, and it kind of slots people more into where we envisioned them at the beginning of the year,” said Carlyle, who reunited Bolland with Mason Raymond and David Clarkson. Bolland, whom the Leafs made room for by sending Carter Ashton and Peter Holland to the Marlies, was lost to injury in early November just a week after Tyler Bozak went out with a hamstring issue, drastically affecting the teams depth at centre ice. He played nine minutes against the Canadiens, keeping his shift lengths short at just 33 seconds. “That first shift was probably the hardest,” Bolland said. “Its getting the timing and figuring things out out there. You sort of got to get used to it. I think the heartbeat was hurting a little bit too.” 4. Secondary Offence Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri had combined for four goals in the previous 14 games, but landed a pair against the Canadiens. Lupul fired a rocket by Carey Price for the Leafs first goal midway through the first, Kadri depositing a feed from his 30-year-old teammate on a power play goal later which evened the score at three. With Phil Kessel and the teams top line cooling some in recent days – they did account for the second Toronto goal with Tyler Bozak notching his 16th – contributions from the likes of Lupul and Kadri will be required in the final weeks of the regular season. Toronto forwards had only seven goals in the previous six games, but accounted for all three on Saturday. 5. Ranger on the Mend Paul Ranger was in predictable shock in the immediate aftermath, but realized hed be okay when he was able to move his legs, hands and feet. Reversing to his left with less than five seconds remaining in the first period of a Wednesday tilt with Tampa, the 29-year-old was drilled from behind by Lightning forward Alex Killorn. He was helped off the ice on a stretcher, his teammates looking on with concern. “I remember just feeling pain,” said Ranger, suffering a neck injury on the play. “I know that my body and my mind just went into preservation mode. All I could think was just dont move, stay straight and breathe. I just kind of breathed three in, three out for the next 3-4 hours.” Ranger was taken to a local hospital that night, assessed and discharged. He remained off the ice for a third straight day Saturday and did not play against the Canadiens, his impending return to the line-up uncertain. Though he received word from Killorn in the aftermath of the collision, believing that no harm was intended, the Whitby, Ontario native nonetheless hopes that hits from behind receive more attention and study for improvement. “I think its something that happens a lot in our game and its dangerous,” he said. “Im thankful Im really strong physically and really fit and I think that really helped and probably saved me a little bit in this situation. I wouldnt want anyone else to go through that period, but especially someone whos maybe not as strong or not as heavy you could say.” Stats-Pack 212 – Man games lost to injury for the Leafs this season, including 56 from Dave Bolland, who returned from an ankle injury against Montreal. 2-2-1 – Leafs record versus the Canadiens this season. 9:01 – Ice-time for Dave Bolland in his first game since Nov. 2. .899 – Save percentage for James Reimer since Jonathan Bernier went out with injury. 5 – Number of 20-goal seasons for Joffrey Lupul, who scored his 20th of the year against Montreal. 8:54 – Ice-time for David Clarkson on Saturday, his lowest of the season. 11-22-4 – Leafs record this season when they allow the first goal. Special Teams Capsule PP: 1-2 Season: 20.7% (T-4th) PK: 2-2 Season: 78.5% (28th) Quote of the Night “Weve been close, but close isnt good enough right now.” - Dion Phaneuf, following the Leafs fourth straight loss. 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A crucial battle in the Eastern Conference playoff race is on tap Wednesday at Air Canada Centre, as the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Tampa Bay Lighting in an Atlantic Division showdown. Catch the game on TSN starting at 7pm et/4pm pt. Tampa Bay currently holds the last of the Atlantics three automatic bids to the playoffs, but the Maple Leafs are just one point behind. Toronto is also in postseason position at the moment, occupying the first of the Easts two wild card berths. James Reimer is expected to get the call in net again for the Leafs. This is the first time the same goalie will start both games in a back-to-back for the Leafs this season. Reimer hasnt started back-to-back games since Games 6 and 7 in the playoffs last spring. Goalie Jonathan Bernier returned to the ice Wednesday and went through some light work for the first time since suffering a groin injury last week in Los Angeles. Toronto is 2-0 against the Lightning this season and has won three of four and seven of the past nine meetings in this series. Tampa Bay also has lost four in a row at Air Canada Centre. The Bolts dropped a 3-2 regulation decision in Toronto on Jan. 28 and were handed a 4-1 setback at home on Feb. 6. The clubs are set to meet once more in the regular season when the Leafs visit Tampa Bay Times Forum on April 8. The Lightning began their recent homestand with three straight losses before beating Florida, New Jersey and Vancouver to post a solid 3-1-2 mark during the stay in Central Florida. The brief surge has seen Tampa Bay log at least a point in five straight games and the Bolts would like to make it six-game point streak with another win on Wednesday. &quot;Weve got points in five straight games at a time when we really need them,&quot; Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper remarked. &quot;Hopefully this is good momentum for us going on the road.&quot; Tampa Bay is kicking off a three-game road trip on Wednesday and also will visit Ottawa and Pittsburgh during the swing. The Lighting are 17-16-2 as the visiting team this season. The Lightning were last in action on Monday when they notched a 4-3 regulation win over the Canucks. Ondrej Palat continued his five-game point streak with a goal and an assist to help Tampa down Vancouver. Palat, a 22-year-old Czech winger, has four goals and five assists during the run and has been a pleasant surprise for the Bolts this season, posting 18 goals and 46 points through 68 games. Steven Stamkos also registered a goal and an assist in the Lightnings third straight victory. Valtteri Filppula and Tom Pyatt also scored while goaltender Ben Bishop made 25 stops in the win. Bishop expects to start tonight for Tampa, but the former Ottawa Senator is just 2-4-0 with a 3.05 goals against average and .884 save percentage in seven career games against Toronto. Toronto has struggled of late, losing two straight and three of its last four games. The Leafs hope to get back on track Wednesday when they play the first test of a two-game homestand. The residency also includes Saturdays important divisional tilt against the rival Canadiens. The Maple Leafs are 22-11-1 as the home team this season compared to a 14-15-7 mark on the road. Toronto wrapped a five-game road trip on Tuesday with a 3-2 regulation loss in Detroit. Gustav Nyquist scored a pair of goals to lead the Red Wings to the close victory at Joe Louis Arena. Jake Gardiner and James van Riemsdyk had one goal apiece for the Maple Leafs, while James Reimer allowed all three goals on 31 shots. &quot;It was average. There was some good and bad throughout the five games,&quot; Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri said of the teams five-game road trip. Jonathan Bernier sat out his second straight game with a strained groin and the clubs No. 1 goaltender is considered day-to-day. Reimer could get the start on back-to-back nights and is 2-3-0 with a 2.94 GAA in five career games against Tampa Bay. Drew MacIntyre, who has been serving as the backup with Bernier sidelined, has not seen action in an NHL game since making two appearances with Buffalo during the 2011-12 season. After winning the final three tests of a six-game homestand, the Lightning hope to carry some momentum on the road for tonights important clash. So far in 2013-14, however, Tampa Bay has come up empty against the Maple Leafs. HAMILTON, Ont. -- Kent Austin knew the question was coming. On Friday, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats introduced quarterback Zach Collaros, who signed Thursday after being released by the Toronto Argonauts earlier in the week. And the first question put to Austin, the clubs head coach and GM, was if Collaros was the Ticats starter. &quot;Listen, we signed Zach for a reason,&quot; he said. &quot;We believe we have a proven player, a proven starter. &quot;The great thing about Zach is one of the first things he said to me on the phone a couple of days ago was, Coach, I dont expect to be given anything. Ill earn what I get, and thats exactly the type of player we have. &quot;We dont distinguish a lot between starters and backups on this football team. Everybody we require we expect to play at a high level and Zach will have every opportunity to be our guy.&quot; Collaros, 25, posted a 5-2 record as a starter with Toronto last year while subbing for injured starter Ricky Ray. The six-foot-two, 216-pound Collaros completed 190-of-287 passes (66.2 per cent) for 2,316 yards with 14 TDs and six interceptions. He also ran 59 times for 246 yards and scored five TDs. Collaros was scheduled to become a free agent Feb. 15 and Toronto attempted to re-sign him. But with Collaros intent on testing the free-agent waters, the Argos released him early to gain clarity on his situation prior to the start of free agency. Collaros spent two seasons with Toronto, earning a Grey Cup ring in 2012. &quot;I kind of lucked out coming to this league with such a great group around me and I was able to learn a lot of things from them thats translated to the field,&quot; Collaros said of the Argos. &quot;I wouldnt have this opportunity right now if it wasnt for them.&quot; Collaros joins a Hamilton team that reached the 2013 Grey Cup under veteran quarterback Henry Burris before losing 45-23 to the hometown Saskatchewan Roughriders. Like Collaros, Burris was slated to become a free agent next month but was released by the Ticats shortly after Collaross signing. &quot;I know he (Burris) is going to be successful wherever he lands&quot; Austin said. &quot;He was an unbelievable person to coach, player to coach. &quot;I had a great discussion with him (Thursday) and let him know no matter what he does, where he goes football out of football that he has an advocate in this organization and with me personally to help him in any way.&quot; Burris, 38, is a two-time Grey Cup champion (1998, 0<img src="http://demos.addicted-to-web.com/avarcade/avforums/bbeditor/emoticons/cool.gif" valign="bottom" />, a Grey Cup MVP (0<img src="http://demos.addicted-to-web.com/avarcade/avforums/bbeditor/emoticons/cool.gif" valign="bottom" /> and in 2010 was the leagues outstannding player.dddddddddddd. With over 50,000 career passing yards, the 15-year veteran -- who is reportedly attracting much interest in Winnipeg -- is a sure-fire selection into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame after he retires. But Collaros isnt worrying about following in Burriss footsteps. &quot;Definitely some expectations there,&quot; he said. &quot;I think we all know Henry Burris is a Hall of Fame player in this league. &quot;I cant think about things like that. I had to fill in for Ricky Ray last year and I didnt think about it. I just went about my work during the week and prepared and we were fortunate enough to win a lot of games and it got me this opportunity. If I think about that, its going to hinder me.&quot; Collaros helped break the hearts of Ticats fans to finish the 2012 regular season, calmly marching the Argos downfield late to set up Swayze Waters 51-yard field goal for a wild 43-30 home victory. That loss eliminated Hamilton from post-season contention. Austin said there were many reasons why he courted Collaros, not the least of which was being coached by Milanovich in Toronto. &quot;I have a great deal of respect for Scott, I think Scott is an outstanding coach,&quot; Austin said. &quot;Im familiar with the system he runs and how diligent they are in their preparation. &quot;He (Collaros) comes from a background of a heavy dose of preparation, not just with Scott but throughout his career. That was a key attribute that we value very highly here.&quot; And there was also Collaros ability to lead Toronto to four key September road victories with Ray sidelined. &quot;I think its very important to try to determine the quality of the player especially in tough situations,&quot; Austin said. &quot;That was about as tough a situation I think as probably any quarterback faced last year with the starting guy going down and then going on the road. &quot;Being able to quarterback your football team to those victories proves hes a winner and hes proven it in tough situations.&quot; Collaros wore No. 17 in Toronto but will don No. 4 with Hamilton. &quot;Im the kind of guy whos going to pay the price during the week and in the off-season so that the results do come on the field,&quot; Collaros said. &quot;Do I want to be a starter? Do I think I can be a starter? Obviously. &quot;I thought that two years ago when I got to Toronto and Ricky Ray was there. Thats just my personality. 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Two days after he missed 12 of his 14 shots in a loss to Detroit, Beal had 22 points -- 13 of them in the second quarter when Washington built a 10-point halftime lead. He also had nine rebounds, a season high, and eight assists, equaling his career best. Marcin Gortat had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin Seraphin had 16 points for Washington. John Wall added 14. Each time the Wizards reached .500 this season, their next game was at home, and they lost to Milwaukee, Dallas and Detroit. &quot;Were done with that,&quot; Gortat said. &quot;Every time we talk about being a .500 team and getting over .500, we have teams coming in here and just punking our butts.&quot; Michael Carter-Williams led Philadelphia, which has lost seven of eight, with 31. Thaddeus Young had 18. Spencer Hawes had 11 points and had a season high 16 rebounds. Carter-Williams and Young scored the first 19 Philadelphia points in the third, but the Sixers trailed 70-66 midway through the period. Washington led 86-73 after three. The Wizards were ahead 100-79 with 6:07 to play, but Philadelphia scored 13 straight to trail by eight with 2:26 left. Washington didnt make a field goal for more than eight minutes in the fourth quarter. Wittman substituted for his starters, but after the bench played poorly, the starters came back in to stabilize things. &quot;Youre always on audition,&quot; Wittman told his bench. &quot;Those guys got to learn. Guys that want to play or think they should be in rotations better show me out there where it counts.&quot; While the Wizards are 20-20 and hope to reach the halfway point of their season a game over .500, the Sixers are 13-28. Expectations were low when the season began, but Philadelphia won its first three over Miami, Washington and Chicago. With more than three weeks until the league pauses for the All-Star game, coach Brett Brown is still hopeful his team can improve. &quot;Youre getting ready for spring break, and everybodys going to Fort Lauderdale, and theres a time where you can dig in pre-All-Star break and finish this middle third of the season with some grunt,&quot; Brown said before the game. In his rookie season, Carter-Williams said it was hard to sometimes stay with it. &quot;Ive never played this long of a season so Im learning each and every day and Im going through it a little bit. My body is tired a little bit, mentally Ive got to stay strong,&quot; Carter-Williams said. Carter-Williams was 13 for 22 from the field, had six rebounds and five assists as he tried to keep Philadelphia competitive. &quot;He felt the need to take the game and try and put us back in a position where we could inch our way back in it, and he did,&quot; Brown said. NOTES: Wizards swingman Glen Rice was assigned to Iowa of the D-League. Rice had right wrist surgery last month, and coach Randy Wittman said that he needs some playing time and could return to the team during its upcoming four-game road trip, which begins on Friday. ... Sixers G Tony Wroten is out with a sprained right ankle. Brown refused to estimate how long he will be sidelined. Wroten sustained the injury on Saturday in Chicago. ... Philadelphia F Brandon Davies missed the game with a dislocated right pinkie. ... Washington F Trevor Booker was out with a sprained left ankle. ... Adam Silver, who will succeed David Stern as NBA commissioner next month, sat with Wizards owner Ted Leonsis. NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees honoured Nelson Mandela on Wednesday night during their rain-delayed celebration of the legacy of Jackie Robinson, another icon of social change. The grandson of South Africas first black president, Zondwa Mandela, and Robinsons widow, Rachel, helped unveil a plaque commemorating Mandelas 1990 speech at the old Yankee Stadium. It hangs next to the tribute to Jackie Robinson in Monument Park beyond centre field at the current ballpark. Robinson broke the colour barrier in the major leagues in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The ceremony was pushed back a day to Wednesday because the game between New York and the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday -- Jackie Robinson Day around baseball -- was postponed by rain. The plaque features a portrait of Mandela and a dedication. &quot;Able to fill the shoes of our grandfather. That is not why we are here. Its simply symbolic to the fact that we all make up a piece of his magnificent work. I and family, just like all of you who are here, are just a custodian of his legacy,&quot; Zondwa Mandela said before the ceremony. &quot;The efforts of the Robinson family, the efforts of our grandfather, should continue to give us a sense that the efforts of today are not supposed to reflect on our experience today,&quot; he continued, &quot;but rather that they are for the lives to follow, the generations to come.&quot; Yankee captain Derek Jeter presented the Mandela family and Rachel Robinson with a replica of the plaque at home plate prior to the game. It reads: &quot;Nelson Mandela 1918-2013. Noobel Peace Prize winner and global leader whose timeless efforts dismantled apartheid in South Africa.dddddddddddd As President of his country, he would use South Africas enthusiasm for sports as a unifying force for reconciliation. On June 21, 1990, he made a memorable visit to the original Yankee Stadium and proclaimed, &quot;You know who I am. 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CHICAGO -- After another dominating performance, nothing could wipe the smile from Joakim Noahs face. Noah had 21 points and 16 rebounds, Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 13 boards, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers 103-78 on Saturday night. &quot;I havent felt healthy like this in a long time. My feet dont hurt, my bodys feeling good,&quot; Noah said. &quot;I put in a lot of work in the summertime. The third day of camp I got hurt (strained groin). It was an unfortunate setback, but now Im feeling like its all coming together.&quot; Noah extended his streak of double-digit rebound games to 12, the longest stretch of his career. The duos powerful performance was awfully similar to the teams last meeting at the United Center, when Noah posted a triple-double and combined with Boozer for 44 points and 33 rebounds on Feb. 28, 2013. &quot;You cant play any better than (Noah is) playing right now, in every aspect of the game,&quot; Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. &quot;The defence has been there all season, the rebounding off the charts, but the playmaking, the quick decisions, the multiple effort . it sets the tone for the team.&quot; Chicago (19-20) has won seven of nine games in 2014. The Bulls led by as many as 36, their largest lead this season. D.J. Augustin scored nine points and dished out seven assists in the pivotal second quarter, in which Chicago extended its lead from five to 20. He finished with 19 points and eight assists. Only three 76ers scored in double digits, Thaddeus Young leading the way with 12 points. James Anderson had 11 points and seven rebounds for Philadelphia (13-27), which has dropped six of seven. Augustin brought the fans to their feet two minutes into the second when he threaded a cross-court bounce pass to Jimmy Butler, who finished strong with a thunderous slam. Augustin later fed Noah on a two-handed dunk in transition to cap the dominating quarter. Noah and Augustin combined to make eight of 10 shots in the second period, outscoring Philadelphia 17-12. Augustin has been a spark since the Bulls signed him on Dec. 13. The 26-year-old is averaging 11.5 points with Chicago and has led the team in assists 11 times. The Bulls are 11-8 with Augustin on the roster, and 7-2 in 2014 -- their only two losses coming to the Washington Wizards within the last six days. &quot;Im just going out there, playing freely, doing whatever Coach needs me to do, whatever my teammates need me to do,&quot; Augustin said. &quot;Basically, just trying to get them the ball, trying to get them open. At the same time, Coach wanted me to look (to score) for myself.&quot; The 76ers missed all 11 3-point attempts in the first half and committed 17 total turnovers. Philadelphia shot 35.1 per cent from the floor (10.5 per cent from 3-point range) and has turned the ball over 64 times in its last three games. &quot;(The Bulls) play really good defence,&quot; 76ers coach Brett Brown said. &quot;In general we struggled finding ways to play freely, to get out in the open court, and the physicality of the game wore us down.&quot; The Bulls have won nine of their last 10 regular-season games against the 76ers, who rallied from 20 points down on Nov. 2 to halt a five-game skid against Chicago in a 107-104 victory in Philadelphia. There would be no comeback this time. Spencer Hawes, who averaged 19 points and 13 rebounds in his last two games against Chicago, was largely ineffective. The 7-foot-1 centre had nine points and six rebounds. Michael Carter-Williams scored 10 points and dished out five assists. He had 26 and 11 in the November meeting. &quot;Thats how it goes,&quot; Hawes said. &quot;You go through stretches like that, and who knows, the next two or three games maybe we come out and cant miss. Its a long season.&quot; Philadelphia guard Tony Wroten sprained his right ankle in the second quarter when he stepped on Nazr Mohammeds foot awkwardly, staying on the ground for a couple minutes. He limped off the court gingerly with the help of his teammates and did not return. Brown couldnt give a timetable after the game, but said &quot;it looked bad.&quot; Notes: The Bulls agreed to trade point guard Marquis Teague to the Brooklyn Nets for F Tornike Shengelia, a person with knowledge of the deal said Saturday. Teague was dressed but did not play. &quot;Marquis is a good, young player. Hes had some good moments,&quot; Thibodeau said. &quot;Hes had some moments that he can obviously do better, but thats to be expected. 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In a move for the future, the Philadelphia 76ers traded their best player in order to get an injured lottery pick with great potential. Numbers Game looks at the move sending PG Jrue Holiday to New Orleans for highly-touted C Nerlens Noel. The Pelicans Get: PG Jrue Holiday and the 42nd pick in the 2013 draft (used to take PG Pierre Jackson). Jrue Holiday, 23, is coming off a career-best season in which he scored 17.7 points and had 8.0 assists with 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. Hes at the low end of a rare group of players that scored 17 points with seven assists, four rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, as LeBron James and Russell Westbrook were the only other players to meet all those thresholds. For all that statistical production, Holidays defensive play wasnt as effective as it had been in previous seasons, perhaps a reflection of his increased offensive workload, as he attempted a career-high 16.5 shots per game. Nevertheless, as well as Greivis Vasquez played for New Orleans last season, Holiday is a better option going forward, both as an offensive creator and on the defensive end of the floor. Signed for four years and $44-million, Holiday is a quality addition for the Pelicans, one that could push them towards contending for a playoff spot next season, provided that PF Anthony Davis and SG Eric Gordon can stay healthy. Jackson is a decent value pick at No. 42. Hes a small (5-foot-11) and quick point guard who can get to the rim and shoot a little bit, so he could give the Pelicans nice depth at the position, if he sticks. The 76ers Get: C Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round pick. Nerlens Noel was the sixth pick in the 2013 draft, slipping from what likely would have been the top selection had he remained healthy. Unfortunately, Noel suffered a torn ACL in February, putting his status for next season in doubt, but a year to rehabilitate his injury will also allow Noel time to get stronger, as hes a very lean 7-footer. The 19-year-old is still a work in progress offensively -- he didnt score 20 points in any of his 24 games at Kentucky, though he did shoot 59.0% from the field -- but hes athletic and young enough that he has time to develop that aspect of his game. The addition of Noel, at the cost of their best player last season, makes it likely that the Sixers will struggle next season, but thats part of the plan. The pick they receive from New Orleans is protected for picks 1-5, but gives the Sixers another potential lottery asset to go with their own pick that is likely going to be in the lottery too. Those two picks plus Noel will become the building blocks for the future of the franchise. Whichever team ended up taking Noel in this draft was facing the prospect of one step back to take two steps forward and the Sixers were bold enough to take that chance. For the Pelicans, they already have their Kentucky shot blocker -- last years No. 1 pick, Anthony Davis -- and have enough pieces to show a little more urgency in their bid to become a playoff contender. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. TORONTO – The first-place Blue Jays hit the halfway mark of the season with 45 wins and a two-game lead on Baltimore in the American League East, territory unfamiliar to a franchise still waiting for its first playoff game since October 23, 1993, the night Joe Carter walked off Mitch Williams into World Series lore. &quot;Im proud of the way the guys played,&quot; said manager John Gibbons. &quot;It was kind of a so-so start and we kicked it in there in the month of May and put ourselves in a good position. Now, you know, we just need to do that again in the second half or even improve on that but Im very, very happy with the effort and the way the guys have been playing baseball. Its that simple.&quot; You wont find a Mission Accomplished banner hanging in the clubhouse. The expectation is much greater. &quot;Has it met it yet? No,&quot; said Casey Janssen. &quot;Our expectation is to make the playoffs and win the World Series and were not there yet. Weve got a long way to go. 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If Janssen goes four or five days without action his arms reaction to its diminished workload becomes less predictable. &quot;You wonder if your arms going to be a little cranky or if its going to be super fresh,&quot; said Janssen. &quot;Sometimes you feel great when you get the rest and sometimes youre kind of knocking the dust off a little bit.&quot; Remember that Janssen had an abbreviated spring training thanks to stiffness in the back of his pitching shoulder. He didnt appear in a Grapefruit League game until the final week of March. Then, in Montreal, he strained his left oblique and didnt make his season debut until May 12. 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Other possible free agents include slot back Mike Bradwell, kicker Swayze Waters and offensive lineman Andrew Jones. Montreal Alouettes After a disappointing year that saw quarterback Anthony Calvillo miss most of the season, the Alouettes go into the off-season with a few question marks on their offensive line. Starters Josh Bourke, Michael Ola and Luc Brodeur-Jourdain are slated to become free agents in February. Brodeur-Jourdain and Bourke are Canadian. Veteran linebacker Kyries Helbert was second on Montreal with 68 tackles and will become a free agent if not signed. Others include defensive back Billy Parker and Canadian linebacker Marc-Olivier Brouillette. Hamilton Tiger-Cats Hamilton will have to re-sign a big name behind centre if they want a reasonable shot at getting back to the Grey Cup in B.C. Quarterback Henry Burris will become a free agent if not signed, but all things point to the 38-year-old returning in black and gold colours next year. Burris has publically stated that he wants to stay in the Steel City. Burris threw for 4,925 with 25 touchdowns and 19 picks in 2013. Linebackers Jamall Johnson and Simoni Lawrence were cornerstones on the Ti-Cats defence this year, leading the team in tackles and interceptions respectively. Theyll be on the open market come February if not signed. Kicker Luca Congis contract will be also expire. Winnipeg Blue Bombers The Bombers finished dead last in 2013 with a 3-15 record. And they stand to lose some of their better players this off-season. Running back William Ford led the team in rushing with 594 yards and two touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, third-year linebacker Henoc Muamba led the team and was second in the CFL in tackles with 106. Both will have the chance to hit the open market. Saskatchewan Roughriders The 101st Grey Cup champions will want their core back in 2014 if theyre looking for a repeat. Their biggest possible loss is running back Kory Sheets. The Grey Cup MVP was second in the CFL in rushing with 1,598 and had 23 touchdowns on the ground. Wide receivers Taj Smith and Weston Dressler each had over 1,000 yards receiving and each can become free agents this off-season. Linebacker Craig Butler led the Riders in tackles with 60 and was second in interceptions with four. Calgary Stampeders Much of Calgarys core is locked up for 2014, but theres a few names they might hope to retain. Corner back Jamar Wall and defensive back Chris Randle were tied for first in interceptions on the Stamps with four. Wide receiver Maurice Price had a nice season, racking up 788 yards receiving and catching seven touchdowns. Linebacker Juwan Simpson could also be leaving Calgary this off-season. B.C. Lions The Lions have only five free agents to worry about over the winter. The big one is wide receiver Nick Moore, who was third in the league with 1,105 receiving yards. The 27-year-old also had six touchdown receptions. Moore will work out with the Minnistota Vikings next Monday (Dec. 2). Defensive lineman Keron Williams was tied for fourth on the team with four sacks and could hit the open market. Edmonton Eskimos Edmonton finished this season with just four wins, leading to the firing of their head coach Kavis Reed. One of the first tasks for new coach Chris Jones will be to take a look at his teams upcoming free agents. Linebacker Damaso Munoz was second on the team in tackles with 88 and defensive back Joe Burnett was fourth with 57. The Eskimos stand to lose Orrin Thompson and Scott Mitchell from the offensive line if theyre not signed before Feb. 15. Huge early deficit? No problem. Blown save in the ninth inning? No problem. Down to the last out in the bottom of the ninth? No problem. The Winnipeg Goldeyes (16-9) came back from all of that in a 7-6 walk-off victory over the Grand Prairie AirHogs (10-15) Tuesday night at Shaw Park before 5,549 fans. The win pulls the Goldeyes within half-a-game of the St. Paul Saints for first place in the American Associations North Division. Grand Prairie took a big lead by scoring five runs with two out in the top of the second inning, which was highlighted by a three-run home run by Palmer Karr Jr. After that though, Salamida settled in and gave Winnipeg a chance to get back into the game. The Goldeyes started their climb in the bottom of the third when Ryan Pineda singled in Josh Mazzola, who reached first base on an error. Following two scoreless innings, the Goldeyes tied the game in the sixth inning. With one run in, Donnie Webb hit a two-run home run off the Manitoba Hydro superboard in right-centre field. Four batters later, Pineda singled in Mazzola again, as the Goldeyes belted out six hits in the inning. The Goldeyes missed a glorious opportunity by leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, but Casey Haerther erased that memory with a leadoff solo home run an inning later. It was his first home run of the season. “I was seeing it pretty well tonight,” Haerther said.dddddddddddd “The one I hit out was a fastball middle-in. Ive been looking for that swing for a while and I finally got it. That gave me a lot of confidence right there.” Grand Prairie battled back to score a run off Goldeyes reliever Kyle Bellamy in the top of the ninth, but Winnipeg answered with a two-out RBI single from Haerther in the bottom of the ninth. Winnipeg tallied three consecutive two-out hits in the final inning to pull off the comeback, as Reggie Abercrombie and Mazzola led it off. “Without Abercrombie and Mazzola ahead of me, that would have never happened,” Haerther said. “It all happened with two outs, which was fun. “It was a great team win. We were down 5-0 most of the game.” Haerther had four hits in the game for the Goldeyes, as did Ryan Pineda. Along with Webb, they also had two RBI. Despite the five-run second inning, Salamida went 6 1/3 innings and took a no-decision. Bellamy got the win for Winnipeg. Despite the blown save, he got a double play with the bases loaded to end the top of the ninth. Bennett Whitmore suffered the loss for Grand Prairie. The rematch goes Tuesday night at Shaw Park. In a battle of lefties, Nick Hernandez (1-0, 5.75) will take the ball for Winnipeg against Grand Prairies Brandon Bargas (2-2, 5.80). 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Shed already drawn attention for her shirt that was emblazoned with the words Parental Advisory Explicit Content — a humorous reaction to being caught on camera apparently using expletives during Murrays semifinal.Its slightly different thinking for me now since I became a father and a husband, Djokovic explained. I apologize for changing the subject.His outlook on life had changed between his two most recent trips to Australia. He married long-time partner, Jelena, and the couple had a son, Stefan, in late October.He said his first Grand Slam title since his marriage and the birth of his son had a deeper meaning, more intrinsic value.Getting married and becoming a father was definitely something that gave me a new energy, something that I never felt before, he said. And right now everything has been going in such a positive direction in my life. Im so grateful for that. So I try to live these moments with all my heart.Djokovic now has eight major titles, including his five in Australia, where he won his first Grand Slam title in 2008 and then won three straight from 2011 before losing in the quarterfinals last year to Stan Wawrinka.The 27-year-old Serbian is now second on the list of all-time Australian Open winners — behind only Roy Emerson, who won six titles in the 1960s and who was in the crowd Sunday.After two tough first sets decided in tiebreakers, when there was eight breaks of serve and plenty of tension, Djokovic broke open the match after the sixth game of the third set and won 12 of the last 13 games. In the first set, he tumbled to the court, lunging to reach a volley, and needed treatment on his right thumb — shaking his right hand repeatedly. The second set was disrupted for five minutes by a political protester running onto the court, causing a lockdown of sorts, and another momentum shift. In the third set, it was fatigue, with Djokovic appearing to be struggling badly.I was just weak. I went through the physical crisis in the matter of 20 minutes and, honestly, didnt feel that too many times in my career, Djokovic said. But knowing in the back of my mind that it was a similar situation two years ago in Australian Open final, where two sets went over two hours, was a similar battle. Then I felt that I had some physical edge over him in that match. That was in back of my mind. That was something that kept me going.After the match, Djokovic had plenty left in his legs, able to high-five a long line of ballboys after the presentation.Novak has won five times here now, theres no disgrace in losing to him, said Murray, who now trails 16-8 in career head-to-head matches.Murray and Djokovic have known each other since their early junior days, and often hit against each other for practice. Seeing Djokovic in pain apparently unnerved Murray.The third set was frustrating because I got a bit distracted when he, like, fell on the ground after a couple of shots, Murray said. It appeared that he was cramping, and then I let that distract me a little bit. Thats what Im most disappointed about, not so much the fourth set because I think, especially at the end of it, he was just going for everything, and it was going in. But the third set was more frustrating for me.Obviously had opportunities in the first three sets. Then the fourth set ... he was just ripping everything. Once he got up a break, he just loosened up and was just going for his shots. I couldnt recover.Djokovics win on Sunday followed up on top-ranked Serena Williams win in the womens final Saturday night against Maria Sharapova, giving the 33-year-old American a sixth Australian and 19th Grand Slam title. The Winnipeg Jets won 37 games last season, and the franchise hasnt won more than that since 2006-2007 in Atlanta, the last -- and only -- time that they have reached the playoffs. Off-Season Game Plan looks at a Jets team that has an interesting core, a new coach and a problem between the pipes. Many of Winnipegs core players are in their twenties, in and around their prime years, so while thats reason for optimism, its also reason for some urgency to take advantage of the kind of production being provided by the likes of Andew Ladd, Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien. Byfuglien is an interesting case for the Jets, having shifted from defence to forward part way through last season. While Big Buff is an effective winger, his preference is to play defence, which might make him appealing as a trade candidate for other clubs that are willing to accomodate that desire. But, if Byfuglien sticks around, the Jets have a quality group of forwards, with potential to be really good if Evander Kane and Mark Scheifele continue to develop. Their defence isnt as strong, overall, without Byfuglien, but Jacob Troubas strong rookie season was encouraging. Basically, the Jets have a competitive group of skaters. Not great, necessarily, but competitive. Then, it comes to goaltending, and that appears to be the area that needs fixing, only GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has backed Ondrej Pavelec as the teams starting goaltender going into next season. Maybe thats the stance that a GM has to take with a guy under contract for three more seasons, but his performance has been crippling to the Jets playoff chances and if he starts 50-plus games again next season, that is a serious roll of the dice that the Jets are taking with a goaltender that has finished with a league average save percentage once in five NHL seasons. The Jets did fare better under new head coach Paul Maurice, going 18-12-5 in the last 35 games, but that was largely due to favourable percentages and their possession stats only improved slightly over that span. They are close enough to contend for a playoff spot next season, with a couple of savvy moves this summer and further development from young players, but if they dont do something to upgrade in goal, it may all for naught. The TSN.ca Rating is an efficiency rating based on per-game statistics including goals and assists -- weighted for strength (ie. power play, even, shorthanded) -- Corsi, adjusted for zone starts, quality of competition and quality of teammates, hits, blocked shots, penalty differential and faceoffs. Generally, a replacement-level player is around a 60, a top six forward and top four defenceman will be around 70, stars will be over 80 and MVP candidates could go over 90. Sidney Crosby finished at the top of the 2013-2014 regular season ratings at 87.12. Salary cap information all comes from the indispensable www.capgeek.com. CF% = Corsi percentage (ie. percentage of 5-on-5 shot attempts), via www.extraskater.com. GM/COACHKevin Cheveldayoff/Paul Maurice Returning Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Cap Hit Dustin Byfuglien 77.01 78 20 36 56 50.4% $5.2M Blake Wheeler 75.85 82 28 41 69 49.9% $5.6M Evander Kane 74.81 63 19 22 41 51.5% $5.25M Bryan Little 74.61 82 23 41 64 52.9% $4.7M Andrew Ladd 73.59 78 23 31 54 52.9% $4.4M Mark Scheifele 66.91 63 13 21 34 48.6% $863K Jim Slater 57.45 27 1 1 2 49.6% $1.6M Eric Tangradi 57.40 55 3 3 6 53.8% $675K Anthony Peluso 54.84 53 2 3 5 45.6% $563K Free Agent Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Class 13-14 Cap Hit Michael Frolik 68.98 81 15 27 42 53.0% RFA $2.333M Olli Jokinen 64.17 82 18 25 43 49.2% UFA $4.5M Devin Setoguchi 63.46 75 11 16 27 48.8% UFA $3.0M Matt Halischuk 58.07 46 5 5 10 44.5% RFA $650K Chris Thorburn 57.18 55 2 9 11 43.3% UFA $867K James Wright 53.76 59 0 2 2 47.7% RFA $650K Shifted to forward at the end of his run by since-departed coach Claude Noel, Dustin Byfuglien appears to be set for that spot again next season. That presumes that Byfuglien doesnt get moved in the summer, which is always a possibility, but also operates under the premise that the Jets are better with Byfuglien at forward. Byfuglien, individually, had a 51.7% Corsi percentage before he was moved to forward and 48.0% after. That aside, in 32 games at (mostly) forward, Byfuglien had 10 goals, 12 assists and 102 shots on goal. On a per-game basis, those numbers would have placed him with pretty nice company last season. Its a little interesting that the bottom name on that list is Brent Burns, the Sharks winger who also used to play defence. Over the past three seasons, Blake Wheeler has 174 points, which ranks 22nd in the league over that span and last years 50 even-strength points was tied for 13th in the league with David Krejci and Thomas Vanek. Wheelers is big and can move, which allows him to create mismatches depending on what gives him the advantage on a particular defender. Evander Kane uses his terrific speed to generate shots at an elite level, but has been a relatively low-percentage finisher. Some of that is due to not getting first-unit power play time and, even at even-strength, could use better linemates to help him out. That doesnt absolve Kane of any responsibility for his production, which has dipped since scoring 30 goals in 74 games in 2011-2012, but theres still a lot to like about what he brings to the game. After scoing 23 goals and a career-high 64 points, there is a case to be made for Bryan Little as an advanced stats All-Star as one of a handful of players to face top-tier competition, start more shifts in the defensive zone and still have a relative Corsi over plus-10 per 60 minutes. The common perception of Little might be that hes a good second-line centre but the 26-year-old is coming off a season in which he was a full-fledged No. 1 pivot. Team captain Andrew Ladd has scored 98 goals over the past four seasons, ranking 24th in that span. Hes a reliable two-way player that can be used in any situation and he is, averaging 19:46 per game in four seasons with the franchise. Mark Scheifele had rounded into form, with 12 goals and 29 points in the last 39 games he played before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Considering that Scheifele managed five points in his first 24 games last season, and had his Corsi percentage rise from 46.7% to 49.7% over those splits, counts as positive indications that he could fulfill the second-line centre role going forward. A sports hernia cost Jim Slater two-thirds of last season, and hes mustered a grand total of two goals and four points in 53 games over the past two seasons. While hes hit double-digits in goals three times in his career, Slater has also missed at least a dozen games in six of nine seasons, so its getting difficult to count on him, even in a fourth-line role. Though he has a paltry 15 points in 136 career games, big winge Eric Tangradi held his own in a depth role last season, putting up positive possession stats. As an inexpensive fourth-line option, the Jets could do worse. Like most forwards that play less than six minutes per game, Anthony Peluso cant risk playing too many minutes, lest he be exposed. Hes a scrapper who can handle the big boys, though, so as long as the Jets are going to leave a roster spot for that role, Peluso can fill it. At the same time, they could probably do without. 26-year-old Michael Frolik established that he hasnt completely forgotten how to create offence, scoring 42 points, his most since 2009-2010. Hes still a low-percentage finisher, but a versatile forward who can play both ends of the rink. A couple years removed from a career-best 28-point season, Matt Halischuk has been battling to keep a regular spot in the lineup and, last season, he was overrun in possession terms. Hes a viable fourth-line forward, but also one that could quickly be replaced. 24-year-old James Wright has good size, but there isnt much else justifying his place on an NHL roster. Last season, he was one of eight forwards since 2000-2001 to play at least 500 minutes and not register a single goal. The Jets have a solid core of forwards, but can use a couple of top-nine forwards to effectively take spots of unrestricted free agents Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi. Given the free agent alternatives at centre, the Jets could be okay doing a short-term deal with Jokinen and then find a solid checking forward, like Blake Comeau, Jesse Winchester or Daniel Winnik could round out the group nicely. Returning Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Cap Hit Jacob Trouba 71.45 65 10 19 29 49.0% $894K Grant Clitsome 67.dddddddddddd12 32 2 10 12 51.7% $2.067M Tobias Enstrom 66.89 82 10 20 30 50.6% $5.75M Zach Bogosian 63.37 55 3 8 11 49.4% $5.143M Mark Stuart 61.70 69 2 11 13 47.6% $2.625M Paul Postma 58.59 20 1 2 3 47.4% $713K Free Agent Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Class 13-14 Cap Hit Adam Pardy 57.93 60 0 6 6 53.7% UFA $600K Keaton Ellerby 57.48 51 2 4 6 48.0% RFA $735K One of the reasons that the Jets might have felt able to move Byfuglien to forward was the emergence of Jacob Trouba, who recovered from a neck injury and led the Jets in ice time following the Olympic break, averaging 23:33 per game. A 20-year-old who can skate, hit and contribute offensively, Trouba will have more responsibility heaped on him, but he has the makings of a No. 1 on the blueline. Back surgery ended Grant Clitsomes season early, but he was logging nearly 20 minutes a night, with positive possession stats at the time of his injury. Clitsome can move the puck and play a solid game, though hes never played more than 63 games in an NHL season, so theres still some unknown regarding his performance over the course of a full season. While Tobias Enstroms offensive production dipped to a career-low 0.37 points per game last season, he still delivered relatively steady play while facing tough competition. Hes small, but mobile and his ability to move the puck is important to the Jets defence. Zach Bogosian hasnt really made the mark that was expected when he was drafted third overall in 2008 and, on top of being bitten by the injury bug -- hes missed 70 games over the past four seasons -- Bogosian hasnt been able to successfully lock into a shutdown role. Thats the objective, but there is still some unexplored potential in the 23-year-olds game. A rugged veteran, Mark Stuart combined for 389 hits and blocked shots last season, ranking third among defencemen (behind Cody Franson and Radko Gudas), so theres no denying that he lays his body on the line. He also tends to spend more of his time in the Jets end of the ice, though last season he was taking on tougher matchups, playing more minutes once Byfuglien moved up. Paul Postma hasnt been able to hold down a regular spot in the lineup, playing 57 career games and while he has some puck skills and a big shot that suit him on the power play, Postma struggled at even-strength last season. Between Postma, Keaton Ellerby and pending unrestricted free agent Adam Pardy, the Jets had a battle for playing time at the bottom of the defence depth chart. Ellerby could take on more minutes if Pardy departs, but that may just mean a more regular turn in the lineup. The wildcard could be top prospect Joshua Morrissey, who is a fast-rising offensive defenceman. If he makes the club, that could raise the groups ceiling. Returning Goaltender Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Cap Hit Ondrej Pavelec 60.64 57 22 26 7 3.01 .901 $3.9M Free Agent Goaltender Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Class 13-14 Cap Hit Al Montoya 68.70 28 13 8 3 2.30 .920 UFA $601K Over the past three seasons, Ondrej Pavelec has cost the Jets approximately 45 goals compared to the league average, according to Hockey References Goals Saved Above Average measure. Its one thing to be at the bottom of the league in save percentage and another to continually get played at a starters workload. The Jets have invested money in Pavelec, but its really had to rationalize him in a starters role, especially if the team considers itself ready to contend for a playoff spot. There may be challenges to getting rid of Pavelec, not least of which is that Cheveldayoff has said that Pavelec will be the No. 1 goalie next year, but he also may not be particularly appealing to other teams with the Jets paying half of his salary. Given how much it has been a problem lately, though, the Jets have to investigate opportunities to upgrade their goaltending. A trade for Manitoba native James Reimer could work, or signing a free agent like Jonas Hiller, Brian Elliott, Ray Emery or Tomas Vokoun could be worthwhile. Top Prospects Player Pos. Team/League Stats Joshua Morrissey D Prince Albert (WHL) 28-45-73, +6, 59 GP Nicolas Petan C Portland (WHL) 35-78-113, +47, 63 GP Adam Lowry LW St. Johns (AHL) 17-16-33, -1, 64 GP Eric Comrie G Tri-City (WHL) 2.57 GAA, .925 SV%, 60 GP Scott Kosmachuk RW Guelph (OHL) 49-52-101, +52, 68 GP Andrew Copp C Michigan (Big 10) 15-14-29, +1, 33 GP Connor Hellebuyck G UMass-Lowell (HE) 1.79 GAA, .941 SV%, 29 GP J.C. Lipon RW St. Johns (AHL) 9-32-41, even, 72 GP Brenden Kichton D St. Johns (AHL) 10-38-48, +8, 76 GP Julian Melchiori D St. Johns (AHL) 1-10-11, +19, 50 GP Eric ODell C St. Johns (AHL) 17-25-42, +9, 42 GP The 13th pick last summer, Joshua Morrissey had an outstanding year in Prince Albert. If the Jets are willing to live with the mistakes of a smart, teenaged offensive defenceman, then Morrissey (who has six points in eight AHL playoff games) could be a viable challenger for an NHL job as a 19-year-old. An undersized playmaker, Nicolas Petan was a second-rond pick last summer and has been tearing up the WHL for the past couple seasons. Between regular season and playoffs, hes tallied 289 points (in 176 games) and while size may be an issue, the only way to find out if its going to pose a problem is to wait and see how he does at the next level. A 6-foot-5 winger-turned-centre, Adam Lowry completed his first pro season and is probably not far from challenging for a spot in Winnipeg. The third-round pick from 2011 picked up his play after Christmas, scoring 28 points in his last 43 regular-season games. One of the games better goaltending prospects, Eric Comrie was a second-round pick in 2013. He struggled in a couple of AHL games at seasons end, but had a tremendous season in the WHL. Hes also only 18-year-old, so its going to take time before hes the answer to the Jets goaltending questions. Drafted in the third round in 2012, Scott Kosmachuk has improved steadily throughout his junior career and had a monster year with a powerhouse Guelph team in the OHL. He can make the jump to the AHL next season to see if his scoring will come to the pro game with him. A solidly-built centre who was picked in the fourth round last year, Andrew Copp is making quick progress, coming off a strong sophomore season at Michigan while also putting up five points in five games at the World Juniors for Team USA. Theres not much more that Connor Hellebuyck can do in college to raise his profile. Through two years at UMass-Lowell, Hellebuyck has a .946 save percentage and a dozen shutouts. Hes signed with the Jets and might be expected to start in the American Hockey League, but if he keep stopping pucks, there should be room for him. An aggressive winger picked in the third roudn last summer, J.C. Lipon had a solid pro debut and wasnt shy about it, leading the Ice Caps in penalty minutes with 136. Not the biggest blueliner on the block, Brenden Kichton was initially a fifth-round pick of the Islanders, was not signed, and then was drafted in the seventh-round by Winnipeg in 2013. A heady player who can quarterback a power play, Kichton ranked sixth among AHL defencemen in points as a rookie pro. A third-round pick in 2010, Julian Melchiori is a big, stay-at-home defenceman who has missed time with injuries in each of his first two pro seasons. Eric ODell turns 24 this summer, which puts him on the older side as a prospect but, in addition to scoring 97 points in 101 AHL games over the past two seasons, he also played 30 games for the Jets last season (3 G, 4 A, 51.0 CF%) so hes able to contribute now. Jets advanced stats and player usage chart from Extra Skater DRAFT9th - Nick Ritchie, Nikolaj Ehlers, Jake Virtanen, Haydn Fleury FREE AGENCYAccording to www.capgeek.com, the Jets have approximately $49.9M committed to the 2014-2015 salary cap for 16 players. Check out my possible Jets lineup for next season on Cap Geek here. Needs: Two top nine forwards, one top four defenceman, goaltenders.What I said the Jets needed last year: Two top six forwards, two top nine forwards, one top four defenceman, goaltender.They added: Michael Frolik, Mark Scheifele, Devin Setoguchi, Jacob Trouba. 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